Scott takes us through the history of Dark Tower, the legendary electronically-enhanced board game, and its modern spiritual successor, Return to Dark Tower. The story’s twists and turns include every designer’s worst nightmare: a huge company stealing a designer’s idea and making it their own.

BIBLIOGRAPHY OF A BOARD GAME

Wilderness Campaign, the Apple II game that helped inspire Dark Tower: https://www.mobygames.com/game/wilderness-campaign

Fan page with all sorts of info: https://well-of-souls.com/tower/index.html

Ruling on Burten v. Milton Bradley Co.: https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/FSupp/592/1021/1816724/

An article on the game’s original release: https://www.nytimes.com/1981/09/23/business/new-bradley-game-tests-fickle-market.html

Dark Tower commercial with Orson Welles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3HVCwPp7j0

Originally posted at Ludology