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Charles S. Roberts, Inventor of the Wargame, Dies at 80 (founder of Avalon Hill)
State of Play: The Gaming Blog ^ | Thomas L. McDonald

Posted on 08/30/2010 7:15:22 AM PDT by Sanjuro68

Charles S. Roberts, the founder of Avalon Hill and the inventor of the modern wargame, passed away last week.

(Excerpt) Read more at sopgaming.blogspot.com ...


TOPICS: History; Hobbies; Military/Veterans; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: games; gaming; military; wargame

1 posted on 08/30/2010 7:15:29 AM PDT by Sanjuro68
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To: Sanjuro68

Blitzkrieg!!!


2 posted on 08/30/2010 7:17:11 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Sanjuro68

Avalon Hill...that brings back some memories.

RIP Mr. Roberts.


3 posted on 08/30/2010 7:18:05 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Sanjuro68
Tactics II, Wooden Ships and Iron Men, Squad Leader, Third Reich. . .

Good times with cardboard, charts, and dice.

4 posted on 08/30/2010 7:20:45 AM PDT by Snake65 (Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun!)
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To: Sanjuro68
I was more of an SPI guy, but I did do a fair amount of Panzerblitz.

RIP

5 posted on 08/30/2010 7:21:40 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Sanjuro68

My two favorites were “Midway” and “Stalingrad”.


6 posted on 08/30/2010 7:21:40 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Sanjuro68

Wow, I thought he’d live forever. Blitzkrieg!


7 posted on 08/30/2010 7:22:06 AM PDT by ronnyquest (There's a communist living in the White House! Now, what are you going to do about it?)
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To: Sanjuro68

My first Avalon Hill game was Tactics II.


8 posted on 08/30/2010 7:22:57 AM PDT by 04-Bravo
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To: Sanjuro68
That’s a shame, because wargames are history you can hold. When you game a particular battle, you understand it far better than you could by simply reading about it. It’s almost like role-playing, as you try to make the decisions faced by the great battlefield commanders, and see how they may have turned out differently. Wargames require time, thought, and study: things that seem in short supply these days.

They were great learning tools

9 posted on 08/30/2010 7:24:59 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Sanjuro68

My favorite wargames to play were DIPLOMACY, D-DAY and NUCLEAR WAR.

Avalon Hill games required strategic thought in order to play them effectively.


10 posted on 08/30/2010 7:24:59 AM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: Sanjuro68

Game over ping


11 posted on 08/30/2010 7:26:36 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: 04-Bravo

Mine was Guadalcanal.


12 posted on 08/30/2010 7:28:52 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: Ev Reeman
My favorite wargames to play were DIPLOMACY, D-DAY and NUCLEAR WAR.

Diplomacy: only play with either good friends who won't mind being stabbed in the back or people you will never see again.

Nuclear War: Do you have change for 20 million people?

I got into the hobby after Avalon Hill and SPI were on the decline, but I still have quite a few of AH's games.

13 posted on 08/30/2010 7:36:41 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Gun control was originally to protect Klansmen from their victims. The basic reason hasn't changed.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

My mom bought me Panzerblitz when I was in 7th grade.


14 posted on 08/30/2010 8:00:05 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Sanjuro68

Avalon Hill accounted for much of my teen years — the innocent parts at least.


15 posted on 08/30/2010 8:07:32 AM PDT by Rockingham
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I had the computer version (Commodore 64) of “Midway”.
Very basic game, but I was a first-year programming student and went into the Basic code and gave the US ships “radar”.

I thought I was so smart back then.


16 posted on 08/30/2010 8:25:10 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Sanjuro68

and here i spent a happy four hours this weekend hurting the feelings of two noobies playing Red Barricades...


17 posted on 08/30/2010 1:47:32 PM PDT by warchild9
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To: Sanjuro68

RIP.


18 posted on 08/30/2010 3:22:04 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Sanjuro68
Played a few of his games when I was a young kid. Great stuff. RIP. Was interesting watching the gaming industry convert turn based board games over the years to computer based simulations. Always preferred the turn based simulations over the real time battle simulations, but the new graphics and fast CPU’s really enhance the real time simulations. Have had some amazing real time battles over the past few years.
19 posted on 08/30/2010 4:27:12 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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Wow, I wanted to meet him, bur alas, shall not be,

Avalon Hill Afrika Korps....THE GAME!!!!!

20 posted on 08/30/2010 9:03:53 PM PDT by autocad
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To: 04-Bravo

Mine too. Still have it somewhere.

May he rest in peace and keep rolling all sixes...


21 posted on 08/30/2010 11:11:04 PM PDT by Kevmo (So America gets what America deserves - the destruction of its Constitution. ~Leo Donofrio, 6/1/09)
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To: Sanjuro68

Tobruk all the way .... Godspeed.


22 posted on 08/30/2010 11:25:57 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (WTF happened to my country?? I joined the Marines and defended the USA and it degenerates into this?)
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