Fifth anniversary of Paddy Griffith’s deathPosted: June 25, 2015
Paddy Griffith was the ‘father’ of Wargame Developments, and in just over two weeks time we will be holding the 35th COW (Conference of Wargamers) at Knuston Hall, Northamptonshire. COW came about as a direct result of Paddy organising the NEW DIRECTIONS IN WAR GAMING conference that took place at Moor Park College from 23rd to 25th May, 1980. At the end of that conference those present decided to set up an organisation that would ‘spread the philosophy of realistic wargaming through the hobby (“better realism and better game structures”) and … put like-minded ‘realistic’ wargamers in touch with each other, so that they can more easily exchange ideas and rules. … We will hold a conference similar to Moor Park, every year.‘
At the time quite a few people within the wargaming fraternity expected that Wargame Developments would last a few years before it fell apart or ceased to exist. The view was also expressed that the idea of having an annual Conference of Wargamers would never take off. They were wrong … and Wargame Developments and COW seem to be going from strength to strength.
Thank you Paddy, because without you it would never have happened!