Hollandazed: Thoughts, Ideas, and Miscellany

ANOTHER CUBE PARTY!!!

Mary Russell

Tags board games, cube party, Dynasty, Richard Berg

ANOTHER CUBE PARTY!!!

Whoopee ti yi yo, get along little cubies... Our intrepid cube wranglers were back at the table on Saturday, May 13th, riding some ornery chairs, and corralling over 30,000 little cubies for our upcoming Dynasty: The Era of the Five Dynasties by Richard Berg. Our cubepokes had much catching up to do and movies and television to discuss. The hungry and thirsty cubepokes partook of pizza, crazy bread, Dr. Pepper and Vernors from the chucktable. Just your typical fare for hardworking professional wranglers. Thank you to our cube wranglers for a wonderful afternoon. Whoopee ti yi yo! Cubies came in...


BATTLES ON THE ICE DESIGNER'S NOTES PART 2 OF 2 (by Tom Russell)

Mary Russell

Tags board games, Medieval, Medieval wargame, Middle Ages, Tom Russell, wargame

BATTLES ON THE ICE DESIGNER'S NOTES PART 2 OF 2 (by Tom Russell)

Last time I talked about the goals we had in mind for our third game in the Shields & Swords II series, as well as the design of the Peipus scenario. This time, I'm going to talk about the second half of the game: the Battle of Karuse. The times as they were in 1260, ten years prior to the Battle of Karuse. Karuse is much more obscure than Peipus. Peipus is, after all, the victory that made Alexander Nevsky a Saint in the Orthodox Church, and the battle that was immortalized by Eisenstein's rousing 1938 film, and Prokofiev's score...


ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (by Tom Russell)

Mary Russell

ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (by Tom Russell)

I had been designing board games for three years or so before one of them finally saw the light of day.  During that period, there were about a dozen games that never made it past the first playtest, maybe another dozen that I spent weeks and months testing and developing only to abandon them, and about a dozen that I pitched fruitlessly to publishers (though two or three of these would finally see the light of day years later). And of all those games, I had one that got published, at the tail-end of 2012. The next year, I had...


BATTLES ON THE ICE DESIGNER'S NOTES PART 1 OF 2 (by Tom Russell)

BATTLES ON THE ICE DESIGNER'S NOTES PART 1 OF 2 (by Tom Russell)

The first game in the Shields & Swords II series, The Grunwald Swords, sold fairly well and was well-received. A number of very kind folks have said some very kind things about it, which encouraged other very kind folks to give it a try. It helps that the subject was, if not exactly popular, then it wasn't exactly obscure, either. The particulars of the battle also make for a rather dynamic gaming situation. (Some folks find the game very hard to win as the Teutonic Player, and while the game does lean towards the Allies - as does the history...


HORSE & MUSKET PART 3 (by Sean Chick)

HORSE & MUSKET PART 3 (by Sean Chick)

I wish to conclude this by discussing the long path taken to creating Horse & Musket. The origins of the game stem from my love for linear musket combat and my work on Hold the Line: Frederick’s War. That game came out from some simple fan made scenarios I crafted for Hold the Line based on the War of the Austrian Succession. The scenarios were popular enough to gain the attention of Worthington, who after much deliberation, decided to create both Frederick’s War and its expansion, Highland Charge. For a time Worthington was interested in creating a game based on...