So, it’s finally happened. Games Workshop has given Vassal40k their final cease-and-desist order. You may remember that I interviewed Tim Davis, Vassal40k’s head honcho, back in June. Now, don’t start sending nasty letters; GW is well within their rights to do this, and I understand where they’re coming from. That being said, there are some ways that you can express your displeasure and offer your support.
The first is to donate to Tim Davis, who has spent much of his time and his own money to keep Vassal40k afloat. He and his team worked on several modules and updates, and are largely responsible for all the fun people have had with it. You don’t OWE him any money, but if you can spare some, it’d be nice.
You can send a letter to GW. If you’re going to mail or email them, you can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org or:
Games Workshop Customer Service
6711 Baymeadow Drive
Glen Burnie, MD 21060-6401
I’ve said it before; do not send GW hate mail. That’s counterproductive and won’t do anything even remotely useful. If you’re going to contact them to express your displeasure, your message should be well-written and civil. Personally, I wish GW had hired Tim and his crew to make an “official” Vassal. I might even be willing to pay for a subscription to that.
Finally, you can just offer your condolences. Download the modules, leave a comment on the Vassal40k site saying that you loved the game and/or just heard about it and are sorry to see it go.
Vassal40k was a great way to bridge tabletop and computer games, and I thank Tim for giving me that interview. I only hope that there will be some way we can do justice to it.
Source: Vassal40k WebsiteTags: cease-and-desist, copyright, Games Workshop, infringement, IP, Vassal, Warhammer, Warhammr 40k