But take this quote from Mark Walker of Lock n' Load Publishing regarding his brand new Amercian Revolution game: "Flintlock: Black Powder, Cold Steel - Volume I: Carolina Rebels" over at Boardgame Geek, a Richard Berg design and a game that really oozes with the promise of originality:
I guess this post has turned into a review. A review by the publisher to be sure, but I hope I'm being honest. So, would you like this game? It depends on the type of gamer you are. If you want flavor, and aren't concerned with spending a little time to learn a game, you'll like it. Maybe even like it a lot. On the flip side of the coin, if you are looking for a faster play, you might prefer something like Worthington's Hold the Line (another of my favorites)."
What a breath of fresh air.
I'm sure Mark has been one of those to feel my ire! His first game I ever bought was the Vietnam squad based board game "Forgotten Heroes". I bought it whilst waiting for Matrix's own WW2 follow up of his, "Band of Heroes". I remember ranting on about the thinness of the mounted boards and most recently, the rules.
Mark took over the rights to Band of Heroes and now publishes through his own company Lock n' Load Publishing. I now own 6 of his titles all up (plus a scenario pack) and will be adding at least another 3 based on forthcoming games next year.
This guy deserves kudos for his innovation and imagination in game design but most of all for the character expressed above. His website links into Matrix's, so I have no hesitation in refering gamers over to www.locknloadgame.com
I'm sure Erik and the Matrix team wouldn't mind this at all.