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Outlaw Games Resurfaces To Rip You Off

Jim Shipman, criminal proprietor of Outlaw Games, has come back again to defraud you and everyone who ever knew you.

As you may know, Shippy has now had his company’s Tunnels & Trolls products removed from Lulu, Amazon and several other outlets in the wake of his art theft, ebay fraud, wikipedia vandalism, and impersonating others. He did take the Outlaw Press website down for a time, but he has recently put it back up and is continuing to sell all the same products with the same stolen art. He appears to currently be in the process of contacting all of his old customers to inform them that he’s back in business. He even states that he intends to publish new Tunnels & Trolls products.

The Outlaw Press website can be found at its original home on the Angelfire servers (http://outlawpress.angelfire.com/index.html), however, he has also has a new home for the site here: http://outlawpress.org/.  Amusingly, he has attempted to disguise the host of the website. A notice at the bottom of his opening page states that the site is hosted in Zurich, Switzerland, and he even provides an e-mail address for the web host. However, a quick DNS lookup reveals that the site is actually hosted by Yahoo. Nice try!

You will notice that Shipman is still insisting on stating that he sells “Official Tunnels & Trolls Products”. Both Rick Loomis of Flying Buffalo and T&T creator Ken St Andre have categorically said that he no longer has permission to produce T&T material.

So as a bonus to Jimmy boy, here’s yet another compiled PDF comparing the art in his products to the original pieces from the artists – all of who say he doesn’t have permission, and certainly never paid him for, their art.

Outlaw Press Covers Comparison Part 2

and for those of you who forget easily, here’s Part 1 again.

Here’s the complete list of artists and writers who have confirmed that their material was stolen or used without permission by Shipman:

Artists

  • Al Rio
  • Alan Lathwell
  • Alejandro Gutierrez
  • Allen Palmer
  • Andrew Smith
  • Astrid Castle
  • Bera Karoly
  • Bill Corbett
  • Carolina Eade
  • Chad Sergesketter
  • Chris Quilliams
  • Claire Salvatori
  • Dagmar Jung
  • Dan Mills
  • Daniel Falck
  • Daniel Horne
  • Daniel Hughes
  • Darrenn E. Canton
  • David Arthur Woodward
  • David Lightfoot
  • Ernest Hogan
  • Esko Tolvanen
  • Fredrik Rahmqvist
  • Goran Josic
  • Henning Janssen
  • Isabelle Davis
  • J. P. Targete
  • Jan Patrik Krasny
  • Jason Debit
  • Jeff Lee Johnson
  • Jhoneil Centeno
  • Johann Valentin Andree
  • John Shannon
  • Jon Hodgson
  • Ken Jeremiassen
  • Kent Burles
  • Kory K
  • Liz Danforth
  • M.E. Volmar
  • Martin McKenna
  • Martin McKeown
  • Mats Minnhagen
  • Matthew Kukosky
  • Mauricio Herrera
  • Michael Bielaczyc
  • Michael Ivan
  • Nicolai Gortz
  • Norbert Vakulya
  • Pål Lövendahl
  • Per Eriksson
  • Philippe Xavier
  • Rags Morales
  • Rick Sardinha
  • Selina Fenech
  • Simon Dominic
  • Simon Lee Tranter
  • Storn A. Cook
  • Sven Dännart
  • Sylvain Despretz
  • Terry Ernest
  • Thom Scott
  • Tibor Szendrei
  • Ursula Vernon
  • Zoltan Boros
  • Gabor Szikszai

Writers

  • Andy R. Holmes
  • Chris Conboy
  • Garen Ewing
  • Gianmatteo Tonci
  • Ken St Andre
  • Oliver Legrand
  • Tom K. Loney
  • Tori Bergquist

So everywhere you see this guy spring up – try to crush him and prevent him from profiting from his criminal activity.

 

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Jim Shipman Gets Told

Jim Shipman, criminal proprietor of Outlaw Press, is the recipient of an “open letter” from Tunnels & Trolls originator Ken St. Andre posted on RPG.net as well as other locations.

James,

I received your package yesterday with some surprise. Received six copies of the revised Gristlegrim Dungeon. This dismays me, as I told you to quit publishing it back in January of this year when I broke with you. If this parcel was an attempt at a reconciliation between us, then I appreciate the effort you took, but I reject it. Our friendship and partnership is broken and done forever. I do not wish to collaborate on Gristlegrim or any other project with you. Not now! Not ever again! You had no right to add your material to my work. You have no right to continue publishing and selling it. Please stop!
James, you no longer have any right to publish or sell my works. We have no written contracts. We have no formal accounting of royalties. Your habit of sending money and or copies of the items is no longer good enough. Any informal agreements we may have made in 2009 and earlier are terminated on my side of the deal. I no longer wish to associate with you, either professionally or informally.
Find some other outlet for your creativity. Leave me, and leave Tunnels and Trolls, alone. I am rejecting any further association with you.
I hope this is clearly understood. Do not publish anything with my name on it as author. Do not presume to collaborate with me on my projects. Do not keep attempting to infiltrate trollhalla.com under false names–you are banned and unwelcome on that site. Do not attempt to rewrite the history of Tunnels and Trolls on Wikipedia or any other online sources. Do not send me money. Do not send me product. I do not want it from you. However, I am under no legal obligation to send back things that arrive unsolicited in the mail. I won’t waste the money or the effort to send them back. I am not interested in theatrical gestures. I simply wish to terminate our association and to move on with other things in life.
I hereby reclaim my rights to anything I ever gave you to publish. In particular, I assert my right to the novel Griffin Feathers which consists entirely of my own work with some input in the short sections of the book from the members of Trollhalla.
I am forwarding the “royalties” that you sent me to Jeff Freels, the artist whose work you have re-used to illustrate this version of Gristlegrim. He deserves compensation for his work.

James, I am not angry at you, and I do not hate you. I simply will not associate with you ever again. For several years we were, I thought, very good friends. Outlaw Press did a lot for Tunnels and Trolls. You know why that time has ended. Let it go. Move on.
James, I will be publishing this letter in open forums on the internet, so that all the world can see how I feel, and how I react to what I can only believe are attempts to manipulate me and to gain control of Tunnels and Trolls. If you have no ulterior intentions, then forgive me for being suspicious, but I no longer feel that I can trust you.
James, you have your own unique style of creativity. Please go and do your own thing, and stop messing with me and with Tunnels and Trolls.

Sincerely,
Ken St. Andre

For those who are inexplicably puzzled by this, Jim Shipman ran a Tunnels & Trolls publishing outfit called Outlaw Press, to which end he stole art, from more than 30 artists, committed eBay fraud, vandalized the Tunnels & Trolls Wikipedia article, and even tried to impersonate Ken St. Andre on this blog!  And everyone knows about it.  But for whatever reason, he just.  Won’t.  Stop.

I mean, if I were going to put in loads of time and effort to rip off some group – I wouldn’t pick Tunnels & Trolls players; an obscure sub-niche of an industry not rolling in dough anyway.  Come on James, if you are serious about a career as a con man, shouldn’t you at least move up to senior citizens’ Social Security checks or something?

Gaming Industry Terrorist Watch

A quick roundup of what the usual malefactors are up to.

First as usual is Wizards of the Coast.  They’ve sent a cease and desist letter to Masterplan, a tool being developed for D&D 4e adventure/campaign planning.  They had coded a hook to connect, using your own D&D Insider subscription, to pull in monsters and whatnot.  Naturally WotC’s reaction is “Shut down or we’ll sue you!”

This one is even sketchier than usual though, legally.  It is pulling information using YOUR Insider account via their publicly available interface.  That’s a lot more like the RIAA saying you can’t burn an mp3 you bought to a CD so you can listen to it in your car.

Why anyone would even try to do anything for 4e, I don’t know.  It’s obvious that Wizards of the Coast will just come shit on you, sooner or later.  Forget them, they’ve killed official D&D, move on.

Second is Catalyst Games.  They’ve defeated an immediate ruling on the Chapter 7 request to declare them insolvent and take their stuff to pay all the peple they’re stiffing, but it goes to court on June 18.  Looks like they’re just happily moving forward with their six-figure thief as CEO and conducting business as usual, yay.  Time will tell if Topps will pull the license, or if subcontracting to a criminal enterprise is OK with them.

Jim Shipman of Outlaw Press surfaces every once in a while to re-open a Lulu or EBay or similar storefront to hawk his illegal Tunnels & Trolls wares before people report him to the provider and have him shut down.  He is apparently still able to find suckers, though!

Things have been ongoing but with no new specific major incidents; I declare the RPG Sector Terror Alert to be at Yellow.

EDIT:  I forgot one – Palladium Games is suing a computer game outfit called Trion for daring to make a computer game called “Rift: Planes of Telara.”  Their request for a restraining order to stop them from showing their game at E3 failed but of course there’s more to come.  Story courtesy Living Dice.