October 8, 2002
5th game yet ...
The yearly games
fair in Essen, Germany, is coming closer
rapidly. This should have been exciting
days, because if everything would have gone
as planned we would be counting down for
the release of ".....", being
the 5th game of Project GIPF. Unfortunately,
things rarely go as normal, so there will
be no fifth game in Essen yet. Even worse,
it will not be ready for the fair in Nürnberg
(Feb. 2003) either.
But there's no reason to panic.
The design of what may become the 5th game
is ready. However, a number of reasons keep
us from releasing it this Autumn, of which
the main ones are: no budget (ayayay!!!)
and uncertainties about the eventual number
of games and potentials in Project GIPF.
Will the Project in the end consist of 5,
6 or 7 games? Four have been published yet,
that is already more than half the number
we have initially announced. Before publishing
the next game, we must first decide how
the Project will be finished. And for that
we need time - a *lot* of time, because
the only way to make up our mind, is through
playing. In particular the use of the potentials
must be tested thoroughly. And
we don't expect to be ready with the testing
in time to get game 5 ready for Nürnberg
either... So, little other choice than to
aim for Essen next year!
We will, of course, have our normal Project
GIPF stand during "Spiel 02" in
Essen again. We shall focus on the already
existing games and sincerley hope to generate
a few more passionate Project Gipfers. Apart
from that, we will also present 2 games
of which most may think that they have disappearded,
but they didn't: Invers
and Tashkent Domino
(the version with 25 dice). Two excellent
games, the remainders of the Peri Spiele
editions. Those who don't know these games
yet: pop in! We're in Hall 9, booth 44.