Hollandazed: Thoughts, Ideas, and Miscellany — Supply Lines

FROM THE ARCHIVES: BARRIERS (by Tom Russell)

FROM THE ARCHIVES: BARRIERS (by Tom Russell)

I was pleasantly surprised that a number of folks were able to get Table Battles on the table within a few hours or minutes of receiving it, and that it seems to be hitting those tables frequently and enthusiastically. It's not that I think the game shouldn't be hitting tables regularly; I think it’s one of my strongest pieces of design, particularly on a mechanical level. So of course I think people should play it. I think people should play all of my games: that's what they're there for. But even something that's proven to be as popular as, for...


BARRIERS (by Tom Russell)

BARRIERS (by Tom Russell)

I was pleasantly surprised that a number of folks were able to get Table Battles on the table within a few hours or minutes of receiving it, and that it seems to be hitting those tables frequently and enthusiastically. It's not that I think the game shouldn't be hitting tables regularly; I think it’s one of my strongest pieces of design, particularly on a mechanical level. So of course I think people should play it. I think people should play all of my games: that's what they're there for. But even something that's proven to be as popular as, for...


BUILDING SUPPLY LINES, PART 2 of 2 (by Tom Russell)

BUILDING SUPPLY LINES, PART 2 of 2 (by Tom Russell)

So, when last we saw our plucky, nerdy hero, it was late 2015 and he and his amazing, wonderful, action-hero wife were preparing to start up their own company. With that thought in mind, and with renewed confidence in his abilities honed by a dozen or so subsequent published designs, he turned again to Supply Lines of the American Revolution. There is however another version of this story, which goes:  "Hey, Tom?" "Yes, Mary, oh heart of my heart?"  "You're going to do Supply Lines, right? For our company? Because I really like it."  "Maybe, my lily among the brambles....


BUILDING SUPPLY LINES, PART 1 of 2 (by Tom Russell)

BUILDING SUPPLY LINES, PART 1 of 2 (by Tom Russell)

Supply Lines of the American Revolution: The Northern Theater, 1775-1777: the only thing longer than its title is the time I've spent working on it. I started working on the game about seven years ago. As a result, the story behind the game, its genesis, and its evolution is something I remember only hazily, like the words to Greensleeves, or what I had for breakfast this morning. But here goes. So, seven years ago, I had exactly zero published games to my name. At that time, I was mostly playing and designing Euro-style games. I had dipped my toe into...