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Encyclopedia > West End Games
West End Games
Type
Founded 1974
Headquarters Honesdale, Pennsylvania, USA
Industry Role-playing, board and wargaming publisher
Products D6 System, Torg, Junta
Website www.westendgames.com

West End Games (WEG) is a company that makes board, role playing, and war games. It was founded in 1974 in New York, but later moved to Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Its current and past product lines include Paranoia, Torg, Shatterzone, Men In Black, DC Universe, Star Wars, The World of Indiana Jones, Junta, Necroscope, Tales from the Crypt, Bloodshadows, and Metabarons. This article is about games in which one plays the role of a character. ... A board game is a game played with counters or pieces that are placed on, removed from, or moved across a board (a premarked surface, usually specific to that game). ... Glory, an American Civil War game by GMT This article is about the civilian hobby. ... D6 System logo The D6 System is a system of game mechanics, primarily for role-playing games published by West End Games. ... Torg is a cinematic multi-genre role-playing game released by West End Games in 1990, which used several (at the time of its release) innovative techniques. ... Junta is a Machiavellian board game designed by Vincent Tsao. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... A board game is a game played with counters or pieces that are placed on, removed from, or moved across a board (a premarked surface, usually specific to that game). ... This article is about traditional role-playing games. ... Wargames can refer to: Complex military simulations (in a computer or in the real world). ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... “NY” redirects here. ... Honesdale is a borough located in Wayne County, Pennsylvania. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... Paranoia is a humorous role playing game set in a dystopian future similar to 1984, Brazil and Brave New World. ... Torg is a cinematic multi-genre role-playing game released by West End Games in 1990, which used several (at the time of its release) innovative techniques. ... Shatterzone is a Space Opera by West End Games. ... Men in Black is a 1997 science fiction comedy action film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith and Vincent DOnofrio. ... Cover to the History of the DC Universe trade paperback. ... The Star Wars Roleplaying Game is a roleplaying game set in the Star Wars universe, written by and published by West End Games between 1987 and 1999. ... Dr. Henry Indiana Jones, Jr. ... Junta is a Machiavellian board game designed by Vincent Tsao. ... Necroscope is the name of a series of horror fiction books by Brian Lumley. ... Tales from the Crypt can refer to: the television series Tales from the Crypt the film Tales from the Crypt the comic book Tales from the Crypt, published by EC Comics during the 1950s. ... // System Bloodshadows is a campaign setting from West End Games. ... A cover of Metabarons. ...

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Development

Previously a producer of board wargames, the company began producing roleplaying games in 1984 with Paranoia. The high production values demanded by the wargames industry made them one of the few companies who could compete with TSR, and they were able to acquire the license from Columbia Pictures to produce an RPG based on the film Ghostbusters. This game, Ghostbusters: A Frightfully Cheerful Roleplaying Game, formed the basis of the D6 System which was to be heavily used in many of their licensed products. A board game is a game played with counters or pieces that are placed on, removed from, or moved across a board (a premarked surface, usually specific to that game). ... Wargaming is the play of simulated military operations in the form of games known as wargames. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... TSR was a company formed as Tactical Studies Rules in 1972 by Gary Gygax and Don Kaye (and others later) to publish the rule set for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... Ghostbusters is a 1984 sci-fi comedy film about three eccentric New York City parapsychologists. ... Ghostbusters is a comedy role-playing game designed by Sandy Petersen, Lynn Willis, and Greg Stafford, and published by West End Games. ... D6 System logo The D6 System is a system of game mechanics, primarily for role-playing games published by West End Games. ...


Around 1987, the company acquired the license to produce a Star Wars RPG . Since the films had been released some years ago, and there was (at the time) no new media forthcoming, the success of these books came as a surprise. Their early work on the Star Wars Roleplaying Game established much of the groundwork of what later became the Star Wars Expanded Universe, and their sourcebooks are still frequently cited by Star Wars fans as reference material. Lucasfilm considered their sourcebooks so authoritative that when Timothy Zahn was hired to write what became the Thrawn trilogy, he was sent a box of West End Games Star Wars books and directed to base his novel on the background material presented within. Zahn's trilogy, in turn, renewed interest in the franchise and provided many sales for West End Games. In the early 1990s, the FidoNet Star Wars Echo hosted a message forum for playing the Star Wars RPG on computer bulletin board systems, and some current and future West End Games freelancers took part. Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... The Star Wars Roleplaying Game is a roleplaying game set in the Star Wars universe, written by and published by West End Games between 1987 and 1999. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Lucasfilm Ltd. ... Timothy Zahn (born September 1, 1951) is a science fiction novelist. ... The Thrawn trilogy (also known as The Three Book Cycle and The Heir To The Empire Trilogy) are the three novels, Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command, written by Timothy Zahn and set in the Star Wars galaxy about five years after Return of the... The FidoNet Star Wars Echo was a FidoNet echomail message forum distributed on bulletin board systems in the 1990s. ... Ward Christensen and the computer that ran one of the first public Bulletin Board Systems, CBBS from BBS: The Documentary “BBS” redirects here. ...


Bankruptcy

Despite the company's early phenomenal success, in July, 1998 West End Games went into bankruptcy. Various reasons for this decline have been debated, including the general deleterious effect the growth of the CCG hobby was having on the entire role-playing game market at the time, a series of extravagant but failed game lines which West End Games had launched in an attempt to match Star Wars' success (the Masterbook family of games in particular, including Torg, Shatterzone, and Masterbook itself) and continued to support well after it was clear that they had failed to find audiences, and just simple poor financial management. A contributing factor may have been West End Game's failure to establish an internet presence even after most other game companies had done so years earlier; the company's only acknowledgment of the web-based community was a contact e-mail address through America Online. Although these might have played a part in weakening their market position, the culminating event involves mismanagement between West End Games and its then parent company, shoe importer Bucci Retail Group. When the parent company filed for bankruptcy, West End Games could not survive the process and had to go under as well. [1] Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Notice of closure stuck on the door of a computer store the day after its parent company, Granville Technology Group Ltd, declared bankruptcy (strictly, put into administration—see text) in the United Kingdom. ... CCG is an acronym for: Collectible card game Computational Chemistry Grid Combinatory categorial grammar (Computational linguistics), a kind of categorial grammar Canadian Coast Guard Castor Cracking Group Childrens Cancer Study Group Centre for Computational Geography Chesapeake Computer Group, a fleet software company based in Norfolk, VA Chemical Computing Group... This article is about games in which one plays the role of a character. ... Torg is a cinematic multi-genre role-playing game released by West End Games in 1990, which used several (at the time of its release) innovative techniques. ... Masterbook is a generic role-playing game that was created by West End Games as a follow-up to the multi-genre role-playing game Torg and the science fiction game Shatterzone, which used a modified version of the Torg system. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...


Current Status

No longer considered stable, all of West End's licenses to produce work based upon various settings were terminated, most significantly the Star Wars license which had produced most of the company's business. West End was forced to liquidate most of its assets, including a large backstock of unsold books. Ironically, the company finally created a web-site while in bankruptcy proceedings in order to facilitate the liquidating of their stock.


However, despite appearances West End Games did not disappear. A European company invested in them, and produced a game using the D6 mechanics for the Metabarons setting, a popular French comic story. Unfortunately the game never found a following with American audiences and did not lead to a resurgence of the company. A cover of Metabarons. ...


West End Games persisted, and in 2004 completely restructured themselves again. Currently, their flagship line is a generic version of the D6 system, which has met with general approval from gamers and has led to a line of regularly produced supplements. West End is also expanding back into board games, beginning with a new edition of Junta. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... D6 System logo The D6 System is a system of game mechanics, primarily for role-playing games published by West End Games. ...


Game designers affiliated with West End Games include Greg Costikyan, Paul Murphy, Eric Goldberg, Joe Balkoski, Jon Southard, Jeff Briggs, and Ken Rolston. Greg Costikyan, also known as Designer X, is an American game designer and science fiction writer. ... Paul Murphy could mean Paul Murphy, a popular South East USA LARP and manga writer Paul Murphy, a musician and educator Paul Murphy, an actor Paul Murphy, a journalist for Time Out Paul Murphy, a Welsh politician Paul Murphy, a Manitoba politician Paul Murphy, co-writer of Paranoia Paul Murphy... Lead animator of such characters as the Genie in Aladdin and Phil in Hercules. ... Jeff Briggs is founder, president, and CEO of Firaxis Games, a computer game developer based in Hunt Valley, Maryland. ... Ken Rolston is an American computer game and board game designer best known for his work with West End Games and the hit computer game series Elder Scrolls. ...


Systems developed

D6 System logo The D6 System is a system of game mechanics, primarily for role-playing games published by West End Games. ... Masterbook is a generic role-playing game that was created by West End Games as a follow-up to the multi-genre role-playing game Torg and the science fiction game Shatterzone, which used a modified version of the Torg system. ... Torg is a cinematic multi-genre role-playing game released by West End Games in 1990, which used several (at the time of its release) innovative techniques. ... Necroscope is the name of a series of horror fiction books by Brian Lumley. ... Tales from the Crypt can refer to: the television series Tales from the Crypt the film Tales from the Crypt the comic book Tales from the Crypt, published by EC Comics during the 1950s. ...

Board games

  • Against the Reich
  • Bug-Eyed Monsters (1983)
  • Junta (1985)

Junta is a Machiavellian board game designed by Vincent Tsao. ...

References

  1. ^ Haring, Scott D. (1999-04-16). Pyramid Interviews: Scott Palter (html). Steve Jackson Games. Retrieved on 2007-04-24.

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External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
West End Games - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (503 words)
This game, Ghostbusters: A Frightfully Cheerful Roleplaying Game, formed the basis of the d6 System which was to be heavily used in many of their licensed products.
Their early work on the Star Wars Roleplaying Game established much of the groundwork of what later became the Star Wars Source information, and their sourcebooks are still frequently cited by Star Wars fans as reference material.
Lucasfilm considered their sourcebooks so authoritative that when Timothy Zahn was hired to write what became the Thrawn trilogy, he was sent a box of West End Games Star Wars books and directed to base his novel on the background material presented within.
Encyclopedia: West End Games (1445 words)
The Star Wars Roleplaying Game is a roleplaying game set in the Star Wars universe, written by and published by West End Games between 1987 and 1999.
Game designers affiliated with West End Games include Greg Costikyan and Ken Rolston.
The DC Heroes game that West End is supposedly going to base a third of their operations upon is unlikely to come to any fruition, following a statement on July 21st that the game was officially suspended.
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