6mm-Minis is Maksim-Smelchak's blog to discuss gaming, miniatures, books, movies, food, Israel, Judaism, life in general and other funny crud. My favorite scale of miniatures is 6mm, which is also called 1/285 or 1/300 scale. I enjoy many different kinds of games including ancients, Napoleonics, WWI, WWII, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Car Wars AKA Autoduel (a sort of crash'n'derby automobile combat game), 6mm Godzilla AKA Kaiju games, and science fiction games. I'm open to everything though!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

MINI WARGAMING: The "Hive Father" mourns...

Chroma,15 Nov. 2005 (17:47):

[quote=MaksimSmelchak,15 Nov. 2005 (16:55)]

Hi Chroma,Looks good![/quote]

Thanks! That means a lot coming from the Hive Father!

Hi Chroma and Gang,

I've never thought of myself as the "Hive Father" although the title has a certain ring to it... :D
I also don't want to be overly pessimistic, but I'm not sure if the E-A 'Nids project has "official" support anymore. The SG forums are practically dead... the shake-up of many forum changes and indefinite press releases have killed the game in my area and... I can't get any response from the Specialist Games (SG) staff as the E-A 'Nid project head. That doesn't bode well in my book.

I would like to finish the E-A 'Nid project, but I don't want to put a lot of time in on it until I know what's going on. I feel emphatically out of the "proverbial" loop. Even if E-A goes under, I want to finish the E-A 'Nid project as a fan-based creation, but until I have some idea of what's going on, I'd prefer to let the project lay low.

I have absolutely zero problem with you guys wanting to push it forward and will even encourage and support you.

I hope you can understand why I don't want to pour my heart into a project with such shakey support.

I've been stung too many times by Epic rejections. I love the game, but can't stand what the company is doing with it... or maybe not doing with it... as it is. This one is starting to sting to because I've put a lot of time and effort into E-A to see it wither away on the vine. It's almost like seeing a child become seriously ill. It breaks your heart.

Until I have some idea of what's going on (...and I have made polite inquiries of Specialist Games.), I'll be putting most of my effort into the new game I've designed, which I hope to publish early next year (...by April 2006). If anyone is interested, my game is called "Planetfall" (PF) and is, in many ways, a huge improvement over E-A. I've added a number of innovative game mechanics that I offered to E-A during playtesting, but were either not read or rejected and that's OK by me.

Here's a link to the PF support group:


I sure hope that SG will be able to survive all the turmoil going on. I think the world of Jervis and would hate to see him get his funding cut. I wish the entire SG staff every kind of happiness and prosperity.




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