Funcom allowed a fan to publish and sell a novel based on the Secret World franchise

    
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Here’s one for the warm fuzzies bin: MOP reader Ocho (@BigMikeyOcho) of Casual Aggro and Beyond the Veil was first to cover the fact that Funcom apparently gave a Secret World Legends fan the go-ahead to write – and publish and sell – a novel based on the franchise.

“There are a lot of companies that will fight to’protect’ their IP,” Ocho wrote. “But then there’s [Funcom] over here, who when asked if a fan could publish and sell a [Secret World Legends] novel on Amazon, gave her the green light. Hey big IPs: Your fans are not the enemy.”

The book’s called To Sir, with Love: An Unofficial Legend of The Secret World, by Amber “Blodwedd Mallory” McKee, and it’s three bucks for your Kindle, so not gonna break the bank there if you’re angling for something spooky and MMOsy to read over Halloween.

Funcom’s racking up extra goodwill this week from audiophiles too, as it’s posted online all of the Old Time Radio shows used in The Broadcast.

And by the way, the studio is hiring, at least if you’re game to move to Norway. I have a guildie in Oslo and he says it’s lovely if cold!

Source: Beyond the Veil via Ocho
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Ben Stone

Given that this “IP” is basically common property IP all mashed together, I doubt they could have stopped them if they tried.

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Bryan Correll

I’d call this a smart move by FC. First of all it makes for goodwill within the game’s community. And if the novel gets any significant readership outside the game’s base (stranger things have happened) it could draw players to the game. All without costing FC a penny. Enlightened self interest for the win.

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Mewmew

Being authorized by Funcom, it almost seems like they could have dropped the unofficial line? Or is that just to let people know it’s not canon basically? I guess I’m answering my own question.

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Xijit

Is it a novel set in The Secret world, or is it a Biography about the game?

In other words … The title really sucks.

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Mewmew

I guess she could have switched the word “of” to “in” (so it was “An Unofficial Legend in The Secret World”), maybe that could help clear up any confusion muppet chefs were having :P

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Mr.McSleaz

Totally off topic but you made me nostalgic for the Swedish Chef Muppet & I found this.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/08/28/what_is_the_swedish_chef_actually_saying_one_swede_translates_.html

lmao.

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flyingltj

I think it’s best to read about businesses sometimes not being omnievil on Fridays. Keeps the workers in-line.

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ihatevnecks

I keep hoping Funcom will finally do a smart thing and get a TSW TTRPG out as well. Since they’ve already partnered with Modiphius/Free League on stuff, it’d be the perfect opportunity to license out TSW for a Modiphius 2d20 game.

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Phubarrh

Good promotion. I think Ragnar Tornquist’s Anarchy Online novel is also available for free download somewhere.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Is it good?

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BalsBigBrother

The book is available via Kindle Unlimited sub too so snagged it and will give it a read over the weekend I hope. I like a good spooky book and having it tied to something I have played a lot in the past will add a bit of extra spice.

Good move from Funcom and also the author, wins all round :)

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Ocho

Never considered myself the “breaking news” type, but there we go. Happy Friday all!