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Re: (TFT) Re: TFT copyrights

daniel@jaws.greatwhite.com (Dan Tulloh) wrote:
> I don't believe that Thompson bore any ill will towards Steve
> Jackson.  He did, after all, sell him the rights to Ogre and
> GEV as well as allow SJG to take over publication of "The 
> Space Gamer".
> I believe that Thompson probably viewed TFT as the means by
> which he might have been able to save the company or even
> revive it at some future point.  Hence the reason he was 
> reluctant to let it go.

What's unclear to me is what role Howard actually played in the
development of TFT.  Sure, it was his company, but most of the
important work seems to have been done by Steve J.  Howard seems
awfully protective of a gaming system that wasn't really his
except on paper, but that's a strictly outsider's view of it, based
on the various credits listed in the games.

Ironically, Howard seemed to prefer the death of TFT via a long,
slow descent into obscurity rather than having it remain a viable,
growing gaming system.  I can't believe he'd thing SJG would screw
it up - I think SJ feels at least as paternal to TFT as Howard, and
would never sell it all down the river!

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