Well, this is awkward.
Richard Hamblen’s Merchant of Venus is one of the great out-of-print holy grails of the hobby boardgame world. Originally published by Avalon Hill in 1988, copies these days will run you in the $200 range. So, it was good news when Stronghold Games announced that they had forged an agreement with Hamblen for a reprint of the game. Unless, that is, you were Fantasy Flight Games, for whom it was terrible news, since it turns out they had licensed the same rights from Hasbro (now-parent company of the defunct Avalon Hill).
Both companies are conducting their public statements on the matter in the most gentlemanly fashion, while nevertheless asserting that they believe they are in the right. It’s a little hard to imagine what a good outcome to this situation might look like, but here’s hoping for it.