Monkey House Games Legal Battle

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We created the classic 1979 superhero tabletop role-playing game, Villains and Vigilantes. We re-released V&V in 2010 when we learned that the original publisher, FGU Inc., ceased to exist in 1991 and that the publishing rights to V&V reverted to us at that time. Unfortunately the old publisher's former president is not willing to let go, and so we have become embroiled in a lawsuit. Our claim that the publishing rights reverted to us has been upheld in court, but our opponent still claims to own the trademark to our game's name and he's suing us for using it. If he wins on that count, he'll be able to seize our creation and financially ruin us. We've been fighting for our rights for several years, and frankly we need money in order to carry this battle to a final victory. We just want to get back to making our games! If you've enjoyed our game, or simply support our rights as creators, then we need your help. Thank you!
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The PDF of V&V3/Mighty Protectors is finished! Thanks again to all of our donors for their support. This would not have been possible without them.

If you donated $100 or more, you'll be receiving an email from Monkey House Games in the next few days, with a link where you can download a copy.

We will post an update with links where everyone can buy the PDF or print editions, in a week or so.

Thanks again. Onward and upward!
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The V&V3: Mighty Protectors RPG Kickstarter is now open! Thanks again everyone - this is what it was all leading up to, and the day has finally arrived. Check it out here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jeffdee/villains-and-vigilantestm-30-the-mighty-protectors
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Hello again to all of our donors!

If you've been following Monkey House Games lately, you'll have seen that we're back to work with a vengeance. We've released new product, and re-released a couple of our classic V&V(tm) books as well. We're gearing up to announce the launch date for the big 3rd edition - which will have its own name, and not just a number. We're calling it V&V(tm): Mighty Protectors(tm), in honor of our original players and our very first V&V(tm) campaign. The Kickstarter launch announcement will be coming in the next few weeks. Watch for it!

Today we're officially shutting down this GoFundMe campaign. We'd intended to let it keep running 'til we hit $30k, and we got pretty close, but leaving it running wound up delaying the final calculation of donor rewards (because the question 'who gave how much' was a moving target). We'd rather come in a few dollars short than delay those rewards any further. This will also let those of you who've committed to monthly donations off the hook :)

THANK YOU once again, each and every one of you, for having our backs and helping us get through this. Your support made it all possible. We won't let you down!

-Jeff Dee & Jack Herman
Monkey House Games

[Mighty Protectors is a trademark of Monkey House Games. V&V is a trademark of Scott Bizar, used with permission.]
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Bruce Dykes
37 months ago
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Howdaphuque they thought this was a good idea is beyond me. It's not like this industry is so big, that it wouldn't be noticed, and talked about, and remembered. And the only thing that keeps any publisher viable in this industry is the goodwill of the players.

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Peter Tidd
36 months ago
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I hope Jack Herman had a very happy birthday!

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Christopher House
37 months ago
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I quit Buy FGU DUE TO THE ATTITUDE OF THE OWNER , Scott I think is name is was at Gen Con back in 2002 or 2003, and I meet him at a FGU shared booth, and I could be confusing him with some one else but it was a Disquieting experience to say the lease. I hope that others would get thier properties too like aftermath and Space opera. but I think those who wrote those materials are dead.

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Marc Locher
35 months ago

Villains & Vigilantes haven't heard that title in a long time, a long time. I remember playing this in Dayton OH at a board game store known as 'The Black Tower' in 1985. The game master at the time claimed to be the author but I know it wasn't Jeff, it might be Jack or maybe an impostor? Loved the game even though I had to play a minor character most of the time. Some Errol Flynn wannabe vigilante, don't remember what his name was.

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Bruce Dykes
37 months ago
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Howdaphuque they thought this was a good idea is beyond me. It's not like this industry is so big, that it wouldn't be noticed, and talked about, and remembered. And the only thing that keeps any publisher viable in this industry is the goodwill of the players.

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Peter Tidd
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I hope Jack Herman had a very happy birthday!

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Christopher House
37 months ago
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I quit Buy FGU DUE TO THE ATTITUDE OF THE OWNER , Scott I think is name is was at Gen Con back in 2002 or 2003, and I meet him at a FGU shared booth, and I could be confusing him with some one else but it was a Disquieting experience to say the lease. I hope that others would get thier properties too like aftermath and Space opera. but I think those who wrote those materials are dead.

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Marc Locher
35 months ago

Villains & Vigilantes haven't heard that title in a long time, a long time. I remember playing this in Dayton OH at a board game store known as 'The Black Tower' in 1985. The game master at the time claimed to be the author but I know it wasn't Jeff, it might be Jack or maybe an impostor? Loved the game even though I had to play a minor character most of the time. Some Errol Flynn wannabe vigilante, don't remember what his name was.

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