Larry Harris (game designer)

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Larry Harris, Jr., is a game designer.


Harris is the son of Lawrence (Larry) Harris, Sr., who was a U.S. infantryman in the Pacific Theater, participating in assaults in the Solomon Islands, New Guinea and the Philippines.


Larry Harris is most famous for creating the board game Axis & Allies, as well as all of its sequels.[1] During 1984, his first year at Milton Bradley, 13 games of his design were featured in the company's catalog.[2] This included the three initial titles in the Gamemaster series: Conquest of the Empire, Broadsides and Boarding Parties, and, Axis & Allies.[2] Other companies for which he has designed games include Mattel, Coleco, Parker Brothers, Hasbro Games Group, Hasbro Interactive, and Infogrames Interactive.[2] His other significant games include LionHeart and more.[citation needed] He has also assisted in the further development of Trivial Pursuit and Risk.[citation needed] Larry is also the inventor of Thin Ice.[1] Harris runs his own company, Harris Game Design.[2]

Four of his Axis & Allies games won Origins Awards, including the induction of the original game into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design's Hall of Fame in 1996.[3]

Harris has lived extensively in Europe and three years in Iran.[2] He speaks fluent French, is an Army veteran with five years' service, and has been known to pilot an ultralight.[2]


  1. ^ a b Whitehall, Bruce (March 2008). "25 Years of Axis & Allies". Knucklebones. Jones Publishing. 3 (2): 22–24.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Harris, Larry (2007). "Diplomacy". In Lowder, James (ed.). Hobby Games: The 100 Best. Green Ronin Publishing. pp. 81–85. ISBN 978-1-932442-96-0.
  3. ^ "Origins Award Winners (1995)". Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design. Archived from the original on 2008-01-02. Retrieved 2008-01-12.

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