Monday, 8 July 2019

Lewis Pulsipher's Britannia - the old classic returns!

It's not very often that I dip into other people's games on my blog, but Britannia will always be an exception! 

A new edition of Lewis Pulsipher's game of British history is launching on Kickstarter this week. As well as the original game, the box includes a faster playing 2-player version called Duel Britannia. And the game comes with plastic miniatures, which I think will look great (see below).

The short version is that Britannia is highly recommended by me!

The longer version is that, back in 1986 or 1987, I got Britannia as a birthday present (from a tobacconist/toy shop in St Neots, called Clayton's - I remember this very well!) and it massively hooked me onto the period of British history from the Romans to the Normans. And also hooked me on historical games - it rather nattily combined my growing interest in gaming and RPGs with my other interest in toy soldiers and history (mostly stemming from Airfix and my dad's Military Modelling magazines). So yes, Britannia is an important game for me, and still gets played year on year! It's pretty fair to say that if I'd not been given Britannia, I wouldn't have eventually ended up writing my own games … which you might think is either a good or bad thing I suppose!

I'm delighted to be involved in the project, which is really very exciting indeed for me (I work for the company producing the new version, which does kind of help with my involvement...). I've been working on the design brief for the miniatures (trying to keep them reasonably historical while also standing out from one another), the cover art (again briefing an artist not painting it myself!), plus various other bits of input. The 12-year-old me would be very pleased; and the whatever-age-I-am-now me is equally pleased!