He started wargaming in 1962 and was soon subscribing to The General magazine by Avalon Hill. When reading that magazine shortly after graduating high school in 1966 he saw a classified ad for board wargaming with a fellow by the name of Gary Gygax who lived in Lake Geneva. Mike responded to the call for opponents and was soon playing Afrika Korps and other board and miniature wargames with the local crowd. Soon they formed themselves into the Lake Geneva Tactical Studies Association (LGTSA) and in no time Mike found himself helping set up a wargaming sand table in the basement of Gary Gygax’s house at 330 Center St. where they began pooling funds to amass miniatures for their games.
All the while Mike was developing skirmish rules for WWII and moderns. With Gary’s support and encouragement and the aid of Leon Tucker the three began developing a set of WWII and modern rules for armored warfare. This work led to the publication of Fast Rules (by Reese and Tucker) and ultimately Tractics (by Reese, Tucker, and Gygax). During this time Mike also enlisted into the Army’s Armored Cavalry. Just prior to shipping out for Germany he was given seven days leave and was able to make it to Lake Geneva for the Gen Con premier of Tractics!