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Jim Dunnigan

James F. Dunnigan (born 1943) is an author and wargame designer currently living in New York City, notable for his matter-of-fact approach to military analysis.

Born in Rockland County, New York, after high school he volunteered for the military instead of waiting to be drafted, and from 1961 to 1964 worked as a repair technician for the Sergeant ballistic missile, which included a tour in Korea. After the military, he attended Pace University studying accounting, then transferred to Columbia University, graduating with a degree in history in 1970.

While still in college, he got involved in wargaming, and designed Jutland, which Avalon Hill published in 1967, following it up with 1914 the next year, and the groundbreaking Panzerblitz in 1970, which eventually sold half a million copies. Meanwhile, he had founded his own company, Simulations Publications, Inc (SPI) and had begun publishing the magazine Strategy & Tactics.

Between 1966 and 1992, he designed over 100 wargames and other conflict simulations, ranging from 1969's Up Against the Wall, Motherfucker about the student takeover at Columbia (Dunnigan having witnessed though not participated), to the gigantic War in Europe, to the online Hundred Years War, which has been running since 1992.

In 1979, he wrote his first book The Complete Wargames Handbook, still considered a definitive work, and in 1980 How to Make War.

He also regularly gives lectures to the military, and has appeared on TV as a commentator on military subjects.

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