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Recycling Jefferson as a NWN2 expansion


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Long time no see... I have been busy over the last few months but I keep coming here occasionally.

 

Since NWN2's release date is getting closer, I thought that expansion packs would probably follow. With the addition of J.E. Sawyer among the Obsidian crew, it would be nice if the Jefferson project's (aka BG3: The Black Hound) characters, plot and setting were used in a future expansion.

 

The Mystary engine used for Jefferson has become too obsolete to be used today, but with the new engine used for NWN2 this game could become a reality. It would be a shame if at least the concept of Jefferson (see the FAQ written by sammael) was not used in another game.

 

I hope that Sawyer will manifest an interest in producing the game he was never able to complete.

 

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The best way to know if Interplay still has the property rights on the Jefferson project is to ask a lawyer. As I studied law in France, I know that unfinished projects are protected by intellectual property rights only under some conditions. Only creations are fully protected by the law (a creation is the "effective and concrete materialisation of the author's concepts and ideas"). Consequently, in order to be protected, an unfinished project has to exist in some kind of material form (electronic file, paper, etc).

 

Now, I don't know how it works in the US but it would be interesting if Obsidian could use the concepts of Jefferson in one of its own games. It all depends on what Sawyer did while he was working at Interplay... did he write the scenario on paper or in electronic format or did he just keep everything in his mind? Concerning the character portraits and other concept drawings, maybe Obsidian could buy them from Interplay (unless they already have done so).

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Hell, the Aurora Engine is too obsolete to be used today but they are anyway.  I doubt that is a possibility since that material is still owned by Interplay.  SUre, they can't do anything with it, but Interplay still owns the stuff.

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Some stupid french guy... I guess that tells everything...

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The best way to know if Interplay still has the property rights on the Jefferson project is to ask a lawyer. As I studied law in France, I know that unfinished projects are protected by intellectual property rights only under some conditions. Only creations are fully protected by the law (a creation is the "effective and concrete materialisation of the author's concepts and ideas"). Consequently, in order to be protected, an unfinished project has to exist in some kind of material form (electronic file, paper, etc).

 

Now, I don't know how it works in the US but it would be interesting if Obsidian could use the concepts of Jefferson in one of its own games. It all depends on what Sawyer did while he was working at Interplay... did he write the scenario on paper or in electronic format or did he just keep everything in his mind? Concerning the character portraits and other concept drawings, maybe Obsidian could buy them from Interplay (unless they already have done so).

 

The problem is that most of the stuff that sounded awesome about Jefferson had nothing to do with the story and was all engine stuff, such as the epithets and such. Anyway, if NWN2 is as big a success as we all hope, maybe they'll be able to secure BG3 after they're done with their own IP.

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Stop looking at me through those rose-coloured glasses!

 

what the hell???? :blink:

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It's Jefferson.  I'd best beware Ramza.

 

You never know. I'm sure some elements of it will make it into NwNII whether or not people realise they are elements of Jefferson , well thats another matter.

I have to agree with Volourn.  Bioware is pretty much dead now.  Deals like this kills development studios.

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I wonder if OE is going to release any expansions for NWN2, it doesnt seem like Feragie-style to do so.

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I wonder if OE is going to release any expansions for NWN2, it doesnt seem like Feragie-style to do so.

Why is that?

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It's Jefferson.  I'd best beware Ramza.

 

You never know. I'm sure some elements of it will make it into NwNII whether or not people realise they are elements of Jefferson , well thats another matter.

 

 

Possibly.

 

And I doubt Jefferson could be done properly as an expansion. T'would have to be a full blown game.

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Well, there is nothing to stop you from making a Jefferson module yourself in the editor. Provided you would be able to get all the info on J's story etc.

 

 

I doubt the bancrupt remnant that is Iply today would be able to do anything about it and in alot of countries it would be completely legal unless you charged money for it

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I wonder if OE is going to release any expansions for NWN2, it doesnt seem like Feragie-style to do so.

 

I forgot who it was specifically, Brian maybe Sawyer, but I read somewhere in the NWN2 forum that they alluded to creating expansions for NWN2 depending on its success.

 

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Yes...yes he is...

"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."

 

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