Now It Can Be Seen: Box art for Colonial Twilight

Rodger MacGowan has finished the box art for Colonial Twilight!

And boy it looks good. The collage-of-images is a staple for many wargame covers, but it’s particularly interesting how Rodger has arranged these and used colours to imitate and fuse the structures of both the French and Algerian flags. And the green-and-black scheme really makes it pop.

I’m very pleased with this, another great cover by Rodger!

And now, this is the very last thing there is for me to look at and approve… so that’s it.

I think we’re done here, after more than two and a half years.

*sigh*

Look for this to appear in June or July!

Colonial Twilight rules, final version

… and this is one of those things to do: post the rules for Colonial Twilight.

Here they are!

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(C3i banner by Rodger Macgowan, who is doing the box cover art for the game)

New Post on InsideGMT: Propaganda Rounds and Pivotal Events in Colonial Twilight

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http://www.insidegmt.com/?p=15197

Fresh today, a post to the InsideGMT blog on the procedures to follow in the Propaganda Rounds of the game, and illustrations and explanations of the Pivotal Event cards.

I think I have about reached the limit of what I can describe about this game’s content and mechanisms! Anyway, slip on over and check it out.

Home from BottosCon 2016!

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Playing the short scenario with Lyman Leong. Photo: David Rice.

Like most cons, I spent most of my time talking to old friends I often see only once a year, catching up and discussing new projects and thoughts on game design generally. Though this time I met someone who I hadn’t seen in 35 years – we used to play matches of Richthofen’s War during lunch hour in high school! He’s a bit taller now…. And I met some interesting new people too.

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Multiple games of A Distant Plain were played. Photo:Boaz Joseph, from the story that appeared in the Surrey Leader

I did get a bit of gaming in too, just one play-through of the short scenario of Colonial Twilight. And I did introduce Guerrilla Checkers to a fellow who brought his 12 year old daughter to the con… and she promptly kicked the stuffing out of him, twice!

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Another great photo by David Rice… though as usual I am frozen in indecision and fatal distraction… I never said I was any good at actually playing these things.

 

New post on InsideGMT: Colonial Twilight Operations and Special Activities

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Over at the InsideGMT blog, about 3,000 words on the menus of Operations and Special Activities available to the two players.

http://www.insidegmt.com/?p=13712

In a couple of weeks I will write another post on the Propaganda Round sequence of play, and about the Pivotal Event cards each side has. After that, I don’t think there is much more to describe about this game!

Leaving tomorrow for BottosCon 2016, the annual wargame convention in saturated Surrey. Always a good time, and nice to meet so many people I often meet just once a year at this event.

Items I will be bringing with me for people to paw through and try include: Caudillo, Chile ’73, Colonial Twilight, EOKA, The Little War, and Red Horde 1920. Plus giveaway copies of Guerrilla Checkers and Uprising.

Interview on The Player’s Aid, Part 3

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Over at The Player’s Aid blog, the final part of a three-part interview with me where we finish off talking about Colonial Twilight and move on to other topics, including what’s on my designer dance-card right now.

https://theplayersaid.com/2016/09/06/interview-with-brian-train-designer-of-colonial-twilight-the-french-algerian-war-1954-62-coin-series-volume-vii-by-gmt-games/

Part 2 is here https://theplayersaid.com/2016/08/31/interview-with-brian-train-designer-of-colonial-twilight-the-french-algerian-war-1954-62-coin-series-volume-vii-by-gmt-games-part-ii/

Part 1 is here https://theplayersaid.com/2016/08/24/interview-with-brian-train-designer-of-colonial-twilight-the-french-algerian-war-1954-62-coin-series-volume-vii-by-gmt-games-part-i/

Hope you liked it! It was interesting to write.

By the way, today’s look at the GMT P500 page shows that pre-orders for Colonial Twilight have just hit the 1,100 mark! Hurray!

 

Interview on The Player ‘s Aid, Part 2

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Over at The Player’s Aid blog, the second part of three of an interview with me on Colonial Twilight.

https://theplayersaid.com/2016/08/31/interview-with-brian-train-designer-of-colonial-twilight-the-french-algerian-war-1954-62-coin-series-volume-vii-by-gmt-games-part-ii/