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Summer Playtest Delayed
Mitchell Recovering from Surgery
July 7, 2004
HOUSTON, Texas -- Originally scheduled for the month of July,
the Gutshot Summer Playtest Campaign has been delayed until August or
September. The delay was stems from Gutshot co-creator Mike Mitchell needing
surgery on June 22.
"Historically, June has not been a good month for Gutshot,"
Mitchell said. "Back in 2001 my home was destroyed by Tropical Storm
Allison, and this year I had to have surgery, which laid me up for two
Mitchell's surgery was not emergency (life threatening), but it was urgent,
"My regular doctor looked at me on Saturday morning and told me
I had to see a general surgeon, fast. He put me on pain medication for
the weekend and the surgeon saw me Monday. He took one look at me and
asked if I had eaten anything that day. I told him I'd had some toast
for breakfast and he frowned, saying that if not for that he would have
operated on me right then. As it was, I went under the knife on Tuesday."
The surgery was to remove an infect abscess of tissue. It went well and
Mitchell is recovering as expected.
"For your sakes, I won't go into the details about where it is,
how large it was, and the other gooey details about my recovery,"
he said with a pained grin. "Let's just say that I'm getting better
and leave it at that."
He should be mostly recovered in six weeks, and completely recovered
in three months.
Mitchell was out of work for two full weeks and is only now getting back
to regular activity. During his convalescence, he reports that he did
get some work done on Gutshot, including some writing and design work
on key areas of the rules. Even though this progress was good, it does
mean the Summer Playtest Campaign will be seriously delayed.
"Our Summer Playtest plans have been seriously hit," Mitchell
said. "Originally, I was going to run 4-8 games at local game stores
in July and August. I was going to focus on some outstanding details on
horses, stagecoaches, and terrain. I also had a few details in the Victory
Points system that I wanted to fine tune. Now I may have to push that
back to August or even September, depending on my recovery."
Last year the Summer Playtest Campaign ran in June and July for nine
games. The Midnight Riders games were instrumental in
working out details in the combat system and were a huge hit with local
gamers. Check out the Midnight Riders
pages for details.
Sample artwork from the upcoming playtest edition of Gutshot.
Additionally, the Summer
Playtests were also going to spread out of the Houston area.
"We're setting up playtests in other areas of the country,"
Mitchell said. "We've been contacted by lots of great people
who are excited about Wild West miniatures gaming and they are chomping
at the bit for us to get them a good draft of the rules so they
can start putting Gutshot through its paces. My
surgery has delayed that a bit, unfortunately."
Things are getting back on schedule, though. Mitchell reported that the
playtest materials are being reviewed by members of the Gutshot Posse
and that he hopes to have the playtest materials ready for early August.
At that time, he'll announce some of the locations and gaming groups who
have been selected to participate in the playtest program.
"We'll also put our requirements list and an info page online for
other groups to look at and sign up with us to help playtest," he
said. "But we'll talk more about that, later. First things first
-- We've got to finish reviewing the playtest draft of the rules, get
everything ready... and finish recovering. It's going to be a long, sore
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