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Friday, 15 November 2013
Refocus on Game Design Career
Mood:  cool
Topic: Design Diary

I wanted to begin a dialog, probably with myself as I have little to no evidence that anyone reads my blog, that I am going to once again become a full time game designer starting next year. As a consequence I am starting to ramp up my production schedule which should take about a year to fill up before the games begin to flow into the market. I will begin posting future projects and thinking as things develop and if you have a view please feel free to reply.


The futures so bright I have to wear shades. 


Mark Herman 

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Friday, 15 November 2013 - 6:22 PM EST

Name: "Jack"
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Well hello there Mark

I do look forward to your future entries.  I just caught wind of your blog on Facebook today and it looks real interesting.  So yes - people do read your blog!

Hope all is well!


Saturday, 16 November 2013 - 2:31 PM EST

Name: "Mark Herman"

Jack, welcome, I think you are my first official reader outside of my family. Thanks for the support.

Saturday, 16 November 2013 - 8:37 PM EST

Name: "Bryan"

I imagine there are more lurkers out there than you might expect, Mark.


Are you going to continue to publish through GMT?

Saturday, 16 November 2013 - 11:33 PM EST

Name: "Chris"

Hi Mark,

 Just wanted to let you know that I'm one of those lurkers who checks your blog for updates from time to time. I'm actually playing Empire of the Sun for the first time right now and really enjoying it (and I'm a huge fan of Washington's War and For the People as well).  Here's hoping there will be many more of your designs coming to market soon!



Sunday, 17 November 2013 - 1:17 PM EST

Name: "KC"
Home Page: http://Seattlekcd on BGG

Yet another.  I've had your blog on my RSS feeder for awhile.  I really enjoyed the post comparing game design to garden design, I've been wargaming only a little shorter than you and my meter is definitely on the Japanese side.  Looking forward to what you have to say about where things are headed.

Sunday, 17 November 2013 - 7:48 PM EST

Name: "kevin"
Home Page:

Mark, asides your intimidating history and depth of knowledge, i find you very interesting.™‹

That said, anything in terms of pre pub awareness that i could share to garner interest ley me know and i shall pop it on the blog.


Pardon the touch screen typos plz. 


Tuesday, 19 November 2013 - 11:01 AM EST

Name: "Russ"



Always enjoyed your blog.  I will be looking forward to your furture post.



Wednesday, 20 November 2013 - 6:52 AM EST

Name: "Michael"


I follow your blog as well through my RSS reader. I look forward to your next career and I am hoping that you will take the chance to visit more contemporary topics again. I'd love to see a CDG based in the Pacific in 2020!





Monday, 9 December 2013 - 10:39 AM EST

Name: "Rick De Girolami"



Welcome to the Blogoshere.  I love your designs and I used to be at the S&T weekend playtest sessions way back when you and Richard were there.  


Monday, 9 December 2013 - 10:43 AM EST

Name: "Rick De Girolami"



Are you looking for any additional playtesters for Pacific War redesign?



Rick D 

Friday, 13 December 2013 - 9:57 AM EST

Name: "Doyle"


Just watched your video for Empire of the Sun opening moves. You commented that you had your own theory about the unpreparedness of Clark Airfield.  Care to expand on the comment?

Thanks.  BTW, enjoy your designs.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 11:00 PM EDT

Name: "Mark Herman"

Thanks, watch here for how things shape up. 



Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 11:07 PM EDT

Name: "Mark Herman"

General Bereton wrote a book that covered the operational problem of an untrained staff. Essentially when they heard about Pearl Harbor they launched all the planes and they all needed refueling around the same time, so they landed. 


The he refueling was done in a leisurely manner with pilots getting lunch when the Japanese showed up late due to weather, but all the planning in the world cannot beat dumb luck.  

 As far as why MacArthur did not go for the pre-emptive strike my theory is Quezon hoped to keep the Philippines neutral and had paid off MacArthur to support this outcome. Mac received a large 'bonus' paid directly into his NY account at this time. I think Mac was trying to avoid provoking the JP to give this plan a chance, which the subsequent attack and invasion made moot.


Just my view.



Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - 4:48 PM EDT

Name: "Mike Forsyth"


Interested to hear how your game on the Chinese warring states period is coming along ?


Mike Forsyth 

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