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Osprey Publishing establishes Games Division

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Osprey Publishing is expanding its product list with the creation of a dedicated games division. Osprey Games will follow the great successes enjoyed by our miniature wargaming lines with new products and will also expand to include board and card games, allowing us to both strengthen and diversify our position in these thriving niche sectors.

We are also recruiting for a Games Developer to edit and project manage these new products.


Full press release info and details about the job opportunity are listed below:

With the 2008 release of Field of Glory in collaboration with Slitherine Strategies Ltd, Osprey Publishing began to focus specifically on a hobby with which it had always had a very close relationship – miniatures wargaming. While Osprey books had long provided guides for figure painters, scenario writers and wargamers of all stripes, Field of Glory was the first product specifically created for this audience. Hot on the heels of this incredibly successful release came other projects, including the Force on Force modern rules (with Ambush Alley Games) and Renaissance and Napoleonic versions of the Field of Glory rules. More recently, the Bolt Action World War II rules (with Warlord Games) and the Osprey Wargames series of smaller rulebooks have established Osprey as one of the foremost publishers of wargaming rules.

Long-time gamer and Games Manager for the new Osprey Games division, Philip Smith, said:

 ‘Osprey and wargaming have always been the proverbial “two great tastes that taste great together”, and the growing range of wargaming products has met with a fantastic reception from gamers. The creation of Osprey Games means that gaming is going to be getting a lot more attention, and I’ve already got some very exciting projects on the drawing board.’

In addition to expanding the existing wargaming lines, Osprey Games is also going to develop board and card games, applying Osprey’s reputation for high-quality artwork to a whole new market, and is set to start recruiting for a Games Developer to manage this side of the division. The board and card game hobby has become increasingly popular in recent years, and, much like wargaming, can be seen as a natural extension of Osprey’s publishing pedigree.

Richard Sullivan, Osprey Publishing’s Managing Director, said:

‘We are very excited about this opportunity to grow our business into another exciting niche where we can provide top-quality product for our customers, old and new alike. Our experience with wargaming rules, our in-house capabilities and some canny recruitment will ensure we’ll be bringing out some great games in the near future.’


We are recruiting a Games Developer to work on this exciting new project. Based in our offices in Oxford - full details are available on our site now! Spread the word if you can think of anyone who would be interested in the role!

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Recce 9 posted on 17 Mar 2014 17:36:00
I am also an Avalon Hill guy, even play them solitaire due to lack of interested opponents in this kind of gaming. I hope that the osprey range will resurrect the passion which seems to have lost to the non historical sci fi gaming...tactical air war (WW1, WW2 and modern) would also be great.
hobbe62 posted on 5 Mar 2014 18:42:00
Kuvasz, Osprey have already done that. Have you forgotten New Hope Design
Digedags posted on 4 Mar 2014 21:23:00
Great news!

I really like what Osprey has done with their wargaming books, esp. their OspreyWargame series which is covering unusual topics in a very nice and affordable way.

I also think that expanding to board and card games is a good move. I can imagine the many pieces of art put to excellent use on counters and cards.
ShalimarTroy posted on 4 Mar 2014 18:42:00
I come from the old days of gaming, teething on Avalon Hill and Metagaming from the 70s. I hope that Osprey looks at some the products from that era for examples of classic wargaming. Avalon Hill championed the idea of the hex map and the Zones of Control, with such epic games as Squad Leader and Panzer Leader. Metagaming made wargaming simple and quick with titles as Ogre, Warp War, and to some lesser extent the Melee and Wizard games -- they eventually became limited RPGs. What I enjoyed about Metagaming was how simple and easy were the matches -- many took less than an hour to play. Today of course there is a wide range of companies making all sorts of wonderful products, but I hope Osprey returns to the roots of wargaming, at least to start.
GI Gene posted on 4 Mar 2014 17:47:00
Does anybody remember those Battlegame Books by Usborne Publishing? Perhaps Osprey could consider a similar line of gaming books. Some people just want to play a simple war game that does not take all day and be concerned with logistics and windage. Such a game book could be based on a theme of a particular MAA, Elite, Warrior, Campaign, Duel, or Raid title. The game pieces could use Osprey art, so imagine a river crossing game set in 1940 France where you have German game pieces illustrated by Stephen Andrew vs French game pieces illustrated by Mike Chappell.
Phil @ Osprey posted on 4 Mar 2014 12:24:00
We are happy to consider applicants not currently based in the UK, but as the advert says, we are looking for someone to be based full-time in our Oxford office.
ShalimarTroy posted on 4 Mar 2014 11:49:00
What a wonderful opportunity! Is this position significant enough to consider applicants from outside of the UK? I am sure there are many readers and fans outside of England who would be interested in the job.
Paintybeard posted on 4 Mar 2014 11:08:00
I shall watch this with great interest. Good luck in what is a pretty crowded and volatile market.
kuvaszsleepybear posted on 4 Mar 2014 07:43:00
One of my wishful daydreams is that Osprey would partner with a Toy Soldier company like Armies in Plastic,Pegasus,etc and produce sets of 54 MM figures that correspond with the subject of the MAA books.One can dream.

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