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POLL: Game Designers That Impacted the Hobby (Round 2A)


610 votes were cast by total voters.


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unknown member writes:

I disagree with Robert. The miniatures hobby is quite broad, and goes beyond historical settings, as this website has long established. As such, Gygax's contribution includes concepts other than RPGs. In fact, the whole structure of fantasy wargaming is heavily dependent on Gygax, particularly in the area of dungeoncrawls, but also generally. No Gygax, no D&D; no D&D, no Warhammer or any of its spinoffs. I believe I'm correct in that Gygax introduced the concepts of hit points, specific individual stats, distinct characters and persistent character changes between games, which have influenced historical tabletop gaming, too. And, of course, RPGs with miniatures, which are clearly an immense part of "the Hobby" as a whole, whether one participates in that aspect or not. (If we define "the Hobby" only as what a particular individual participates in or likes, then "the Hobby" becomes very narrow indeed-- to the extent one could say that wargames with armies of another culture or period than one chooses to game in are therefore not "part of 'The Hobby'," which is an absurd notion.)
So, yes, even if one does not participate in Gygax's most notable area of "The Hobby," one's area of participation has still been influenced by Gygax, and certainly "The Hobby" has been influenced as a whole.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
Arty Conliffe
37
6%
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Brigadier Peter Young
49
8%
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Bruce Quarrie
25
4%
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Charles Grant
88
14%
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Donald Featherstone
113
19%
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Fletcher Pratt
37
6%
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Frank Chadwick
54
9%
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Gary Gygax
97
16%
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H.G. Wells
74
12%
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Howard Whitehouse
30
5%
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none of these/no opinion
4
1%
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this is ridiculous
2
0%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION
Who are the game designers who shaped the miniature wargaming hobby?

Poll set up by unknown member, based on this previous poll.