Hollandazed: Thoughts, Ideas, and Miscellany — game publishing

ON PUBLISHING COLE WEHRLE'S AN INFAMOUS TRAFFIC (by Tom Russell)

Mary Russell

Comments 2 Tags An Infamous Traffic, game publishing

ON PUBLISHING COLE WEHRLE'S AN INFAMOUS TRAFFIC (by Tom Russell)

My acquaintance with Cole Wehrle began when I asked him for a favor. I was editing a wargames magazine and the publisher had asked me to run a review of Mark Simonitch's The US Civil War. I didn't have the game and didn't know anyone who did, so I went on BGG and started looking at the ratings and comments, hoping to find someone who thought highly of the game and might be interested in writing an article about it. I came across Cole's name, and had always enjoyed his writing, which included a very nice piece he wrote about...


FROM THE ARCHIVES: ABSTRACTS (by Tom Russell)

Mary Russell

Comments 1 Tags Boom & Zoom, game publishing, gameplay, Ty Bomba

FROM THE ARCHIVES: ABSTRACTS (by Tom Russell)

Throughout my life, from my childhood until the present day, I've had brief, intense periods in which I became obsessed with chess. It's an irresistible compulsion, the gaming equivalent of pon farr. After a few days or weeks, the fever passes. This waning of my sudden affection is helped along by the fact that I've always been pretty rubbish at chess. I've no head for playing competitively nor competently.  I'm a much better fit for backgammon, a game I came to late in life, but deliberately and by choice. That is to say, at an early age, someone decided I...


FROM THE ARCHIVES: ON PUBLISHING THE SCHELDT CAMPAIGN (by Tom Russell)

FROM THE ARCHIVES: ON PUBLISHING THE SCHELDT CAMPAIGN (by Tom Russell)

In 2012, Brian Train's game Summer Lightning came on my radar. If you haven't played it, it's a game focused on the German invasion of Poland, and as you might expect, it's a tough game for the Poles to win. This, along with the unusual combat system, fascinated me, and I put it on a list of games I was interested in playing. I mentioned that I had heard that the game took an extraordinary amount of time to set-up. Brian stepped in to let me know that this was not true. Shortly thereafter, we arranged a trade by which...


FROM THE ARCHIVES: A GOOD FIT (by Tom Russell)

Mary Russell

Comments 2 Tags game development, game publishing

FROM THE ARCHIVES: A GOOD FIT (by Tom Russell)

The first bit of advice that every designer gets about trying to get a game published is to approach publishers who will actually be a good fit for your game. You want to look at what other games they've put out on the market and get a feel for their catalogue and their general philosophy. Some companies have a very narrow focus. Winsome is a prime example. About a dozen years ago, Winsome's John Bohrer was interviewed by some guy named Tom Vasel, who asked Mr. Bohrer what he was looking for in a game: Well, first of all, the...


FROM THE ARCHIVES: ON PUBLISHING BERG'S DYNASTY (by Tom Russell)

Mary Russell

Tags Dynasty, game publishing, Richard Berg

FROM THE ARCHIVES: ON PUBLISHING BERG'S DYNASTY (by Tom Russell)

Richard Berg passed away Friday, 26 July 2019. We were honored to work with him on his game Dynasty. Shortly before we released Richard Berg's Dynasty, I got a message from a friend who wanted to know if I had played the game, and if it was any good. Well, of course I had played the game, and of course it was good; what kind of question is that? While I know there are some publishers who don't play their games before pushing them out into the world, that's not how Mary and I operate, and I can't imagine any...