Over at Hollandspiele: Designer’s Remarks on Ukrainian Crisis

Over at the Hollandspiele company blog, some more remarks and description by me on Ukrainian Crisis, which is coming out in the next 2-3 weeks:


I’m really looking forward to this game’s first physical publication! Kind of running out of things to say about it, though – people should just play it, already.


Evolution of a Cover


Fourth time was the charm.

Over at the Hollandspiele blog, Tom Russell talks about the progression of images and ideas used before arriving at the present newspaper-page style cover for Ukrainian Crisis/ The Little War.


I appreciate that Tom involves me in these kinds of decisions, and entertains my thoughts and suggestions. I also appreciate his willingness to experiment, and let us in on what was on his mind.

A commenter to the post suggests that the cover art for a wargame really doesn’t have much to do with how well it might eventually sell. I feel the cover art is probably considered about the same level as the game’s map: it’s expected to be tasteful and informative, but unobtrusive and really, just a background to what’s going on elsewhere. Certainly a bad map will get you remembered faster and denounced the more deeply, and it’s the same with a bad cover… there are a few notably cartoonish examples listed on Boardgamegeek:


Interview at The Players Aid blog: UACR/TLW


Map by Tim Allen.

Over at The Players Aid blog, a long interview describing the background and mechanics of The Little War and Ukrainian Crisis. Jokes too!


Go have a look.

Ukrainian Crisis and The Little War coming soon!


The release of the two-pack Ukrainian Crisis and The Little War from Hollandspiele is imminent! In the next five or six weeks, that is….

Just created a Boardgamegeek entry for The Little War: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/220357/little-war

Here are samples of the final map and counter art. I think you’ll be pleased!


Ukrainian Crisis counters by Tom Russell.


Ukrainian Crisis map by Tim Allen.



Little War map by Jose Faura.

Simulacrum back issues CD now available



I will be making copies of the final Simulacrum back issues CD available. It contains all 33 issues, in PDF.

Price is $45 US, which includes postage to anywhere in the world. Paypal to me at brian.train@gmail.com. All funds will go to John’s widow Fresca, the “Imprimatur Diaboli Advocati” as she was referred to in the masthead.

For reference, I went through all the issues and compiled an index of all the articles and games reviewed in each issue – it is here:


Thanks for your interest.