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Dragon Warriors—October, Flaming Cobra



30th June 2008

The short version: it’s Mongoose.

The longer version:

Magnum Opus Press is proud to announce that it has signed contracts with Mongoose Publishing Ltd to release new editions of the renowned classic RPGs Dragon Warriors and The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchaunsen, as well as other properties to be announced in the future. The games will be released under Mongoose’s Flaming Cobra imprint, which is already home to hits such as Cthulhutech and Spycraft 2.0.

Under the terms of this deal Magnum Opus Press will retain full creative control over the games, and will do all the design, writing, illustration and layout for the products. Mongoose will handle all printing, publicity, sales and distribution.

The first Magnum Opus products are due to hit shelves in games stores around the world in September this year, with a new edition of the 1998 Origins Award-nominated RPG The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen, described by cartoonist John Kovalic as “Utter brilliance in RPG form”. This ‘new’ version, a facsimile of the suppressed 1808 printing, is roughly double the length of the 1998 release and contains 55% more insults about the French.

The revised Dragon Warriors rulebook and the first supplement for the system will follow a month later. These will present a re-edit of the original British fantasy RPG by Dave Morris and Oliver Johnson, a best-seller in the UK in the 1980s and a cult classic today, with all-new covers and artwork.

“Flaming Cobra is a natural home for these great British RPGs,” said James Wallis, director of Magnum Opus Press. “The imprint allows Magnum Opus to play to its strengths as a creative powerhouse and ideas factory, while tapping into the UK’s most developed and successful sales and distribution systems for RPGs.”

Magnum Opus Press is the new publishing company from James Wallis, who ran Hogshead Publishing (Warhammer FRP, Nobilis) from 1994 to 2003. It will continue to publish non-gaming titles outside the Flaming Cobra deal. Magnum Opus Press is a subsidiary of the games-consultancy Spaaace.

(All rights in Dragon Warriors remain the property of Dave Morris and Oliver Johnson, and are used with permission by Magnum Opus Press.)

8 Responses to Dragon Warriors—October, Flaming Cobra

  1. That’s excellent news. I’m particularly glad to hear that Magnum Opus retains creative control and have final say over the physical appearance of the finished project.

    So the question is begged: When do we see FRUP?

  2. I refer you to lines 3 and 4 of paragraph 3 above. In other words: “in the future”.

  3. Jonathan Walton

    I’m cautiously excited, because I haven’t been at all impressed with Mongoose’s Flaming Cobra stuff so far. The printing quality and problems with Cthulhutech were unforgivably bad. The book should have never been released in that form. Likewise, there have been repeated issues with Spycraft. I only hope they have resolved those issues.

  4. Mark Atkinson

    Dragon Warriors was the best of the early RPG games and I personally love the game 20 years ago.

    That is exactly my point, 20 years ago it was a great game. The modern market is alot more competetive and there is alot more choice around for gamers like me. If this is as stated is just a re-edit with new art work I fear it will not hold up against the likes of D&D 4e and Traveller simply because it is a 20+ year old system that has not evoloved.

    I truely wish you all the best and I already know I will buy this Dragon Warriors series simply because playing it will make me feel like a teenager again!!!!

  5. I’m very interested to see Dragon Warriors getting republished – in fact I stumbled across this site while looking for the current rights holder!

    I feel despite the age of the system it can still act as a good introductory game for teenagers. The key to the success of this game is how it is pitched at gamers – the original release ninja-surprised me as I was buying FF books and discovered DW on the same shelf in a bookstore while on holiday in North Wales (I remember it very clearly).

    Myself and my brothers had hours and hours of enjoyment with the DW system as it was quick and easy to use. We also used the FF rpg system too for the same reason. (Of course we also played AD&D and WFRP but those were heavier games to commit to and not so easy to simply ‘pick up and play’).

    The DW system could act as a very good gateway game for kids just getting into the genre and that’s who I feel it should be marketed to.

    I’m going to pick up the new books so that I can look at writing some support material for it :-)

    Target the youngsters/pre-early teens in the bookstores they’re looking to try new things and from my experience they buy into loads of different systems in their early playing years just to see how they work.

    I’m very interested in getting involved in helping this one develop if I can.


  6. Craig Lockley

    Dragon Warriors definately holds up against “modern” RPG’s I still use the game to introduce new people to roleplaying, and it’s simplicity is perfect for that.

  7. Was wondering when/if/where we’ll see a PDF version? (Mongoose said to ask y’all..)

  8. PDF versions of all the DW books are in the works, but are #2 or #3 on my list of priorities right now. There’ll be announcements in all the usual places when the PDFs are released.

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