Next up, I was just over at Greg Costikyan's video games blogwww.playthisthing.com (a pretty great place if you like bizarro indiefreeware/shareware/flash games) and noticed an interesting tidbit.
So I recently sold a boardgame to Z-Man Games (publishers, among other things, of 1960: Making of the President and Pandemic). It's entitled Megacorps,and the short description is: Three to six players each control one ofthe huge multinational corporations that dominate the globe in themid-21st century, competing for market share and manipulatinggovernments like puppets.
It's somewhat satirical in tone, but also an attempt to meld theEurogame aesthetic (simple but interesting strategic choices, no morethan an hour to play) with a sort of Avalon Hill/SPI/West End boardgameapproach (simulationist, and a strong connection between theme andactual gameplay). I'll post a bit more about it as things develop; atpresent, we're hoping for a Summer 09 publication.
You may remember Costikyan from such games as THE CREATURE THAT ATE SHEBOYGAN, TOON, PARANOIA, the old STAR WARS RPG, the awesome STAR TREK ADVENTURE GAME and DEATHMAZE. This sounds awesome to me and I like his statedapproach. It's a fresh theme and I'm hoping it delivers on what itpromises. It wasn't that long ago when we were talking about differentthemes and cutthroat/ruthless business was one that I and a couple ofother people brought up as fertile ground for AT development. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this turns out. Summer '09 my ass, though.
*edit- not sure why credited him with TotAN...must be that WEG thing...