Allan Brian

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Allan Brian was born in Hinsdale, Illinois back in 1931. When he was 13 he read an article in Life Magazine that would put him on a path that would change his life. He graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in 1953. He continued his education at Harvard Law School only to quit after one year.

He was hired by Sylvania’s Applied Research Laboratory in Waltham. Massachusetts as a system analyst, he also worked as a tour guide for the Statue of Liberty. His invention has been published in several different languages in other nations by various publishers. Later on, he worked as a mail carrier.

What you may not know about Allan Brian Calhamer is that he invented the board game Diplomacy. He invented two other board games that never caught hold. He died in 2013, he was 81.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray I'm not familiar with that board game.... scrabble and cribbage are my favorites....

May 14, 2019 03:39 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I had no idea, James... and the game Diplomacy is not one that I think I've ever heard of.

May 14, 2019 04:13 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well he must of been looking for something that held a passion for him.

May 14, 2019 04:34 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - I don't recall ever hearing of Diplomacy. Board games were a part of my childhood.  Many fond memories.  

May 14, 2019 04:42 AM #4
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

James Dray reading the other responses I don't feel so bad that I've never heard of the game or the man.

May 14, 2019 06:08 AM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Never heard of that game, however I will check it out.  One needs to learn diplomacy for any business.  A

May 14, 2019 06:19 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I have never heard of that board game, but did you know that I created my own board game when I was a kid?  I grew up in a town called Globe, so I created Globe Town Monopoly that featured businesses and such in Globe.  It was played the same way regular Monopoly was, so I guess I didn't truly invent it, just copied it, haha.

May 14, 2019 06:48 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - I have not heard of the board either.  Wonder if it is now a video game   

May 14, 2019 07:03 AM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

I am not familiar with this board game.

May 14, 2019 07:07 AM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is a good one. I learn something from you daily.

May 14, 2019 07:45 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - It is amazing to hear about someone like Allan who reads an article and it changes his path.  You have to wonder how many have been affected by a small thing like reading an article or something similar. 

May 14, 2019 07:59 AM #11
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  Where would we be with out board games growing up.  Thanks for the information.


May 14, 2019 08:46 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I'm not familiar with that game but will ask Larry. He's a big game player. 

May 14, 2019 09:35 AM #13
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I think it odd that board games come and go. A couple of years agothey were all the rage and also when I was young. We would play for hours...

May 14, 2019 09:38 AM #14
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

James Dray Learn something new every time I read your post 

Happy Tuesday 

May 14, 2019 10:53 AM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I played alot of board games when I was growing up but I don't recall a game called Diplomacy. Maybe it was a regional game.

May 14, 2019 01:59 PM #16
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Hmmm...that game never "caught on" in our area....interesting creative invention.

May 15, 2019 02:45 AM #17
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I used to play alot of board games but none in recent years.

May 15, 2019 02:33 PM #18
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Thank you for your life story of the day.  I love board games.  Also, I saw this quote and thought of you ---- (you probably know it well):

"Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes,

that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts." (Paramahansa Yogananda)

May 16, 2019 11:22 AM #19
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