John Wick Sells 7th Sea to Chaosium

A couple of years ago, game designer John Wick acquired the rights to his 1999 roleplaying game, 7th Sea from publisher AEG, and launched a record-breaking Kickstarter for a 2nd Edition which sailed past a million dollars. Last year, the company ran into financial difficulties and laid off most of its staff. Now, Wick has sold the property to Chaosium, who will be fulfilling the remainder of the struggling Kickstarter. Here’s the press release.





Chaosium, publishers of the award-winning tabletop roleplaying games Call of Cthulhu, RuneQuest, and King Arthur Pendragon, has acquired John Wick’s acclaimed 7th Sea RPG , it was announced today.

7th Sea is John’s Wick’s swashbuckling and sorcery roleplaying game set set in the fictional world of Théah. The second edition of 7th Sea was crowdfunded by John Wick’s own company, John Wick Presents in 2016, setting a then-record on Kickstarter for a tabletop RPG, raising over $1.3 million dollars.

John Wick himself will be joining Chaosium as creative director for 7th Sea. He will continue to have creative oversight of his game, and will remain a principal author of 7th Sea material going forward. Beyond that, John Wick will also write for other Chaosium game lines, for which he has great affection.

“John is an extraordinarily talented designer and highly regarded figure in the world of tabletop rpgs. We are delighted to have him join our team”, said Chaosium President Rick Meints.

Following the death of Chaosium founder Greg Stafford in November last year, John’s memorial piece about Greg's titanic influence on the landscape of tabletop games was shared and quoted widely (The Gray Crane).


John Wick said,"My first RPG was a Chaosium game. My second RPG was a Chaosium game. My third RPG was a Chaosium game. Saying 'I'm excited to be joining the Chaosium team' just doesn't do it. I've respected and admired the company for over thirty years. I'm joining the same company who started me on this journey and I couldn't be prouder."

Upon acquiring this new game line, Chaosium’s paramount objective for 7th Sea is the fulfilment of the outstanding rewards from the 7th Sea Second Edition and 7th Sea Khitai Kickstarters. Coinciding with this announcement, John Wick has updated all Kickstarter backers with the new arrangements, which will see Chaosium overseeing the remaining fulfilment of the campaigns.

Over coming weeks, 7th Sea products and content will begin to be migrated to Chaosium.com and Chaosium’s page at DriveThruRPG. A 7th Sea discussion board will also be set up at BRP Central, Chaosium’s forums.

For media enquires about John Wick and 7th Sea contact: Michael O'Brien.
 
Russ Morrissey

Comments

Connorsrpg

Adventurer
That is good news indeed. I don't play any of these games regularly, but glad to see a good brand not go under :)
 

Olaf the Stout

Adventurer
Good news for 7th Sea. Wick must have really dug himself a hole with that Kickstarter, but good to see he didn’t just leave it in a steaming pile like many other Kickstarter creators have done.
 

trancejeremy

Villager
I was kinda hoping this was an April Fool's post. I am really not a fan of his work and hope he doesn't negatively affect Chaosium (which I am a fan of)
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I have no idea how it must feel. The highs of acquiring the rights to your own game, and then running the biggest RPG Kickstarter ever, and then coming to this must be quite the rollercoaster. But finding some other way to ensure Kickstarter backers got their rewards was the responsible thing to do.
 

LuisCarlos17f

Adventurer
"7th Sea", a world where if an expedition from Avalon finds a Stargate and destroy an alien ship, they become heroes, but the same action done by a Castillan explorer squad to save the world, then these are barbarians and zealots who destroy all they can't understand.

This franchises is one of the best examples of how speculative fiction can be used as a propaganda weapon.
 

imagineGod

Explorer
I have no idea how it must feel. The highs of acquiring the rights to your own game, and then running the biggest RPG Kickstarter ever, and then coming to this must be quite the rollercoaster. But finding some other way to ensure Kickstarter backers got their rewards was the responsible thing to do.
Credit to John Wick for being so considerate of the fate of backers along with his own sanity.

I supported other Kickstarters, one which funded successfully, over-promised stretch goals, burnt down due to its own success, and the creator skulked away in a very bad state, with angry backers and no resolution for years till date. :-(
 

PMárk

Explorer
Well. 7th Sea 2e was a huge letdown for me, primarily because of its rules system. It seems nothing will change on that front, so, my stance will rmeain "not interested" about it, sadly, because I was initially very hyped about it, since I loved the first edition.

On the other hand, I hope Chaosium games will remain as they are. I have no need for, or interest in a CoC 8e with the kind of rules 7thS2e has.
 

Toriel

Explorer
That is very good news. I backed both 7th Sea and Kithai. I know the system is not for everyone but I like it a lot. It is very action oriented and dynamic with a lot of stuff happening at the same time. You have to bend your brain in a different way and change your expectations of traditional rpgs.
 

PMárk

Explorer
That is very good news. I backed both 7th Sea and Kithai. I know the system is not for everyone but I like it a lot. It is very action oriented and dynamic with a lot of stuff happening at the same time. You have to bend your brain in a different way and change your expectations of traditional rpgs.
Thing is, I don't want to. I have no beef against the kind of narrative systems 7thSe2 has, it's just very much not my cup of tea, thank you. If it's for you, then, I wish you a good time with it! I just prefer traditional/classic rpg design, in general, that's all, so it practically killed 2e for me and all my interest in it, sadly
 

ParanoydStyle

Peace Among Worlds
Well, that certainly is BIG NEWS. I am glad Mr. Wick is still involved. It's my understanding that 7th Sea is a very beloved game and setting.
 

Jonathan Tweet

Explorer
That's good news, and I'm happy for everyone. Chaosium has plenty of experience managing and rebooting old game systems, as well as working out from under a Kickstarter mess. They already have a sprawling catalog, so there's room for 7th Sea.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Yeah, I have to agree. In its current iteration, Chaosium is not only good at fulfilling Kickstarters, they have a reputation for saving and fulfilling other company’s Kickstarters.
 
Really?

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/224590870/runequest-classic-edition

This is the one Kickstarter that the new management ran. It is 3.5 years old and has not fulfilled many of the stretch goals. The book that was sent out was printed with all the typos that were crowd sourced edited and found. They vanish for months, miss new deadlines and then come back and make new promises that they miss. They have done so poorly at it that they are no longer doing kickstarters.

Can you provide any evidence that they have run and delivered a Kickstarter on time as new management? What I can find is that they have retreated from Kickstarter because of their issues in the past.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Yeah, I have to agree. In its current iteration, Chaosium is not only good at fulfilling Kickstarters, they have a reputation for saving and fulfilling other company’s Kickstarters.
 

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