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    Earlier today Chaosium released a statement announcing the removal of the French Call of Cthulhu licence held by Sans-Détour, a company known for its high production value publications and extensive limited edition RPG sets.

     

    The statement describes how Sans-Détour have failed to pay required licence fees to Chaosium since late 2016, and that Chaosium are now investigating legal action against the RPG publisher. This turn of events obviously puts SD crowd funders (such as Les Masques de Nyarlathotep et Le Jour de la Bête) in severe doubt of fulfilment.

     

    In the same Press Release Chaosium have also indicated that a new French language Call of Cthulhu licensee is in the works to replace Sans-Détour.

     

    Sans-Détour have yet to comment on the matter.

     

    Source: Statement about Éditions Sans-Détour

     

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    I wonder if someone at Sans-Detour thought that Chaosium was about to go under so why continue to make payments, 2016 was a rocky period for after all.

     

    It's a shame as Sans-Detour seem to make beautiful products but they should have paid what they owed.

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    I have several of their products (mostly 6th ed but some 7th) and they are indeed beautiful product, but yeah not paying the royalties due is never a good route to follow. 

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    yronimoswhateley

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    Yeah, the timing does sound about right for Chaosium's change of ownership - I have to guess they decided their licensing deal was with old Chaosium, and no longer applied after the change of management or something.  I doubt that's going to fly very far in court, if it comes to that. 

     

    That's just a guess, though, and it also makes me wonder to what extent this sort of thing has contributed to Chaosium's financial woes over the years....

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    My guess is that their troubles were caused by Ludikbazar’s desmise. Ludikbazar was a big French rpg shop/online shop and the sister company of Sans Détour (same owner and associates, synergies between the two). The brick and mortar shop disappeared first, back in 2016 if I remember correctly, the online shop didn’t last much longer, and this match the timing of SD troubles.

     

    That, plus a not very successful attempt to raise more capital in 2017, plus the launch of big and costly projects which migh have been too ambitious for a company in trouble... French RPG publishers live in a fragile economy, and it only takes one or two mistakes to initiate a death spiral.

     

    I still hope that the current situation will be solved, that they will negotiate a settlement with Chaosium and that the company will survive and continue to publish their other games lines. We’ll see.

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    yronimoswhateley

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    That sounds reasonable, Tristan, and in fact sounds familiar:  rather than a consequence or cause of Chaosium's demise, it sounds like a parallel to Chaosium's woes at the time (right down to launching big, costly projects that were too ambitious for a struggling publisher!)  I hope SD's troubles get sorted out, too - from what I've seen of Sans Detour's products, they do some beautiful work, and really seemed to believe in and love what they were crafting.

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