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EA: Tanks for the Warhammer 40K Inspiration?

This image from Reddit builds the case that a tank design for Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances appears quite similar to a Games Workshop-designed tank from the Warhammer 40K series. Games Workshop is known for fiercely defending its intellectual property rights, so there is rampant speculation that if this claim turns out to be valid, legal action is likely to follow. Thanks Strategy Informer.

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37. Re: EA: Tanks for the Warhammer 40K Inspiration? Apr 12, 2012, 14:27 Dev
 
Orogogus wrote on Apr 12, 2012, 14:20:
Well, we're talking about Space Hulk specifically, which doesn't really need minis to play. There were definitely rules summaries up and map tiles, which is basically the whole game. ASeven agrees that there were some infringing files, and it's agreed that GW gave a broad notice and BGG did a wide takedown. What part is in contention, exactly?
Space Hulk specifically IS A MINIS GAME. Did you look at it? lol
Here's the minis it comes with:
http://boardgamegeek.com/image/700790/space-hulk-third-edition
An example of a game in progress:
http://boardgamegeek.com/image/616493/space-hulk-third-edition

A rules summary for this kinda game is not enough to play it. Especially since the game is made up of a campaign, which isn't covered in any rules summary.

Here's an example of a picture of tiles:
http://boardgamegeek.com/image/826876/space-hulk-third-edition
No, its NOT the kinda picture one could replicate the tiles from.

The specific tile I was referring to was to replace those ugly purple arrows you can see in the upper left corner of that last picture. That tile I was talking about is NOT part of the game, and you can't print that one unneeded tile and play the game.

Orogogus wrote on Apr 12, 2012, 14:20:
EDIT: A lot of those player aids in your link were basically up with the abandonware argument, that GW isn't doing anything with those games or had posted them online themselves so anything goes. And there's one guy in the Space Hulk entry who outright says that he put together a copy from the player aids (and other people noting that that's not really helping).

EDIT 2: I mean, seriously: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/46348/space-hulk-a-diy-geeklist

That's like a how-to guide on how to get a c-and-d.
Nowhere did I see anyone make the abandonware argument, and if they did they were obviously wrong. What GW posted online were things like player aids, not the entire game. And they went and removed those official player aids from their site and insisted anyone else who had them take them down.

And did you notice that even that one guy you linked bought MINIS to play the game?

There were certainly a few infringing items, but rather than target those specific ones in the C&D, they just basically told them to take down everything.

Kinda like saying that since torrents can be infringing, all torrents should be stopped. Even if BGG had absolutely zero infringing files, do you think everyone would be stopped from making their own copy? No, he could just go and copy a friends. IMHO its rather silly to do something like that, its far inferior and takes a ton of time, and still costs a significant chunk of money.

BTW, that space hulk 3rd edition reprint they did in the last few years? The many thousands of copies GW printed sold out in a few weeks. And there's still demand for it. Prices on ebay are crazy. That's despite the maybe 10 people who printed their own version (mostly when the game was out of print)

This comment was edited on Apr 12, 2012, 14:47.
 
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