Monday, August 30, 2010
Ah, board games. I spent many an hour in my youth commanding legions from various kitchen tables. Squad Leader, Third Reich, Risk, Axis & Allies, Diplomacy and many more. Boxes stacked up on bookshelves or under beds, with folding maps, combat resolution tables and trays or baggies filled with little cardboard chits or tiny plastic figures.
A lot of these games came from a little company called Avalon Hill, and all of them were inspired by that company's success. While there were some definite duds, there are a number of old boardgames that are definite classics that still hold up today, and new board games are coming out all the time.
Sadly, the person who launched this section of the hobby, Charles S. Roberts, recently passed away. Aside from his interest in wargames, he was an avid railroad enthusiast, the combination of which resulted in games such as Rail Baron.
For the story of the early days of Avalon Hill and board wargames check out Mr. Roberts' own telling of the tale.
Rest in Peace Mr. Roberts.