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Encyclopedia > Tom Wham

Tom Wham is a designer of board games. He also produced the artwork for his own games with simplistic but whimsical illustrations. A game designer is a person who designs games. ... A board game is any game played on a board (that is, a premarked surface) with counters or pieces that are moved across the board. ...

He's primarily known for the games he wrote for Dragon Magazine, which were printed on cardstock included in the centerfold of the magazine. The games usually featured comical storylines and interesting crude artwork. Dragon, first issue 1976, is one of the two official magazines for source material for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. ...

Notable games published this way include:

The Awful Green Things From Outer Space 
A game of green aliens invading a spaceship. Eventually published as a separate game by TSR, Inc. and eventually (and still to this day) published by Steve Jackson Games.
Snit's Revenge 
A game of little creatures (Snits) who finally want to kill the giant elephantine Bolotomi who are smashing them. Also a boardgame by TSR, and now published by Steve Jackson Games as well.
King of the Tabletop 
Originally published in Dragon #77, this is a game in which people create their own kingdom from little cardboard chits representing land, characters, and events. Very similar to Magic: The Gathering in gameplay, and is thought by some to be a major inspiration for it. Reissued in the first collection of Dragon Magazine games. Also published commercially as Kings and Things by West End Games.
File 13 (game) 
A game about designing board games. Really. A second edition was reissued in the first collection of Dragon Magazine games; this was a boxed set of six popular Dragon games.
Elefant Hunt 
Originally published in Dragon #88. Great White Hunters travel through deapest darkest Afreca with the help of natives to capture as much live animals and ivory as they can to sell for profit.

The Awful Green Things from Outer Space (AGTFOS) is a two-player board game developed and illustrated by Tom Wham. ... TSR, Inc. ... Steve Jackson Games (SJG) is a game company that creates and publishes role-playing, board, and card games. ... Chits are a type of boardgame counter that are generally not directly representational but used for the following purposes in wargaming: Tracking, being placed on a numeric runner to indicate turn status, as in some rule variants for Squad Leader. ... Magic: The Gathering (colloq. ... West End Games is a company that makes role playing games. ...

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Wham is still used as a dialect word in Northumberland, Cumbria, Scotland and Yorkshire to describe a marshy hollow or a hollow within a hill or a mountain.
Margaret Wham was christened on 1 Sept 1734 in Ballantrae, Ayrshire, Scotland.
Benjamin Wham was born in 1750 in Londonderry, Ireland.
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