Michael Rinella (born 1963) is a wargame designer who is probably best known as the designer of the games Shifting Sands and Monty's Gamble: Market Garden.
In total he has designed fifteen published games: Monty's Gamble: Market Garden (2003); Shifting Sands (2006); Not War But Murder (2007); Desert Duel: First Alamein (2008); Counter-Attack! Arras (2009); Anzio/Cassino (2010); Four Roads to Moscow: Slaughterhouse (2011); Birth of a Legend (2011); Breakthrough: Cambrai (2011); Mercury/Market Garden (2012); El Alamein: Turning Point in the Desert (2013); Operation Battleaxe: Wavell vs. Rommel, 1941 (2013); Circle of Fire: The Siege of Cholm, 1942 (2014); and Last Battle: Ie Shima, 1945 (2015). His card driven game Festung Europa: The Campaign for Western Europe, 1943-1945 was published by Compass Games in August of 2016.
A second edition of Monty's Gamble: Market Garden is now available for pre-order. Last Stand Games will be publishing his Stalingrad: Verdun on the Volga in 2017.
Contests that he has won at the World Boardgaming Championships include his victory in Breakout: Normandy
in 1999 and Monty's Gamble: Market Garden
His design for ATO Magazine titled Not War But Murder won the 2008 CSR Awards for Best Magazine Wargame and Best Historical Article or Scenario in a Magazine. In addition Monty's Gamble: Market Garden, Shifting Sands, Counter-Attack! Arras, Four Roads to Moscow, Birth of a Legend, and Breakthrough: Cambrai were all multiple category CSR award finalists while the Slaughterhouse game in Four Roads to Moscow was a finalist for the James F. Dunnigan Award for Design Excellence.
In January 2013 he was a BGG "Designer of the Month." As of 2013 his company, Take Aim Designs, began publishing in a business partnership with Revolution Games.