Fantasy Games Unlimited

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Fantasy Games Unlimited, often referred to as just FGU, is a publishing house for both table-top and role-playing games. They have no in-house design teams and rely on submitted material from outside talent.[1]

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History

Founded in 1975 by Scott Bizar, the company's first publications were the wargames Gladiators and Royal Armies of the Hyborean Age. Upon the sudden appearance and massive popularity of Dungeons & Dragons from TSR, the company turned its attentions to role-playing games, seeking out and producing systems created by amateurs and freelancers. Rather than focusing on any one line and supporting it with subsequent supplements, FGU instead produced a continuous stream of new games. In its time, FGU Incorporated published dozens of different role-playing games, more than any other company.[citation needed]

In 1989, Fantasy Games Unlimited won the All Time Best Ancient Medieval Rules for 1979 H.G. Wells Award at Origins 1980 for Chivalry & Sorcery.[2] In 1991, Fantasy Games Unlimited Inc. was dissolved for nonpayment of taxes, causing some contracts with various creators to terminate.[3]

While no new titles were released between 1987 and 2008, the company still exists. FGU has been very vigorous in defending any perceived threat to its intellectual property, sometimes taking what many consider to be unjustified umbrage at other publishers for even barely perceptible infringements. For instance, FGU has twice threatened legal action when other companies published role-playing games with the term "Space Opera" in the titles, even though the term pre-dates FGU's game as a genre label by several decades. FGU has also earned a bad reputation for holding their games in limbo, replying to requests from new companies even for simple reprint rights with demands for exorbitant licensing fees.

A new FGU website appeared in July 2006 offering the company's back catalog. It promised new products "coming soon". New Aftermath! products began to appear in 2008. By 2010 much of the company's back catalog was available. FGU is now seeking submissions to allow the publication of new adventures for some of their existing titles to which they do not have the rights.[4]

Publications

  • Aftermath!
  • Bushido
  • Bunnies & Burrows
  • Blue Light Manual
  • Chivalry & Sorcery (1st & 2nd editions)
  • Daredevils
  • Diadem
  • Down Styphon
  • Fire, Hack & Run
  • Flash Gordon & the Warriors of Mongo
  • Flashing Blades
  • Frederick the Great[5]
  • Freedom Fighters
  • Gangster!
  • Gladiators
  • Land of the Rising Sun
  • Lands of Adventure
  • Legion
  • Merc
  • Middle Sea
  • Odysseus
  • Other Suns
  • Privateers & Gentlemen
  • Psi World
  • Royal Armies of the Hyborean Age
  • Skull & Crossbones
  • Space Marines
  • Space Opera
  • Star Explorer
  • Starships & Spacemen
  • Swordbearer
  • Tyrannosaurus wrecks
  • Villains and Vigilantes
  • Wargaming magazine
  • Wild West
  • Wizards' World
  • Year of the Phoenix

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