In the October 24 2008 issue of OSG News
, Kevin Zucker announced he was going to close down Operational Studies Group so he could pursue his interest in flower remedies as a method for healing (A Path For Humanity website
). The company was to have closed its doors in November 2008.
Then a funny thing happened on the way of going out of business. Wait a minute, this is the bad economy, right? Small businesses failing? Well, here's a story of a business that was supposed to go away, but won't. Lazarus like, OSG keeps on going despite its own CEO saying its demise has been his intent.
The first clue was the June 2009 OSG News newsletter
. Prior to that time we'd gotten e-mails telling us to grab the last of the wargame inventory. Many of us did exactly that. No OSG News newsletters until this one. And what did it say? It announced Kevin's book INNER TRUTH
on his experiences in alternative healing methods. Okay, so no reason to think anything other than the company is taking a little longer to shut down. Our grieving has been extended, but we were grieving still.
But wait! The next month there's another newsletter (Sept 2009
)! And in the very next month's newsletter (October 2009
), news that Special Study #5 on Napoleon's Jena-Auerstadt campaign is progressing. Ah, but we dared not hope. The Special Study would be done, and that would be it. All would be gone. After all, there were still all these fire sales on warehouse inventory.
Not so fast. Two more newsletters in 2009. More details on Special Study #5...
Then this bombshell arrives in my e-mail today:
OSG UPDATE: A New Game From OSG ...
In writing Special Study Nr. 5, I created a tactical-level game just to help me visualize certain pivotal moments in the battle of Jena. It is quite useful to have units to actually push around while you are writing. Gradually, the idea morphed into a 4LB-scale series of games on Jena-Auerstädt, Pultusk-Golymin, Eylau, and Friedland. Jason has been playtesting revisions to Four Lost Battles for the past year, and this groundwork will be very useful. We are busy creating the counter mix and all four 22" x 34" maps now. All our research is already done and in useful form (the Special Studies). Please check out the details http://www.napoleongames.com/TCS.html
Lock-in your pre-order at 30%-off, and get four full-sized games for $21 each (including 2 card decks). We probably will NOT be able to maintain this price for very long, so pre-order now... http://www.napoleongames.com/store.html#TCS
Thanks! -Kevin Zucker
A GAME!!!! THE COMING STORM: QUADRIGAME OF THE FOURTH COALITION, OCTOBER 1806-JULY 1807. Yes, you got that right. Included are games on Jena-Auerstadt, Pultusk-Golymin, Eylau, and Friedland.
A GAME!!!! A NEW GAME!!!!
They're back. OSG is back. Kevin Zucker is baaaaaaack!!!!
<sound of hordes of Napoleonic warfare boardgamers in raucous applause...>