The Fire Caste is revealed for Dark Age Games, and it looks hot.



For those not yet introduced to Dark Age, the Dragyri Clans devote themselves to an element. Both the Ice and Air Caste are already in the game, and the Fire Caste, which has been mentioned in background stories, is just now being revealed.



A lot is coming very soon for Dark Age games, as the new core rule book is getting closer. With a lot of new models from the Kukulkani, and a new rulebook coming out, this is a good time to be checking out and getting into Dark Age.

For more information about Dark Age, follow the link.
http://dark-age.com/index.php

12 Comments:

  1. Fire Caste? Air Caste? IP Hammer *BLAM!*

    lol.

    ;-p

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  2. The title confused me so much. I saw the picture and was like "What the hell did GW do to the Tau?! They look awesome!!!"

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    1. Adam....put a good word in with your brother Matt and see if he can add these guys in for the farsight enclaves expansion. Pumped up Kroot have been OKed by Farsight himself retconning the 'no alien allies' stance.

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    2. Nah, he doesn't really jive on the Tau much. Too gay. X) I wish I was related to a codex author, though I have met him. Contrary to popular belief, he's kind of douche-y in person. X) Nah, he's alright. Bit quiet though.

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  3. This is okay of course. No ingenuity, let all steal exact words, terms and phrases from GW. "Just because you came up with it (and made it popular) doesn't mean you own it." Nice work court...

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  4. The idea of a caste system is throughout human culture and the idea of dedicating yourself to an element throughout scifi and fantasy. GW can hardly expect to win an IP battle here, it would be completely possible to come up with this all by yourself.

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  5. GW would actually have a more viable trademark claim than you might think - particularly if there are minis associated with this game. Trademark law is primarily intended to protect someone from having other products confused with their own.

    I had no idea what dark age is prior to reading this post, since it's not a system the stores in my area stock. Looking at the name and the 3-toed foot on the warrior, my first reaction was to wonder if "Dark Age" was some sort of new licensed GW product - an online game, or something like that.

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    1. India has had a caste system for thousands of years. GW attempting to claim IP on it would be ridiculous.

      There's no similarity. Any UK court would throw this out in seconds. They might get a hearing in a US court because American IP laws are a farce but even then it wouldn't have legs. Besides, I think GW are still smarting from losing against Chapter House.

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    2. Apples have almost certainly existed for longer than caste systems. Lions have definitely existed longer than computers. Apple created neither of those things, but they have entirely legitimate trademarks for both "Apple" and "Lion."

      Trademarks differ from copyright, in that a trademark is context-dependent. Apple does not own any rights to "Apple" as the word is used at a grocery, and the zoo has to pay no royalty to the computer company to advertise their big cats. The situation is similar here.

      Games Workshop can claim trademark rights in "fire caste" without claiming rights to either fires or caste systems in general. The trademark relates only to the context - in this case, a miniature wargame and related products (books, etc). Here, the phrase "fire caste" is being used to sell miniatures for a wargame in a similar scale. The minis seem to share some design features with GW's Tau - enough that at least 2 readers here (me and Adam) were initially confused about whether this was some new GW close combat Tau or something. That sort of confusion is precisely what trademarks are intended to avoid.

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  6. Underground spartan aliens? Colour me interested!

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  7. Yeah I thought it was a pre heresy portion of the game, seeing that tau were primitives when the inperium first met them

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  8. Yeah I thought it was a pre heresy portion of the game, seeing that tau were primitives when the inperium first met them

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