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Liliburlero Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2015 9:30 a.m. PST

Dad died this morning of a heart attack. He was talking and laughing with his nurse and then he was gone. Other than being at a wargame table, rolling D-6's, this was a good way for him to go.

We will gather this weekend in New Orleans at Colonial Barracks and remember, roll dice and tell stories of battles past, all the while thinking of Larry Brom and the hobby he loved so much. And if anyone, anywhere, is around a game table, please raise a glass to the one who gave us "The Sword and The Flame"

"Good job, Bugler"

Lori and Christy Brom

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2015 9:32 a.m. PST

So sorry for your loss

Raises several glasses filled with dice and figures in his honor

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2015 9:33 a.m. PST

My condolences.

tberry740304 Nov 2015 9:36 a.m. PST

Sorry for your loss.

"Sword and the Flame" was the first set of rules I really played consistently.

Cold Steel04 Nov 2015 9:37 a.m. PST

Sorry for your loss.

Ligniere Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Nov 2015 9:37 a.m. PST

Sincere condolences
Glasses will be raised at Fall-In

Rogues104 Nov 2015 9:37 a.m. PST

Truly sorry for your loss. We will remember him this weekend at Fall-In in PA. A true legend in the Hobby.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2015 9:39 a.m. PST

Lori and Christy,

This news brings much sadness. Your Dad was a wonderful person, and truly one of the shining lights of the hobby. I will think of him every time I open the rules and see his autograph. May he rest in peace.


Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2015 9:40 a.m. PST

We will raise many glasses in his memory at Colonial Barracks this weekend.

So I'll meet 'im later on
At the place where 'e is goneó
Where it's always double drill and no canteen.
'E'll be squattin' on the coals
Givin' drink to poor damned souls,
An' I'll get a swig in hell from Gunga Din!
Yes, Din! Din! Din!
You Lazarushian-leather Gunga Din!
Though I've belted you and flayed you,
By the livin' Gawd that made you,
You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!


Old Jarhead04 Nov 2015 9:41 a.m. PST

I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep your family and your father in my prayers.

John the OFM04 Nov 2015 9:42 a.m. PST

I just put in a notice to my gaming group that we will be doing a Larry Brom memorial TSATF game next weekend.

I wish I could have met him.

Citizen Kenau04 Nov 2015 9:43 a.m. PST

I am so sorry to hear that. My sincere condolences. I wish you much strength in the days to come.

Gen Custer04 Nov 2015 9:45 a.m. PST

My heartfelt condolences.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2015 9:45 a.m. PST

Sorry for your loss. I currently have a TSATF game running on my table.

Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Ashokmarine04 Nov 2015 9:48 a.m. PST

Condolences. I have enjoyed many at TSATF game. One of my favorite rule sets.

wrgmr104 Nov 2015 9:50 a.m. PST

Sorry to hear this, my sincere condolences.

BrianW04 Nov 2015 9:54 a.m. PST

So sorry to hear this, and condolences on your loss.

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2015 9:54 a.m. PST

Condolences. You and the Hobby have lost a great man.

Piquet Rules04 Nov 2015 10:04 a.m. PST

I'm so very sorry to hear of his passing. Our condolences to you and the entire family. Larry brought a lot of joy to our hobby.

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2015 10:04 a.m. PST

So sorry to hear this. Like so many others, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, Lori & Christ. I'll be there this weekend to join you and raise a glass in your father's honor, and remember him… and play some games with his rules… which will live on at least as long as we do.

Rest In Peace, Larry.

PS Well said, Colonel Campbell

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2015 10:08 a.m. PST

Since Larry was a Marine, this is for him:

YouTube link


mad monkey 104 Nov 2015 10:09 a.m. PST

My condolences. A class gent.

Stryderg04 Nov 2015 10:11 a.m. PST

I'm sorry to hear of Larry's passing, sad news indeed. I had the pleasure of playing a new set of WWII rules he was working on about 6 years ago at Heat of Battle. Also got to play TSATF a few times at Bayou Wars. Larry was one of the good ones and will be missed.

Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2015 10:14 a.m. PST

We are diminished…

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2015 10:16 a.m. PST

A giant. I am so glad to have met him at various HMGS events. My condolences to you, Lori and Christy, your dad was one of the best.

Bashytubits04 Nov 2015 10:20 a.m. PST

I am so very sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

McKinstry Fezian04 Nov 2015 10:25 a.m. PST

I only had the pleasure to meet him once or twice but my overwhelming impression was of a gracious gentleman. Condolences on your loss but we can all celebrate a good man who enriched the hobby we share.

cybrt54 Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2015 10:29 a.m. PST

His rules started me down the road to Victoria Science Fiction gaming and lots of Colonial games over the years. My condolences. R.I.P.

troopwo Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2015 10:29 a.m. PST

My sincere condolences.

Razor7804 Nov 2015 10:32 a.m. PST

TSATF was the first miniatures game I ever played (at the Tin Soldier in Dayton Ohio in the early 80s) My sons played it and now I've got my grandsons playing too.

He will be deeply missed, sorry for your loss.

mpanko04 Nov 2015 10:44 a.m. PST

Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.

Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar, drawing near
Falls the night.

Thanks and praise for our days
Neath the sun, 'neath the stars', 'neath the sky'
As we go, this we know
God is nigh.

Fly his flag proudly on Veterans Day next week. It is a testament to who he was by the number of people whose lives he touched and were the better for it.

Veteran Cosmic Rocker04 Nov 2015 10:46 a.m. PST

Very sad.

TSATF completely fired my imagination and led me to spend many, many hours over many years having a huge amount of fun.

Thank you Larry.

doug redshirt04 Nov 2015 10:46 a.m. PST

I will play a game in his memory. What is left in this world when the Giants are all gone?

Bob the Temple Builder04 Nov 2015 10:49 a.m. PST

This is very sad news, and please accept my condolences.

I never met your father, but we did exchange emails and ideas a few years back. He was always an easy man to discuss ideas with, and I much appreciated his advice and suggestions.

Chris Palmer04 Nov 2015 10:54 a.m. PST

My condolences to you and your family.

My chance to play in one of Larry's games at the first Historicon, is one of my fondest gaming memories.


(Me in orange (still in high school!), and Larry wearing glasses to the right)

He brought a lot of happiness and fun to many people all over the world.

ITALWARS04 Nov 2015 10:55 a.m. PST

Lori and Christy i'm so sorry..some days ago i was looking, also if i never met him and never been in the States, at his picts taken during "colonial Barrack" meeting of some years ago…and was imagining what such a nice, elegant and smiling person he must have been…plus so many fun and entertaining he gave me with his TSATF…and i'm also very honoured to know that he was a former US Marine…
please accept my condolonces
Pier Paolo from Italy

TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2015 11:04 a.m. PST

So sorry to hear this.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2015 11:08 a.m. PST

He probably did more for colonial gaming than anyone.

I am very sorry for your loss.

Stosstruppen04 Nov 2015 11:08 a.m. PST

My sincere condolences, and prayers for your family. TSATF was always a favorite and will continue to be.

tinned fruit Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2015 11:08 a.m. PST

Really sorry to hear this.

Thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.


FreemanL04 Nov 2015 11:09 a.m. PST

So sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing.

VSF Kid04 Nov 2015 11:13 a.m. PST

Semper fi

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2015 11:14 a.m. PST

My condolences to his family and many friends.


Blake Walker04 Nov 2015 11:15 a.m. PST

Sorry to hear for your loss. I'll work on a Riel Rebellion TS&TF variant in his memory sometime later this month…

Blake Walker

benglish04 Nov 2015 11:16 a.m. PST

So very sorry to hear that. Prayers and condolences for the family.

M1Fanboy04 Nov 2015 11:19 a.m. PST

Damn, all the greats are leaving us. Good bye Larry, and thanks for all the fun.

Ashokmarine04 Nov 2015 11:19 a.m. PST

Taken from the Marine Corps hymn. Semper Fi

If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.

bwanabill Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2015 11:20 a.m. PST

The biggest thrill of my "career/hobby" as a wargamer was when I got to play in a Sudan 1885 scenario with Larry at a HISTORICON event back when HISTORICON was still in Lancaster, PA. I think it was 2004. I couldn't believe I was actually teamed up with Larry who I had come to regard as a living legend. Larry and I commanded the British force at El Teb. Larry used to say that he designed TSATF to give the non-European armies a good chance to win, otherwise it was no fun. Larry and I proved his point that day when our British force was smashed by the Dervish! (I accept the blame of course!) It certainly was massive fun; for the Dervish players! Nevertheless, that day will forever rank as the most memorable day of my wargaming days. I'm very sorry for the Brom family's loss, and our collective loss as his fans and admirers.

Chris Rance04 Nov 2015 11:23 a.m. PST

My sincere condolences.

Andrew Preziosi Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2015 11:25 a.m. PST

I wish to add my Condolences also. Rest in Peace, Larry.

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