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Digital Subscriptions > Tabletop Gaming > September 2019 (#34) > Roll with the Punches

Roll with the Punches

Boxing game Title Bout landed a knockout blow when it debuted 40 years ago, but its long-awaited return to the ring was beset by tragedy and the arrival of younger challengers. Could Jim Trunzo’s veteran heavyweight still go toe-to-toe?

Jim Trunzo must have felt like Michael Corleone in the Godfather Part III. “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”

There would be no extortion, murders or settling family business, but the retired high school English teacher and creator of the seminal Title Bout thought he was out of his own alluring world – that of the boxing board game – when he was suddenly sucked back in by an old friend and colleague: Stewart Wieck, co-founder of roleplaying publisher White Wolf.

“I need some game designs, what do you have?” Wieck texted Trunzo in 2013.

Wieck had started a new company, Nocturnal Media, after leaving White Wolf. Trunzo did just happen to have some designs in the works; the western-themed Gunman’s Law was ultimately released by Nocturnal in 2014, followed by Gladiator: Quest for Rudis two years later.

The business was growing, but there was a two-month publishing gap that Wieck wanted to fill in 2017.

“In two months, I can give you a boxing game”, said Trunzo, who was dragged back in to a segment of the board game world he first entered three decades earlier.

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