How a Publishing Nightmare Set the Stage for the Original 'X-COM'

Monsters in the Dark: The Making of X-COM: UFO Defense tells the story of the early years of legendary strategy game designer Julian Gollop and the making of the original X-COM, and is funding now on Kickstarter. In this excerpt from the book, Julian and his brother Nick collaborate on the gameplay for Lords of Chaos, a fantasy-themed sequel to one of Julian's earlier hits, and an influence on X-COM, the game he would turn to next.

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