Samstag, 25. Januar 2014

Simulations Publications Inc.



I saw this game in an exhibition about the postapocalyptic and Tarkovsky's Stalker at the Maison d'Ailleurs, the excellent Swiss Science Fiction Museum/Library. Trying to find out more about the game, I discovered the wonderful world of board game geeks, who provide tons of material, e.g. about Simulations Publications Inc., the company behind said game.

"Founded by Jim Dunnigan in 1969, SPI was a publisher of board wargames during the 1970s and early 1980s, when it went bankrupt. SPI also published several magazines, including Strategy & Tactics, Moves and Ares"

All images found on boardgamegeek.com and tacticalwargamer.com. Thanks, board game enthusiasts!
The design of these magazines and some of the titles remind me of library records.

















"Early SPI photo from Jim Dunnigan who has licensed this under Creative Commons with permission granted to use except for money-making and commercial purposes. The late game designer John Young is in the middle with a cigarette underneath the poster."

"Early SPI photo from Jim Dunnigan who has licensed this under Creative Commons with permission granted to use except for money-making and commercial purposes. (Unknown person, Dunnigan, Simonsen, John Young, and Marie Fredericks, a graphic artist.)"





























Kommentare:

  1. Oh man, my older brother had a couple of these! 'Starforce' (pictured above) and another called 'Spitfire' or 'Battle of Britain' or similar. I found the rules completely incomprehensible, so we'd play with our own daft made-up rules.

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  2. this is great. i like 'moves' magazine!

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  3. Ha, Bollops, that's great! So you were fighting those space battles on your own terms?

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  4. Yeah! The playing area and pieces were pretty basic, so it left a lot of scope for the imagination. (This has opened up a whole load of memories I didn't even know where still there)

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  5. These are amazing. I'm going to stock up on dice.

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