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Chris Crawford on Game Design by Chris Crawford

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Showing It Off

It was now the summer of 1978, and I was so proud of my system that I drove it around to a variety of wargamers' conventions, showing it off. Most of the gamers had not dreamed that such a thing was possible and were quite impressed. However, as with the older version of Tanktics on the IBM 1130, they found the game lacking in the richness that boardgames provided. My claim that Tanktics offered true blind play, just like the real world, fell on deaf ears. Nevertheless, there were a few wargamers who had purchased some of the early personal computers, primarily the Commodore PET, and they urged me to re-write Tanktics to run on their machines. I thought the problem over and decided to accept the challenge.

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