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Mount Rushmore is a gigantic sculpture carved into the side of a mountain in South Dakota. It features the faces of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.

For those folks who hated history class Washington is on the dollar bill, Jefferson is on the nickel, Lincoln is on the $5 bill, and TR was the crazy guy in Arsenic and Old Lace...

What if BGG had a Mount Rushmore monument?

Which four faces would you pick?

This list was inspired by a silly comment from jarredscott78 in a Geek of the Week thread. Thanks for the spark!

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Pete Belli
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H.G. Wells (an early inspiration for my childhood interest in military miniatures)

Charles S. Roberts (founded Avalon Hill and "created" the modern wargame hobby)

Redmond Simonsen (for his influence on graphic design in wargames)

Aldie (for putting up with all of this nonsense and giving us a sandbox to play in)
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Let's go with Charles S. Roberts for starting the wargame part of the hobby.

Gary Gygax (nod to Dave Arneson but Gygax's profile was higher) for role playing games.

JRR Tolkien for inspiring much of modern fantasy; even non-LOTR themed fantasy games owe much to Tolkien's creation of the fantasy literary genre.

Fourth head is hard. Can't be Aldie, because if he's carved in stone he can't run the Geek. I guess you can't go wrong with Knizia for being the most famous Euro designer.
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3. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:182]
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Speaking strictly in terms of games and game designers, I would put up:

Sid Sackson
Reiner Knizia
Gary Gygax
Richard Garfield

Like the presidents on Mount Rushmore, not everything these designers have produced is good (in fact some is outright crap), but the great things they contributed to gaming are above and beyond what most other designers have done, and had a larger effect on the greater gaming world than other designers.
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I would go with game designers, and try to represent the best from the different genres of games.

1. Reiner Knizia

2. Charles S. Roberts

3. Sid Sackson

4. Richard Garfield?

Not sure....
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My face, four times, in different poses.
One happy, one wrathful, one thoughtful and one pensive.
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I'd pick 4 random gamers/fans of gaming and put their faces on Mt. GameMore.

Why?

Because without the gamer to play and want to purchase the game, all the designers in the world aren't going to make a "hobby", well, a "hobby."



Or to be really fair, I'd pick 2 Designers and 2 random gamers, showcasing the symbiotic relationship between the two.
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7. Board Game Publisher: Parker Brothers
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Here's my list:

1) George S. Parker
2) Milton Bradley
3) Charles S. Roberts
4) Gary Gygax
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I agree with Hancock's reasoning, but since the "best" in each category is such a matter of opinion, maybe going with the pioneers in each gaming class represented on this site makes more sense. So I'd nominate this quartet:

1. Sid Sackson (Father of Modern Gaming--how can you have a monument and not include Sid? Maybe you'd want to have Alex Randolph peering over his shoulder.)

2. Charles Roberts (Wargames)

3. Wolfgang Kramer (Eurogames--this is based on my contention that Kramer, as the first mainstream "homegrown" German designer, became that country's first gaming superstar after winning back to back SdJ's in the late eighties. You could substitute Rudi Hoffman--who goes back to the sixties--or Randolph if you wished. Maybe even Francis Tresham. Knizia, though a brilliant and remarkably prolific designer, wasn't a pioneer.)

4. Richard Garfield (CCGs)

As much as I'd like to include Gygax or Arneson, this site continues to bar RPGs, so it hardly seems appropriate.

If you wanted to say that Sackson was more or less the first Eurogame designer (a defensible proposition) and therefore sneak in the first "Ameritrash" designer, maybe you'd substitute Larry Harris, who created the old Milton Bradley Gamemaster designs. Perhaps an ATer will have a better suggestion.

Actually, Aldie and Derk would make for a fine monument, but I have no idea what other two heads would join them!
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1. Sid Sackson

2. Charles Roberts

3. Alex Randolph

4. Francis Tresham
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10. Board Game: War In The East (Second Edition) [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:8284]
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Jim Dunnigan.

If he doesn't belong on this list nobody does!
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11. Board Game Designer: Donald F. Featherstone
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My Rushmore would have this gentleman over Mr. Wells for inspiration about playing with miniatures and engaging in the history than simply moving the men around.
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I'm surprised no one has yet nominated Edmond Hoyle, since card games are a prominent part of BGG.

[And as an irrelevant comment on Gygax's nomination: Arneson is actually the father of roleplaying, adding it to Gygax's published Chainmail, which by itself owes much to Featherstone. So it was Arneson that added the unique part - Gygax deserves credit for recognizing it and publishing it, true, but he's not the father of roleplaying.]
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