Boardgames in Blighty News – PC Game inspired by classic tactical board war games, Burden of Command, is in development
Sorry that I’ve been quiet for a while folks but to be honest, I haven’t seen much worth blogging about. Kickstarter, for the most part, continues to be the home of far too many unimaginative, derivative and “same old” stuff games and I find a lot of what’s on offer yawn inspiring.
Well, I’ve been awakened from my slumber by, dare I say it, a PC game (which I hope will be available on iOS.
From the press release…
Burden of Command:
A Word: Leadership
A Phrase: World War II tactical leadership RPG
An Experience: You’re the Captain of a company of the fabled Cottonbalers, leading your men on and off the battlefield from Morocco to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. Fighting psychology as much as bullets, you must build respect, trust, and battlefield experience to bring your brothers safely home.
Chris Avellone: ““Burden of Command says it all in the name – it’s the first WW2 game I’ve ever experienced where the emotional struggle comes from the top and bleeds right down into the trenches.”
Alexis Kennedy: “The sweet spot for games with narrative is the place where writing meets design. Burden of Command plants its flag right at the heart of this sweet spot.”
Professor John McManus, Curator’s Distinguished Professor of US Military History: “Burden of Command is in a class by itself. I know of no other game that brings history to life with more accuracy and immediacy. Highest recommendation!”
The Team: We’re a small indie bringing unusual skills to bear. Avellone, Kennedy, and McManus act as senior advisors, As lead I draw on a PhD in Artificial Intelligence (Yale) and Masters in Neurophysiology and Psychology (Oxford) to engineer a psychological battlefield. The team and playtesters include an extensive group of active and retired military as well as professional writers.
What I am loving about this game is that loads of inspiration has come has come from some of my favourite tactical boardgames such as Ambush, Squad Leader, and Combat Commander.
Here is a link to the Development diary which is very interesting and a worthwhile read. War gamers should keep an eye on this one for sure!