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Submitted by Jeff H, posted on August 21, 2001

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Does anyone remember this board game? Avalon Hill, went out of print about, oh... 1979? Well, it was and is still one of my absolute favorites. I was a teacher a few years ago and while the students were working indivdually, I made this game on the instructors' PC on the projection screen so they could watch. I like how it ended up, and is about 75% complete.

Because of what I was teaching, this is done in Visual Basic 6 and DirectX 7. Although I would definitely use Vis. C++ now, it really works well as it is! It's a turn-based wargame, and the animated explosions look great. The ships are rendered in TrueSpace 4. The textures on the ships are the front of an Albertson's grocery store(stone, windows with fluorescent lights inside) in Fort Worth, Texas. I have moved to Phoenix, AZ...

While not complete, the AI is simple influence mapping.

I wish I could post it here, but the board game is owned by Avalon Hill, owned by Hasbro. Uh oh, right? I ain't gonna be sued. They would never release it, the market for this kind of game is so low... I just wish I could speak to the guy who made the board game twenty-some years ago... [Garret Donner (Also made "Wizard's Quest" and "Dragonhunt")] I am working on another project, which you will see soon. I'll get a publisher then.
(my page is down because I moved, but these "picts of the day" stay up for a long time, so I gave my URL anyway. It will be up in a week or two...)

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August 22, 2001, 01:46 PM

Wow, thank you guys for the great responses. We (the Phoenix people) all need to round up sometime and have a beer. I just bought a house in Queen Creek area, used to live in Chandler. Let's choose a central location. I too don't work in the video game industry. I work at the major airline in this area as a software engineer. Can you say "flight benefits?"

I have worked for 2 video game companies short-term. Mainly just for projects. I'm not much of a console programmer really.

Your comments make me want to finish this, even re-write it using C++.
Maybe I should put my other project up here and if that gets better responses, stay with that.



August 22, 2001, 01:53 PM

Yeah, just a Splash. Still shot from True Space, and that logo
shoots in from the right, with a Techno (music) background.

All of the ships in the game are models I made (meshes) while looking at the little cardboard pieces. I tried to keep the cheesy
70's look thru-out. I used the models to make the board sprites by
shrinking down a top view render. Since I had the cool models done, I just stuck them in a formation and took some shots, and that's where the splash came from.

Thanks for the nice remarks


August 22, 2001, 02:27 PM

pascal is the epicentre of all things evil. if i could tell you all the troubles it's caused me (esp. in exam situations...) you would surely weep...


August 22, 2001, 03:07 PM

All you in Phoenix, check out this thread.

Nick Van Tassell

August 22, 2001, 04:21 PM

Hey, they have 2 original board games on EBay:

For less than $20.00


August 22, 2001, 05:11 PM

yeah thanks. They are very cheap, no one wants that stuff anymore.
I have been buying them off of ebay every so often. Just in case I do
get to finish that somehow. I now have 10 - 20 copies of the game
to give to friends, etc. when it does happen.


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