Charles S. Roberts, founder of The Avalon Hill Game Company and designer of games such as Tactics II and Gettysburg, died last week at the age of 80. If that name sounds familiar, it should, as there is a Charles S. Roberts Award given out each year at Origins. In many ways, he was the inventor of the board wargaming hobby, inventing many of the core concepts that are still used today. He certainly introduced me to the hobby through his work (Tactics II was the first wargame I ever played, before miniatures and RPGs), and for that I can only thank him for a lifetime of pleasurable diversion.
His obituary ran in the Baltimore Sun yesterday.
(Hat tip to Purple Pawn)
STS-51-L - Tonight I will drink a toast to these brave adventurers, as I did last night for the crew of Apollo 1.