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Al Johnson
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Arlington
Texas
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Have you ever purchased a game and were totally confused by a rule or two? Or perhaps you didn't know anything about the strategy? Or you had a component question? You submitted a question on BGG and the next thing you know the game designer responded.

This list is for the purpose of bragging on those helpful designers. I will start with just one game and its designer - feel free to add your own.
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1. Board Game: Masters of Venice [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:2681]
Al Johnson
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Arlington
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Recently I purchased Masters of Venice. Having a couple questions about rules, I went on BGG and submitted those in the Rules section of the game. To my pleasant surprise, the game designer Frank DiLorenzo responded with very good answers.

He answered professionally and in a courteous manner. Guess what? It makes me want to investigate more of his games.

I really can't say enough about how that made me feel. Here is a man that offered great customer service and stands behind his product. Regardless of your opinion of the game, the designer deserves a 10 for his quick, kind, and informative responses.
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2. Board Game Designer: Marcel-André Casasola Merkle
Martin Ethier
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Gatineau
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I don't how involve he is these day, however I once submitted a variant for the game and he quickly told me what he thought about it and how best to implement it. I was pleased at his comments.
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3. Board Game: S.P.Q.RisiKo! [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:6213]
Pete Belli
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Florida
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Spartaco offered some useful suggestions during the discussion that followed my review of this game. A true professional.
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4. Board Game: Napoleon's Triumph [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:385]
Andy Kelly
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Madison
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For this and Bonaparte at Marengo, the designer, Bowen Simmons, is all over the forums. He seems happy to help, even if you ask a stupid question.
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5. Board Game: Florida [Average Rating:3.19 Unranked]
Chris Intres
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I had a question about Florida and GM'd the designer himself, Pete Belli. He was very gracious and generous in his response. Not only for that, but just his demeanor on the geek has made me a fan of his and I look forward to seeing what he has in store.
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6. Board Game Designer: Andrea Angiolino
Lutz Pietschker
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He is closely observing the geek forums and was very quick to answer questions I had about Wings of War, both for rules and for missing components. Someone who cares.
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7. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:157]
D a v i d B u r k e y
United States
Fort Smith
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This was not a case of a game designer responding to a question, but it was still neat. In honor of the upcoming holiday, my daughter and I made and uploaded the picture below yesterday. When I got the site this morning, I discovered that Jason Matthews had left a comment and given the picture a thumbs up! Very cool. Thanks Jason!

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8. Board Game Publisher: Flying Frog Productions
Ryan Strand
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Hollywood
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If you purchase a Flying Frog game, Jason Hill has you covered! Looking at his profile, I see 394 'game article replies' which are almost all answers to rules or updates on coming products. Quite a lot for someone with only 2 relatively new games.
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9. Board Game: Amyitis [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:803]
Brian Forsythe
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Kettering
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I've been researching Amyitis, plan to buy it in the near future, and Cyril Demaegd, the designer, is all over the forums for this game. Really gave me the warm fuzzies.
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