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A Vassal Module for Citadel of Blood can be downloaded here:

http://www.mediafire.com/?fd7afwt5ecdqjmd
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That's excellent! Thank you for keeping these old titles alive for a new generation.
 
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Excellent. The relevant Ares magazine issue is here:

https://archive.org/details/AresMagazine05_CitadelofBlood
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the mods don't like any links to that site. it has a lot of stolen copyrighted material on it
 
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Does anyone know who has the rights to the SPI SF/F line? Decision Games?
 
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yes Decision Games I am fairly certain
 
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Actually, I don't believe that is true, at least not for all of them, and it doesn't seem to be the case for any of the ARES Games either. The published list from many years ago of the titles that Decision Games acquired does not list any of the ARES games on it, possibly due to TSR running ARES for a time in the Dragon magazine and was thus associated with that.

So who actually does own the ARES stuff? I dunno, it is rather hazy, which is probably why people have been bootlegging them, though I wouldn't be surprised if in the end it was Hasbro (TSR > WotC > Hasbro). If someone knows for sure please share the info.

As for the other SF/F games, some were of course picked up by Avalon Hill such as Freedom in the Galaxy, while others such as Swords & Sorcery reverted back to the original designer, in that case Greg Costikyan. John Carter of Mars and War of the Ring were also not on the list likely due to them both being on some sort of limited license from their respective estates that has long since ended.

These are the SF/F titles that were listed as being acquired by Decision Games:
After the Holocaust
Against Four Worlds (a game that never actually made it into print from SPI)
BattleFleet Mars
Invasion: America
Minuteman
Outreach
StarForce: Alpha Centauri
StarForce Trilogy
StarGate
StarSoldier
The Sword and the Stars
Titan Strike
Vector 3
War in the Ice

This is from the list of Acquired SPI Game Titles originally printed in Strategy & Tactics magazine.
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It must be even more complicated than that, because Costikyan has a revised version of Vector 3 posted on his site, which re-uses some of the original SPI graphic design (even including the copyright notice).

Also, in 2001 Costikyan re-published Barbarian Kings in a second edition through Jolly Roger, which he couldn't have done if Hasbro owned the Ares games.
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Yeah, that's true. When it comes to the Ares games as well as the magazine itself and who owns or has the rights to either or both, I can only guess. Heck, Hasbro probably wouldn't know for sure themselves if they owned them even if they actually did. As you say, it seems rather complicated.

<Anyone who does know, feel free to insert said info here>

 
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