Martin Wallace

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Martin Wallace in Modena (2012)

Martin Wallace (born July 1962 near Southampton ) is a game designer from Manchester , England . He is the founder and main author of the publishing house "Warfrog Games", which he renamed Treefrog Games in 2008/2009 . Wallace is known for his complex strategy games .


At the age of seven, his family moved to Salford near Manchester in 1969 , which he said was a culture shock. The region was one of the economically not very prosperous in northern England. He completed a degree in history and a teaching qualification. For a short time he worked as a teacher. With a full-time job at Games Workshop , he turned his hobby into a profession, but soon found this position in sales boring again. He tried his hand at a computer game programmer for a year until the temporarily booming market collapsed. He decided to get another college degree and temporarily gave up gambling during this course.

From 1990 he developed his own prototypes as a game designer. In October 1994 he drove to the game fair in Essen with his game Lords of Creation . He was there again and again in the following years with his new developments. He founded Warfrog with James Hamilton, who invested his money and commercial know-how in Wallace's ideas. In Essen, Wallace met John Bohrer, who brought him to the subject of railway strategy games. They brought the breakthrough.

Themes and Mechanisms

Two of his favorite subjects are the construction and operation of railways and the rise and fall of civilizations. His games combine elements from European and American game design. Many of his games involve economic systems with rules for income, taxes and interest payments.

Ludography (selection)


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Interviews by an Optimist # 68 - Martin Wallace , conversation with Tom Vasel on BoargGameGeek from September 18, 2005, accessed October 30, 2015
  2. The Games Journal article on Martin Wallace .
  3. International Gamers Awards 2019 - the winners , accessed November 22, 2019