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cleo liebl10 Jun 2019 8:32 a.m. PST

A good friend, a great gamer, died last night. Massive heart attach and stroke. Bob & Cleo Liebl

Piano Man10 Jun 2019 8:34 a.m. PST

I am so sorry to hear this. I only knew him slightly, but he was a good man and good for the hobby.

cloudcaptain10 Jun 2019 8:41 a.m. PST

He was a great fellow and will be missed.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2019 8:42 a.m. PST

Oh no! He had been contributing to gaming for many, many years. Commiserations to friends and family.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2019 8:48 a.m. PST

Very sad – great guy and he will be missed

Rich Bliss10 Jun 2019 8:50 a.m. PST

Condolences to friends and family. I never met the man personally, but he had a lot of interesting things to say here.

Bob the Temple Builder10 Jun 2019 8:58 a.m. PST

Very sad news. I've read lots of things that he has written, and enjoyed them all.

He will be sorely missed, and my condolences go to his family and friends.

JimDuncanUK10 Jun 2019 9:15 a.m. PST

Another of the good guys gone.

Porthos10 Jun 2019 9:28 a.m. PST

I have enjoyed his posts. My sincere condolences.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2019 9:35 a.m. PST

My sympathy to his family and friends. He will be missed, even by those like me who never had an opportunity to meet him in person.

Dynaman878910 Jun 2019 9:38 a.m. PST

My condolences. I never had a chance to make it to one of the "weekends" games but his love for the hobby came through in the work he did on those.

mad monkey 110 Jun 2019 10:32 a.m. PST

My condolences.

TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2019 10:48 a.m. PST

Sorry to hear. He posted many thoughtful items here. My condolences.

Dadster Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2019 11:00 a.m. PST

So sorry to hear of Otto's passing.

Condottiere10 Jun 2019 11:12 a.m. PST

Sorry to hear this. He used to be part of our gaming group in northern NJ a few years back. He was always willing to run his own games. Lots of figures, large hexagonal terrain pieces, and a ton of six sided dice. ("Oh God Anything But A Six" rules).

Personal logo svsavory Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2019 11:12 a.m. PST

Sorry to hear this. I never met him, but we corresponded and he generously sent me a large envelope of Napoleonic rules. When I offered to reimburse him for his costs, he wouldn't hear of it. He just told me to "pay it forward."

TheKing3010 Jun 2019 11:19 a.m. PST

Otto was an interesting person. Always full of life and someone you could find something to debate about. He was an extremely intelligent man and a bit of a curmudgeon at times (but aren't we all?). You could even say he was bigger than life sometimes. His convention The Weekend broke all the rules of conventions but everyone who ever attended had a great time. I really think he embodied the spirit of wargamers everywhere.

Every time I think of Otto it will be with a smile and a soft spot in my heart.

Rest peacefully old friend.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian10 Jun 2019 11:27 a.m. PST

I hope he's now enjoying the great game convention in the sky. Condolences to friends and family.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2019 11:35 a.m. PST

Never met him, but I know of him through his Imaginations posts on TMP. Hopefully his comrades will run an Imaginations game to his memory.

Texas Jack10 Jun 2019 11:45 a.m. PST

Very sad news, my condolences to his family.

I was just thinking over the weekend how I missed him not being around here, he was very generous and quite fun.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2019 12:04 p.m. PST

Drat. And he was retired how long? Less than two years, I think.

I hope the family will say something if they need help.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian10 Jun 2019 12:46 p.m. PST

Godspeed Otto

Otto was a contributor to The Courier for years. I met him at cold Wars in 2004. A curmudgeon, but one that could back up his side with citations if needed.

He will be missed

Joerg Bender Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2019 12:58 p.m. PST

Sorry to hear that.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2019 1:24 p.m. PST

Very sad. He will leave a void in the gaming community. My heart and prayers are with his family.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2019 3:20 p.m. PST

I never thought of Otto as a curmudgeon – a straight
talker, to be sure, but he knew his stuff and, if he
did not suffer fools (and he did not), then fools
beware !

Sad that I'll never share a port with him again.

RIP, champ.

Yankees Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2019 3:41 p.m. PST

Dave Waxtel-This is a big loss to all of us

He loved this hobby, and the gamers that surrounded him loved this man. I hope someone takes over his little convention and keeps it going.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2019 4:55 p.m. PST

My condolences to his family.

SultanSevy10 Jun 2019 6:55 p.m. PST

My condolences to his family and friends. While I did not know Otto personally, I always really enjoyed what he had to say about wargaming. You could read the passion in his posts. He'll be missed.

wrgmr111 Jun 2019 4:41 a.m. PST

I only knew him from his posts here.
He seemed intelligent and did not suffer fools lightly. He also had a wry sense of humor.
I recall a post in the lounge about his sister that was very sad.
my sincere condolences to his family.

Legion 411 Jun 2019 8:41 a.m. PST

Yes, so very sad to have heard this. May he RIP and I hope to meet him again on the other side.

Yesthatphil11 Jun 2019 3:47 p.m. PST

Rest in Peace

platypus01au11 Jun 2019 8:16 p.m. PST

My condolences to his family.

JohnG

Longview4212 Jun 2019 7:11 p.m. PST

While I had only known Otto for about four years (and several games of Oh God, anything but a 6!) I was fortunate to get an hour to catch up with Otto at Cold Wars this year. While he looked tired, he was generally positive. While he looked tired, he was his usual self.

He was one of the most well informed gamers that I have ever played a game with. It was always an interesting discussion whenever he was involved. You couldn't help but learn things and usually end up laughing hysterically at more than one point in the conversation due to the the sheer outragousness of the stories.

I was looking forward to attending The Weekend this year. Instead, I'll be thinking of a missing friend. Otto will be missed by many, but will not be forgotten.

My condolences to Dot.

Legion 413 Jun 2019 6:38 a.m. PST

Still a bit upset over Otto's passing …

Legion 417 Jun 2019 6:47 a.m. PST

Found this on Otto's site …

A very nice requiem I thought …

[SOCDAISY] Round 1 of the L' Art de la Guerre Mid Atlantic


Requiem for our God Father: Otto Schmidt passed away this week. He was the God Father of the MATT. Even though he never played the game, it was his "Weekend" event that provided the venue for the MATT.


I first met Otto some 15 years ago over a game he had written titled "If You Build It, It Will Sink." Naval combat in the age of Gilbert and Sullivan. He would mention that it was an era of incredible technological advances whose pinnacle of achievement was the Titanic. The game had in it actual ships of the era, including the American USNVesuvius, with it's pneumatic dynamite system, torpedoes thrown over the side by able bodied seamen, UFO shaped monitors, as well as other ships best left on the drawing board, like rocket propelled Patrol boats.

His acerbic wit was summed up in the statement, "Forget the enemy, it is the sea that is trying to kill you."

In addition to his quick wit, he was an organizer and a doer. He was a successful business owner and his skills lead to being a successful game convention organizer. We have been blessed for his efforts and diminished by his passing.


Larrilaus, his brother Diaeus, and his other brother Diaeus defend Sicily from the nefarious Carthaginians.

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