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Designer’s Blog: February, 2013

21 February, 2013


It has been a long time since I last updated anything on this site.

It seems I must comment again on my personal affairs rather than the much more interesting subject of game design. My shoulder problem got better, recurred, and then got better again over the course of several months. However, the recurrence left me without any real confidence in my ability to sustaine the business as I had been running it, and so I felt strongly that I needed to consider alternative approaches for bringing out games. Mercury Games, a new publisher but with veteran game industry people running it, had expressed an interest in publishing The Guns of Gettysburg. After much deliberation on my part, I eventually decided to go ahead. I must say that so far, so good, and it looks like they will do a fine job bringing it to market. After having worked so hard on it for so long (and having put the playtesters through a grueling death march of repeated tests of game balance) it will be a source of great satisfaction to me to have it finally reach the hands of the people who have been waiting for it so long.

The decision to let Mercury Games handle it proved a good one for another reason, one that I did not anticipate. A long-term chronic health problem of mine (not related to my shoulder) finally reached the point where it required treatment. This has enormously complicated my life, making it difficult to run Simmons Games in any form at all. While I am optimistic that all will be well in the end, the fact is that there continues to be so much uncertainty in my life at present that I have decided to even stop taking orders for Napoleon’s Triumph and so I have updated the site to remove the order links.

I hope to be able to get back to the point where people who want to can still buy NT. There is still some inventory remaining. It is the order fulfillment process that has been broken at what has proven to be its weakest link: yours truly. If you would, please accept my embarrassed apologies.