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greenknight4 Sponsoring Member of TMP31 Jan 2023 8:39 a.m. PST

Thank you for posting so fast. Most appreciated.

BCamaro Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2023 11:00 a.m. PST

He ran an ACW game I played in at Huzzah, he seemed like a great guy!

greenknight4 Sponsoring Member of TMP31 Jan 2023 12:18 p.m. PST

He was a decent game designer as well. He taught me a lot about writing rules. Thank you for your comment.

Personal logo FlyXwire Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2023 2:20 p.m. PST

Chris, thanks for letting the community here know a bit more about Peter, and his contributions to the hobby.

More so, that he was a gentlemen.

greenknight4 Sponsoring Member of TMP31 Jan 2023 2:36 p.m. PST

@FlyXwire My pleasure.

Those of a certain age might recall Peter bought Lowry's Mail Order from Don Lowry and renamed it the Toy Soldier. He ran it for a few years out of his home in Searsport Maine before moving it to a store front in Downtown Bath Maine.

He ran two conventions a year in the area called "Maine Con". In 1979 Myself and Ray Estabrook opened a Toy Soldier franchise in Newburyport Mass. It is still opened today in Amesbury Mass. though we no longer own it.

Ray owns a game store called All About Games in Belfast Maine.

Peter was the author of a minute to minute set of WWII rules called Follow me. Turns were literally 6 seconds as I recall.

He then went on to help found a game company called The Companions. They published fantasy modules and game accessory's. They secured the rights to Fasa's game "Behind Enemy Lines". He rewrote them and The Companions published the game.

Peter also penned a number of novels for Fasa but I don not know the titles.


gprokopo31 Jan 2023 9:14 p.m. PST

He was also the co-author, with Don Lowry, of the pioneering rules set Grand Army.

greenknight4 Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Feb 2023 1:54 a.m. PST

Yes indeed and I still have my copy. Written with Scruby 9mm I think or were they 12mm?

GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2023 9:33 a.m. PST

My condolences to his family and friends.

Saw him sometimes GMing games at Huzzah!, and had a chance to game with him a couple years ago. He seemed to be a gentleman, and with some interesting gaming wisdom.

khanscom01 Feb 2023 3:25 p.m. PST

"… I still have my copy. Written with Scruby 9mm I think or were they 12mm?"

Nominally 9mm (referencing the N-scale railroad gauge): actually 12mm. Pete was one of my history teachers in HS; I enjoyed many a game of "Grand Army" and modified "Fast Rules" with him and Don.

greenknight4 Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Feb 2023 4:55 a.m. PST

I envy you having him for a teacher :}

donlowry07 Feb 2023 7:32 p.m. PST

Very sorry to hear Pete is gone! He was a great guy.

bobspruster11 Feb 2023 9:09 a.m. PST

I just now noticed the posting regarding Peter. I always enjoyed conversing with him and I remember how delighted he was when I told him SPI mentioned his "Grand Army" rules in the bibliography for their "Wellington's Victory" monster game.
I used to spend a fair amount of time (and money)at the Toy Soldier in Bath and put on a few games at the shop.
I considered Peter a friend and hate the thought of not seeing him again in this life. Bob Kane

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