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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian11 Nov 2015 11:34 a.m. PST

Which miniature wargaming game designers do you keep track of in order to find out about their upcoming rulesets?

Bill McHarg11 Nov 2015 11:43 a.m. PST

Jaye Wiley (has Fistful of Lead up on Kickstarter)
Buck Surdu (has new game just published called Combat Patrol, just bought it and it looks good)

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2015 11:49 a.m. PST

None, I look at the ruleset and what it offers.

There are some rule writers work I avoid, as I don't like the systems they habitually use.

Gone Fishing11 Nov 2015 12:08 p.m. PST

Howard Whitehouse--though he doesn't seem to produce much of late! Shame.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2015 12:10 p.m. PST

None of them. There is name recognition, but I don't follow any of them.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2015 12:33 p.m. PST

Follow no. Avoid yes.

Veteran Cosmic Rocker11 Nov 2015 12:51 p.m. PST

Ed – Two Hour Wargames

Too Fat lardies

Sam Mustafa

Nordic Weasel

Dynaman878911 Nov 2015 1:01 p.m. PST

The Lardies

boardgame wise I follow companies, GMT and MMP in particular.

Sergeant Paper11 Nov 2015 1:13 p.m. PST

Ed – two hour wargames
Richard Clarke – Too fat lardies
Howard Whitehouse

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2015 1:13 p.m. PST

Follow: none. Avoid: yes. I also follow GMT and MMP.

PJ ONeill11 Nov 2015 1:37 p.m. PST

John Hill
Buck Surdu

Tony S11 Nov 2015 2:21 p.m. PST

Mustafa and Clarke.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian11 Nov 2015 2:26 p.m. PST

TooFatLardies – which designers?

Teppsta11 Nov 2015 3:51 p.m. PST

TooFatLardies
Dave Brown

Crow Bait11 Nov 2015 4:03 p.m. PST

Neil Thomas. I will buy his rules even if I don't game the period.
Not a designer, but I follow the Sci Fi and Flintloque/Slaughterloo rules put out by Gavin and Alternative Armies.
Also Gary Graber. His Miniature Naval wargames are simple, very soloable, and fun. If you have never seen them, check them out at "mindengames.com"

Who asked this joker11 Nov 2015 4:51 p.m. PST

I don't follow anyone really. I like Buck Surdu and Neil Thomas' design philosophy. But I don't generally follow what they have in the works.

Scott MacPhee11 Nov 2015 5:03 p.m. PST

Rich Hasenauer (Fire and Fury)
Bill Gray (Fire and Fury Variants)
Richard Borg (Commands and Colors)
Richard Clarke (Too Fat Lardies)
Sam Mustafa (Honour)
David Brown (General de Brigade Series)

Dynaman878911 Nov 2015 5:14 p.m. PST

TFL is mostly one designer, Richard Clarke. Though I read up on all their releases.

Sam Mustafa is getting added to my list as well.

mad monkey 111 Nov 2015 5:42 p.m. PST

Sam Mustafa.

BW195911 Nov 2015 7:07 p.m. PST

Rich Hasenauer
and
Richard Borg

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2015 7:35 p.m. PST

Howard Whitehouse
Bob Jones
Dan Mersey

peterx Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2015 7:52 p.m. PST

Iron Ivan Games. My gaming buddy and I follow their releases and really enjoy their games. Thanks to Kaith and Chalfont and co for all the fine rules.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2015 8:39 p.m. PST

Tom Wham, ever since Snit Smashing ^,^

Tekawiz11 Nov 2015 11:47 p.m. PST

Ed "Rep 6" Teixeira – Two Hour Wargames

Mute Bystander12 Nov 2015 5:21 a.m. PST

None, I look at the ruleset and what it offers.

There are some rule writers work I avoid, as I don't like the systems they habitually use.

Exception is a company (Two Hour Wargames) who uses multiple writers but one system style (updated at intervals – see Chain Reaction 2015)

I think to some extent we all do. Whether it is IGO UGO, card activation, saving throws, look up charts from hell, strange dice combinations that serve no purpose and could be simplified into a percentage role, artificialities that are unrealistic, over-detailing that serves no purpose, game becomes more about management than a battle, etc., etc. there are things about the approach of some authors or their mechanisms, or whatever, there are some things that many of us either don't prefer, don't like, or avoid like the plague.
(italics mine)

coopman12 Nov 2015 6:25 a.m. PST

Richard Borg
Bob Jones
Ed at THW
Dan Mersey

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2015 8:17 a.m. PST

Rich Hasenauer
Chris Leach
David Waxtel
Rudy Scott Nelson
Arty Conliffe

parrskool12 Nov 2015 8:27 a.m. PST

Neil Thomas
Dan Mersey

Who asked this joker12 Nov 2015 8:33 a.m. PST

How could I forget Dan Mersey! Like his game design philosophy too!

DestoFante12 Nov 2015 11:12 a.m. PST

Bob Jones
Richard Clarke and the TooFatLardies team
Sam Mustafa

Garth in the Park12 Nov 2015 11:30 a.m. PST

"… do you keep track of in order to find out about their upcoming rulesets?"

I understood the question to be asking about "following" for future releases?

There are several names on here of people who are either deceased, or who haven't published anything in 20+ years, or in one case, who published only a single game, and that over 20 years ago.

"Following" their "upcoming rulesets" might prove difficult!

Teppsta12 Nov 2015 3:21 p.m. PST

Interesting there is not a single mention of Rick Priestly who seems to hold himself in high regard (reading his column in WSS) but who hasn't had an original idea for many years IMHO.

Weasel12 Nov 2015 5:31 p.m. PST

Aw, someone said me :-)

Not so much designers as companies but I always keep an eye on Toofatlardies and Twohourwargames.

Lovejoy12 Nov 2015 11:03 p.m. PST

Interesting there is not a single mention of Rick Priestly who seems to hold himself in high regard (reading his column in WSS) but who hasn't had an original idea for many years IMHO.

I guess people read things differently; I don't find Rick's column gives any indication of him 'holding himself in high regard'. Instead, I find it a useful read, written by a decent, friendly bloke.
And as a result, yes, I follow him as a designer.

thehawk13 Nov 2015 3:40 a.m. PST

… in order to find out about their upcoming rulesets?

only The Perfect Captain

Rick Don Burnette22 Nov 2015 11:39 a.m. PST

Game designers
As I find some good ideas in board games
J F Dunnigan
F Chadwick
R Berg as well as Borg
J Mirada
J Prados
P Griffith
G Jeffrey
when they were designing or alive
Same for following
Hassenauer
Hill
Bond
J Duffield

Asome miniatures gamers may not know about several of the above

KenofYork16 Dec 2015 6:23 p.m. PST

John Hill has written rules I really enjoyed. Squad Leader and Johnny Reb are a tough act to follow.

Chipco. Can't remember the names off the top of my head. Chip Harris?

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