Francis Tresham (game designer)
Francis Tresham is a United Kingdom-based board game designer who has been producing board games since the early 1970s. Tresham founded and ran games company Hartland Trefoil (founded 1971), a company well known for its Civilization board game, until its sale to MicroProse in 1997. His 1829 game was the first of the 18xx board game series and some of his board games have inspired Sid Meier computer games such as Railroad Tycoon.
Francis Tresham was the first to introduce a technology tree into his boardgames. This idea had a large influence on boardgames and computer games that were later produced.
He is currently managing director of Tresham Games, and is, as of 2009[update], still producing 18xx-style board games. In 2013, he was one of the first inductees in the UK Games Expo Hall of Fame.
Published board games
- 1829 Mainline
- Revolution: The Dutch Revolt 1568-1648
- Shocks & Scares
- Spanish Main
- The Game of Ancient Kingdoms
- "MicroProse, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Creator of Civilization(TM) Board Game". Press Release. MicroProse inc. December 2, 1997.[dead link]
- 18xx Designers List on Blackwater Station
- UK Games Expo Hall of Fame.