Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Where are they now? - The Designers of Global Domination

Simon Bradbury and David Lester designed 1993 PC strategy game Global Domination

Just as it was with my previous "Where are they now?" blog post, the game to feature in today's post has already been mentioned a few times on the blog already, by being featured on the Choicest VGM playlist. However, today I'd like to focus on a couple of the designers of the game, namely David Lester and Simon Bradbury. Where are these two now?

"But wait..." you're probably saying. "What is this Global Domination game you're talking about? I've never heard of it." or you're saying "you mean that game that came out on the Playstation in the late 90s?". No, I'm talking about the PC game by Impressions that was released in the early 90s. To be honest, the game probably doesn't seem that special by today's standards; it's basically the board game Risk but with a grand strategy layer and some real-time strategy mixed in - but I hadn't really experienced anything quite like it up to that point - well except maybe for Genghis Khan II but that didn't have an RTS element to it!

So these chaps at the company Impressions called David Lester and Simon Bradbury designed this game. But where are they now?

Lester after founding Impressions worked there for 10 years but in 1999 became the chairman for a company called Crimson Publishing and in more recent years, he's also chairman of a company that develops a HR system called citrusHR. He even had a stint as a director of Watford Football Club in the early 2000s.

Bradbury on the other hand decided to keep in the business of making games after Impressions and co-founded Firefly Studios in 1999. This company is most famous for its Stronghold strategy games and also a game called Space Colony. He's CEO of the company to this day.

I unfortunately don't have the time to cover what happened to the entire development team but if you happened to be part of the original Global Domination development team, then let us know! We'd love to hear your stories and anecdotes! :)

LINKS:
[ MobyGames: Simon Bradbury ]
[ MobyGames: David Lester ]
[ MobyGames: Global Domination ]

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