Friday, August 19, 2011

Charles S. Roberts: The Father of Board Wargaming

Tomorrow marks one year since the death of Charles S. Roberts: The Father of Board Wargaming, (February 3, 1930 - August 20, 2010).  I recall with great findness getting my first board wargame in the very early Seventies.  It was Tactics II, Roberts revision of his original game Tactics.  It was a revelation.  I had played some chess and many boardgames, parlor games in gamer parlance, and the complexity involved in board wargames immediately captured my imagination and engaged me on levels I had previously not known.  I was lucky to pick up a nearly pristine copy of that original game earlier this year from Half Price Books and hope to break it out this weekend for a bit of old school wargaming fun.

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