Novelist Tom Clancy and outgoing U.S. Rep. Helen Delich Bentley will join the board of Monarch Avalon Inc., the Baltimore-based maker of battle and strategy games announced yesterday.
A. Eric Dott, Monarch's chairman, said the two had agreed to join the five-person board even though "we're very cheap. We don't pay anything. We just give them lunch" when they attend meetings.
Mr. Clancy is a fan of the company's Civil War battle strategy games such as "Gettysburg," Mr. Dott said.
Until recently, Mrs. Bentley hadn't been familiar with any of the company's approximately 400 games, ranging from the traditional board game "Diplomacy" to its new video game "Kingmaker," he said. But on a recent visit to Monarch's Harford Road plant and headquarters, the Baltimore Republican (and former chairwoman of the Federal Maritime Commission) was impressed by a naval strategy game called "Fifth Fleet," he said.
They replace Reg Murphy, former publisher of The Baltimore Sun and now president of the United States Golf Association, and accountant Charles Wolpoff.