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Cam Banks Acquires Cortex™ License

Cam Banks Cortex Cortex Plus


Tabletop RPG designer Cam Banks licenses Cortex™ from Margaret Weis Productions, announces new design studio Magic Vacuum

Saint Paul, November 1, 2016 - Margaret Weis Productions (MWP) and Cam Banks are thrilled to announce that Banks has signed an agreement to license the Cortex Plus™ and Cortex Classic™ rule systems. Under terms of the agreement, Banks and his new design studio Magic Vacuum are taking over the design, development, and publishing of games based on these rules and spearhead the development and crowdfunding of new core rulebooks for 2017 and beyond.

This announcement coincides with Margaret’s retirement from RPG development to focus on her current novel and film projects. Banks is taking up the reins to develop and ensure Cortex Plus™ fans receive the foundational rulebooks for the Cortex Plus Creator Studio as well as new RPGs based on the system.

Margaret Weis stated, “I couldn’t be more pleased to entrust Cortex to Cam. I have every confidence fans expectations will not only be met, but exceeded by his new design studio Magic Vacuum.”

"I'm proud to take on the role of publisher for the Cortex Plus system going forward," said Cam Banks. "I spent the formative period of my game design career working for Margaret, and nobody knows Cortex Plus like I do. I know I can deliver the kind of worlds, stories, and core rules the fans have been asking for since we first published Cortex Plus games at MWP."

About Margaret Weis: Margaret Weis is an internationally known bestselling author. Known as the mother of Dragonlance, she co-created a world that continues to intrigue fans spanning several generations. Her current projects include a film adaptation of STAR OF THE GUARDIANS, and a new series in the Dragon Brigade world co-authored with Robert Krammes. SPYMASTER, which will be released in March 2017 (Tor Books). In her role as owner of MWP, she is an award-winning publisher of tabletop roleplaying games. They are best known for the licensed RPG games created from the worlds of Dragonlance, Serenity, Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica, Smallville, Leverage, Marvel and Firefly. Based in Wisconsin, MWP has been bringing games to fans since 2005.

About Cam Banks: Cam Banks is an award-winning writer, designer, and developer with over a decade's worth of experience in the tabletop gaming industry working for and with companies such as Margaret Weis Productions, Atlas Games, Paizo, Green Ronin, Modiphius, and Dead Gentlemen. He helmed the production, design, or development of multiple award-winning game lines including Marvel Heroic Roleplaying, Smallville, Leverage, Dragonlance, Feng Shui 2, and Unknown Armies 3. Cam lives and works in Saint Paul, MN with his wife Jess and two sons, gamers all. Follow Cam on Twitter at @boymonster.

For further information, please contact Cam Banks at or Christi Cardenas, agent for Margaret Weis at, or by phone (612-868-4066).

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