Dear Mr Garfield.
I would like to congratulate you on your ongoing success in the gaming industry. Many people would have retired after creating such a massive success as Magic: The Gathering. However you have gone on to design further hits such as your “King trilogy” – King of Tokyo, King of New York, and of course Kingdomino.
It’s these games that I am writing to you about. As you are no doubt aware up until recently my home town of Huddersfield, England has been criminally overlooked as a theme for board games. Places like Puerto Rico, Lisboa, and Carcassonne have all got their own titles, however the closest Huddersfield has ever reached is a brief mention on the board of the 2006 Ragnar Brothers game Canal Mania.
However all this is changing. Due to a strong grassroots movement there has been a significant surge in interest in games about Huddersfield. Prominent names in the industry such as Martin Wallace, Jamey Stegmaier and Mat Leacock are all working on games set in the town and Stephen Buonocore, from Stronghold games, is very excited about a re-theme of Terraforming Mars to Terraforming Huddersfield – I quote “I can’t imagine that every gamer would not want to terraform Huddersfield! I’m on it!”
Now, I’m sure this may have already occurred to you and so I apologise if I am teaching my grandfather to slap knees – but how about a “King of Huddersfield” game!?
I know what you are thinking: “Sure, that would obviously be a massive commercial success – however Huddersfield is primarily known for its cloth manufacturing industry and for being the birthplace of Zoe Lucker who played Tanya Turner in the 2002 ITV television drama Footballers’ Wives. It’s not known for huge monsters that battle each other”. And yes, all that is true.
However I think that will a bit of perseverance we can definitely find some monstrous antagonists for a King of Huddersfield game.
For example, while we don’t have any giant apes or cyber bunnies rampaging through the town, we do have quite a nasty feral chicken problem. Additionally the horse in the field just off Wellgate lane is notorious for assaulting passers by and attempting to eat their clothing. Only last week it took quite a sizable chunk out of the hem of my cardigan. I was lucky as only a few inches lower down and it’d have taken my zipper off.
In any case I am sure we will be able to sort out the finer details during the development process. I think you’ll agree there is a lot of potential here and we may well have the next big hit on our hands.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Noble Order of Huddersfield Board Gamers.
Dear Mr. Hughes,
Thank you for reaching out to me, I will see what I can do about working Hudderfield into one of my games. Stephen is doing a game with me that has a vampire theme – does Huddersfield have any history with vampires or vampiric legends?
As you probably know from my oeuvre I am a stickler for accuracy and would not like to choose a setting that doesn’t resonate with my topic. I still regret the decision to set Rocketville in Rocketville rather than the city the game was designed for, Seoul.
I may be one of the first of your illustrious set of designers that answers your call for a game, with Keyforge. As you may know, Keyforge is a unique deck game, meaning each deck is unique and has its own name. I was browsing SELENE (Stochastic Exotic List Exploiting Name Engine), which was a prototype for the name generation that was eventually used. As you can see from the screenshot below there was a deck “Statfeezhak Phillips from Huddersfield”.
I include a bunch of the neighboring deck names so you can see the company Statfeezhak is keeping. I have non reason to believe they are not printing this deck, or a variation – so I am hopeful Huddersfield will have its own Keyforge deck!