Gary Grigsby

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Gary Grigsby
Occupation(s)computer wargame designer and programmer
Years active1979–present

Gary Grigsby is a designer and programmer of computer wargames. In 1997, he was described as "one of the founding fathers of strategy war games for the PC."[1] Computer Games Magazine later dubbed him "as much of an institution in his niche of computer gaming as Sid Meier, Will Wright, or John Carmack are in theirs."[2]


Gary Grigsby purchased a TRS-80 computer in May 1979[3] 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,[4] and was nominated for "Best Adventure Game for Home Computer" at the 1983 Origins Game Fair.[5] 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.[6] Their latest Grigsby-designed title, Gary Grigsby's War in the East 2, was released by Matrix Games in 2021.

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  1. ^ Dunne, Alex (19 June 1997). "Interview with Gary Grigsby, Developer of SSI's Steel Panthers".
  2. ^ Mayer, Robert (January 10, 2001). "Uncommon Valor: Campaign for the South Pacific First Look". Computer Games Magazine. Archived from the original on April 19, 2005.
  3. ^ Parrino, Scott (16 July 2003). "Interview: Joel Billings and Gary Grigsby".
  4. ^ Grigsby, Gary (November–December 1982). "The History of a Wargame Design". Computer Gaming World. pp. 11–12. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  5. ^ Jackson, Steve (Jan–Feb 1984). "Origins Story". Softline. p. 44. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  6. ^ "About Us". 2 By 3 Games. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Emrich, Alan (September 1995). "The Pioneering Spirit of a Wargame Guru". Computer Gaming World. No. 134. pp. 201, 202, 204.
  8. ^ a b c d e Brooks, M. Evan (October 1993). "Brooks' Book Of Wargames: 1900-1950, R-Z". Computer Gaming World. pp. 144–148. Retrieved 26 March 2016.

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