Sometimes I don't look where I'm going and yesterday I took a wrong turn without realising and ended up in a dark, hitherto unexplored corner of Surprised Stare Games Ltd Towers*. In amongst the food wrappers, scattered DVD box sets and cats I found the
lairworkshop of Mr Alan Paull and I was stunned to my very boots:
Alan has been working on his magnum opus - Mission Command - for about 10 years now. Amongst such non-trivial tasks as organising print runs of our games and booking conventions, he's been nurturing his own (and the Irregulars') wargame system. Now, I don't pretend to find this genre of gaming particularly attractive (because I don't understand it: it's too fiddly, too long and too 'war-y' for my taste) but I absolutely acknowledge the depth of research and commitment that Alan and pals have put in to it! Alan is a massive military history buff - he has proper qualifications and he's overhauled Martin Wallace's Waterloo system to boot - so it's warming to see him bring it to fruition.
Mission Command - Amazing art from Alan's daughter Vicki Dalton.
This weekend hosted the Salute! convention at the London Excel arena and Alan, with SSG's Blessing, has produced a batch of Mission Command Beta prints and got himself a bijou Stand. This is one of the joys of running one's own game publisher: you can, on occasion, afford to print something just for yourselves. Heaven knows we've all worked hard enough for the privilege!
If you'd like more details about Mission Command then please contact Alan via our usual email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
*the towers are a sham; they're papier mache on chicken wire.
Life and Games (but mostly games) from Tony Boydell: Dad, Husband and Independent UK Game Designer, Agricola fanboy and jealous admirer of Carl Chudyk. www.surprisedstaregames.co.uk
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