Biography

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Mike Siggins has been playing all sorts of games for 45 years and writing about them for 35. He is probably best known for publishing and editing Sumo magazine (1989-1998), which pioneered in-depth reviews and analysis of German Games, for The Rules Bank, and his work on The Game Cabinet.

He currently writes Gamer’s Notebook here at Ludeme, Wargamer’s Notebook, Modeller’s Notebook and for The Spirit, Counter and Opinionated Gamers.

He has also written for Perfidious Albion, Games International, Games & Puzzles, G3, Interactive Fiction, Strategy Plus, Games Magazine, Wargames Illustrated, Battlegames and Miniature Wargames. He served as a member of the editorial board of Games & Puzzles, and on the Daily Telegraph Game of the Year panel. He is a founder member of the IGA jury. He was at the first Gathering of Friends and was Guest of Honour at the 2006 event. He won the inaugural Terry Wise Award.

Mike works as a writer, designer and professional modeller. He is also a game design consultant, developing games for the likes of Reiner Knizia, Charles Vasey, Sophisticated Games, SCi, Z-Man, Bluebird Press and R&D Games. He has several boardgame designs to his credit, and he is also designing for a major publisher. His main gaming interests are innovative, chaotic and thematic game systems, sports and historical subjects, ludemes and narrative atmosphere. His favourite achievement is his development work on The Hobbit, and the credit in Tales of the Arabian Nights.

Mike was born in London in 1961 and, via Cambridge, Lowestoft, Ely, Bath and Eastbourne, now lives in Bexhill on the South Coast of England. His other interests include cycling, film, books, history, cheese, ballet, sumo, baseball and Orientalist and Dutch art. He is a keen but average miniature painter, an On30 modeller and a weatherer. Fan, subdued, of the Phillies, the Steelers, Sir Nigel Gresley,  The Great Eastern Railway and almost anything Japanese. Supporter of Pendon Museum. Collector of Raku and inkpots. He has no pets.

Twitter: @msiggins

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