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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2018 3:36 p.m. PST


Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2018 3:37 p.m. PST


Just learned of the passing of Bruce "Uncle Duke" Seifried, a tremendous figure in the wargaming world for many decades, after a long battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF).

As a young gamer in the late '70s, together with my brother and our friends in Brooklyn, I enjoyed endless hours of Medieval miniatures fun courtesy of Duke's "Knights & Magick" rules. We ran games using them at the first convention we ever attended, and we used the K&M campaign rules to play our first campaigns ever, which were a blast. Decades later I was lucky enough to meet "Uncle Duke" in person when my son and I were lucky enough to spend the better part of a day playing in a couple of his North-West Frontier colonial extravaganzas at the 2007 Historicon. Playing in Duke's games was an incredibly fun, one-of-a-kind experience that I'll always remember, and which I know my son will also.

May he Rest In Peace, and may his memory be a blessing.

Here's a LINK to Uncle Duke's obituary:


Clifford29 Sep 2018 3:47 p.m. PST

Wargaming truly has lost one of it's icons today. Rest in peace.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2018 3:52 p.m. PST

Very sad – rest in peace

KSmyth29 Sep 2018 4:21 p.m. PST

That is sad news. Sorry to hear it and condolences to his family.

Toy Soldier Green29 Sep 2018 4:27 p.m. PST

From hereon on September 29th I will endeavor to spend a little portion of time doing something Middle Earth related. Thanks to his Lord of the Rings games. I'll always remember him as the Duke of the Rings.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2018 4:31 p.m. PST

Always enjoyed his shows/games

Will be pulling out one of his Pathan scenarios tonight

Fondly remember Knights and Magick – even shopping for a needle point hoop for spells

nevinsrip29 Sep 2018 5:38 p.m. PST

I followed Duke around at the Historicon where the LOTR game was presented. I asked him a million terrain questions and he was always happy to help.

We stayed n touch and over time he revealed his "Sceano-Squares" techniques to me. He swore me to secrecy and I would never betray that.
I still have one of his "Squares"along wit the custom box it came in.

RIP and Godspeed, my friend.

Personal logo svsavory Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2018 6:30 p.m. PST

Circa 1975 (before I could drive), I talked my dad into taking me to the old Tin Soldier store in Centerville, OH. At the time I was into Avalon Hill and SPI games, so this was my first exposure to miniature wargaming. Duke was there, and I remember him trying to sell my dad on some 25mm American Revolution figures. Of course, my dad wasn't really interested, but I was fascinated. I soon started buying plastic Airfix figures, as these were better suited to my budget.

Years later I remember admiring Duke's huge extravaganza games at Origins.

RIP, sir.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2018 8:42 p.m. PST

Met him at his store in Ohio many years ago. He took time to show me around the place & just chat. Years later I played in a game he put on @ a convention in Indiana, one of my most cherished experiences in gaming. RIP Duke.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2018 8:56 p.m. PST

An unbearable loss. RIP.

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