Game Designers' Workshop

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Game Designers' Workshop
Former typeCorporation (1973-1996)
IndustryWargame and Role-playing game publisher
FoundedJune 22, 1973
DefunctFebruary 29, 1996
HeadquartersNormal, Illinois USA
Key peopleFrank Chadwick, Rich Banner, Marc Miller, Loren Wiseman
ProductsTraveller
 
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Game Designers' Workshop
Former typeCorporation (1973-1996)
IndustryWargame and Role-playing game publisher
FoundedJune 22, 1973
DefunctFebruary 29, 1996
HeadquartersNormal, Illinois USA
Key peopleFrank Chadwick, Rich Banner, Marc Miller, Loren Wiseman
ProductsTraveller

Game Designers' Workshop (GDW) was a wargame and role-playing game publisher from 1973 to 1996.[1] Many of their games are now carried by other publishers.[2]

History[edit]

Game Designers' Workshop was originally established June 22, 1973.[3] The founding members consisted of Frank Chadwick, Rich Banner, Marc Miller, and Loren Wiseman.[3]

GDW published a new product approximately every twenty-two days for over twenty years.[3] In an effort of bridging the gap existing between the milieux of role players, board wargamers and miniature wargamers, the company published RPGs with fantastic settings alongside ones with realistic or military themes, as well as rulesets about WW2, WW1, modern warfare and the American Civil War (meant to be used with 15mm or 20mm miniatures) and board-based wargames such as the Air Superiority series or Harpoon.

The company disbanded February 29, 1996 after suffering financial troubles. Designers working for the company attributed a part of GDW's failure as burn-out.[3] Miller stated in interviews that the closure was voluntary, resulting from burnout after years of producing games very rapidly, a pace that he believed that they could not sustain in the long term.[4] "Everybody was just very happy to move on."[5]

Products[edit]

Role-playing games[edit]

Board Games[edit]

GameYearDesignerCategoryNotes
19401980Frank ChadwickwargameSeries 120
19411981John AstellwargameSeries 120
19421978Marc MillerwargameSeries 120
1815: The Waterloo Campaign1975 (2nd ed. 1982)Frank Chadwickwargame
8th Army: Operation Crusader1984Frank ChadwickwargameDouble Blind series
Battle of Agincourt - 1415 AD1978Marc MillerwargameSeries 120
Air Strike1987JD WebsterwargameAir Superiority series
Air Superiority1987JD WebsterwargameAir Superiority series
Battle of Alma1978Frank ChadwickwargameSeries 120
Arctic Front1985Frank ChadwickwargameThe Third World War series
Assault1983Frank ChadwickwargameAssault series
Asteroid1980Frank Chadwicksci-fiSeries 120
Attack in the Ardennes1982Frank Chadwickwargame
Avalanche1976Frank Chadwickwargame
Azhanti High Lightning1980Marc Millersci-fiCharles S. Roberts Award winner
Bar-Lev1977Frank Chadwickwargame
Battle for Basra1991Frank ChadwickwargameFirst Battle series
Battle Rider1994Frank Chadwicksci-fi
Battlefield Europe1990Frank ChadwickwargameFirst Battle series
Beda Fomm1979Frank ChadwickwargameSeries 120
Belter1979Frank Chadwicksci-fi
Blood & Thunder1992Frank ChadwickwargameFirst Battle series
Bloodtree Rebellion1979Lynn Willissci-fi
Bloody Kasserine1992Frank Chadwickwargame
Blue Max1983Phil Hallwargame
Boots & Saddles1984Frank ChadwickwargameAssault series
Brilliant Lances1993David Nilsensci-fi
Bundeswehr1986Frank ChadwickwargameAssault series
Burma1976Bob Fowlerwargame
Case White1977Frank ChadwickwargameEuropa series game VII
Chaco1973Marc Millerwargame
Chieftain1988Frank ChadwickwargameAssault series
Citadel1977Frank Chadwickwargame
Coral Sea1974 (2nd ed. 1976)Marc Millerwargame
Crimea1975Frank Chadwickwargame
Dark Nebula1980Marc Millersci-fiSeries 120
Desert Falcons1989JD WebsterwargameAir Superiority series
Double Star1979Marc Millersci-fi
Drang Nach Osten1973Frank ChadwickwargameEuropa series game I
Eagles1974Loren Wisemanwargame
En Garde!1975 (2nd ed. 1977)Darryl Hanyrpg
Eylau1980Rik Fontanawargame
The Fall of France1981John AstellwargameEuropa series game VIII
The Fall of Tobruk1978Frank Chadwickwargame
Fifth Frontier War1981Marc Millersci-fi
Fire in the East1984John AstellwargameEuropa series game I
Great Patriotic War1988Frank Chadwickwargame
Guilford Courthouse1978Greg NovakwargameSeries 120
Harpoon1987Larry Bondwargame
Harpoon: Captain's Edition1990Larry Bondwargame
A House Divided1981 (2nd ed. 1989)Frank Chadwickwargame2 time Charles S. Roberts Award winner
Illad1978Rik Fontanasci-fi
Imperium1977Marc Millersci-fi
Indian Ocean Adventure1978Marc Millerwargame
Invasion Earth1981Marc Millersci-fi
Kasserine Pass1977Frank Chadwickwargame
La Bataille de la Moskowa1977 & 1988John Harshmanwargame
Last Battle1989Tim Ryanrpg
The Battle of Lobositz1978Frank ChadwickwargameSeries 120
Manassas1975 (2nd ed. 1976)Tom Ellerwargame
Marita-Merkur1978Rich BannerwargameEuropa series game III
Mayday1978Marc Millersci-fiCharles S. Roberts Award winner
Battle for Midway1976Marc Millerwargame
Battle for Moscow1986Frank Chadwickwargame
Narvik1974 (2nd ed. 1980)Frank ChadwickwargameEuropa series game IV
The Near East1983John AstellwargameEuropa series game IX
The Normandy Campaign1983Ben KnightwargameDouble Blind series
Operation Crusader1978Frank Chadwickwargame
Operation Market Garden1985Frank ChadwickwargameDouble Blind series
Operation Crusader1978Frank Chadwickwargame
Over the Top1990Greg NovakwargameCommand Decision series rules
Overlord1978Frank Chadwickwargame
Pearl Harbor1977 (2nd ed. 1979)John Pradoswargame
Persian Gulf1986Frank ChadwickwargameThe Third World War series
Pharsalus1977Loren Wisemanwargame
Phase Line Smash1992Frank Chadwickwargamesolitaire game
Port Arthur1976Marc Millerwargame
The Battle of Prague1980Frank ChadwickwargameSeries 120
The Race for Tunis1992Frank Chadwickwargame
The Battle of Raphia 217 BC1977Marc MillerwargameSeries 120
Red Army1982John Astellwargame
Red Empire1990Frank Chadwickwargame
Red Star / White Eagle1979Dave Williamswargame
Reinforcements1985Frank ChadwickwargameAssault series
Road to the Rhine1979Frank Chadwickwargame
The Sands of War Expansion Kit1992Frank ChadwickwargameFirst Battle series
The Sands of War1991Frank ChadwickwargameFirst Battle series
Scorched Earth1987John AstellwargameEuropa series game II
Snapshot1979Marc Millersci-fi
Soldier King1982Frank Chadwickwargame
Southern Front1984Frank ChadwickwargameThe Third World War series
Spain & Portugal1984Frank ChadwickwargameEuropa series game X
Suez '731981Frank Chadwickwargame
SSN1975Stephen Newbergwargame
Stand & Die1991Frank ChadwickwargameFirst Battle series
Tacforce1980Frank Chadwickwargameminiatures rules
Team Yankee1987Frank ChadwickwargameFirst Battle series
Test of Arms1988Larry SmithwargameFirst Battle series
Tet Offensive: 19681991Frank Chadwickwargame
Their Finest Hour1976Marc MillerwargameEuropa series game V
Their Finest Hour1982 & 1984John AstellwargameEuropa series game V
The Third World War1984Frank ChadwickwargameThe Third World War series
Torch1985John AstellwargameEuropa series game XI
Torgau1974Frank Chadwickwargame
Trenchfoot1981Frank Chadwickwargame
Triplanetary1973 (2nd ed. 1981)Marc Millersci-fi
Tsushima1976Marc Millerwargame
Unentshieden1973Frank ChadwickwargameEuropa series game II
Verdun1978Marc Millerwargame
Western Desert1983John AstellwargameEuropa series game VI
White Death1979Frank Chadwickwargame
Yalu1978John Hillwargame

Miniatures rules[edit]

Grenadier Magazine[edit]

The Grenadier was the house magazine from 1978 to 1990, with 35 issues. It started off as a quarterly magazine, but towards the end was published sporadically. Although it covered games from all companies, it gave most of the magazine space to GDW games.

Journal of the Travellers Aid Society[edit]

Journal of the Travellers Aid Society was a magazine dedicated to Traveller published by GDW between 1979 and 1985.

Challenge[edit]

Challenge was a role-playing game magazine that replaced Journal of the Travellers Aid Society. It covered all of GDW's role playing games, not just Traveller. It was published between 1986 and 1996.

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Far Future Enterprises - Home". Far Future Enterprises. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
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  4. ^ DiceCast Special Holiday Interview Episode [1] (by Polymancer Studios). Podcast, includes interview with Marc Miller
  5. ^ "Spotlight On: The Original Designer of the Traveller Roleplaying Game. An Interview WIth Marc Miller." Polymancer magazine, Volume 2, Issue #10. pp 37-42.
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  10. ^ a b c "1981 List of Winners Presented at Origins 1982". Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design. Archived from the original on 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  11. ^ "1982 List of Winners Presented at Origins 1983". Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design. Archived from the original on 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  12. ^ "1984 List of Winners Presented at Origins 1985". Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design. Archived from the original on 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
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