Hollandspiele’s one year old!

Hollandspiele is one year old this week, after releasing SEVENTEEN titles in that time.

And they are having a sale on each and every one of them!

https://hollandspiele.com/collections/all

Tom Russell made a very nice blog post about the process of publishing their first game, The Scheldt Campaign, but it’s more about the design work of Brian Train, the guy who designed it. His games sound like something I’d probably be interested in.

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

I’ve been very happy in my dealings with Tom and Mary Russell, both before and after their founding of Hollandspiele, a little game company that could. And did. And does. They are honest and work hard and communicate and respect the designer’s work; these are all good things. I look forward to meeting them in person one day – they were supposed to come out to the CSW Expo in Tempe this year but poor Tom screwed up his back. Well, next year.

Meanwhile, nine bucks off each of Scheldt Campaign and Ukrainian Crisis!

Kevin Sharp plays Ukrainian Crisis, and likes it

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Which about says it all, I suppose!

Pop over to his bigboardgaming.com site, and see his account of a complete and suspenseful game. Pictures, too!

http://bigboardgaming.com/ukrainian-crisis/

Some time earlier he also made a short video of his initial impressions:

http://bigboardgaming.com/ukraine-crisis-post-play-notes/

Review of Ukrainian Crisis and The Little War at Boardgamegeek!

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Roger Leroux, He of the Hat, has posted a very nice review of the Hollandspiele two-fer edition of these games at Boardgamegeek.com:

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1806601/rogers-reviews-orange-crush-and-bag-chips

Some time ago, Roger also published an intelligent review of Guerrilla Checkers as well:

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1780174/rogers-reviews-delightful-hybrid-two-great-classic

Thanks Roger, you are very kind!

Ukrainian Crisis and Little War now available!

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YES!

The day is here, the hour is at hand!

GO and order your copy here!

https://hollandspiele.com/products/ukrainian-crisis-the-little-war

And it’s even five bucks off physical copies – $40 instead of $45 – for the next little while!

Digital Print-and-Play version available from Wargame Vault for $12 too!

http://www.wargamevault.com/product/207634/Ukrainian-Crisis–The-Little-War

BUY BUY and BUY again!

Trample Grandpa!

 

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:

https://hollandspiele.com/blogs/hollandazed-thoughts-ideas-and-miscellany/designers-remarks-on-ukrainian-crisis-by-brian-train

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

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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

Interview at The Players Aid blog: UACR/TLW

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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!

https://theplayersaid.com/2017/02/21/interview-with-brian-train-designer-of-the-little-war-ukrainian-crisis-two-game-package-from-hollandspiele/

Go have a look.