The Awards Story
The 1977 Charles S. Roberts Awards were presented at Origins '78 in Ann Arbor, Michigan on July 13-16, 1978.
Fantasy Board Game
Best Professional Magazine
► = Awarded Best in that Category
Hall of Fame
Requiescat in pace (may he rest in peace). Wednesday 9 March 2005; Richardson, Texas, at age 62.
"That is sad news. Redmond had a talent that he developed and used. It must have given him some pleasure to see his work constantly being bid up in value on eBay. No other graphic artist has had as much impact on the way wargames look, and work. A one-of-a-kind guy if there ever was one." - James F. Dunnigan
"Doing the magazine also brought graphic design ace Redmond Simonsen into SPI. I knew that the magazine, and the games, needed a professional look. Simonsen was a native New Yorker, and a wargamer in addition to being a highly talented artist. So I made him an offer he couldn't refuse: half the business (we later shared some of this with some of the original staff). And together we proceeded to do the deed.
During these first three years at SPI (1969-1972), Redmond Simonsen further refined the standards for editing and designing game components. Simonsen also had a flair for editing and this, combined with his artistic skills, created a system for presenting games that has never been surpassed and is still widely imitated. While I was self taught in the wargame business, Simonsen had graduated from Cooper Union with a degree in design. Cooper Union is one of those uniquely New York institutions. It has a huge endowment, so charges no tuition. However, entry is competitive. Other graduates have told me that getting in was worse than any job interview they subsequently had to go through." - James F. Dunnigan from his book The Complete Wargames Handbook
Simonsen, writing on the Web in 1988, indicated that SPI published two runs of Dallas for a total of 80,000 copies. He stated that that was 79,999 too many - and contributed somewhat to the bankruptcy of SPI in 1981.
"Put as much as possible on the map." - Redmond Simonsen dictum
"The Case System of rules was invented by Redmond Simonsen in 1970. This is system of writing rules in which each of the major rules is initially stated rather briefly and in general terms. Then it is described in more detail and finally a series of "cases" is given. These cases are usually one or two sentence affairs, each describing a specific element of the rule." - James F. Dunnigan from his book The Complete Wargames Handbook
"The best graphic designer with whom I have ever worked was Redmond Simonsen, at SPI; all of the games I did with him were genuinely collaborations, even though his name was listed under Graphic and not Game Design." - Greg Costikyan
The term “game designer” was coined by Redmond Simonsen at SPI sometime in the early 70s, and was in common use in the hobby games industry (wargames, RPGs, CCGs) before computer games became a commercial market. Before then, game designers were generally called “game inventors” or “game authors”–something still true in Germany, where a game designer is a “spielautor”.
The Wargamer magazine is founded in the United Kingdom by Keith Poulter. It is from this man and this publication that 3W (World Wide Wargames) will emerge. Also in 1977, Stephen Newberg founded Simulations Canada in Nova Scotia with three titles.