Friday, 11 April 2014

Stronghold Games

If you have ever listened to a board gaming podcast, you will have probebly have listen to President of Stronghold Games Mr Stephen Buonocore at some point. Why because he is a podcaster? No because he is a publisher of some awesome games and likes to talk about them... A LOT ;0)

Here is a little about him for the Stronghold games website:

Born and raised in New York and now from Somerset, NJ USA, Stephen had dreamed of entering the board game industry in some bigger fashion. A gamer since childhood (and there are many many years between then and now), Stephen has serious game geek cred, which includes playing RPGs since the late ‘70s, playing and running LARPS during the ‘90s and ‘00s, playing computer games and MMOs throughout the ‘80s, ‘90s, and ‘00s, playing CCGs from their inception through the early 00’s, and finally diving deeply into designer board games during the ‘00s. He has also playtested games for several major publishers in the industry.

Stephen organizes several gaming groups, including very regularly scheduled small/medium-sized groups, as well as a very large group that could almost be called a “mini-convention”. Stephen is mostly passionate about heavily thematic, American-style boardgames. Stephen’s geekiness doesn’t stop at gaming, however. Stephen is also a fan of Sci Fi and fantasy, and an avid beer brewer.

In late 2009, Stephen Buonocore and Kevin Nesbitt came together to discuss collaboration on a new board game publishing company. At the first meeting on October 25, 2009 in Atlantic City, NJ USA, a mission was established and plans were set in motion to start Stronghold Games.

The first publications by Stronghold Games in 2010, “Code 777″ and “Survive: Escape From Atlantis!” were extremely well-received, and these titles set the course for the company, showing the firm’s ability to bring great, high-quality games to market on a consistent basis. “Survive!” was one of the best selling games in the hobby board game market in 1Q’2012, per, an industry watchdog site.

The 2011 release of “Confusion: Espionage and Deception” set a new high-water mark for quality components. “Confusion” was not only hailed for its amazing acrylic game pieces, but its fantastic game play has garnered this game awards from MTV-Geek (“Game of the Year”) and Games Magazine (“Best Abstract of the Year”).

In February 2012, Kevin Nesbitt left Stronghold Games. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors inside or outside of the game industry.

Stephen M. Buonocore is the President and Owner of Stronghold Games LLC.

Wednesday April 16th - 2pm (EST), 7pm (GMT) - is your chance to ask question of the man behind these great titles:

 CO2 (a.k.a. CO₂) Space Cadets: Dice Duel Confusion: Espionage and Deception in the Cold War Core Worlds Crude: The Oil Game (a.k.a McMulti)
Going, Going, GONE!  Merchant of Venus – SIGNED BY RICHARD HAMBLEN! Milestones Panic Station Space Cadets


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11am in L.A,
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