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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian25 Oct 2018 12:09 p.m. PST

Some game designers avoid the public. Others aren't internet savvy. Which ruleset authors are the easiest for their fans to interact with?

Stryderg25 Oct 2018 1:13 p.m. PST

Ed from Two Hour Wargames: Shows up at conventions, answers questions on the forums, usually within a few hours, always within 24 hours. And he's a good guy.

lloydthegamer Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2018 1:17 p.m. PST

Richard from Too Fat Lardies.

Tony S25 Oct 2018 1:20 p.m. PST

I'll second the motions for Ed of THW and Richard of TFL, and add Ivan Sorenson of Nordic Weasel and Sam Mustafa of Honour Games.

I've had emails with all of the above, and they've always been fast and helpful.

Gone Fishing25 Oct 2018 1:46 p.m. PST

Howard Whitehouse is another gracious and responsive game designer. He doesn't know me from Job but has always been most helpful answering questions or helping with the occasional request. A gentleman.

Ed is a great guy also.

jdginaz25 Oct 2018 1:47 p.m. PST

Another vote for Rich Clarke

SultanSevy25 Oct 2018 2:01 p.m. PST

Andrea of Ganesha Games, and Joe McCullough the author of Frostgrave are both very approachable. Also Dan Mersey. And I'll second all of the gentlemen listed above.

22ndFoot25 Oct 2018 2:08 p.m. PST

I don't know all these gentlemen but do know and would second Messrs Clarke and Whitehouse. I would add Nigel Marsh of Carnage & Glory who is another responsive, helpful, friendly and knowledgable chap.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2018 2:28 p.m. PST

Barry from League of Augsburg.
Ask a rules question on the forum and you'll get an answer.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Oct 2018 2:59 p.m. PST


wargamingUSA25 Oct 2018 3:45 p.m. PST

Mark Fastoso of Fireball Forward, and who also did a number of the Campaign scenario books years back, is really easy to approach and willing to talk with anyone about his games. Nice guy.

I had some out of the blue correspondence with Dave Phipps of Pulp Alley and he was quite pleasant in his correspondence.

Forrest Harris of Knuckelduster is very congenial and talks openly about his Wild West rules.


cloudcaptain25 Oct 2018 4:22 p.m. PST

Ivan Sorenson of Nordic Weasel as mentioned.

Frank Chadwick

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2018 5:56 p.m. PST

Richard Borg & George Knapp are my two favorite designers and Gentlemen.

whitphoto Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2018 8:14 p.m. PST

I game with Howard whitehouse a couple times a month, very easy to interact with.

Timmo uk26 Oct 2018 1:49 a.m. PST

Rich, Nick and Daz at TFL.

Dave Brown and Eclaieur are also very good at responding.

Andy ONeill26 Oct 2018 5:32 a.m. PST

It seems odd nowadays for someone publishing a game not to have a forum.

daveshoe26 Oct 2018 7:35 a.m. PST

I've always found David Manley to be very accessible, plus I like his rules.

Lascaris26 Oct 2018 7:55 a.m. PST

I'll put a vote in for David Ensteness of The Wargaming Company, the guys that do Et Sans Resultat. I played in one of his games at Historicon and since then have posted a few questions on the yahoo group site and he always answers them within a day.

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2018 9:23 a.m. PST

Ed from Two Hour Wargames and David from The Wargaming Company.


RudyNelson26 Oct 2018 6:50 p.m. PST

If you had ever been to Recon or Hurricon in Orlando, it would be hard not to vote for Richard Borg.
I have only had problems with one designer back in the 1980s. Most have been very friendly including the staff at Seekreig, OSG, stan Johansson, Ed from the, Larry Brooke and others.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP29 Oct 2018 6:48 a.m. PST

Tod Kershner
Robert Burke

Toy Soldier Green29 Oct 2018 5:57 p.m. PST

Ed Teixeira
Bob Cordery
Mike Renegar

I have met Mike and Ed both at Recruits. Bob has always been kind and quick with my responses or comments.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP31 Oct 2018 12:40 p.m. PST

Well, I'm always here to answer questions about GOBS, if that counts.
(Generic Outlandishly Big Spacefleets!, if you don't already know.)

But it's hard for me to say who is or isn't accessible, as I rarely seek out the actual designers. If I don't understand the rules, I don't play the game. If I do understand them, I don't have questions to ask. (And even if something's unclear, I will either make my own decision about it, or do an Internet search.)

So for all intents and purposes, any designer here is certainly accessible. And designers who put up FAQs or errata on their websites count as accessible, too.

Rick Priestley has a good Warmaster site, still readily available (if not updated in a while, but what's to update?), so I'll add him to the list.

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