Board game fixture Stephen Buonocore retiring from Stronghold Games

July 3, 2020 - 2:19pm

One of the great forces in our industry, Stephen Buonocore, has announced his retirement from Indie Game Studios / Stronghold Games on August 1, 2020. Buonocore is well-known to most people in the board gaming world, as the Godfather of Gaming, the arch nemesis to the superhero persona of The Dice Tower’s own Tom Vasel, and as one of the hosts of the Board Games Insider Podcast. But mostly, Stephen Buonocore will be remembered as the always chatty, imminently friendly, red shirt wearing emissary from Stronghold Games, ever present at conventions.

Stephen had the following to say regarding his retirement:

“It is now time for me to hand the reins of the Stronghold Games brand to a new generation of amazing people within Indie Game Studios.  I look forward to playing the games that are made by these great people as they manage the brands of Stronghold Games and Indie Boards & Cards.”

“Please make no mistake, my retirement has been in the making for years, as I worked through a smooth transition with the CEO of Indie Game Studios, and my good friend, Travis Worthington.  Under his guidance, the company will continue to achieve great things in the future.”

“I leave to focus on family, friends, interests, and the enjoyment of life.  I will continue to produce the Board Games Insider podcast, where I share my knowledge, views, and love of the hobby game industry.  I plan to be involved in additional game media outlets as well in the future.”

“I cherish the wonderful relationships that I have forged through Stronghold Games, both with industry people and fans of the company.  Rest assured that you all will most definitely see me at many future game conventions and shows. I greatly look forward to that for years to come.”

Stephen’s role at Stronghold Games will be filled by game designer/developer Sydney Engelstein, who will take the mantle of Director of Game Development. Stephen founded Stronghold Games in 2009, which was primarily a publishing house localizing games from European markets. Stronghold is known as the publisher behind such hits as Terraforming Mars, Ganz Schön Clever (That’s So Clever), Survive: Escape From Atlantis, and the Space Cadets Universe. In 2018, Stronghold Games merged with Indie Boards & Cards, forming Indie Game Studios, although each company has retained their brand identities.

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