‘Wild Bill’ Wilder Joins Lock ‘n Load Team

Staten Island, NY, April 27th, 2005 – Matrix Games (www.matrixgames.com) is very pleased to announce that “Wild Bill” Wilder, famed for his roles with series such as Battlefront’s Combat Mission, HPS’ Squad Battles, TalonSoft’s Operational Art of War, and Matrix Games’ Steel Panthers Series, has joined the crew at Lock ‘n Load to bring the battles of the 82nd and 101st Airborne into the game.

Mark Walker’s Lock and Load: Band of Heroes is a squad level board game announced as coming this Summer from Matrix Games. Originally it was intended that only the 101st Airborne would be covered, but with the with the addition of “Wild Bill” Wilder the 82nd Airborne will also be brought to life in the latest Lock ‘n Load game.

As with the original game, each hex is 50 meters, turns are a few moments, counters represent squads, leaders, heroes, medics and even the occasional chaplain or scout. In addition to their own firepower, squads employ machine guns and squad automatic weapons, including for the Americans the .30 Cal, the Browning Automatic Rifle and the bazooka; for the Germans the MG-34, MG-43, Panzerfaust and Panzerschreck. Both sides are supported by tanks and assault guns.including Stuarts, StuGs, Shermans and an array of Panzers.

The scenario list for Lock ‘n Load: Band of Heroes is not yet final, but should include actions in the vicinity of Foucarville, street fighting in Ste. Mere-Eglise, the battle for the La Feire farm and much more. Lock ‘n Load: Band of Heroes is scheduled for a Summer debut release at Origins Gaming Convention in Columbus, Ohio. For more information on Origins please visit www.originsgames.com.

For more information about Lock ‘n Load: Band of Heroes and other Matrix Games titles please visit www.matrixgames.com.