Thanks for your interest in Westward Expansion. The complexity should be on the low to moderate side. If your familiar with GMT's Blackbeard, my game will employ the same card play mechanic. If you are interested I'd be happy to forward to you the rules as they are now, as I would love to get some input.
Lucky duck, indeed! I'd love to find a way to do artwork for games, layout or something that paid about what I am making at the office, so I could stay home, too. But I don't think the jobs I can do will pay enough for me to quit the job-that-pays.
Yes, the SPI and PB-clad youth is me at 16/17 or so. The nice lady is my late mother.
The one "pondering his moves" is Peter, 9 y/o.
Christopher (my oldest, the one smiling with a pair of gaming tweezers in his hands) has been playing since he was 9 too.
Actually, I think Peter took his first crack at Strike Force One when he was 6. We had to pay that, like, a dozen times.
Erin, my 7 year old girl, has been asking to play a "big wargame" lately. Only problem is I only have room to keep two going simultaneously, and the older boys have the tables reserved already. Erin played SF1 when she was 4! (a.k.a solitaire with her rolling dice)
Timothy is 10, and is my "token eurogamer". He doesn't care for military sims ... yet.
Emily is 13, and is autistic, so she is a non-gamer. Yes ... I've tried. I have to try again periodically, to see if she "gets" games yet. So far, no dice (pun intended).
George and Walter are 5 and 3, and they like playing with the box, rather than the game.
Cool. I won't have any copies for sale, but I'll bring my personal copy and demonstrate when I can. It only takes about 5 minutes to teach and you can play yourself at about 15 minutes a try (less if you aren't successful). An engagement party in San Diego kept me away from Kublacon, so I really have the gaming Jones when Labor day comes around.
I am going to be working staff, Dealer Support so that means setting up the Flea market and a few other things. I'll try and look out for you and the Israeli game since that's something I'm interested in.