Elite Dangerous posts its April update patch notes and offers to fund a tabletop CCG

    
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It’s a tale of two Elite: Dangerous stories this week: On the one hand, the game has kicked out its new April update, and on the other hand, there’s some new information about a tabletop card game based on the Elite franchise that has risen from the ashes of a seemingly doomed pen and paper Kickstarter campaign.

A company by the name of Spidermind Games had designs to release a tabletop RPG and card game based on Elite: Dangerous, but both of the projects were pulled after rightly running afoul of copyright infringement. The team were reportedly given an ultimatum to prove the product wasn’t meant to infringe on the Elite IP, and the folks at Spidermind were in discussions with the lawyers at Frontier over the matter.

Those talks appear to have since borne fruit: A recent blog post from the game creators has accepted an offer from Frontier Games to have the CCG Elite Battlecards funded directly, provided that there’s evidence that there’s a demand. “We’re so sorry to mess you around, having already pledged to making this game once (or, for some of you, twice!), but can we ask you to put in a pre-order for the game on this website,” asks the post. “We’re keeping the discounted Kickstarter rate for people who pledge early.”

Meanwhile in Elite: Dangerous, the April update that brings a revamped new player experience, an improved Commodity Market, and a couple of new Modules has been put online, the patch notes for which are right here.

sources: Kickstarter via Eurogamer, Elite Battlecards website with thanks to H Little for the tip, Elite: Dangerous forums

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PhoenixDfire

Just a couple of errors in the above article. The RPG in question, E.D.R.P.G, was successfully funded through Kickstarter, despite the patent troll taking the project down for a little while and it can be purchased through the Spidermind website at https://www.edrpg.co.uk/.

The card game in question is based on Elite:Dangerous which Frontier licenced the IP to Spidermind games. However, there does seem to be still an issue with the rights to the original Elite game made in 1984 which was used to stop the Kickstarter for the card game, leading to Frontier directly supporting the Battlecards Game.

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BalsBigBrother

I like what I have seen in the new update though much of it will not be all that useful for me personally. It will however ease new people into the game and while its still a steep learning curve you at least get to take a run up at it now.

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laelgon

How does someone start a project, and raise money for it, based on an IP that they don’t have the rights to? That seems incredibly naive. Once you’re publicly asking for money, it stops being just a fun fan project.

The update, however, is a great improvement. The new modules are great convenience items for people who play it as a relaxing podcast/movie/audiobook game.

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PilotCX7

The article is misleading in that Spidermine Games had secured the rights through Frontier to make these games. The copyright claim was made by another party. Frontier worked with Spidermine to fight this claim through Kickstarter and succeeded.