From: Southern California, U.S.A.
ORIGINAL: Paul Vebber
Actually, I was one of the original founders of Matrix, and did a lot of work on SP:WaW and many other early Matrix releases and a lot of work on these forums. Coming off active duty in the Navy, my defense contractor job gave me a lot of flexibility to work my day job and Matrix. Unfortunately, I had to make a choice between "going all in" on Matrix, or take a job doing wargaming and related work for the Navy. CL did not survive the decision and I feel really bad about that to this day...that failure to launch was on me. Then I kind of faded away from the Matrix scene over time as I got busier, the kids grew up, and I moved up the food chain in my day job.
I continued to run the Matrix fantasy leagues and throw some ideas around a Beta effort here or there, until I had a series of health issues. Thankfully they are nearly resolved now. I keep an eye on what's going on here, and its really gratifying to see what a handful of us started like 15 years ago as a way to "fix Steel Panthers" has blossomed into the success the "next generation" has made it ;)
Paul... great to hear from you. I fully understand the need to balance work, careers, family and kids. That has taken me for many odd turns the last 15+ years as well.
Is there any way anyone can take up the reigns on CL? Who has the code? Who is the owner of the IP, etc.? I only ask because it would be a shame to see such a great promising title (yet another) disappear simply because there was no one manning it. There are a great many talented people here at Matrix, Slitherine, and elsewhere, and a huge hardcore fan base that would jump at the chance to work on this and see it released. I for one would love to see it, though not necessarily have a lot of time (like you my time balance prevents me from just being a casual gamer these days). Having said that I feel there is a possibility that this could get done.
JUST SAY NO... To Hideous Graphics.