Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wargames Illustrated #363, I'm An Author Ma!


The latest issue of Wargames Illustrated arrived in the post today with the theme being 'Wargaming Hollywood'. With the direction I've been moving with my games lately it's almost like the entire issue was made for me lol!


We're still just getting crushed by the cold temperatures as you can see by the weather board in the barn - if you look to the right in the middle you can see the outdoor temperature at -5° Fahrenheit (-21° Celsius) so I wasn't even sure I wanted to go out and check the mailbox today.


But thankfully there were no bills and only the Wargames Illustrated :) Plus there was a nice surprise when I opened it and looked at the index on page 84.


Incredibly I have a 6 page article on the game I ran at last summer's Historicon convention in Fredericksburg, with 12 really neat photos of the table.


Full credit goes to Dave Taylor at Dave Taylor Miniatures for making this all happen, so thank you Dave!


I have bumped into Dave several times over the course of the many Historicon's I've gone to, and he's put photos of my tables into WI before, but when he asked if I'd write up a full article about the game and the table build I was simply blown away. What a huge honor it was to be able to write several pages about what I'd built and created, and then to have that literally go out to the whole world to see and read about. Madness really lol!


I also want to give a big shout out and thanks to Dave Phipps from Pulp Alley. As I mention in the article, I used the Pulp Alley system for my games and couldn't have been happier with the results. I think everyone who got to play in the game had a lot of fun and that was all due to the great rules that Dave created. Hopefully my plug in the article will get some more people into trying out these fantastic rules :)


And I couldn't possibly write this post without thanking Cad, Ben and everyone else at 4Ground. As you can clearly see almost everything is from 4Ground, and I have been using 4Ground buildings and accessories on my tables since I started this crazy gaming obsession years ago. I'm looking forward to continuing that partnership into the future with all the new lines they are coming out with :)


But, and there always has to be a "but" with me lol! One thing that will always bother me though is that I know I could have done so much more with this game and table. I had so many ideas and things I wanted to do but ultimately just didn't have the time to do them all.


I'm also going to chalk this up as the major accomplishment for my 2017 year in review I'm currently working on, even though technically this has been released in 2018. If I do make it out to Lancaster for this summer's Historicon, the big question is going to be can I possibly build and create something that can top this?! Fingers crossed I can, so stay tuned!

Until next time, thanks for looking!
Ivor

23 comments:

  1. That is awesome. Congratulations! I will just have to pick up a copy.

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    1. Thanks a lot David! Still not as cool as your podcast interview though :)

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  2. I just typed "Very cool", and realised that maybe it wouldn't be taken as a compliment ;-)
    I'll go with "Excellent" instead, congratulations Ivor and will definitely be picking up a copy!
    Can't wait to see what you produce for this year's Historicon if it's going to top this one :-)

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    1. Ha! No, "very cool" would have been more than a compliment :) Appreciate the all the kind words!

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  3. That's freak'in awesome man!! Congradulations!! Got the kids at Universal Studios until Friday ... looking forward to reading through it when I get back home :-)

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    1. Thanks my friend! It's weird because you are listed as the author of the Rules Hunting article in the index but when you flip to page 78 is has Mitch Reed as the author??!! What gives - though reading the article I think they mucked up the index and it should have been Mitch's name there. The writing style and the games listed aren't anything I recognized from you.

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    2. Yeah, not me. My first article they listed my name as Jay Smith ... lol. Sometimes you just can't win.

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    3. I remember that! And now this... at least it wasn't you, I kind of feel bad for Mitch, especially if it's his first article he's written.

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    4. Agree ... torpedoes the excitment :-(

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  4. Great job!
    I read the article yesterday and had a "Hey, I know this guy (sort of)" moment :-)
    Those tables look great and I look forward to an article about the secret lab hidden under the chateau.
    Cheers

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    1. Ha! Thanks Joakim! Very much appreciated!

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  5. Great article and well deserved!

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    1. Thanks Riot! We'll see if somehow I can manage another this year :)

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  6. That is one hell of an achievement! I would be buying a second copy to put on the wall :)
    I look forward to reading it when I get mine.

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    1. Lol! Thanks Mike! Lots of really great stuff in this issue all around, looking forward to reading through it completely myself.

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  7. Well done Ivor but no big surprise really as your stuff is top notch, I'll have to pick a copy up & read all about it :)

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    1. Thanks a lot Frank! There is some fantastic articles that would be perfect to piggyback onto what you've been doing lately - there's a really great article on a game based on the Ghost and the Darkness I know you'd enjoy :)

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    1. Cheers Simon! Certainly not up to your WI level yet, but we'll consider this my first baby steps :)

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  9. Congratulations Ivor! Your stuff looks great, so it's good to see it being recognised.

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    1. Thanks a lot Bill, very kind of you! Hopefully you're doing well, I haven't seen an update in quite a while and certainly have missed them!

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