Monday, June 21, 2010

On the horizon: A few acres of snow...

One of the top board game designers in the world right now and I would argue in the top 10 of all time (including Knizia, Sackson, Moon and friends) is Martin Wallace from Treefrog Games in the UK.  He invented the best train game ever, Age of Steam, as well as many other modern war-gamey and economic classics. 

Wallace always tries to take on interesting subject matters and he usually starts with the theme first and then designs a game around it, unlike most other designers of European style board games.  Now there aren't many games about the beginnings of Canada as a country, so I'm excited to read on the Treefrog website about 'A Few Acres of Snow' due out in March 2011:
This will be our next two-player only game. It will cover the long struggle between Britain and France for control of what eventually became Canada.
I'm not a big war-gamer but this one has me interested, if only for the Canadiana...

1 comment:

  1. I think it's interesting how Martin takes what could be fairly abstract games and twists the rules to make them confirm to the historical period in question. Although the mechanics are strong enough that I'd probably enjoy them almost as much if they were fully abstract!