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Forbidden Games

At the turn of the century, Glenn Drover was responsible for some of gaming’s greatest heavyweights. Then he left the tabletop behind. A decade later, he’s back to give board games a lighter touch


Few people know games like Glenn Drover.

In the early 2000s, Drover founded hefty strategy game label Eagle Games. The studio quickly rose to prominence on the back of its meaty adaptations of PC titles including Age of Empires and Sid Meier’s Civilization, as well as Railroad Tycoon, descended from Martin Wallace’s tabletop train game Age of Steam. As well as heading up the company, Drover himself designed over a dozen of Eagle’s best-known games.

“Eagle Games was all about the big box full of toys,” he recalls. “The games were intentionally gamer games aimed at the hardcore.”

Six years after Drover started the company, Eagle Games was bought by Gryphon Games in 2007 – after several more years of putting out games separately under both labels, the two would finally merge into Eagle-Gryphon Games in 2014. Drover, meanwhile, returned to his roots in computer games, having previously helped put out video games such as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater at Activision in the latter half of the nineties. He settled at PopCap, one of the developers leading the way in early casual and mobile gaming with hugely popular apps like Bejeweled, Peggle and Plants vs. Zombies.

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