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    For many years, various publishers in the Americas and Europe have had their books printed in China as a cost-saving measure (including many in the RPG field). Often the primary downside of this has simply been the time taken for the books to arrive, but it appears there can also be another problem, as the publishers of The Sassoon Files (a Cthulhu-based RPG supplement) have announced that all print copies of their book have been destroyed by the Chinese Government – for unspecified reasons.

     

    The Sassoon Files is a collection of Cthulhu Mythos scenarios and campaign resources set in 1920s Shanghai (for both Call of Cthulhu and Gumshoe systems) and was Kickstarted back in September 2018, raising some $24,000 USD from more than 500 backers. The volume was due to ship from the printers very shortly. As a result of this recent turn of events, the publishers, Sons of the Singularity, have released a video statement.

     

     

    If there were any silver lining to this unfortunate state of affairs it would be the notoriety this book will now receive as a result.



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    Gol-Goroth

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    I am not surprised.  This is terrible news for this publisher.

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    agedangel

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    At least one very popular "ancient imperial palace intrigue" TV show has also been shut down by government censors. The aim appears to be to rewrite Chinese history to give the appearance of an eternal peaceful utopia.

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    Sad to see that kind of thing happening.

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    Butters

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    Damn, So sorry to hear this it must have been an emotional gut punch but at least it provides a warning to other publishers who may have been looking towards China as a potential printer of their products, I hope things work out down the line, though to be brutally honest I did find the disregard to the right of self-expression part fairly funny considering well it's China.

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    rylehNC

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    Hopefully this creates more of a time shortage than a money one. I did not back the Kickstarter, but I would buy the pdf today if SoS decides they need an infusion of cash in the meantime.

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    eternalchampion

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    Yes it is sad and unacceptable. It is also unacceptable that they didn't give a proper explanation of such an action.

     

    I don't know, and I have only read the overview of the scenarios, but if I may share a thought, the name Lao Che for an evil sorcerer might have not been taken lightly since it sounds close to Lao-tze, which is another pronunciation for Laozi, the famous mystic and founder of Taoism.

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    BigJackBrass

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    I wonder how much of a hit the printer will take, not to mention the possibility of increased state scrutiny in future.

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    DeadlyTreadly

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    It mentions Sun Yat Sen and the Nationalists in the western view.

    No wonder they hate it. In their opinion the Nationalists, who actually did all the fighting against the Japanese while the Communists had a truce with the Japanese, were 'traitors'.

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    DrMonster

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    I’ve discussed this elsewhere, but it is time for Western publishers to print their books in the  West again instead of subsidising firms in countries that don’t share our values.

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    UrsusMaior

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    On 25/03/2019 at 05:49, Butters said:

    Damn, So sorry to hear this it must have been an emotional gut punch but at least it provides a warning to other publishers who may have been looking towards China as a potential printer of their products, I hope things work out down the line, though to be brutally honest I did find the disregard to the right of self-expression part fairly funny considering well it's China.

     

    I second that. For us players that might mean higher prices though. And some might decide to walk away as a consequence. In the end, smaller publishers will have to make a hard choice: not selling printed items in quantities that make them lucrative to print in the first place or take the risk of getting mixed up in politics.

     

    This has two reasons: global market eceonomy has fewer and fewer options (read: countries) left to outsource to for cheap labor. And secondly, while the EU still has her own cheap printing countries with short logistical chains and free trade (mostly Poland and South-Eastern member states), the USA is running out of options even quicker: Mexico isn't strictly cheap labor anymore and free trade with the EU fell through when the last administration change took place.

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    UrsusMaior

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    Good news. I hope they will incorporate the latest version of the publication. I bought the Sassoon Files earlier last week and received a notification via email that an update was now available via DriveThruRPG. No time for synoptic reading yet, but I suspect they got rid of misspellings etc.

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    Sorry to say, that's more or less what you can expect with a country like the People's Republic...or any totalitarian state -- they keep a careful eye on how their "history" is portrayed, to make sure it corresponds to the "official" story line.  Let people writing about things (even innocuous things) in China be warned!  Seek your printer somewhere else.

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