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CSW is saddened to report the passing of John Hill, a true industry giant and Wargaming Hall of Fame member who has touched so many people with his enduring contributions. 

[source: Wikipedia] John Hill is most known as the designer of the extremely popular Avalon Hill board game Squad Leader in 1977. Hill founded Conflict Games Company in the late 1960s and owned a hobby shop, The Scale, in Lafayette, Indiana, for several years. Among his many titles were Verdun, Kasserine Pass, Overlord, Battle For Stalingrad, Tank Leader, Eastern Front Tank Leader and many others. He also designed Hue, based upon the fighting near the City of Hue in the Vietnam War.

In 1978, Hill was named to the Wargaming Hall of Fame, receiving the Charles S. Roberts Award at the Origins gaming convention in Chester, Pennsylvania, on June 23, 1979. He was honored as a “famous game designer” by being featured as the king of diamonds in Flying Buffalo’s 2009 Famous Game Designers Playing Card Deck.

Hill developed what arguably is the most popular rules set ever developed for regimental level American Civil War miniature gaming, the Johnny Reb series (published by Game Designers’ Workshop).[citation needed] He was noted for his elaborate 10mm miniature wargaming layouts for Civil War battles at Historical Miniatures Gaming Society conventions such as Historicon, Cold Wars and Fall In!. He founded and owned the Johnny Reb Gaming Company, which published the third version of the Johnny Reb rules.

Hill most recently was a frequent contributor to the Johnny Reb Gaming Society’s popular CHARGE! magazine, offering rules interpretations and strategy advice for Johnny Reb players. He was also co-designing a series of American Civil War boardgames with Todd Davis. He retired to New Mexico after spending many years in Virginia, and also served as an analyst for the U.S. military.

For a trip down memory lane, we invite you to read the 1980 John Hill interview which appeared in RBM’s Fire & Movement magazine. Rest in peace, John Hill.

Once we learn where condolences can be sent to family, we will let you know.

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