O'Reilly logo

Chris Crawford on Game Design by Chris Crawford

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Avalon-Hill

As far as I was concerned, Tanktics was a finished product and I was ready to move on to new projects. However, in 1981, Avalon-Hill, a board wargaming company, was just entering the computer wargaming field. They offered me a contract to publish Tanktics for a variety of platforms. I took the PET version, spiffed it up a bit, and it was ready to go. I ported this version over to the Atari. A friend, Bob Smith, ported it to the TRS-80, while another friend, Todd Frye, ported it to the Apple II. These guys did this work for a share of the royalties, which never amounted to much, but not for any sharp dealing on my part. This Avalon-Hill version shipped in a beautiful box with a gorgeous map in late 1981. I think I earned a total of ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required