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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Duke Seifried and the Developmnent of American Wargaming

Uncle Duke is one of those larger than life characters who helped develop miniature wargaming in the United States. The Jack Scruby Award (1995) summarised him as an American original, an entrepreneur and business man, a master sculptor, designer, and painter, a rule writer, publisher, and historian, a master showman, salesman, and advocate. He was also a good friend of Donald Featherstone.
It is impossible to discuss the development of early American miniature wargaming without discussing Duke and the many people he collaborated with over the years. This book is a celebration of his contribution.
The book includes:
  • The Jack Scruby Award 1995 citation. 
  • The MWAN tribute of 1989 by Hal Thinglum.
  • Early memories of American miniature wargaming and reflections by Duke and his lifelong friend Jim Getz.
  • Many previously unpublished photographs of early games.
  • The book also includes two complete key sets of rules that were a huge influence on American wargaming:
  • Melee (1960) by Duke.
  • Napoleonique: A Miniature Wargame Strategic- Tactical Manoeuvre in the Napoleonic Era (1979) Written by Jim Getz with the assistance of Duke Seifried.
This book is published by the History of Wargaming Project as part of ongoing efforts to document the development of wargaming.


  1. Good addition to the series! I guess the efforts of a man like Duke Seifried are not that well-known on the European side of the pond, so I'm definitely looking forward to this book.

    1. Duke is the American equivalent of Don Featherstone and has done more than most to make miniature wargaming part of the American wargaming scene. I am now working with Ned Zuparko and Jim Getz on collecting early tales of American miniature wargaming.

  2. An unavoidable name in wargaming over here in my younger days but somehow, to my chagrin, I never managed to be in the right place at the right time to play in one of his convention games and meet him. I have added the book to my must get list.

  3. Hello John,

    May I suggest using a Link List Gadget on your right hand side, just above "About Me" to navigate to:

    That would save me having to manually open up another tab and search for your online store as I get older my fat fingers want to do less typing ;)

    Keep up the good work, I still have a lot of "back catalogue stuff" to catch up on but I am getting there ;)