Global publisher, filmmaker and game maker Polarity is the parent of Magnetic Press Play, a new RPG imprint from Magnetic Press.
The first RPG project will be Carbon Grey, based on the graphic novels by Hoang Nguyen, and a licensed Call of Cthulhu adaptation along with high profile anime adaptations are in the works.
Furthermore, Magnetic Press Play will use West End Games’ D6 system for the games. Yes, that D6 System.
Helmed by Mike Kennedy (DC, Dark Horse, Electronic Arts, Activision, …) Magnetic Press Play’s vision includes board games and transmedia projects.
Kennedy told press;
Tabletop gaming is all about creating new stories through gameplay, and it’s the kind of experience I’ve wanted to return to since leaving a 20-year career in video games. We’ve put an incredible amount of time and effort into creating a tabletop company and putting together our product lineup, and it’s exciting to finally pull back the curtain on them!”
West End Games’ and assets moved to Nocturnal Media in 2016, sadly Stewart Wieck passed away in 2017, and the goal of keeping the brand alive went no further than a D6 System deal with Gallant Knight Games.
Steve Wieck for West End Games and Nocturnal Media added;
We’re very excited to work with Magnetic Press Play on their lineup of D6 System-based titles. We’re honored that they chose West End Game’s time-tested system as the core of Carbon Grey and their other planned titles and can’t wait to see the results when it hits tables.”
About Carbon Grey RPG
The Carbon Grey sourcebook will be based on the system that has powered Star Wars and Ghostbusters RPGs. The ENnie and UKGE winning Andrew Gaska (Alien RPG, The Terminator RPG) is leading the project.
Set in an alternate history with solid overtones of World War I Europe, Carbon Grey is a fantasy dieselpunk game with touches of the paranormal.
Polarity certainly isn’t the only publisher to become interested in tabletop games and board games in recent years. Judge Dredd and 2000 AD owner Rebellion launched Rebellion Unplugged last year, the year before that, Andrews McMeel Universal brought on board Daniel D. Fox and Zweihander and the Bloomsbury owned Osprey Games expanded into RPGs. Barely weeks ago, the powerhouse that is Marvel announced a return to RPG publishing with the Multiverse Role-Playing Game.
With board games, graphic novels and transmedia (animation, movie, TV… ) all hinted at, there are many reasons to be excited about Magnetic Press Play vision and road map.
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