As many already know, I'm the staff developer for Turning Point Simulations. This is turning into a great line of games, thanks to the titles submitted by some of the best designers in the business.

There is one thing that TPS definitely could use: Your help. We need playtesters. The ideal group would have at least two people (after all that's what you need for a group in any sense), and have the time to play a game several times, with the players switching sides.

TPS games do not require a massive commitment of time and space. The map is no bigger than 11" x 17" and the maximum countermix is two hundred pieces. We aim for simple, elegant systems that one can learn quickly, and play intuitively, without frequent head-scratching over the rules.

Finally, they are supposed to be FUN.

Would you and your friends like to get involved? If so, please send an e-mail to me at

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Comment by Mike O'Brien on March 17, 2008 at 8:26pm
I will be sending you an email. I am interested in gaming any period but prefer not to have to deal with a "kit" form for the game. If the counters are ready, even if in basic form, and the map is something I don't have to put together then I would try anything. As far as the Great Northern War, it's a period I have thought about trying in miniature but haven't played a boardgame involving the period. You can email me at mikeobriensac at as well.
Mike O'Brien
Comment by Marc Guenette on March 15, 2008 at 6:02pm
I'm in... I may not have been clear about that... for more datas. I'll dug up the articles.
Comment by Marc Guenette on March 15, 2008 at 4:38pm
In. I have an S&T about that... Remmeber now...
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on March 15, 2008 at 4:11pm
It's the war at the start of the eighteenth century that ended Sweden's role as a major power, and introduced Russia as a new player. The Battle of Poltava in 1709 was the decisive event, and the reason why the war is included in the Turning Point Simulations line.

If you're still interested, I'd be happy to e-mail you a playtest kit.
Comment by Marc Guenette on March 15, 2008 at 4:06pm
Great Northern War? I have no clue what you are talking about, unless you're talking about something in the 7 Years War. Sure.
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on March 15, 2008 at 4:02pm
It certainly creates no problem, as the only Napoleonic and Civil War games in the offing are Waterloo and Vicksburg, and they're not in the current production spiral.

How would you feel about playtesting a game on the Great Northern War?
Comment by Marc Guenette on March 15, 2008 at 4:00pm
Jim, I wouldn't mind joining in.You need to know i just don't play Nappy and Civil War games... Would that cause a problem?

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