Mayfair Games Bids a Fond Farewell to Noted Designer Martin Wallace

March 9, 2015 - 9:21pm
mayfair games logo      Mayfair Games has released the following announcement concerning their collaboration with Martin Wallace:
Mayfair Games and Martin Wallace have made some great games together: games about trains, games about planes and games about automobiles. Games based on best-selling literary works, games set upon the fields of honor and games about making things. However, all things, no matter how good, must eventually end. And it is endings we speak of today. Mayfair Games and Martin Wallace shall venture forth to seek their futures along divergent paths. We, Mayfair Games, wish him and his family good health and prosperity as we know he will continue to delight board game enthusiasts in the future. To Martin Wallace from Mayfair Games, best of luck and may fortune smile broadly upon your endeavors!
ICV2 reached out to Mr Wallace who gave the following response.
Yeah, bit of a surprise for me too, An issue came up concerning a joint project, called Ships.  Treefrog was due to produce the limited edition version, for which we had taken advance payments.  Mayfair was going to produce the standard edition.  I was handling artwork and graphics, as well as the printing schedule.  As many of the components are the same between the two games it only made economic sense to produce the limited edition at the same time as the standard one.  We hit a problem when Mayfair wanted to delay production until 2016.  I could not afford to alienate those people who had already paid money for the game, so asked for the title to be returned to Treefrog so that I could print it in 2015.  I asked for something in writing to this effect.  I was not expecting a public press release.
Furthermore Chuck Rice of Mayfair Games did clarify
All Martin Wallace titles currently being published by Mayfair will continue to be published by Mayfair.  This announcement only reflects the future, not the past.
Additionally one final expansion map set for Steam, expansion 5 will still be released later in 2015.