Something’s up between Mongoose Publishing and the creator of Lone Wolf Joe Dever. The RPG publisher can’t share the details but won’t be publishing any more Lone Wolf books.
With Lone Wolf pages already pulled from the Mongoose website, writing on the forums, Matthew Sprange notes;
Termination of Mongoose Publishing’s Lone Wolf gamebooks and RPG range has been actioned by mutual consent of the author and the publisher. Contractually, we are unable to publish or discuss the terms of our severance agreement.
There will be a very small print run to ensure that customers who have re-print orders in will get their books – up to book number 17. These books are due out before the of March.
If you were hoping for book 18 and onwards then you will have to look to Project Aon for news. This is a volunteer site that publishers some of the Magnamund books for free.
There are Mongoose customers who subscribed to a Megadeal offer that would have delivered Lone Wolf books beyond number 17. Sprange addresses this;
“In addition, Mongoose Publishing is making an open offer to all such Megadeal subscribers to provide credit for other Mongoose Publishing products up to the full value of your subscription, which we will send to you post free, wherever you are in the world. There is no requirement for this to be taken immediately, and we will hold accounts open for as long as you wish. Please note that this does not include Megadeals whose subscriptions have been completely fulfilled.”
We can only speculate on how profitable the license was but it feels odd that a company would walk from a series in this way – especially when some gamers seem already to have pre-ordered beyond book 17. We can only speculate as to what happened.
Joe Dever isn’t just an author who approved his world for conversion to a roleplaying game. He is a gamer. In fact, he is the first British winner of the AD&D Championship of America back in 1982. He created Magnamund as a setting for his own D&D game.
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