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Autor: Bruce Whitehill

Posted by admin on August 29th, 2014

Bruce Whitehill has worked for our publishing company on the following games:

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History:
Bruce Whitehill is considered the world’s foremost authority on American game companies. As a historian, he has written extensively on American games and game companies, and the products and people that defined the industry. His book, “Games: American Games and Their Makers, 1822-1992,” published by Chilton Books (now out of print, but available from the author), is the most authoritative work on the history of American games and game companies ever published. His second book, “Americanopoly: America as Seen Through Its Games,” was published in conjunction with an exhibition, using games from his collection, at the Swiss Museum of Games (Musée Suisse du Jeu) in La Tour-de-Peilz.

Mr. Whitehill was on the editorial staff of three now-defunct games magazines: He was the senior editor of Games Annual; the associate editor for the monthly magazine, Games Games Games, published in England; and the senior editor of Knucklebones. He edited an online games and puzzles newsletter, All in the Game, and was a monthly columnist for the collectibles magazine, Toy Shop.

Known internationally as “The Big Game Hunter,” Mr. Whitehill has the largest diversified collection of antique American games in the world–over 400 U.S. companies are represented from 1843 to 2000. He also has an impressive collection of game advertisements, catalogs, books, and ephemera which he uses to help him with his games research.

Games are both an avocation and a vocation for Mr. Whitehill, who has spent almost 30 years as a game inventor and consultant to the Toy and Game industry. He is the inventor of such games as “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!” (Milton Bradley Company’s best seller for 1984), “The Fraggle Rock Game,” “Snoopy Card Game,” and “Centipede,” among others; his “Championship Baseball” has been on exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. His “The Psychedelic Cipher Caper,” a mystery party game for teenagers (published by Sandpiper Creations, Buffalo, NY), was a parlor game extension of his other vocation: writing and directing live-action, murder mystery dinner theater productions. His latest game, “Stealth” (marketed by Talicor, Inc., Pomona, CA), an all-skill, two-player strategy game in the tradition of “Stratego,” was introduced at the International Toy Fair in New York in 1995, and is still on the market. Mr. Whitehill continues to develop game concepts for companies and independent inventors, and is expert at analyzing and enhancing game play and writing detailed instructions.

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