Darwin Bromley, 68, American game designer, was born on October 23, 1950, and died on January 2, 2019.
He was an attorney and a game designer.
The gamer had worked primarily on board games.
He was a railroad game fan, so in 1980 he founded the company Mayfair Games to publish a railroad game of his own; the company was named for the Chicago neighborhood where it was founded.
He soon brought Bill Fawcett on as a partner in Mayfair Games, and together they designed the game Empire Builder (1980).
He was involved with the Chicago Wargaming Association’s convention, CWA.con, where Mayfair’s first fantasy adventures in their new Role Aids game line were run: Beastmaker Mountain 1982, Nanorien Stones 1982 and Fez I 1982.
With he legal expertise, he felt that Mayfair could legally use TSR’s trademarks as long as they were careful, so beginning with their Dwarves 1982 supplement Mayfair made it clear that they were not the trademark holders by imprinting on the spread: “Propelled Dungeons and Dragons is a trademark of TSR Hobbies, Inc.
Use of the trademark NOT sanctioned by the holder.
He was an early adopter of German games, and imported German originals to distribute in the United States.
He met Jay Tummelson of 54°40′ Orphyte discussed about the companies working together.
Tummelson joined Mayfair in 1995, spending the next two years licensing German games under the direction of he so that Mayfair could produce new American versions; under Tummelson, German classics such as Grand Prix, Modern Art, Manhattan, Streetcar, and The Settlers of Catan were published in the United States for the first time in 1996.
He was the conceptual designer of Sim City: The Card Game.
Darwin served as Vice President of the GAMA Trade Show and in 1990 he received the GAMA Merit of Service award.
He pass away at 68 years old.