Funcom gave a player group its blessing to build a Secret World TTRPG

Star Anvil Studios is aiming for a Kickstarter next year

    
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It hasn’t been the best couple of years for fans of The Secret World, thanks to the fact that both games are all but in maintenance mode and the community is still mourning one of its own. But we have a bit of good news for you here: Apparently, Funcom has granted a player group the rights to build a tabletop roleplaying game based on the Secret World IP.

“We have acquired the rights from Funcom to create a TTRPG based on The Secret World MMOPRG,” the group, dubbed Star Anvil Studios, announced on Discord earlier today. “We have work just starting to spin up on this project, it took quite some work to get off the ground. We have a great team assembled including working with Sigil and hiring a writer who worked on The Secret World. Joshua Alan Doetsch will help make sure we capture the story and spirit of the game with his writing and Sigil brings top level art and layout to the project.”

The team says it’s “looking at 2022 for a Kickstarter” but says it won’t have more to share until the end of the year.

Readers will recall that Funcom has been unusually cooperative when it comes to player-run projects using its IPs; we’ve more than once covered the authorized in-universe novels of Blodwedd Mallory.

Source: Discord. Cheers, Ocho!
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Ocho

Cheers! :)

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zoward

Hard to look a gift horse in the mouth on this one. I’m as disappointed as everyone else that the game has been left out to dry. But if they’re not going to do anything themselves with the IP, at least lending it out to Star Anvil (and Blodwedd Mallory! I’m diggin’ the novels!) is the next best thing.

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Sleepy

There’s probably five other people in the whole of Ireland who would play this.

I just need to find them!

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Paragon Lost

More excited by Free League Publishing announcement this morning that they’re doing the Blade Runner Tabletop Rpg honestly. Free League rocks with the work they’ve been doing and awards they’ve been winning.

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Dug From The Earth

I already played Dark Conspiracy, not sure we needed an offshoot of that based on a video game.

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wratts

With the refocus on Conan and REH IP, I have to wonder if they wouldn’t sell TSW/SWL and the IP to someone with even a fair offer. They clearly have no real plans for it

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styopa

“You guys might as well use this IP, we aren’t.”

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Sixuality

Yup.

Given how (for example) NCSoft kept a strangehold on the City of Heroes IP for years, while doing almost nothing with it, it’s hard to see this as anything other than Funcom basically admitting that they’ve abandoned TSW/SWL.

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rk70534

The “The glass is not only half empty, but leaking” -take.

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Neurotic

This made me genuinely LOL. 😄

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velimirius

With buying Conan IP they got now bigger fish to fry, this one can go down the water.

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Greaterdivinity

Shit, I might back this even though I’m not a bit TTRPG guy. At least someone is doing something with the Secret World IP, and the world could always use more Secret World. Hiring one of the writers from the game is legit as hell.

Good luck to them, I hope they can get this off the ground and funded!

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Tobasco da Gama

Same here. I don’t really know anyone who’d play an obscure TTRPG with me, but I’d love to own a well-written sourcebook based on TSW anyway.

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Hurbster

Yeah, I’d buy stuff like this just for the lore.

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Phubarrh

There’s always GURPS Illuminati and its offshoots too…perhaps just a touch less serious than TSW though.

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Phubarrh

I wonder if this means the Johnny Depp-produced TV series is dead?

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Greaterdivinity

I totally forgot about that, but there seems to be nothing since it was announced 4 years ago. Either it’s in a very long and quiet pre-production phase, or it fell off the wagon and nobody really noticed or said anything : (

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Yangers

Probably because of all the drama with Johnny Depp.

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Michael Lehner

And i thought it was probably because FC rammed TSW so badly into the ground that nobody saw any chance to get it in shape again. Which of the two, we’ll never know.

That being said, while i’d so much wish they’d revive the old TSW (which unfortunately won’t ever happen), i guess a TTRPG based on it is not a bad idea. I like it. :)

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Randall Kilgore Jr.

I would say this is the correct answer. Depp has had to put all projects on hold and a big chunk of money is now gone and he may lose more with additional litigation in the future. I’m hoping that once things settle down he’ll be wanting to recoup some lost money and we’ll see a bunch of stuff spin up from him, including the TSW IP stuck to the bottom of the proverbial barrel.