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FusilierDan27 Oct 2018 2:37 p.m. PST

Howard Whitehouse, dragged me out of the house and back into gaming.

Personal logo Gonsalvo Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 3:02 p.m. PST

Joseph Morschauser and Charlie Sweet

Hlaven Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 3:09 p.m. PST

My friend Rex Blackwell. Got me playing. His knowledge of Napoleonics is beyond fascinating.
He could be a professor on the entire Napoleonic era. Made gaming a a whole lot of fun. Is totally open to playing stuff.he isn't totally into. I am very lucky to be his friend.

Hlaven Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 3:18 p.m. PST

Oh. Excuse me. I just realized it was supposed to be well known gamers. I have been into this hobby for close to 40 years. Rex really got me into actually playing. That was very important to me.

mildbill27 Oct 2018 3:47 p.m. PST

Rick Nance, 'a prophet is never honored in his home town.'

Don Featherstone, spent several enjoyable hours dining with him and wargaming was not the main topic, nor needed to be.. Lovely man.

Corporal Agarn Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 4:57 p.m. PST

Don Featherstone , Charles Grant, Peter Gilder

TodCreasey27 Oct 2018 5:00 p.m. PST

Sam Mustafa

Gone Fishing27 Oct 2018 5:04 p.m. PST

Larry Brom for TSATF – one of the greatest rules sets ever.

And another vote for Howard Whitehouse. I've never had the pleasure of meeting him, but his combination of historical knowledge, whimsy and…erm…unique take on any given subject is always tremendous fun to read. I miss his articles.

stephen m27 Oct 2018 5:12 p.m. PST

Robin Miller who 44 years ago who sold me two packs of GHQ Tiger Is and the Battleline version of Wooden Ships & Iron Men from his stall in a flea market in the Detroit area.

My son Justin who as a 12 year old three years ago wanted to play board games and brought back all the old passion which had lain dormant for two and a half decades.

And if they aren't famous or well known they are to me!

The Tin Dictator27 Oct 2018 7:55 p.m. PST

Don Featherstone

coopman27 Oct 2018 8:11 p.m. PST

Larry Brom
John Hill
Scott Bowden
Daniel Mersey
Richard Borg

Demosthenes Of Athens27 Oct 2018 9:07 p.m. PST

Charlie Wesencraft for Practical Wargaming
Dick Bryant for The Courier

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2018 5:44 a.m. PST

Duke Seifried way back in about 1959 or 1960. He introduced me to Napoleonic wargaming and Scruby figures. Things have come a long way since then.


ashauace697028 Oct 2018 7:06 a.m. PST

Brom,Featherstone and Hill

95th Division Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2018 7:55 a.m. PST

Dan Beattie – about 1983 or so I took a Smithsonian sponsored trip to a wargaming convention in the D.C. suburbs. I had never heard of HMGS but was interested in getting started. Dan was the tour guide for the group and did a great job introducing the hobby. He also ran a store (I believe in Va.), that I made some of my early purchases from and he would answer questions I posed as a miniature war gaming novice.

In the last 3 or 4 years it's Richard Clarke and TFL – introduced me to skirmish wargaming.

PK Guy Brent28 Oct 2018 8:01 a.m. PST

Don Featherstone
Wally Simon
Hal Thinglum
Bob Jones

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2018 11:31 a.m. PST

My father with our marx, mpc and others Castles, first and even a few fire crackers…

Others include forest brown, Dave waxtel, Hal thinglum, and many others across the country

battleeditor28 Oct 2018 12:18 p.m. PST

Don Featherstone
Charles Grant snr
Bruce Quarrie

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2018 1:44 p.m. PST

As a personal connection? No one here, nor famous. Just my good friends.

But as for the miniatures hobby, I can say that Our Esteemed Editor Bill, for creating this website, very much provided a source of inspiration and information that has decidedly influenced and affected my participation. I very much doubt I would be collecting, painting and playing with miniatures at all if TMP were not here. So, thanks, Bill! And a follow up "Thank you" to all the members of TMP, past and present, who have contributed their wit and wisdom here, as you've certainly had an influence on me as well.

So thumbs up to you all!

d effinger28 Oct 2018 2:09 p.m. PST

Probably Don Dwyer

14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2018 2:17 p.m. PST

Whoever wrote Frappe rules. Then Scott Bowden with Empire II. Then the author of Fire & Fury.

arthur181528 Oct 2018 3:28 p.m. PST

HG Wells by reading Little Wars
Don Featherstone from reading all his books
Paddy Griffith whom I had the privilege to know in person

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2018 4:01 p.m. PST

Joe Morschauser

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2018 9:49 p.m. PST

Phil Barker. DBA demonstrated how to achieve an entertaining wargame with minimalism and elegance, and how not to use the English language to write rules.

Also strong nods to Rich Hasenauer for Fire & Fury, and L.L. Gill for General Quarters.

- Ix

Aethelflaeda was framed29 Oct 2018 6:07 a.m. PST


Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP29 Oct 2018 7:36 a.m. PST

Dick Bryant – Miniatures

John Hill – Miniatures

Jim Dunnigan – Board Games

Richard H. Berg – Board Games

Russ Lockwood29 Oct 2018 11:51 a.m. PST

Well-known individuals? For miniatures? Hal Thinglum (MWAN), with Dick Bryant (Courier) as runner up. These publications offered platforms for creativity in covering a wide range of historical periods, products, and ideas.

Collectively? Organizations? My local gaming group, with HMGS as runner up. Both still going since I showed up 30 years ago.

Toy Soldier Green29 Oct 2018 6:54 p.m. PST

Donald Featherstone
Kenneth van Pelt
Bob Cordery
Phil Barker
Tony Bath
Duke Seifried
Stuart Asquith
Gary Gygax

RudyNelson29 Oct 2018 8:09 p.m. PST

When came to board games, the designer was not as key in the 1970-80s as they are now.

Miniature designing was another story. Some times you might like a certain mechanic from a system. Only one mechanic that I used several time had not been used in 1979 when we started designing miniature rules. That mechanic was the operations in a built up objective area including traffic ability, combat and capacity. It created the sponge effect for units sent to thatposition.
Actually seeing what a mechanic a guy used, not liking it's affect and not using it happens more often than modifying one in use.

Personal logo 7th Va Cavalry Supporting Member of TMP30 Oct 2018 8:12 a.m. PST

Former Table Top Warlords President.

Gwydion01 Nov 2018 6:44 a.m. PST

Andy Callan – stopped me giving up on the whole enterprise c1981 and introduced me to:

Paddy Griffith – who along with Andy showed me that wargaming could be everything I had hitherto believed it to be but never found.

coolyork Supporting Member of TMP05 Dec 2018 1:12 p.m. PST

My friend John Dunn

Cornelius Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2018 2:45 a.m. PST

Jim Wallman

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2018 7:07 a.m. PST

Gene McCoy, discovering Wargamers Digest got me started on collecting and painting specifically to use for gaming.

Frank Chadwick, for the first commercially available miniatures rules that I found really enjoyable to play. (And he gave full credit to McCoy for the inspiration behind Command Decision!)

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2018 1:07 p.m. PST

Tony Adams and Duke.

Tom D107 Dec 2018 2:47 p.m. PST

My friend Stephen Tofano. We still game together after 55 years.

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP11 Dec 2018 9:51 p.m. PST

Joe Morschauser

-My Grandma Greenblatt checked "How To Play War Games in Miniature" out of the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza for me when I was eleven, on the hunch I might enjoy it. Man, was she right!

Donald Featherstone

-The joyful enthusiasm in his books and relatability of his game photos always left me wanting to play a game raise a new army!

Larry Brom

-I was already a colonial gamer when I bought the first edition of The Sword And The Flame in 1979, but for me (and others, as seen above), despite now being 39 years young, those rules will never die! Larry is the only one of these three I got to meet in person and thank for all the hours of triumph, defeat, and FUN his rules provided me over the years -- an awesome memory and something I'm very thankful I got to do.

HONORABLE MENTION: David Helber AKA: Major General Tremorden Rederring, creator of the glorious Major General Tremorden Rederring's Colonial-era Wargames Page -- which helped me rekindle my hobby flame when I discovered it in the late '90s.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP12 Dec 2018 9:18 a.m. PST

My Dad and my local store owner.

RobSmith12 Dec 2018 12:40 p.m. PST

Scot Bowden – for Empire
Duke Siefried – for 15mm miniatures and acrylic paints

Grumble8710627 Dec 2018 1:03 p.m. PST

>Don Featherstone for introducing me to the subject, especially *War Games*, *Advanced War Games* and *Tank Battles In Miniature* Number 1 and 4.
>Gene McCoy for keeping my chin up during many years via *Wargamer's Digest*.
>John Hill for Johnny Reb I II and III.
>Frank Chadwick for Command Decision I II II and IV (TOB).

My only regret: I never got to meet Gene McCoy. All the others are/were fine gentlemen.

Fitzovich28 Dec 2018 6:59 a.m. PST

Hal Thinglum (MWAN), Frank Chadwick(GDW – GAMA), Winston Hamilton (GRD-GAMA), Rick Loomis (Flying Buffalo – GAMA), Rich Smethurst (Ral Partha) all true gentlemen and great to spend time with discussing the history, the hobby and the industry.

Some others who I greatly enjoyed friendships with and who worked behind the scenes to advance the hobby were Bob & Joyce Boyle (Greenfield Hobby Distributors) and Bob Carty (Liberty Hobby Distributors, Mayfair Games and a few other places).

Bismarck31 Dec 2018 3:33 p.m. PST

Larry Brom

Personal logo vonLoudon Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2019 12:38 p.m. PST

Duke, Don, Wargamer's Digest: Gene McCoy and Dick Zimmerman, John Hill, Avalon Hill game company, Hal, Wally, Wargamer's Hobby shop, Peter Gilder, Miniature Wargames Mag, Wargames Illustrated, Greg Novack, Frank Chadwick, Bill Rutherford, NOVAG guys, Pat Condray, Dennis at Little Soldier, Brian Whitaker, Larry Brom, The Game Parlor and HMGS-East. Minifigs, Foundry, Johnson Hood Wargames, Old Glory, Sash and Saber, Lon Weiss, HAWKS club, and My wife Kay who let's me out of my safe space to play.

RudyNelson24 Mar 2019 6:31 p.m. PST

Like lot of the guys who have gamed over 50 years my list of friends and influencers will be very long.
Played a Siege of Peiking game with Larry Brom in 1983. Friends ever since.
I have a booth adjacent to Richard Borg at the Florida shows ever since 1990s.
Dick Bryant, Pat Condrey and Simon from the 1980s.
Scott Bowden games from 1977-79.
Bill Gray since 1977 and many others.

AICUSV01 Apr 2019 9:32 a.m. PST

H.G.Wells, my Dad, Ed Miller, Bob Wall, & Tony Mark. plus the rest of the guys from the old MFCA gaming group.

deephorse09 Apr 2019 9:12 a.m. PST

Peter Gilder.

T Labienus Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2020 11:13 p.m. PST

Charles S. Grant & Trevor Halsall

pbishop1212 May 2020 4:56 p.m. PST

Grant, Quarrie, Gilder

Terry Naylor16 May 2020 11:45 p.m. PST

Peter Gilder

Made games work of art .
Epic , cinematic , breathtaking

steve dungworth19 May 2020 12:56 p.m. PST

terry wise to get me involved with the intricacies of wargaming but a tv character raised the initial interest does anyone remember "callan"

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