Bernd Lehahn

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Location :Germany edit...
Profession :Businessman / Businesswoman / Executive, Computer Programmer edit...
GameOp At :Egosoft TWGS edit...
Played As :None edit...
TW Apps Written : X - Beyond the Frontier edit...
TW Edits Created : None edit...
TW Docs Written : None edit...
TW Websites :None edit...
Groups :Egosoft edit...
Contact :None edit...

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Bernd Lehahn contacted John Pritchett in February of 1999, prior to the completion of Egosoft's space simulation game, X-Beyond the Frontier. According to Lehahn, the designers of the game

"had a discussion about if we should allow players to extend their ships cargo hold last week, and I
brought up that I remember playing a game called Tradewars many many years ago. So I downloaded the TWGS
program from your website and installed it here to look at the game again. By now we started playing a game
of Tradewars here on our company LAN :)"

Pritchett provided Egosoft with codes for the game, and the two proceeded to discuss online game design. Lehahn described their plans to create an online X-based game, and Pritchett, not yet the owner of TradeWars, was eager for the opportunity to use his experience in the development of a new sci-fi trader game. Between March and October of 1999, Pritchett consulted with Egosoft about server design, gameplay, and game fiction. Both expressed interest in having Pritchett join Egosoft to assist in the development of X-Online. However, Pritchett hoped to contribute not only to the technical design, but also to the X-Universe's developing fiction, seeing an opportunity to apply ideas he had been forming since his time with Gary Martin at Martech.

Lehahn was initially open to that possibility, and Pritchett continued to contribute both design input and fiction ideas until, in October 1999, Lehahn stated his intention to bring a published author into the project to lead the fiction development. At that point, Pritchett, less interested in the technical role than in the creative, decided to move on to other opportunities. Lehahn accepted his request, and the short collaboration ended amicably.

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