First Peek at “Subtilla”

SubtillaI want to get one more game available via so folks can get it in time for Christmas.  Subtilla was originally designed in response to TGC’s Vehicles contest … but I couldn’t get the rules ready in time.

So, I put it on hold for a bit … but now I’m ready to finish it off and get it out on TGC.   Not sure on the exact timing, but I’m hoping to release it sometime in November.

Subtilla ComponentsThis is a two-player, head-to-head naval battle game.  Each player has 1 sub, 5 surface ships and a base on their side of the board.  A player wins by either destroying all 5 of the opponent’s surface ships or by occupying both spaces of the opponent’s base at the end of the opponent’s turn (they get a chance to knock you out of their base).

There are some nifty stealth and movement rules for the subs … I really like how that aspect of the game works.  And, of course, the sub gets to fire torpedoes! 🙂  The ship-v-ship battles are dice-based … so this doesn’t really fit the definition of an “abstract” game — it’s very “themey” and has strong chance elements.  To say it has a bit of “take that!” is also an understatement.

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Back from the eWilderness

Hard Drive CrashI’ve spent the better part of the past 10 days responding to a hard drive failure on my main laptop.  At first I wasn’t sure if it was actually a physical disk issue, or if my OS had become corrupted somehow.  In the end, it turned out that my hard drive actually completed died — went full “paperweight mode”.  A have a techy friend of mine to thank for a replacement drive, and some additional hardware to test out my old, faulty drive in case I’d still be able to read it somewhat.

I also want to say how happy I am that I had been running Carbonite as my file backup system!  Except for about 3 days worth of e-mails that I lost (there were a brief few hours in the middle of those 10 days where my old hard drive started acting normal again, and I turned on Outlook and it downloaded 3 days worth of e-mails, but Carbonite wasn’t able to archive the updated Outlook DB file before the hard drive crashed for good), everything else was restored onto my laptop within a day of having the new drive up and running.

Now that I’m back to having a working machine, there are a number of things I need to catch up on: someone won copies of a couple of my games (thanks to Father Geek), there was another positive review of Dicey Curves, I donated a copy each of Jump Gate and Dicey Curves in an auction, I received my copies of Space Mission (Schmidt Spiele’s take on Jump Gate), and I played the game with my son — and I loved it!

Oh, and I should be bringing out another new game via … something called Subtilla … a return to the head-to-head 2-player format.  Not an abstract game this time, though. 😉

So, watch for posts from me the next few days.  Also, if you’re not already following me on Twitter, please do so … and send me a tweet if you have any questions or comments about my games (or life in general). 🙂