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Tony Boydell

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 (often) ridiculed.

Tony likes white chocolate buttons and is sickened by parsley.

Tony Boydell


Alan Paull

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 late 1960s.

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.

Alan Paull



  • Tony Boydell has done the black and white line art for all the cards for all the Surprised Stare games except Coppertwaddle.
  • 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 for Confucius.
  • Vicki Paull created the box illustration for Fzzzt!
  • Nadia Marrocco drew the card art for Coppertwaddle.
  • Judy Stevens created the box illustration for Coppertwaddle.

Charlie Paull

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 books etc.
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.

Charlie Paull

Vicki Paull

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 Studios.

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

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 period.

She lives in Brighton, Sussex.

Judy Stevens

Nadia Marrocco

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 feel.

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!!

Nadia Marrocco



  • Melanie Koster translated Coppertwaddle, Bloody Legacy, Tara, Seat of Kings, Scandaroon & the Confucius rule book into German.
  • Daniel Danzer translated Fzzzt! and the Confucius Rules Summary and Play Aids into German. He also revised and refreshed the Confucius rule book translation into German.
  • Yegor Sadoshenko translated Confucius and Tara, Seat of Kings into Russian.
  • Stéphane Dehouck translated Confucius into French.
  • Filip Santens translated Confucius into Dutch.
  • Nuno Sentieiro translated the Confucius Rules Summary and Play Aids into Portuguese.
  • Ákos Tasnádi translated Coppertwaddle, Scandaroon and Tara, Seat of Kings into Hungarian.
  • Guglielmo "Guglia" Cinti translated Tara, Seat of Kings into Italian.

Melanie Koster

Melanie Koster has studied translation at the University of Saarbrücken in Germany and has worked as a freelance translator since the year 2000.
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.

Melanie Koster

Daniel Danzer

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" http://www.chili-spiele.de 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".




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