Kevin WhitmoreUnited States
Last night I heard news of the passing of Francis Tresham. I only knew Mr. Tresham through his published games. It seems fitting to pay tribute to a true giant of our boardgaming hobby.
In 1974, Francis Tresham released the seminal game of what became an entire genre known as 18xx:
In 1975 he released The Game of Ancient Kingdoms. Then in 1980 another monumentally important game was released:
In 1981, Avalon Hill republished Civilization (and Civ has been republished many other game companies ever since). Also in 1981, Hartland Trefoil published the 1829 Northern Board.
In 1983, Francis Tresham designed a game for Gibsons called Shocks & Scares. In 1984 he released his first edition of Spanish Main. Then in 1986, Avalon Hill published an American version of 1829:
In 1989, Francis Tresham released a game that by all reports had been under development for years:
In 1990, an officially licensed game in the 18xx series was released called 1835. 1835 officially credited Francis Tresham as a co-author. In 1995, Francis Tresham turned his attentions back to 1829. What followed were several "units and extensions" in a series of connected games released from 1995 through 2010:
In 2004, Francis Tresham released a game through Phalanx Games:
In 2005, Francis Tresham released a big variant from his past rules sets for the 18xx universe:
In 2011, a new game from Francis Tresham was anticipated. Sadly "Judge in Circuit" was never released. (See frontispiece above)
In 2015, Mega Civilization was released. This was a super-sized version of Civilization, and they gave design credit to Mr. Tresham.
I never had the privilege to meet Mr. Tresham. I only knew him through his games. He made my life richer, and he advanced the board gaming hobby. He will be missed, but never forgotten.
An infrequent blog devoted to the gaming pursuits of Kevin Whitmore, host of a weekly game night at the "Game Bistro", and longtime gamer who thinks too much about boardgaming.
24 Oct 2019
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