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Tony has been designing and developing games for
quite a long time now and is STILL convinced that he knows what
he's doing. He injects them with his distinct sense of geekiness
and humour, and illustrates them with his own effective cartoon-style
artwork. Tony designed Surprised Stares' first game, Coppertwaddle
in 2000 and has followed this with Bloody Legacy, Scandaroon, Fzzzt!,
Totemo and, most recently, Paperclip Railways.
He writes a regular blog on BoardGameGeek where
anything and everything game-related is discussed, dissected and
Tony likes white chocolate buttons and is sickened
Alan is no stranger to game design and development, as his games
Siege, Thunderin' Guns and City of Sorcerers
were published in the Eighties. This makes him old enough to have
played and enjoyed virtually all types of games produced since the
He has written numerous articles and game reviews for games magazines,
including a solitaire game Mindmeld. He also designed, developed
and produced Starship Tycoons, a trading board game set in
space. Alan designed Tara, Seat of Kings, SSG's first board
game, and Confucius. He's quite proud of the fact that the
abbreviation for Tara, Seat of Kings, TSOK, sounds like Taoiseach,
the Irish Prime Minister.
- Tony Boydell has done the black
and white line art for all the cards for all the Surprised Stare games
- He has done the same for the box and board art for Tara Seat of Kings,
Scandaroon, and Bloody Legacy.
- Charlie Paull has done the colouration
and layout for all the Surprised Stare games except Coppertwaddle.
- Tony Boydell and Charlie
Paull worked together on the origainal artwork
- Vicki Paull created the box illustration
- Nadia Marrocco drew the
card art for Coppertwaddle.
- Judy Stevens created the box illustration
I do 'colouring in' work for Surprised Stare Games Ltd. I took
line art or photographs and worked with them on a computer to create
finished artwork for Bloody Legacy, Tara Seat of Kings, Confucius
and Fzzzt!. For Confucius, I painted the background paintings as
well. I also lay out text and images to create the play aids, rule
In addition to my work for Surprised Stare, I have also created
all the artwork and layout for Tulipmania.
In my capacity as web developer for Alan
Paull Services (APS) Ltd., I have been building and developing
web sites for a variety of companies and organisations since 1998.
I am proficient (self trained) in Photoshop, Dreamweaver and InDesign.
I have a degree from the Open University (1991) in Human/Computer
Interfaces, Systems and Psychology.
I offer web design and development services to small games companies
wishing to promote their games on the web.
Over the last few years Vicki has sampled and worked in many artistic
fields: from a background in interior design and draughtsmanship,
through freelance web design and illustration to a specialisation
in 3D environment modeling for computer games. She still greatly
enjoys producing 2D illustrations on the side of her 3D work.
Examples of both her 2D and 3D work can be found at Bumblemoo
Vicki draws comics in her spare time and is part of a small group
blog called 'The Daily Draw' where members are encouraged to upload
sketches on a daily basis in order to improve and have fun doing
it. She also writes a UK small press comics review blog called 'Comic
Mole Investigates' where she reviews others' work and ocasionally
interviews other artists and writers.
When she has the time, she likes to take her pair of old 35mm SLR
cameras out for a stroll and shoot grainy photos on cheap expired
film, but she doesn't get the time very often...
Judy Stevens studied Fine Art at Hornsey College of Fine Art and
has worked as a freelance illustrator for the last twenty years.
She has contributed to a wide range of newspapers and journals
as well as a great many children's books. She specializes in projects
with a historical theme and has a particular interest in the medieval
She lives in Brighton, Sussex.
I have been an illustrator for 11 years now, and the jobs vary
from week to week. For example; waterproof fishing books, calendars,
exhibition boards, portraits and caricatures to name but a few.
The Coppertwaddle commission was a refreshing and creatively inspiring
project, as well as a challenging one.Trying to emulate the medieval
woodcut style, whilst giving it a polished contemporary feel, was
probably the hardest part of the job. Piles of books containing
medieval artwork were studied to give the drawings that authentic
Bringing to life such elusive characters as the Bentham Fish, various
blowing winds, Mount Ararat and of course the Mappa Mundi, helped
to remind me what a fantastic job illustration can be. I sincerely
hope that all the Coppertwaddlers out there enjoy the artwork as
much as I did drawing it.
Away from the drawing table I am kept busy with a husband and 2
small children. Hand prints with poster paints, model dinosaurs
and fighting soldiers are also very exciting!!
- Melanie Koster translated Coppertwaddle,
Bloody Legacy, Tara, Seat of
Kings, Scandaroon & the Confucius rule book into
- Daniel Danzer translated Fzzzt!
and the Confucius Rules Summary and Play Aids into German.
He also revised and refreshed the Confucius rule book translation
- Yegor Sadoshenko translated Confucius
and Tara, Seat of Kings into Russian.
- Stéphane Dehouck translated
Confucius into French.
- Filip Santens translated Confucius
- Nuno Sentieiro translated the
Confucius Rules Summary and Play Aids into Portuguese.
- Ákos Tasnádi translated
Coppertwaddle, Scandaroon and Tara, Seat of Kings
- Guglielmo "Guglia" Cinti
translated Tara, Seat of Kings into Italian.
Melanie Koster has studied translation at the University of Saarbrücken
in Germany and has worked as a freelance translator since the year
Her main field of work is computer games and related manuals and
websites, as well as "regular games such as the very
funny Bloody Legacy. She also translates TV documentaries, product
descriptions and a large variety of other texts.
In her (little) spare time she enjoys agility training with her
dog Räuber and often participates in tournaments.
She lives in Bad Münstereifel, Germany.
Being theatre director, screenwriter and boardgame enthusiast for
about 40 years, I started designing boardgames, doing translations
and some playtesting for small publishers in the last couple of
years. Among others I translated all of the "Chili-Games"
into English and "2 de Mayo" by Daniel Val into German.
I wrote 26 episodes plus stories and outlines of a weekly TV series
for young people and developed an award-winning concept for a TV
series for kids "Zoës TV Diary". For 14 years now
I also revise submitted treatments for the MFG - the film subsidy
company for the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, but mainly
I earn my bread and butter at the central youth club in Stuttgart
making films and organizing our own film festival with young people.
As one can see, I am interested in a lot of different things and
keep my mind open - my wife and son help me a lot doing so! If you
want to see what I do on boardgamegeek or anywhere else on the net,
you better look for my usual nickname "duchamp".