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VBAM Games Announces Second Edition in the Works

Postby mwaschak » Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:24 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT:
Tyrel Lohr, Treasurer
Victory by Any Means Games, Inc.
Phone: (307) 334-3190
Email: shop@vbamgames.com
Website: http://www.vbamgames.com

VBAM Games Announces Second Edition in the Works

LUSK, WYOMING, USA, February 20, 2009 - Victory by Any Means Games, Inc.
("VBAM Games") is excited to announce that development has officially begun
on a new edition of the company's eponymous flagship strategic campaign
system. This new line of campaign products, to be released under the VICTORY
BY ANY MEANS SECOND EDITION label, will update the venerable Victory by Any
Means Campaign System with a special emphasis on both integrating additional
content released after the initial CAMPAIGN GUIDE; and streamlining the
overall gameplay experience.

"In approaching a Second Edition, nothing is sacred," says Tyrel Lohr, one
of the developers working on this new project. "We are taking a fresh look
at the campaign system, and asking ourselves which rules we as players
consider fundamental to the game experience. We will then make sure that
these core gameplay elements form the foundation of the new edition. While
many elements are still up in the air, players can expect some major changes
going from First Edition to Second Edition."

A new edition of the CAMPAIGN GUIDE will function as the cornerstone of the
new Second Edition release. This new core rule book will provide the player
with all of the rules necessary to play a strategic campaign using the
Victory by Any Means Campaign System. To this end, the CAMPAIGN GUIDE will
integrate many of the advanced or optional rules that were previously found
in other VBAM Games campaign products.

Lohr says, "It is our desire to make the new CAMPAIGN GUIDE as complete a
release as possible so that players will only have to buy a single book to
gain access to rules that were originally spread across several books in the
previous edition." For example, the advanced star system generation rules
from the CAMPAIGN MODERATOR'S COMPANION will be included in the CAMPAIGN
GUIDE as integral system generation options.

This new edition will also address one of the acknowledged weaknesses of the
existing campaign rules: the lack of an integrated technology and ship
construction system. The tech system included in the new CAMPAIGN GUIDE will
allow powers to research dozens of technologies in order to improve the
quality or capabilities of their ships, fighters, and ground forces. The use
of fixed unit lists, with availability based on "in-service dates," will
become an optional rule in the new product.

But why a Second Edition? "This previous year, we have all come to terms
with the fact that it is time to revisit the campaign rules," says Jay
Waschak, President of VBAM Games. "The rules have existed in one form or
another for over five years, and the campaign system itself has come a long
way since the initial CAMPAIGN GUIDE release in 2004. VICTORY BY ANY MEANS
SECOND EDITION will allow us to address criticisms of the existing version
of the campaign system, while also offering an opportunity to improve the
organization and integration of our campaign product line."

Existing customers, especially new players that only recently purchased
campaign rules, will wonder how the announcement of a Second Edition will
affect them. "Obviously, we don't have any plans to release any additional
First Edition products," Waschak says. "However, VBAM Games remains
committed to its established customer base, and we will be making 'update
packs' available for existing customers that will allow them to take
advantage of the new features that will be included in Second Edition. For
example, the redesigned Campaign Strategic Combat Resolution (CSCR) module
for Second Edition will be released for free to our existing fans prior to
the release of Second Edition, along with updated force lists for our
existing First Edition campaign supplements. This will allow First Edition
players to enjoy some of the new features from Second Edition without having
to purchase a new set of rules."

VBAM Games expects the new edition of its CAMPAIGN GUIDE to be released
sometime in Q4 2009. A number of additional VICTORY BY ANY MEANS SECOND
EDITION campaign products have been tentatively scheduled for development in
parallel with the CAMPAIGN GUIDE, and these products will be released in the
months following the initial release of the CAMPAIGN GUIDE. These campaign
products include:

CAMPAIGN MODERATOR'S COMPANION (SECOND EDITION): As in the previous edition,
this product will include advanced optional rules for use with the Victory
by Any Means Campaign System. However, this book will also provide
additional insights into how to run a successful campaign.

THE MENAGERIE (SECOND EDITION): This new edition to the First Edition
favorite will introduce some fundamental changes to how alien species are
depicted in campaigns. Six orders of life (Carbon, Silicon, Exotic,
Hydrogen, Synthetic, and Transcendent) will be introduced, each with their
own strengths and weaknesses. New and updated traits will further
differentiate these species, ensuring that no two empires will play the
same.

ENGINEERING MANUAL: While the CAMPAIGN GUIDE will include the fundamentals
of the planned tech system, this product will provide an expanded look at
the strange and alien technologies that players can encounter or develop
over the course of a campaign - from cloning armies to deploying wormhole
weapons.

THOSE WHO SERVE: This book will include the Second Edition rules for elite
officers and crews, and provides an interesting synthesis of the rules
previously found in the CAMPAIGN MODERATOR'S COMPANION, TERRAN CIVIL WAR,
and FIRE AS SHE BEARS EDITION.

STAR CHARTS: At long last, an atlas of nearby space - with star maps and
system data - will finally see release. This product will make playing
campaigns in the solar neighborhood that much easier for moderators and
players alike.

While it has been mostly silent for the last two years, VBAM Games is
committed to keeping players informed about Second Edition's development.
Between now and the Q4 2009 release date, the Second Edition development
team will be posting weekly updates to the VBAM Games blog
(blog.vbamgames.com). Each of these updates will contain not only a general
update of the status of various projects, but each week developers will
discuss specific changes that are planned for implementation in Second
Edition. This will give customers an opportunity to track what is happening
in the new edition and offer feedback prior to release.

"Fan response and interaction is very important to us," says Lohr. "Most of
us started off as fans of the system before we became involved on the
development side, and everyone brings a unique perspective to the table. It
always amazes me how we as players can collectively collaborate to create
new content for the game system. In fact, I think it is that kind of
creative energy that has fueled the campaign system from the beginning."

Want to join the discussion about VICTORY BY ANY MEANS SECOND EDITION? Visit
us online:

VBAM Games Forums
http://forums.vbamgames.com

VBAM YahooGroup:
http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/VBAM/

COPYRIGHT INFORMATION:
C 2002-2009, VBAM Games, Inc. VICTORY BY ANY MEANS, the VICTORY BY ANY MEANS
CAMPAIGN GUIDE and all related indicia are C VBAM Games, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Re: VBAM Games Announces Second Edition in the Works

Postby japridemor » Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:49 pm

Awesome. Really looking forward to this one.
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