“Dirty” Jon Baber is the host of the WWPD: News from the Front podcast and editor of the WWPD blog. Jon got his start in gaming with the venerable Dungeons & Dragons series and quickly moved on to counter-based war games, such as Afrika Korps, The Third World War and Light Division. Jon started miniature gaming with Blood Bowl, Warhammer and Warhammer: 40,000 and has since moved to mostly Flames of War.
Jon is active in the World War 2 re-enactor community with the 29th Infantry Division Living History Group, where he lectures in 1940s culture. Jon is also a specialist in World War 2 US Army Signal Corp operations and provides educational displays for both re-enactors and the public.
Jon graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1995, where he received a B.A. in History.
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Luke Melia is the co-host of the WWPD Podcast. Luke started wargaming when he was 11 years old with 2nd edition Dungeons and Dragons. He has played just about everything from play by mail strategy, Warhammer, napoleonics, board games and ancients. Married and the father of two sons - Alexander and Jack - Luke, is active in many after school sports events as well as cub scouts. After his modeling and dancing career suddenly ended due to an unforeseen stage accident, Luke rejoined the workforce and began playing wargames again after a five year hiatus when he indulged in a variety of online multiplayer games.
He is an avid Flames of War player and his two favorite forces to field are the American and Soviet armies. Luke is affectionately known for his love of Stuarts and Tank Destroyers as well as his
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Judson, his son Cameron, and his lady Stephanie live in Upstate NY. He helps run several health care facilities in the area, maintains a mostly healthy obsession with the NFL, and loves modern politics. Dano refuses to play a game of Diplomacy with him, because, as Dano puts it, "Jud's just trying to win." That being said, don't trust Dano, because he's just trying to win.
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Arran Slee-Smith is a Web Designer by trade and a professional coffee addict. Arran has been a crucial member of the WWPD crew in re-branding the site and a few of the WWPD side projects. He started war gaming when he was introduced to Warhammer 40k in 1999, though rarely got to play the game. He mostly enjoys assembling and painting the models. Arran was introduced to Flames of War when briefly working in a War-game store where he picked up a box of British Paratroopers, and hasn’t looked back.
His favourite aspects of the hobby are painting, sculpting models and making terrain, but of course he does enjoy the odd game of Flames of War.
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Mike now lives in Stockport, Cheshire, UK with his wife Cheryl and kids Alex and Harry where he enjoys a second childhood and games of Flames of War and Saga at the North West Gaming Centre.
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Scott Simoneau runs WWPD's Outpost Zero gaming site. Scott is relatively new to wargaming, and started with Warhammer Fantasy around 2007. After moving beyond the constraints of Games Workshop games, he dove into whatever rulesets he could get his hands on - chances are if you've heard of a ruleset, Scott's played it at least once. He has an affinity to taking "bad lists" and trying to make them good - look to see things from the Polish Home Defense Armyin FoW to UCM Infantry Hordes in Dropzone Commander.
Prior to wargaming, Scott was an aspiring music teacher, got his degree in music education, and married an opera singer. Now he works deep inside buildings with no windows. Scott can be frequently found at Huzzah Hobbies in Ashburn VA, and is the FoW Tournament Organizer at the NOVA Open.
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Christopher Hecht is WWPD's online community manager, and leader of the 1st WWPD Panzer Division in World of tanks. Chris has been participating in tabletop gaming since the second edition of Warhammer 40k. Now he enjoys competitive FoW, but still retains his prized original first release Necron Army.
Chris comes to WWPD with over a 15 years of online gaming and clan management experience. He has managed competitive clans in games such as Counter Strike, the Battlefield series, WoW, Call of Duty, and several others. He now heads up the World of Tanks clan and other potential online gaming groups for WWPD.
In addition to running the online gaming community for WWPD, Chris creates a YouTube series for World of Tanks (youtube.com/Darqueling) as well as other games.
Chris lives and works in the suburbs of Baltimore where in his spare time he enjoys DJing events in addition to his WWPD duties. Chris studied Communications (TV, Radio, and Film) at LaSalle University in Philadelphia and later earned his BS in Computer Science and Business (Marketing and Management) from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.
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Steven MacLauchlan founded The WWPD Network. Steven has always enjoyed audio recording and miniature gaming, and in early 2010 combined the hobbies into the News From the Front Podcast. Steven's first adventures in gaming came in the form of RPGS, particularly White Wolf's storyteller system and Dungeons and Dragons. He briefly played Warhammer 40k, before jumping into Flames of War where he's comfortably been ever since.
Steven is married with one daughter, and works
Steven graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.A. in Computer Science.
Steven now has a position with Battlefront Miniatures, where he utilizes his extensive digital media experience.
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