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To prove not all wargamers are geeks, I thought it would be amusing to list well-known people who are wargamers or military model enthusiasts. (That is, people who are famous due to something else, not because they are famous as wargamers.

Here are four to start with, all British or NZ. Does anyone know any more?

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  • Brian May, musician.
  • Deryck Guyler, actor (d.1999).
  • Peter Jackson, film director.
  • Edward Woodward, actor. </list>

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    Vin Diesel (Actor) is a DnD gamer.

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    Will Wheaton (?). The kid who was on Star Trek The next Generation is also a D&D player.

     
       
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    Eons ago there were rumors that Robin Williams got into 40k with his first son. Very rumor though.

    [edit] Actually, according to this Wikipedia article, Williams is a self-confessed miniature wargamer! No rumor at all it seems.

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    A very reliable source has repeatedly told me that Will Smith can be sometimes found shopping the GW stores in New York City.

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    Um... besides maybe Robin Williams, there is still little/no proof that not all gamers are geeks.

    Drano doesn't exactly scream "toy" to me.

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    Tom Griswold from the Bob and Tom radio show used to frequent my shop as did Reggie Miller (Hall of Fame BBall player from the NBA) Tom just cam in because his kids were 40K fans so I guess that doesn't count, but Reggie was an avid strategy game player with Chess and Quarto being some of his favorites.

    Kevin Smith (director)?  I know he's a comic geek, so I'm sure somewhere he's mentioned playing games.


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    Posted by Hans on 08/17/2006 6:47 PM
    A very reliable source has repeatedly told me that Will Smith can be sometimes found shopping the GW stores in New York City.

    That could explain why the actor playing his son in the motion picture Enemy of the State can be seen reading a copy of White Dwarf magazine at the end of the movie.

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    As an actor, I can tell you, being one does not make you less of a geek. Many actors are geeks. As I'm sure many musicians are as well (actually maybe moreso as music can be pretty mathematical in its way).
       
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    Honestly, I wouldn't say it counts if you say "famous wargamer" (i.e. present) but refer back to when they used to play as a pimple-ridden, loser teenager (which may be true but it doesn't matter anyway since all D&D teens are pimple-ridden losers until they grow out of it and become cool - or not).

    Also, they might not be actor-famous, more like internet-infamous, but I wonder if any of the internet's (in)famous characters such as the Star Wars Kid, William Hung, or the Numa Numa guy are wargamers. Obviously they are geeks, but it would be fun to know.

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    Curt Schilling (famous baseball pitcher) does military strategy games even cowriting some. He used to come in the game store in Phoeniz once in a while after being transferred from Philly.



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    HG Wells was a gamer and had the first set of rules published near the turn of the century.

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    Posted By nyarlathotep667 08/17/2006 4:35 PM
    Eons ago there were rumors that Robin Williams got into 40k with his first son. Very rumor though.

    [edit] Actually, according to this Wikipedia article, Williams is a self-confessed miniature wargamer! No rumor at all it seems.


    A long time ago when GW had their grand opening of their Santa Monica (CA) Store (around 1990), Robin Williams was with his son waiting in line with us fellow geeks. It was great back then because on the day they opened up there store, they had an awesome sale, which included buying two blisters ($7.50 for 5 figs per blister!!) and getting the third for free. They also gave away the limited edition SM Captain if you spent over $50, which was very easy that day. Ahhhh.....those were the days

       
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    according to german Wikipedia (english site is currenly down) the work geek comes from the angle-saxon work "geck", a person on a medievil festivel who bit the heads off living animals.
       
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    Correct, a geek in a circus is a person who entertains by biting the head off of a chicken or similar small animal and then spraying the  blood around.  Curiously, that usage is no longer current.

    The more modern usage, where a geek is something like a nerd and a dork rolled into one is fairly new, and arose as an insult related to the prior usage.


       
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    Where can one get a hold of the HG Wells rules set?

    Drano doesn't exactly scream "toy" to me.

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    It's free on the web: Just search "Little Wars" by HG Wells. First printed in 1913 or thereabouts, it's considered the forefather of modern tabletop wargaming. After all, why do you think sooo many game stores are named "Little Wars"? And it's not that they're chain franchises, they aren't, at least, not in the US. However, I wouldn't count Wells, since his writing, which includes "Little Wars", is what he's famous for.


    Edit: And before anyone jumps on me about "copyright blahblahblah", it's free because of copyright law (ie: it's copyright ran out). That is, it's long passed into the public domain, like the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Shakespeare or many others whose works are legaly available online for free.

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    Curt Schilling (famous baseball pitcher) does military strategy games even cowriting some. He used to come in the game store in Phoeniz once in a while after being transferred from Philly.

    Curt owns part of mulitman publishing
    so he is probably the biggest geek in this list. as he plays ASL .

    also, Jeremy Horn (UFC fighter) plays things from D&D to 40k. i would not recomend getting into a rules argument with him

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    Billy Crystal supposedly could be seen playing on occasion with Robin Williams. Flameing Eldar vs Yiddish Space Orks in 2nd edition madness.

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    I heard Kirsten Dunst picked it up from Williams while they were working on Jumanji.


       
     
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