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Imitation: The sincerest form of flattery

Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 11:12 am
by Andy Brown
http://www.matrixgames.com/products/373 ... val.Realms

(Link is correct but might need a bit of manual adjustment).

Apparently, it's a tarted up Slay.

Andy Brown

Posted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 4:21 pm
by mitype2
Here is another version of the game. I"m thinking copyright problems on this one.

http://spielkultur.org/wdp.html

Re: Imitation: The sincerest form of flattery

Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:46 am
by Sean OConnor
Andy Brown wrote:http://www.matrixgames.com/products/373 ... val.Realms

(Link is correct but might need a bit of manual adjustment).

Apparently, it's a tarted up Slay.

Andy Brown
Yeah, the bloke from Slitherine Games got in touch with me to ask about licensing the name Slay for his version of the game. We couldn't agree on a deal so I thought that was the end of the matter. He hasn't done anything illegal by copying my game idea but I think it's a bit below the belt for one game developer to poach someone else's livelihood. Still, bet he's not too happy with some of the reviews he got:

"Although the core game is very similar to Slay, (mind you - AI doesn't seem quite as sharp)..."

"I was more enthusiastic about the game until I learned about Slay, which Conquest! Medieval Realms ?borrows? a lot of basic mechanics from."

Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 8:02 pm
by Photofiend
That Matrix games version looks rubbish (I haven't played it), but it doesn't have the charm of Slay.

As for Wodan...that's blatant copyright infringement :shock: :shock: :shock:

Posted: Fri May 07, 2010 10:39 pm
by gruff
I just tried the demo of this not knowing it was a ripoff and was stunned that they so cravenly stole the idea. It is pretty rubbish - almost all the original ideas are not good, and the good ideas not original. Although the different kinds of buildings are neat. Still, it's too clumsy and generally a crap game.

No one seems to have mentioned it on their forum. I believe I will.

Posted: Sat May 08, 2010 2:31 am
by Fusion_power
Is that the original Gruff? one of the four horsemen of slay fame?

DarJones

Posted: Sun May 09, 2010 1:06 am
by gruff
I'm back like a bad penny. Have to buy a new copy of Slay. How's tricks old man?

Posted: Sun May 09, 2010 3:52 am
by Fusion_power
A few years older, not much wiser, still playing slay from time to time. Have not played anything but the AI in a couple of years. Once in a while I post about days to win a given island and get a rash of "it can't be done". I kind of miss the days when you and the others had to gang up on me to beat me. The AI is really not that much of a challenge.

I'm still on yahoo, same ID as my handle here.

How is that brother of yours?

DarJones

Posted: Sun May 09, 2010 4:28 pm
by Legacy
Fusion_power wrote:A few years older, not much wiser, still playing slay from time to time. Have not played anything but the AI in a couple of years. Once in a while I post about days to win a given island and get a rash of "it can't be done". I kind of miss the days when you and the others had to gang up on me to beat me. The AI is really not that much of a challenge.
I think I remember participating in one of those ganging up sessions...

Posted: Sun May 09, 2010 6:20 pm
by gruff
He's doing all right, not much time for games as he's got a "squeeze" and might be losing his job soon. He's still up there in the PNW. I'm still mucking about in cults - out on the East Coast now. Haven't used Yahoo in years. We should organize some old-timer rematches. Teach the kids some tricks.

Posted: Tue May 11, 2010 2:15 am
by gruff

Posted: Mon May 24, 2010 10:11 am
by Sean OConnor
gruff wrote:Here are two more Slay ripoffs:
There's even a copy on the AppStore now called Tactica. On his website he says it's based on a demo he saw of an Eve Online mini game (without realising the Eve guys paid me to license my code) and then notes on his website that someone has pointed out to him that his game just by coincidence has similar rules to Wodan.

Grrrrrrr......

Posted: Wed May 26, 2010 9:01 pm
by gruff
I just sent him a comment about. Let credit be given where it is due.