Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Sunday Miscellanea - Greedy Billionaires by Tom Wham

Tom Wham has been a fixture of game design in the industry for about four and a half decades with dozens of game design and artistic credits to his name.  You can see the full list of his work (not including the many advertisements he designed for magazines!) in game design here.  As an early employee of TSR in Lake Geneva, his easily-recognized artwork has graced boardgames, many on which he shares design credit, as well as card games and RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons.

I've had the pleasure the last few years of living in close proximity to him in Lake Geneva, WI, and gaming with him almost every week of the year.  It's been an education as a gamer and game designer, playtesting many of the games he currently has in development as well as playing scores of games he has worked on and those he loves from other creators that inspire him.  Recently, he broke out Greedy Billionaires, a game that has been in the works for a few years and which I have played with him on a number of occasions.

I don't want to give too much of this game design away but I will say it's like a bizarre version of monopoly on steroids with a humorous twist and some of Tom's coolest artwork and naming conventions.  Tom has his own website where he sells some of his games directly to the public.  These are handmade and sell at "boutique prices" but they are well worth it if you admire and love his work.  The website itself is a trip to visit, so check it out here.  Tom will be at Gary Con once again this year running some of his own designs including Greedy Billionaires.  Do yourself a favor and try to join him at his game table

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