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Remembering Allan B. Calhamer, Creator of Diplomacy

By March 3, 2013

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DiplomacyThe man who created the classic negotiation board game Diplomacy, Allan B. Calhamer, was 81 years old when he passed away on February 25, 2013. He has been remembered fondly by fans of the game, along with those who knew him better as a mailman in his hometown of La Grange Park, Illinois.

In the Chicago Sun-Times, Calhamer's daughter Tatiana said her father didn't spend much time in college "going to a lot of parties or meeting girls. ... They would just stay up all night, talking about politics and history, and dad started working on this game."

In the Chicago Tribune, his daughter Selenne said Calhamer "was such a character, brilliant, but never in an arrogant way."

In the Associated Press obituary, Selenne said this: "He was brilliant and iconoclastic and designed this game that's played around the world, and he's adored by nerds throughout the world. But at the end of the day he was a great dad. He was at all the T-ball games and all the screechy, horrible orchestra concerts and all the klutzy ballet recitals. I guess that's how I'll remember him."

This discussion thread at BoardGameGeek.com includes many memories from fans of Diplomacy.

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