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Author Topic: Interview with Harry Larris  (Read 4090 times)
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« on: April 20, 2013, 11:08:36 am »

I bumped into Harry on the way to the gym last night, so asked for a quick interview.

Flash: So, Harry, you've got a new game out: a bit of a departure making an Axis and Allies game set in WWI, isn't it?

Harry: Yes; after buying the game you will quickly realize that this isn't WWII, because it says "WWI - 1914" on the box. Although, knowing Wizards of the Coast, it might just be a typo for "1941". That would be better actually, 'cos we could put Hitler on the box. A marketing guy once told me we'd sell twice as many copies of Axis and Allies 2004 with him on the front. But I said no, this Hitler character was a bad guy; I didn't like his politics. So we stuck a big portrait of Mussolini on the cover instead.

Flash: Actually, Hitler was involved in WWI as well.

Harry: Gosh, really? That guy sure started a lot of wars!

Flash: Many people have some issues with the map; for example why is East Prussia in Poland, and how come Greece has a border with Turkey?

Harry: I saw a map once. Green it was!

Flash: Errrr, quite. Another big talking point is the lack of pieces, particularly German infantry. Everyone runs out of them on turn one!

Harry: Germany has the same number of infantry as everyone else; it wouldn't be fair otherwise. Can you imagine the Turkish player getting two fewer infantry than Germany? I'd never hear the last of it!

Flash: Switzerland has always been a region to go around in these games; why is it now just a big pushover?

Harry: I saw immediately that Germany would get ganged up on in the west, so I thought why not let the Austrians get over there and help out their buddies?

Flash: But doesn't that destroy the whole dynamic of the western front, where so many men fought in the small gap between Switzerland and the sea?

Harry: You'd have to ask somebody who knows history and stuff.

Flash: During play testing, didn't you find that the Allies were wining all the time?

Harry: Good grief no, the Axis won both games we played! That's why we pushed Paris back west, to hold up the Germans in time for Uncle Sam to get there. Krieg wanted to put Paris on an island in the Atlantic Ocean.

Flash: But why didn't the Allies use their sea power to outmaneuver the Central Powers and exploit the unhistorically slow internal movement of Germany and Austria?

Harry: I'm afraid you'll have to ask our wives about playing the Allies.

Flash: So why didn't we ever get the front line report on America's first turn? I was looking forward to descriptions of neutral America's infantrymen sampling the cafes of Paris when the Germans arrived. Did you write the report and then realize how silly the rules were?

Harry: Krieghund won't allow me to answer that question.

Flash: What went wrong with the Russian Revolution?

Harry: Oh, that was just something Krieg cobbled together at the last minute. We figured the "community" (laughs) would test it for us; in time for the Second Edition, anyway (grins).

Flash: Finally, Harry, doesn't the lack of railways in the game not only cripple the Central Powers chances of winning, but ruin any possibility of realistically portraying the dynamics of strategic movement in the age of industrialized warfare?

Harry: The Germans had trains in 1914?  Gosh, it's a good job they never thought of using them in the war!

Flash: Harry, thank you and happy training.
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2013, 12:08:55 pm »

Would have been better to post this on april fools day.
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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2013, 02:28:28 pm »

ROFL!!!  Great Stuff.  We keep buying the games no matter how bad they are broken.  We've played around 10 times and the axis have never won.  Actually putting out a broken game is a way to sell more, when the 2nd edition comes out.

This is totally Wizards stratgey, see Pacific 1940 OOB.  Japan was unstoppable.
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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2013, 02:32:59 pm »

I think "Harry" made some really good points here. Why should Germany have more infantry? This is the 21st century, we have to be fair! Otherwise the Ottomans would suffer from low self esteem. My only regret is that Paris isn't an island.  cool
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2013, 02:42:50 pm »

Very nice Flashman.
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2013, 03:13:57 pm »

hilarious as always Flashman!

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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2013, 06:01:10 am »

Great interview.  I wonder if he does zumba at the gym?
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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2013, 08:32:47 am »

This made my day  smiley
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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2013, 06:37:16 pm »

How many times does it need to be said that the lack of rail movement does not automatically cripple the Central Powers?

Fact: Adjustements to CP income/starting units can level the playing field or give them an advantage.
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« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2013, 06:47:26 am »

It would have been more believable if you replaced "gym" with "Cheetos warehouse".
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« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2013, 10:00:40 am »

A Nice addition to the fact that the German Navy was actually larger then the French navy in ww1 would be a nice addition.
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« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2013, 12:14:30 pm »

Umm, good enough to get me banned from HGD... shocked

Very good...
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« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2013, 02:46:15 pm »

Umm, good enough to get me banned from HGD... shocked

Very good...

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. Bitchin' and scoffing at the designer is not part of the solution.

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« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2013, 06:08:19 pm »

It’s our right as consumers to spend our hard earned money on whatever we please.  If we decide to buy inferior or broken products see AA1914 OOB, so be it.  But we also get the right to b���� at the designer for it!

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« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2013, 06:34:30 pm »

Umm, good enough to get me banned from HGD... shocked

Did you post it there too or only here?
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