The Evolution of 1955 Boards
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1955: The War of Espionage is a new two-player game that will be released in 2011 by Living Worlds Games, LLC. with assistance from APE Games.

Living Worlds Games is the company I started two years ago as I worked my way towards publishing my first two games. The history of Living Worlds Games, my reasons for moving into the realm of publishing and my history of gaming will be covered in future articles and posts.

This Geeklist looks at the evolution of the boards for 1955. The concept of 1955: The War of Espionage started with the concept of a single player 30 minute solitaire game to scratch the Magic:The Gathering itch. Over time, the mechanics evolved and moved into a two player game that takes roughly 30 minutes depending on skill level(15-45) of the players involved. Throughout the development of the game, the board shifted in use, size and complexity.

Each entry will be one iteration of the board going in chronological order. New entries will be added as the artwork for the final version is finished.


1955: The War of Espionage will be released for Pre-Order through KickStarter in the middle of November. You should start seeing advertisements for the game around then as well.
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1. Board Game: 1955: The War of Espionage [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:5354]
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This is the original board for 1955: The War of Espionage.

Working Title: The Man from S.O.L.I.T.A.I.R.E.
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Black and white

The board has six equal tracks (8 spaces) marked by Spy cliches. The end of each track has a Locked position and the Draw / Discard piles are built into the board.


 
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Second Iteration of the board for 1955: The War of Espionage.

Working Title: The Man from S.O.L.I.T.A.I.R.E.
Single Player
Black and White

The board retains the the Draw and Discard piles.
Overall length of each side of the board shortens by 1. The outer tracks lose spaces making the inner tracks the 'hard' and 'safe' tracks while the others are in more peril.
The tracks are now different and add variety to the game.



 
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Third iteration of 1955: The War of Espionage board.

Working Title: The Man from S.O.L.I.T.A.I.R.E.
Single Player
Black and White

The board has been shortened drastically. Short tracks are now 4 length and long tracks are now only 6. The lock positions at the end of the track were removed.
In addition, 2 new tracks have been added, the helicopter and the race car. More areas to cover and items to protect. Game began to grow in duration due to the new tracks, but provided more of a chance to have multitrack combos.



 
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The fourth iteration of the board was nearly identical to the third. Stylistic choices were changed but overall it did not represent a major shift in the board.

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Fifth iteration of the board for 1955.

Working Title: The Man from S.O.L.I.T.A.I.R.E
Still single player
Still black and white (Save the toner!)

The inner four tracks have been elongated in order to provide a buffer for the middle and to keep all the tracks on one side of the board a different length.

Playing time remained relatively unchanged for the single player game.

 
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Sixth iteration of the board for 1955.

Working Title: CounterSpy
Game shifts to a two player game instead of a 1 player solitaire game.

Spy pawns are introduced. Maneuverability comes into play. Card modifiers are also included.

The Lock points for each country return allowing a player to permanently secure an area (Of course, cards can always break rules).

Game is still fairly generic in thematic concept. Spies trying to out do the other.


 
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Life moved forward and brought about the 7th major version of the board.

Working Title: CounterSpy
Two-Players
Full Color proto-board. Designer purchased a laser printer. Story goes it is easier to get a colorful board on the table played by strangers than a black and white board.

Abstract leaves the house as well and theme begins to come in.
Spy cliches (Martinis, Race Cars, copters) are gone.
Each track represents a country and you, a master spy, is trying to rule the world by taking covert action to secure the control of each country. To hit a tipping point, you only need to secure 3 countries.

Spy movement is also enhanced. Possibilities to outmaneuver your opponent and gain additional benefits are enhanced.

These major changes mark the time period where I start to review the game.


 
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The Eighth version of the board. 1955 is being further refined.

Working Title: CounterSpy
Two Players
Full Color

The board's 8 tracks drop back down to 6. In two player game, there is no need for 8 separate tracks. It slows the game down and makes it too easy to win.

Tracks are elongated to prevent massive swings and to give buffer to the defense. Game is still tilted towards attacking. Longest countries are 11 spaces to lock, shortest 7. It is possible to make a major push in a single country like Poland to secure it if you can out maneuver your opponent to subvert the populace unopposed.

Game play came down with the removal of the 2 tracks, even though the remaining ones were made longer. Number of countries required to be secured had briefly shifted to 4 and now came down to 3.

 
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9th version of the board.

Working Title: 1955: The War of Espionage
Two Players
Game Time: 15-45 Minutes (15 for experienced players who focus mainly on attack, 30 minutes for beginners, 45 minutes for highly skilled players of equal level).

The board has undergone a huge shift after I purchased the rights to the game. We shifted the gadgets from a second side board to the main board.
I added flags/icons along each track instead of the large stroked name of the country.

Transport gadget rules were refined and modified. Still working on balancing it against Improved Resources (Card bonus is normally huge in a card based game).

We are still sitting in the Yellow / Blue factions. Yellow / Blue color blind people were discussed. Decisions were made to later shift to a Red / Blue to reduce the number of people with color blindness the game would impact. It was decided to make it highly color blind friendly in later iterations.


 
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Current (November 2010) version of the board.

Our graphic designer has begun work on the board. This is the second concept of the board.

Major focus has shifted from balancing the game (It is now balanced) to visibility and usability.

Goal is to have a beautiful game that has no usability issues.

Graphic Designer created a background using coffee grounds w/ fluid (Local grounds) and art paper (High Quality Water Color paper). The paper was coated in grounds and fluid. The paper was placed in the oven and baked for an hour.


Design work is no where close to being complete, but this is where we are at the present.

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11. Board Game: Eminent Domain [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:449]
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Every game needs a critical point. This one is 1955's. Fixing a number of quality errors in the artwork for the board, this version is being used as the current board going into the pre-order blitz at the start of next week.

The Faction colors have been corrected (The color of the backs of each track) and the Flags on the right side of the board have been mirrored to be correct.



Eminent Domain, currently at 31,181 and rising. Lofty goal. I'm hoping they'll pull off an amazing game. The Houston group that attends playtesting twice a week enjoys deck building games, so Eminent Domain is right up that alley. It was picked for this entry because it is a good role to follow.


 
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