The Second Resurrection of Operational Studies Group?

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.

Then came the August 2009 OSG News newsletter. Wait a minute. A May 2010 Napoleonics trip to Europe? Can there be hope?

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...>

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Comment by Kev on October 1, 2012 at 11:47pm

so what now?

Comment by Eric Walters on February 19, 2010 at 8:38pm
Well, only the market will tell. Certainly there have been other games on Eylau and Friedland--far fewer on the tactical battles of Jena-Auerstadt and Pultusk-Golymin. So we'll just have to see. Certainly I've seen no complaints on the last Quadrigame that OSG has done, which was also considered somewhat pricey in certain quarters. I can't speak to the economics of this since I don't run a game company. But when you run a specialty/niche topic, it's to be expected that you'll have a small print run and therefore individual prices per package will be higher. Whether or not it's worth it is for the buyers to decide--and whether or not this is a viable business model is for OSG to decide. 'Nuff said!
Comment by Bill Wood on February 19, 2010 at 11:49am
Games so good, KZ wants to keep them for himself!
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on February 19, 2010 at 11:42am
Sticker shock!
Comment by Bill Wood on February 19, 2010 at 11:19am
Not happy with the pricing high problem, Zucker has jacked up the prepub price.

http://www.napoleongames.com/TCS.html
Comment by Eric Walters on February 16, 2010 at 8:34pm
Zucker is known for two types of Napoleonics board wargames: (1) Operational treatments and (2) Tactical treatments. Regarding the former, he doesn't have much competition and these games are really, really good at explaining campaigns of the period. I can't recommend them enough. Regarding the latter, it's very much a matter of taste. He did NAPOLEON'S LAST BATTLES and has been revising that system quite a bit over the years. We saw the first major revision with NAPOLEON AT LEIPZIG and then his latest Quadrigame on the 1813 campaign, FOUR LOST BATTLES using cards. These are a far cry from the La Battaille series of detail--or even the Napoleonic Brigade Series that MMP publishes. But people really like them. So I can unreservedly recommend the operational games he does; you probably need to play his tactical games to see if they are up your alley before purchasing any. I played La Battaille, played WELLINGTON'S VICTORY system, played MMP's NBS, and I still like these--they are a bit simpler and move faster. If nothing else, who else recommends period music to listen to when playing his games???
Comment by D. Owsen on February 16, 2010 at 8:13pm
Is this system good? It sounds interesting but I've never played it (mainly a tactical Napoleonics player, La Battaile).
Comment by Stephen G on February 16, 2010 at 8:37am
I'm booked for the tour...and prototype of the new game is coming along I believe...woo hoo!
Comment by Greg Blanchett on February 16, 2010 at 1:59am
Sorry, for me KZ is the "Brett Favre of Wargaming"...
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on February 15, 2010 at 6:02pm
WONDERFUL news!!!!

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