Salute 2014 is just a few days away now and it is difficult to comprehend the events that have unfolded since that show only 12 months ago. Back then Charles and I were complete unknowns attending a show where our very first book would be published. We were taken aback by the enthusiasm and kindness of those we met, from ordinary gamers like ourselves to industry stalwarts like Nick Eyre, Steve Saleh and Shaun McLaughlin.
In the year that has followed we have published the first supplement, which was well-received by one and all, and now stand on the eve of publishing the second. There has not been a day when Charles and I have not been beavering away on the supplements, magazine articles for the inestimable Guy Bowers, additional material for the blog, answering literally hundreds of questions on the blog and various fora, reviewing the creations of many IHMN players, having conversations with gamers across the planet and generally enjoying ourselves thoroughly.
A couple of examples:
1. The dedicated sub-forum on Lead Adventure has had nearly 500 topics raised and over 5,000 postings from a wide range of excellent chaps and ladies. We have read each and every one of those, and responded to all we could.
2. In its first year the blog has had 250 postings by Charles and I and just short of 150,000 views. I am told that this isn’t bad for such a small niche product.
We have come to realise that this game is no longer ours. Thousands of gamers have bought hard and soft copies of the rules and it supplement. Hundreds have detailed games they have played and figures they have painted on their blogs and various fora. Many have taken the game forwards to places neither of us would have imagined. Some are even using the rules as the basis for exploring genres other than VSF.
This then is now your game. As you have shown through a number of polls you have many ideas of how you would like it to develop both within the sphere of VSF and beyond. Charles and I are considering where it should go now based on the feedback we have had from those polls and from conversations we have had with you both online and off .
Sleeping Dragon, Rising Sun is officially released in June this year and much of our efforts shall be spent supporting the run up to that fateful date. We shall, as we did last year, be attending such shows as we can manage. We believe that it is important to lend our support to people who are putting a lot of effort into running demo and participation games. So if you are please let us know, as far in advance as you can, and we shall see what we can manage.
We are about to give Guy Bowers, Editor of Wargames Soldiers & Strategy magazine and now a friend of ours, a huge article, more like a mini-supplement. If he likes it we shall let you all know what’s coming in that excellent publication.
So good people we are approaching the first birthday of IHMN and we would both like to thank you all for your enthusiasm and continued commitment to this project.
This is only the beginning…