Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Vampire: Undeath, the Legacy

It all started with an innocent thread on RPG.Net about a new LARP called "Vampire: Undeath". From there, Darren MacLennan and I wrote the Vampire: Undeath review. From there things spiralled into a great number of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot moments, peppered with the surreal and sometimes the downright weird. IT  Thousands of posts were written in RPG.Net threads, lawsuits were threatened, art was swiped, public records were accessed, blog posts were written and sock puppets were trotted out. The whole thing found its way to Memecrunch, 4Chan and Bleeding Cool.

In the end, Dark Phoenix Publishing is little more than what it was before it all started - obscure and locked in their own bubble. The Internet's attention span is short, and that's okay. But it serves as a cautionary tale of what not to do when trying to publish or market a roleplaying game, so while I'm removing links to the original pages from the blog's front page, the pages themselves are going to remain. You (and Google) know where to find them.