Back in 2001 Aurigas Aldebaron purchased Iron Crown Enterprises (aka ICE) and all its intellectual property. I remember ICE for their MERP license most of all but they lost that late in 1999.
Aurigas Aldebaron is a company which manages the ownership of intellectual property – like gaming worlds and systems – and had (and may still be; not clear) given the rights to the name “Iron Crown Enterprises” along with the HARP (High Adventure Role Playing) to a company called Mjolnir back in 2003. Certainly, Mjolnir released a simplifed version of Rolemaster.
The new announcement from Aurigas Aldebaron sees the licenses for HARP, Rolemaster and Spacemaster being awarded to the UK based Guild of Companion Publications. Guild Companion already have a stock of HARP products to their name. In their press release, Aurigas Aldebaron indicates they expect to have more involvement with its properties than it has had in the past and so Guild Companion Publications may not have a freehand in what they want to do with HARP, Rolemaster and Spacemaster.
A number of Guild Companion Publications are currently avaliable at RPGNow for HARP.
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