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Publisher Perspective - Blog by Byron Collins

The best thing about publishing games... is all the great people you meet.

I planned to do a report on how well Spearpoint 1943 did at Origins 2010 this past June at its launch, which I may still write up, but right now I'm going to focus on something more important- something that is crucial to success as a publisher... meeting and working with others.  Many of the people I've met "in the industry" are extremely nice and helpful.  Many I'd call good friends.

People like Mark H. Walker and his family (of Lock N' Load Publishing).  I first met Mark as we were both exhibiting games in Gettysburg, PA in 2008.  Since then I'd say we've become pretty good friends.  At Origins this year, he, his family, and I shared meals, games, and had a lot of fun together.  Mark is an accomplished author, game designer, and publisher.  His games are great and he's one of the few publishers I know who can do this full time.

People like Lt. Col. Robert "Smitty" Smith and his wife, Katie, two of the friendliest people I've ever met- both of them full of personality and charm.  Smitty reviewed my first game in Panzer Digest (good magazine btw).  At Origins, the Smiths exhibited for Panzer Digest Magazine in a booth right next to mine.  We offered to cover for each other during the rare breaks (though they mostly covered my area for me...).  I had a blast with them at Origins.

People like Uwe Eickert of Academy Games.  If there is one guy I'd call my "mentor" in this business of publishing, it's Uwe (pronounced OOOO VAAAH, not YOU EEE, OOO EEE, or OOO WAY- I know, it's tough ;)).  He has so much positive energy and excitement about everything he does he actually scares me.  I don't know how he keeps up, but he's a brilliant businessman, engineer, and game designer, and always a pleasure to work and hang out with.  This year at the GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas, Uwe, his son, and I all shared a room at Bally's.  Every night he was up responding to e-mails and catching up- I literally don't think he slept- except after that one buffet at the Paris...

People like Greg Silberman, a New York lawyer who is a "hardcore casual gamer" and longtime supporter.  He was one of the first guys to preorder one of my games at Historicon (Or was it WBC?).  Greg is a super guy who's just fun to be around- in Las Vegas, he introduced several of us to a great "local" oldschool steakhouse called the Golden Steer.  I thought we'd be shot in the parking lot, but once we walked in, the place was immaculate.  The food was amazing, but the company was better.  At Origins, I had the pleasure to learn how to play Fires of Midway with Greg as my teammate in a 4-player game hosted by the designer, Steven Cunliffe (another cool guy).  Greg and I eeked our way to a slim victory as the Japanese...

People like Marcelo Figueroa of the Greater Games Industry catalog.  Marcelo is crazy and I'll leave it at that.

People like Davide Galloni from Italy.  He and his group playtested two of my games and even demonstrated my latest one at a convention called PLAY in Italy earlier this year using a demo version.  He's even translated some of the rules of the first game into Italian for his group.  I've known Davide for several years now and he's always a pleasure to chat with and work with.  I know I can depend on Davide for some excellent constructive feedback.

People like John DiPonio.  If you know or get to know John, you'll quickly be glad to call him a friend.  John is the kind of guy you dream of having as a playtester.  He always follows through with what he's working on and helps me keep my priorities straight.  An all around great (and funny) guy.

People like Ken Whitehurst of the This Week In Wargaming podcast.  Ken and I had lunch the other day to catch up.  I gave him a review copy and prize copy of Spearpoint 1943 for his podcast and we had a nice conversation about games and design in general.  He interviewed me for his podcast back in February (Episode AT-7) at the Williamsburg Muster, which was a lot of fun.  I look forward to collaborating with Ken on a work-in-progress sci-fi game.

People like Lance Richardson of http://www.gettingboard.com/.  Lance's first video review was of Spearpoint 1943 - and he even added sound effects!  He's a super nice guy who is just getting started with his review site, so be sure to check it out.  He talked the owner of his FLGS into buying a few copies of SP43 for their store - they're now re-ordering having sold out!

People like Chuck Turnitsa of my local game group, ODMS.  Chuck regularly hosts great miniatures games and boardgames at our local spot in Hampton, VA called "The Hangar".  He's the "glue" that holds the club together and does a great job as a convention director- recently leading a team of ODMS guys in the concept and execution of Williamsburg Muster and Guns of August, both located in Williamsburg, VA spaced 6 months apart.  Chuck is a great guy and he is passionate about all things gaming, yet he keeps his focus on his family, always balancing out work, family, and time with friends.  Chuck has been a supporter for a long time and a real advocate for Spearpoint 1943, and he's always full of encouragement and good constructive feedback.  I'm glad to know him.

There are many others and I could go on and on.  I'm very thankful to have met these wonderful people - they've made (and continue to make) quite an impact on me personally and professionally as a game designer and a publisher.  I've learned so many things I would not have learned had I kept my questions and ideas all to myself.  People like those I've mentioned make this industry great.  They, and all of our customers, make it worthwhile to invest so much time into something as complex as designing and publishing games.

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Last-minute prep for Origins 2010 is underway and I'll be on the road tomorrow heading to Ohio.  If you're attending Origins, please join me in the exhibitor hall or in our demo-area after the hall is closed.  I'll be launching Frontline General: Spearpoint 1943 there at the show. 

I'm really looking forward to seeing gamers enjoy the production version of Spearpoint 1943 at Origins and I'll be sure to post some pictures from the show.
 

Byron Collins of Collins Epic Wargames

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Your introduction to consim gaming:
Axis and Allies at age 8.
Your favorite game(s):
Frontline General: Spearpoint 1943, Conflict of Heroes (Series), World at War (Series)
What game(s) are you currently playing (solitaire, FTF, PBEM, etc.) or wish to play next?
Frontline General: Spearpoint 1943 (Developing ninth scenario)
What game(s) have you played recently?
Frontline General: Spearpoint 1943, Formula racing miniatures game (not sure of the title), Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel
In general, how much time do you spend gaming?
4-6 hours per week
How big is your game collection?
Too big
Your local game club(s) and/or where you reside (let's network!)
Miniatures of Chesapeake "The Hangar" in Hampton, VA, club is ODMS
About Me
Designer & Publisher of the Frontline General series of games.
Personal Interests (favorite activities, movies, shows, books, music, etc.)
Time with my son and wife, Sailing, Game Design, Game Conventions, Painting, Home Improvements (there's always a project to do), Reading, Action Movies, War Movies, Indie/underground Music
Website:
http://www.frontlinegeneral.com

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Please check out our Spearpoint 1943 Map Expansion on Kickstarter

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Posted on November 21, 2011 at 5:14pm

Spearpoint 1943 (WWII Card Wargame) Released and Available Worldwide

Launched at Origins 2010, Frontline General: Spearpoint 1943 is available worldwide in local game stores and online. I'd like to thank our Consimworld supporters for your interest and support of the game. Also, if you are one of the many gamers who stopped by at Origins, thanks for taking the time to chat with me and find out more about our games or even run through a demo or two.…

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Posted on July 14, 2010 at 4:00pm — 19 Comments

Read a full preview of Frontline General: Spearpoint 1943, the new fast tactical WWII card game from Collins Epic Wargames

I'd like to invite you all to read a full preview (13Mb PDF link) of our new fast-playing (30 minutes) tactical WWII card game,…

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Posted on February 9, 2010 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Collins Epic Wargames Marine Toys for Tots drive + Free game from your BGG wishlist

If you're not also a boardgamegeek.com user, please pardon this post! If you are, please read on and see how you may win a free game (any game on your BGG wishlist, value of at least $50) and help out some less-fortunate kids at the same time.



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Posted on November 25, 2009 at 8:00am

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At 9:14am on November 12, 2009, Eric Walters said…
Byron, we're stuck here in Oceanview--pretty bad out there, as you can imagine. I'm getting the footlockers of out of print games I keep in the garage out of there for the 5 o'clock high tide. Yikes! Thanks for the gouge on the ODMS. I may show up sometime. My schedule is usually pretty hectic so I rarely make the Tidewater ASL Group and Tidewater Area Naval Gamers gatherings...but one never knows. Glad to see someone is doing so much on the Italian theater as you are!
At 11:52am on November 11, 2009, Eric Walters said…
So, you are close to me in northern Norfolk! I was supposed to play some ASL at Sean Deller's house in Smithfield, but with this blooming nor'easter coming up, the coastal flood warnings (we get flooded in all the time), I stayed home. Rats. Had no idea you lived around this area. I was very intrigued by the San Pietro game thru the website explaining the terrain symbology, etc.--looks way cool. Am definitely going to get it!
At 8:09pm on November 10, 2009, Smitty said…
We were happy to do so!
At 6:10pm on May 28, 2009, Davide Galloni said…
thanks Byron! I saw your page some weeks ago but only today I found time to join this community..
At 2:54am on October 28, 2008, Denny Koch said…
Hi Byron,

nice to have you here! Thanks to the Internet and this community, the Wargame Universe became a well arranged place :) We are currently overhauling our website and the basic concept, but once we are done, I will gladly update any information about Frontline General.

Have a great day!
Denny
At 3:27pm on October 15, 2008, JohnnyD said…
I made it baby!!!! Way to post the pics!!!!

Johnny
At 1:10pm on October 10, 2008, Smitty said…
All I need is some time to look at it!
At 11:39am on October 10, 2008, Smitty said…
Interesting looking!
At 10:22am on October 10, 2008, Byron Collins said…
Thanks Jim, let me know what you think and good luck with midterms. ugg.

Smitty- You go to Gettysburg a lot? Are you going to check out Fall In?
At 9:31am on October 10, 2008, Jim Werbaneth said…
Hi Byron,
I'm looking forward to getting a look at Frontline General: Italian Campaign too. I just downloaded the free version, and hope to start looking at it at least when I'm down torturing my undergrads with midterms next week.
 
 
 

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