Gary Grigsby

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Gary Grigsby
Residence Encinitas, California (in 1997)[1]
Occupation computer wargame designer and programmer
Years active 1979–present

Gary Grigsby is a computer wargame designer and programmer. In 1997, he was described as "one of the founding fathers of strategy war games for the PC."[1]


Gary Grigsby purchased a TRS-80 computer in May 1979[2] to write wargames, but did not know how to approach the two publishers of computer wargames, Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI) and Avalon Hill. In February 1982 he called SSI to complain about a bug in its Torpedo Fire; during the conversation Joel Billings encouraged Grigsby to submit his designs. That year Guadalcanal Campaign, written in BASIC, became his first game for SSI,[3] and was nominated for "Best Adventure Game for Home Computer" at the 1983 Origins Game Fair.[4] Through 1997 he created for SSI several titles that are considered classics of the wargame genre, including Kampfgruppe, USAAF, War in Russia and the Steel Panthers series. Two games, Battle of Britain and 12 O'clock High, were done for Talonsoft in the late 90s. In 2001 Grigsby started a game development company called 2 By 3 Games with Billings and Keith Brors.[5] Their latest Grigsby-designed title, Gary Grigsby's War in the West, was released by Matrix Games in 2014.

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  1. ^ a b Dunne, Alex (19 June 1997). "Interview with Gary Grigsby, Developer of SSI's Steel Panthers". 
  2. ^ Parrino, Scott (16 July 2003). "Interview: Joel Billings and Gary Grigsby". 
  3. ^ Grigsby, Gary (November–December 1982). "The History of a Wargame Design". Computer Gaming World. pp. 11–12. 
  4. ^ Jackson, Steve (Jan–Feb 1984). "Origins Story". Softline. p. 44. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "About Us". 2 By 3 Games. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 

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