Via Greyhawk Grognard, I've learned that legendary wargame designer and founder of The Avalon Hill Game Company, Charles S. Roberts, died on August 20 at the age of 80.
As I've made quite clear on numerous occasions, I'm not a wargamer. I've played a few over the years and even enjoyed several of them, but I lack the particular virtues needed of a good wargamer, whether miniature or hex-and-chit. Still, I have a lot of fondness and respect for true grognards, some of whom were among my earliest mentors in the hobby. And of course, growing up in Baltimore, I likewise retain a strong connection to Avalon Hill.
So, word of Roberts's death brings with it more than a little sadness.