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!

Evolution of a Cover

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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.

https://hollandspiele.com/blogs/hollandazed-thoughts-ideas-and-miscellany/cover-story-ukrainian-crisis-the-little-war-by-tom-russell

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:

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/55843/why-you-dont-let-your-little-brother-be-graphic-ar

Ukrainian Crisis and The Little War coming soon!

Friends,

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 Warhttps://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/220357/little-war

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

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Ukrainian Crisis counters by Tom Russell.

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Ukrainian Crisis map by Tim Allen.

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Little War map by Jose Faura.

John Kula 1947 – 2016

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The old masthead for John’s magazine Simulacrum, featuring his chop.

John’s wife Fresca called me this morning to tell me that John died at 0525 today. He had a major brain bleed during the night and was taken to hospital, but he did not recover consciousness and died peacefully and painlessly.

John was a good man, smart and funny. He was a good friend, a talented artist and a conscientious ludographer. He dedicated almost an entire issue of Simulacrum (#30) to my games, which was one of the most touching gifts anyone has ever given me. No one could ask for a better gesture of friendship and esteem.

We will all miss him.

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Kerry Anderson, John and me, taken during one of Kerry’s infrequent business visits to Victoria. The crutches date this at anywhere between 1999 and 2002.

The Other 9/11

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43 years ago today, the government of Chile was overthrown by its own armed forces in a coup d’etat.

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Coming soon, perhaps, to a small/ very small/ ludicrously tiny publisher, a mini-game by me on that topic, designed late last year. Samples shown.

Hollandspiele: making the counters for Scheldt Campaign.

Sample counters for special units in the game, by Tom Russell.

Tom Russell made the counters for The Scheldt Campaign. He describes his process on the Hollandspiele blog:

https://hollandspiele.com/blogs/hollandazed-thoughts-ideas-and-miscellany/counterfactual-the-scheldt-campaign-by-tom-russell

$1100 for an outside artist to do counters? (Not for this game, for an unnamed magazine game.) I’m in the wrong line of work, obviously! Perhaps I should design games for the counters, not the other way round, since remuneration for the design part comes cheaper.

I guess it’s like in the movie business: they’ll spend $115 million working on the CGI so the heroine’s hair floats convincingly in zero-gee, and the writer get $43.29 and a box of doughnuts.

New Post on InsideGMT: Colonial Twilight Force Pieces and Structure

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Near-final map. Art by Mark Simonitch and Chechu Nieto.  Lookin’ good!

Over at the InsideGMT blog, about 2,000 words on the different wooden bits in Colonial Twilight and what they represent.

http://www.insidegmt.com/?p=11853