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I recall the enjoyment of playing games since my age was still in single digits. My first wargame would have to be the ubiquitous Risk. When I was living in Brazil I was introduced to my first Avalon Hill game that I would later learn to be Richthofen's War. A couple of years later, while living in Mexico (I was a corporate brat), a friend showed me the Avalon Hill catalog. Blitzkrieg, Jutland, and 1776 later, I was hooked. The design bug started with creating play aids for favorite games. This reached its pinnacle through the publication of "Relative Range," a newsletter for AH's Up Front. The real design work started when working on a variant for Joe Balkoski's Fighting Sail that sort of kept going until it morphed into Flying Colors. My relationship with Alan (Emrich) started when I was working on an expansion for Dan Verssen's Modern Naval Battlesseries. With Alan's help, this turned into support for "Cold War Naval Battles" that I offered as a free download from my web site for some time. Additionally, we shared an interest in Bill Banks' Ancients, which lead to Alan's suggestion that I redesign the system. The result is Ancient Battles Deluxe. Other design work includes Serpents of the Seas and Blue Cross, White Ensign(Flying Colors Volumes 2 and 3, respectively) and Sun of York for GMT Games, Tech Bubble for Worthington Games and far too many projects in the queue. My real life alter ego has been working as an IT supervisor for the New Jersey Judiciary leading a team of application designers and business analysts focusing on financial, human resource, and operations systems.
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mike-nagel/14/43a/b06/Personal: http://www.relativerange.com