WARGAME WEDNESDAY: Frank Chadwick Interview at The Player’s Aid

Wednesday , 3, May 2017 4 Comments

Most people in these parts are going to know Frank Chadwick from his grav-tank design sequences from GDW’s Striker or maybe for doing Steampunk before Steampunk was cool with the Space: 1889 rpg. But yes, it’s true: Mr. Chadwick is a wargamer at heart. And even better… he’s still in the game!

The Player’s Aid has the full story:

Thunder in the East is a moderate-to-large treatment of the war in the east, from the German invasion to the expulsion of the Wehrmacht from Soviet soil. The principle unit scale is corps for the Axis and armies for the Soviets, although both sides have some units one echelon smaller. Ground scale is about 30 miles, time scale is one week. That fairly small time slice for a turn, particularly for a game at this scale, means you get a lot more tactical detail, more back-and-forth, than you would think. I wanted a pretty traditional tactical combat system covering the huge scope of the campaign in fair detail, but I didn’t want a million counters. The counter density is actually pretty low, particularly after the first couple of weeks of Barbarossa when the front widens out. I like the look of the game: a mid-sized monster but without walls of tall counter stacks you have to dig through every turn to see what you have.

Read the whole thing!

  • Thanks for posting the interview. It was really fun to work with Frank who has a brilliant mind for wargames. Let me know if you have any questions and we can pass along to Frank or Alan Emerich to answer.

  • deuce says:

    I thought the original Space: 1889 was awesome.

    Good to see Chadwick is still active.

  • John E. Boyle says:

    En Garde!
    Space: 1889
    Twilight 2000
    Fire in the East

    What a record. Glad to hear he is still alive and kicking.

  • Nathan says:

    I quite enjoyed Mr. Chadwick’s novel, The Forever Engine. While not necessarily gaming related, fans of steampunk should check it out.

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