The Games Workshop Files Purge of '09
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No doubt those of you who have supported Games Workshop in the past by creating files for use with their games will have noticed they are all being deleted from BGG at the behest of their lawyers.

So here's a little paeon to the games that I spent many hours creating rules summaries and reference sheets for that are no longer available here. They're still at my personal site, but I don't imagine they'll be there for long.

No doubt they'll be more items on this list before long.

If you are interested in my opinion of this kind of activity, check out the latest entry on my blog at www.headlesshollow.com.
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26. Board Game: Necromunda [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:1124]
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Somehow, the stuff I uploaded for Necromunda has stayed ... so far. I wonder why the big push to eliminate fan-created aids?

Just when I start really liking GW again, they always go and do something to remind me that they can be quite jerky at times.
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27. Board Game: Brewhouse Bash [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:12483]
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The PDF File from a White Dwarf Magazine has been purged.
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28. Board Game: Munchkin Temporary Tattoos [Average Rating:5.93 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.93 Unranked]
Board Game: Munchkin Temporary Tattoos
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To tell you how far reaching and bizarre GW has gone with this they are now even going after tattoos connected to their games. From their own website in the legal section it reads

We cannot allow tattoos as an acceptable use of our IP as a third party necessarily has to perform the "service."

So if any of you have a Warhammer tattoo on your arm you'll doubtless be hearing from GW's lawyers soon with a cheese grader so they can eliminate your infringement on their copyright.
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29. Board Game: The End is Near [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
Board Game: The End is Near
Markus Rathgeb
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Dark times are coming - let's hope we're allowed to use the word 'games' for our hobby in the days to come. laugh

Our annual Mordheim campaign (name used without permission from the other ones ), we played each year about 2 months around christmas, is cancelled. Now we're thinking of playing Das Schwarze Auge or V.I.P.E.R. campaign.
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30. Board Game: Santa's Workshop [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked]
Board Game: Santa's Workshop
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aaaaargh, another game purged by GW wow
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31. Board Game: Doctor Who: The Game of Time & Space [Average Rating:5.38 Overall Rank:18015]
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Tim Thorp
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Addendum to memo from Games Workshop:

"Uhhh, this one you can keep."
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32. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1073]
Board Game: Cosmic Encounter
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I scanned a few bonus aliens from White Dwarf.

Luckily I kept the originals online.... whistle
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33. Board Game: Inquisitor [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:14325]
Board Game: Inquisitor
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I had both of my files for Inquisitor removed. The first was a 1-pg list of character actions. The other was a blank character sheet that I made myself (different from the one in the rulebook).

{Edit: for clarity}

I'm sure that not a lot of people on this site were using these documents regularly, but back in the day when we played this game a lot, the action list was an essential aid. This is a good game for doing a man-to-man "shootout" using a detailed rule set... sort of like Gunslinger in the 40k universe.
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Manowarplayer's great list gives us all excellent inspiration to politely inform Games Workshop of our displeasure.
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35. Board Game: Pit Fighter [Average Rating:6.13 Unranked]
Board Game: Pit Fighter
Jaime Mayol
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Is this game copyright protected? All files eliminated.
 
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36. Board Game: The Dangerous Book for Boys Game [Average Rating:4.71 Overall Rank:18152]
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Check this article out that was linked to from Boing Boing - corporate culture gone haywire:

http://www.notsounwashed.com/2009/11/very-dangerous-remove-i...

And this is amusing:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/debbieohi/4145143618/
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37. Board Game: Warmaster [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:11198]
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Another free game previously downloadable from GW and also included in a White Dwarf issue. All files are gone (Pics are still there, so you might be able to work something up).

I have been meaning to create/build a copy of this. Lucky I downloaded what I needed so far.
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38. Board Game: Advanced Heroquest [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:2399]
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It seems I have lost some quick reference sheets for this game as well. I very much doubt that the stats contained can be copyrighted. Certainly no art or text was copied.

I might also add that this game is 20 years old/OOP and superseded by Warhammer Quest (Also long out of print).

Exactly what are they protecting?
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39. Board Game: Zombie in My Pocket [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:3184]
Board Game: Zombie in My Pocket
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ZimP Variant: Space Hulk in my Pocket

Had made it to #80 in the Hot Files List in little more than a month. This game simply took place in the 40K Universe and utilized massively altered images of official items. It played using ZimP rules, not Space Hulk rules.

The worst thing this game did was act a gateway game to Space Hulk and other 40K based games ... Most lawyers can be quite cranially challenged.
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40. Board Game: Battlefleet Gothic [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:2302]
Board Game: Battlefleet Gothic
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I might have been more sympathetic to a corporate decision to remove certain material from a third-party website had the corporation not already posted all such all such aforementioned material for free on their own website.

Such was not the case with Battlefleet Gothic, where all fanmade material was completely removed, most of it being assembled from the PDFs on GW's Specialist Games tab. Such was also the case for Necromunda, Mordheim, and Inquisitor.

So what, GW, can you simply not stand the idea of someone else being a benefactor to your potential customers?
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41. Board Game: Survival / The Barbarian [Average Rating:5.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.10 Unranked]
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I could have sworn there were some fane made files up for this? I pop in after a few years to check and find out its part of the GW files purge and lockout???

I wish Task Force Games were still around to contest this. arrrgh!

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42. Board Game: Space Marine [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:3683] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
Board Game: Space Marine
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Unrelated to the 09 event. But GW is at it again. They hit a writer with a C&D claiming GW owns the word Space Marine. GW came under heavy fire from various SF writers and apparently was forced to back down.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21380003

and the offending book.

http://www.amazon.com/Spots-Space-Marine-Defense-Fiddler/dp/...

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