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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Update 60
Posted by Jeff Dee
7 months ago
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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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Update 59
Posted by Jeff Dee
9 months ago
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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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Update 58
Posted by Jeff Dee
11 months ago
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Finally, an update - and a resolution!

We are pleased to announce that a settlement was reached between Jeff Dee and Jack Herman of Monkey House Games™, and Scott Bizar dba Fantasy Games Unlimited, which has successfully resolved all of the various legal actions between them to the mutual satisfaction of all parties. You can read our full press release here: http://monkeyhousegames.com/?p=1035

Over the next few days we'll review all of the contributions made via the GoFundMe, and begin the process of delivering rewards to our donors. An announcement of specific details regarding the upcoming 3rd edition rules is still forthcoming. Every donor who pledged for that will of course receive their PDF copy once it's available.

For the moment we're going to leave the GoFundMe project running. We're no longer under immediate severe financial pressure, but we did wind up spending a bit more than we've raised (minus GoFundMe's fee), so if you feel like kicking in a little more that would be gratefully appreciated. We will shut down the fundraiser entirely once we've hit the current (reduced) goal of $30k.

Thanks again, everyone. We will spend each day from now 'til forever, working to make sure we deserve the support you've given us.

Onward & Upward!
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Update 57
Posted by Jeff Dee
13 months ago
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We are STILL waiting for things to get finalized behind the scenes. Hopefully we can make an official statement soon. In the meanwhile we continue to run up legal expenses - but not as much as we'd originally feared. So today we're lowering our goal from $50k to $30k. Huzzah! Thanks again, everyone, for all your patience and support.
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Bruce Dykes
17 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
16 months ago
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I hope Jack Herman had a very happy birthday!

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Christopher House
17 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
15 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
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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
17 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
15 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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