Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Paddy Griffith: Keeping his memory alive

Paddy's death has had a very profound effect on many people. I have had numerous emails and comments from people who had never met him but knew of his work as a writer and wargame designer. In addition, as of today there have been eighty eight posts on The Miniatures Page.

Within Wargame Developments there are quite a few members who knew him well – some very well indeed – and we hope to set aside some time at COW next weekend to discuss how we can keep his memory alive and to move his work forward if that is possible. One decision has already been made; the next issue of THE NUGGET will be devoted to Paddy. It is hoped to publish a sample of some of the articles he wrote for the journal as well as a collection of reminiscences and thoughts about him.

There is, however, a feeling that some form of longer-lasting memorial could and should be created to mark his impact on both the world of military history and wargaming. The nature of that memorial is currently up for discussion, but if anyone has any thoughts on what form it could take, please could you communicate them to me so that they can be included in any discussions that I am privy to.


  1. Hi Bob,

    I would respectfully suggest a Paddy Griffith memorial trophy to be awarded annually to the most innovative Wargames Developer. For me this would mean that his legacy of thought provoking and challenging military history and wargaming 'norms'would continue to be actively encouraged.

    All the best,


  2. I would suggest a cup, awarded at your conference, for the most original game - as voted by your members.

    Weight should be given to thinking outside the box, "unusualness", and those demonstration of those other qualities that Paddy best demonstrated...

  3. Well, off the top of my head, and I don't know how this sort of thing works (or is established) in Britain, but possibly some kind of military history scholarship for academically deserving Sandhurst students? Just a thought.

    Best Regards,


  4. Ogrefencer, Steve-the-Wargamer, and Stokes Schwartz,

    Thanks for the ideas. I will add them to the list of suggestions that have been made so far.

    I suspect that the process of deciding what to do will take some time, and that financial considerations may be a major factor in the end.

    All the best,


  5. To paraphrase the inscription in St Paul's Cathedral, referring to Christopher Wren:
    si monumentum requiris, libros lege et ludos lude
    [if you seek his monument, read his books and play his games]
    Might I suggest this be engraved on the proposed trophy - in English or Latin as WD sees fit.