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Dan "SMIF" Smith - Acquired by on July 30, 2000
Who is this person:
Dan is a prolific artist. He is probably best known for his work with Steve Jackson Games, but he has also done work for White Wolf, Wizards of the Coast, and the card games XXXenophile and Galactic Empires. He is currently working on his own set of buttonmen based on his long-standing cartoon Bruno, and is also working on a card game of his own.
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
His artwork is very distinctive and gives the Illuminati and Illuminati: New World Order games much of their flavor.
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
I won an auction on Ebay for two of his posters - the auction included an offer to autograph the posters. When I sent my letter, I sent along one of our notecards too, along with an explanation of what was going on.
What did you get?
A notecard with an ork from Troop 142. He's got a few merit badges, a gold earring and fangs. The bubble over his head says “Heckfire, I'm always prepared!!”. Close examination reveals that the card probably said “hellfire” at some point and was changed. Guess being an artist can come in handy sometimes <G>
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
SJ Games
Sean K Reynolds (and company) - Acquired by Steve on 5/20/99
Who is this person:
I sent Sean a note asking about his autograph; he's a game designer and former webmaster for TSR. I also asked him to see if anyone else was interested in signing something. Apparently they were:
WhoProjects/Games
Sean ReynoldsDragon Dice, Webmaster
Mike SelinkerMarvel Team
Lenny WilliamsMarvel Team
Skip WilliamsMarvel Team, Sage Advice
Jon PickensMarvel Team, Birthright
Stan!Artist (apparently of a mindset similar to Mark-->
Jason CarlMarvel Team
Cindi RiceMarvel Team
Monte CookLots of AD&D projects, former Dragon Editor
Duane MaxwellMarvel Team
Julia MartinMarvel Team
There were five other names I can't quite decipher
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
As an avid gamer, getting autographs of famous designer is kind of cool.
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
Not really, although I had given up hope until the envelope arrived
What did you get?
Signed Winter Camp notecard with 17 signatures and the inscription: "Best Wishes for Winter Camp and Good Gaming!"
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
Wizards

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Ken Cliffe - Acquired by Steve on April 28, 1999
Who is this person:
Vice President of Editing and Development at White Wolf; former editor of the now defunct Inphobia, probably the most cutting-edge gaming magazine ever published. Also wrote Chicago Chronicles and some other adventures.
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
The layout of White Wolf books has actually had almost as great an impact as their gaming. Their art (and many of their artists) has forced other companies to improve their own designs to remain competitive.
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
Stewart Wieck circulated some cards around the White Wolf offices.
What did you get?
Winter Camp note card.
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
White Wolf Online

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Richard Thomas - Acquired by Steve on April 28, 1999
Who is this person:
Vice President of Design at White Wolf and a prolific artist.
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
The layout of White Wolf books has actually had almost as great an impact as their gaming. Their art (and many of their artists) has forced other companies to improve their own designs to remain competitive.
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
Stewart Wieck circulated some cards around the White Wolf offices.
What did you get?
Winter Camp note card.
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
White Wolf Online

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Stephan Wieck - Acquired by Steve on April 28, 1999
Who is this person:
Co-designer of Mage, one of the most ambitious games ever. He's also the president of White-Wolf and the author of Mummy.
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
As the president of one of the industry leaders, Steve has done a lot to shape the future of gaming
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
Stewart Wieck circulated some cards around the White Wolf offices.
What did you get?
Winter Camp note card.
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
White Wolf Online

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Rob Hatch - Acquired by Steve on April 28, 1999
Who is this person:
Rob is the principle author of one of my favorite White Wolf games, Werewolf: The Apocalypse. The game setting is very cool, with the players becoming Werewolves fighting to save the Earth. It's just the kind of dark, heroic tragedy I love.
He's also the designer for Kindred of the East, the Vampires of Asia setting.
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
Werewolf is one of my favorite games of all times (probably top 5 list).
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
Stewart Wieck circulated some cards around the White Wolf offices.
What did you get?
Winter Camp note card.
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
White Wolf Online

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Stewart Wieck - Acquired by Steve on April 28, 1999
Who is this person:
Stewart works for White Wolf, the people who make Storyteller games like Vampire, Werewolf, Changeling, Mage and Wraith. Stewart was the principle author of Mage and edited several of the White Wolf Anthologies.
He also wrote Toreador, the first of the new Clan Novels.
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
Vampire changed the way that people see role-playing games. Instead of focusing on rules, the game focused on the stories you could tell; the introduction of Vampire was really a turning point in gaming. It has since gone on to make a big bang when it comes to LARPs too.
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
I won an auction for some Rage cards on E-bay and when the seller wrote me, I immediately recognized the name (yes, I recognize game designers by name).
What did you get?
An autographed copy of his novel and a Winter Camp note card.
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
White Wolf Online

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Pete Venters - Acquired by Steve on 8/20/98
Who is this person:
Pete is a prolific artist who has done cards for Magic: The Gathering, Netrunner, Doomtown, Battletech, Jhyad and just about every other game I can think of (seriously, when I searched for him on the net he was everywhere; when I started looking for some of his artwork for the scrapbook, it seemed like every other card I touched was his work).
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
With the number of people who play Magic and other board and role-playing games, pursuing prominent gaming figures was an obvious choice.
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
All the real work was done by Patricia Krause, who work with Youth Programs at Wizards of the Coast. I explained to her what I was looking for and she tracked down some folks who were willing to help.
What did you get?
This is by far the coolest of the Wizards' autographs. Pete sent us a pen & ink drawing showing two goblins in shorts confronting what looks like a snow demon. It is nothing short of awesome.
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
Wizards of the Coast

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Richard Garfield - Acquired by Steve on 8/20/98
Who is this person:
Richard is a former math professor who designed Magic: The Gathering and ultimately launched the entire Collectible Card Game genre. His work, like that of E. Gary Gygax, has really changed the face of gaming and the gaming industry forever. He has also designed a number of family card games and the game Robo Rally.
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
With the number of people who play Magic and other board and role-playing games, pursuing prominent gaming figures was an obvious choice.
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
All the real work was done by Patricia Krause, who work with Youth Programs at Wizards of the Coast. I explained to her what I was looking for and she tracked down some folks who were willing to help.
What did you get?
A piece of paper that says "Best Wishes for Winter Camp" and is signed by Richard.
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
Wizards of the Coast

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Peter Adkison - Acquired by Steve on 8/20/98
Who is this person:
Peter is the President/CEO of Wizards of the Coast, the makers of the Magic: The Gathering game and a number of other titles. They also acquired two other large game companies, TSR (makers of AD&D and once the biggest game company) and Five Rings Publishing Group (creators of Legends of the Burning Sands, Doomtown, and Legends of the Five Rings). Peter may be the most influential man in gaming today.
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
With the number of people who play Magic and other board and role-playing games, pursuing prominent gaming figures was an obvious choice.
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
All the real work was done by Patricia Krause, who work with Youth Programs at Wizards of the Coast. I explained to her what I was looking for and she tracked down some folks who were willing to help.
What did you get?
A piece of paper that says "Best Wishes for Winter Camp" and is signed by Peter.
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
Wizards of the Coast (but there's not much there)

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Christopher Rush - Acquired by Steve on 8/20/98
Who is this person:
Christopher is an artist whose work has appeared on Magic: The Gathering cards, Jyhad cards and Netrunner cards. I think he did at least one Dragon Magazine cover, but I haven't had a lot of luck tracking down information on him. One of his pieces graces the "Black Lotus" a card from the original set that now fetches over $300 a copy.
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
With the number of people who play Magic and other board and role-playing games, pursuing prominent gaming figures was an obvious choice.
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
All the real work was done by Patricia Krause, who work with Youth Programs at Wizards of the Coast. I explained to her what I was looking for and she tracked down some folks who were willing to help.
What did you get?
A piece of paper that says "Best Wishes for Winter Camp" and is signed by Christopher.
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
Wizards of the Coast (but there's not much there)

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Jeff Grubb - Acquired by Steve on 8/20/98
Who is this person:
Jeff actually is more connected with TSR, the creators of the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game and several other titles. Jeff co-wrote the novel "Azure Bonds" and also was the lead designer on the "Al-Qadim: Arabian Adventures" book and the Marvel Superheroes roleplaying game. He also wrote the Forgotten Realms comic for DC. He has also worked on two card games, Wing Commander and the original Star Trek game.
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
With the number of people who play Magic and other board and role-playing games, pursuing prominent gaming figures was an obvious choice. Among serious gamers (or fantasy readers) Jeff's name is familiar. Besides, Al-Qadim is one of the most interesting AD&D settings; Jeff is one of the people I named as someone I'd really like to get an autograph from.
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
All the real work was done by Patricia Krause, who work with Youth Programs at Wizards of the Coast. I explained to her what I was looking for and she tracked down some folks who were willing to help.
What did you get?
A piece of paper that says "Best Wishes for Winter Camp" and is signed by Jeff.
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
TSR Web Site

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Glenn Elliott - Acquired by Steve on 8/20/98
Who is this person:
Glenn is the head of tabletop games at Wizards of the Coast. He works on the design and playtesting for all their tabletop games including Magic: The Gathering, the Arc titles, Robo Rally, and there new line of family games.
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
With the number of people who play Magic and other board and role-playing games, pursuing prominent gaming figures was an obvious choice.
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
All the real work was done by Patricia Krause, who work with Youth Programs at Wizards of the Coast. I explained to her what I was looking for and she tracked down some folks who were willing to help.
What did you get?
A piece of paper that says "Best Wishes for Winter Camp" and is signed by Glenn.
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
Wizards of the Coast

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Mike Elliott - Acquired by Steve on 8/20/98
Who is this person:
Mike is a game designer for Wizards of the Coast and works in the group that designs new Magic Cards
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
With the number of people who play Magic and other board and role-playing games, pursuing prominent gaming figures was an obvious choice.
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
All the real work was done by Patricia Krause, who work with Youth Programs at Wizards of the Coast. I explained to her what I was looking for and she tracked down some folks who were willing to help.
What did you get?
A piece of paper that says "Best Wishes for Winter Camp" and is signed by Mike.
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
Wizards of the Coast

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Aaron Allston - Acquired by Steve on 4/22/98
Who is this person:
A world famous game designer (if there is such a thing) and a New York Top Ten Best Selling Author ("Wraith Squadron"). Aaron's gaming credits are too numerous to mention here, but some of my favorites include Lands of Mystery, Strike Force and Ninja Hero for Hero Games; Autoduel Champions for SJ Games/Hero Games; The DM's Handbook, The Complete Fighter's Handbook and The Complete Ninja Book for TSR; and a host of others. I greatly enjoyed his novels Galatea in 2-D and Doc Sidhe.
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
Well, basically, he's a personal hero of mine. His game design work is awesome, and I just thought it would be cool. In fact, I used his best-selling author status as an excuse to ask him, but I'd have asked anyways. Guess I'm just a drooling fanboy after all.
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
Not really, although I picked up the news of his novel on the SJ Games website, so in a way, Steve Jackson & company should get the assist
What did you get?
Aaron sent me an autographed card and a photo. The photo is scary because Aaron Allston turns out to look a lot like me; we could probably pass as brothers.
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
www.io.com/~allston/

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Steve Jackson - Acquired by Steve on 4/15/98
Who is this person:
Steve Jackson is the founder of Steve Jackson Games. He is the principal designer on dozens of popular games including Car Wars, Illuminati and GURPS. They also publish Ogre, Hacker, Knightmare Chess, In Nomine, Killer (which is similar to our own Murder Game) and more other games than you could shake a stick at.
His company was involved with some serious litigation against the Secret Service and their case was one of the first ones to come to the attention of the Electronic Frontiers Foundation, an organization devoted to preserving privacy rights in cyberspace (they won).
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
First off, lots of Winter Campers are also gamers. Once I spoke to him (via e-mail) it turned out that he himself was an Eagle Scout and former Arrowmen, so that was kind of cool.
The biggest reason though is the Adviserati card game, which is based largely on the Illuminati card game, a game which allows people to take over the world through nefarious means.
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
Actually, Steve's autograph was pretty easy. About the hardest part was me getting my act together and mailing him stuff.
What did you get?
Okay, this is probably the coolest part. I mailed Steve the "Winter Camp Future Society" card from our Adviserati game. He autographed it and sent it back.
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
SJ Games

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