I am serious about gaming!
I was into “Geek Culture” WAY before it became trendy and cool. I have been playing board and card games for over 40 years. Collected comics for over 40 years. Played the FIRST edition of Dungeons and Dragons. My first computer was a Timex Sinclair 1000, followed by a TI-994A. I owned one of the very first Atari game consoles. I opened my own hybrid comic and gaming shop in 2003, and made life long friends that still game with me to this day.
So when I saw an opportunity to jump back into gaming with “Ophidian 2350”, I jumped in with both feet. Together with one of my best friends of more than 12 years, we started Hack AND Slash GamES to make great games!
Actions speak louder than words, so here is the proof.
We have invested in the purchase of over one million dollars worth of “Fleer Entertainment” Ophidian 2350 product. Over EIGHTEEN THOUSAND pounds of cards (packs, boxes, starter sets, boosters, displays, etc. etc.) have arrived in our Texas holding facility while we build momentum for the relaunch of this game.
Along time ago in a galaxy far away… A geek’s paradise was born!
Fast forward to 2013. By this time I had moved on to other things. Middle Earth changed into Quantum-Net (with a more technology focus), and was eventually sold to a third party who ran it into the ground. I moved on to other projects, but maintained a close relationship with many of the customers who had now become close personal friends. I always keep my hobbies, and still play computer games, board and card games to this day.
I’m a geek and proud of it!
I kept up with the creators of the Ophidian 2350 game and would check on their original website from time to time to see if they ever planned on bringing the game back. There was some light discussion on their website at the beginning of 2014 about bringing the game back but nothing really happened, so I just filed the notion and went about my businesses.
Then one night I was bored and started surfing eBay for collectibles and saw someone selling large quantities of the game. This perplexed me, so I contacted the seller to get more details and found out he had over 10 pallets of the game. A light bulb went off. If the creators of this game wouldn’t or couldn’t bring it back, then I would. I contacted the creators of Ophidian 2350 and after a long back and forth with lawyers I was eventually able to procure a five year license to bring the game back to market. My intention is to bring back the game and use crowd funding to generate the second and third expansions which were never printed by Fleer.
AND since I’m having to do the research on printing and marketing, I figured it’s time for another business venture where I turn everything I think is cool into an income stream!
Together with one of my former employees, we started Hack and Slash Games and the rest if this story is still being written!
Below are some pics of Middle Earth in it’s first incarnation back in 2003.
Man how time flies!
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