The publisher’s reasons are clearer now — I did misunderstand some of them, to be fair.
I still don’t agree, at all — I’m firmly of the belief (especially in the current economy) that a bird in hand is worth two in the bush, but we’re obviously not going to see eye-to-eye on this.
Me: Hey, Old-School-Games-Publisher: I’d like to license your old game X for a new version. Money for you!
OSGP: Meh! We don’t license for things like game books — we can do those ourselves!
Me: Yes, but…
OSGP: If you want to write the new version, we’ll publish it….
Me: Well, thanks, but you see —
OSGP: But keep in mind that we really only do one or two books, at best, per year… and there are other people ahead of you with projects.
Me: Huh? If your capacity is limited to that few books, why not license? Seems like it would be a no-brainer: Money for you!
OSGP: Get offa my lawn! Meh!
Somebody please remind me why I still work in this business…..