Saturday, July 27, 2019

Gaming Ads: Strategic Simulations

Strategic Simulations Inc., or SSI, was founded in 1979 by Joel Billings with a goal of creating war games for home computers. Its first games released in 1980 for the Apple II and included Computer Bismarck, Computer Conflict, Computer Air Combat, and Computer Napoleonics: The Battle of Waterloo. It didn't take long for SSI to become a dominant player in the strategy genre as it and Avalon Hill were the primary war game publishers throughout the '80s. Although best known for its war games, SSI began releasing role-playing games in 1984 and after it acquired the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (AD&D) license in 1987 it had numerous hits that are often referred to as the "Gold Box" games due to them first shipping in gold colored boxes.

In 1994 SSI published the very popular game Panzer General and it was acquired by Mindscape that same year, and later lost the AD&D license to Interplay. Mindscape has popped up quite a few times in these ads posts since it changed hands many times into the early 2000s. The SSI brand would eventually land at Ubisoft where the company name was used on a few products, including a flawed sequel to 1988's AD&D game Pool of Radiance, before it faded away.

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