The wargaming world learned that on January 12, John Hill passed away, victim of a sudden heart attack. For those who may not know, John Hill was the game designer whose many works included the original Squad Leader, without which there would be no Advanced Squad Leader. John Hill was responsible for many of the most exciting aspects of SL and thus ASL as well. Though he designed many good games, he will always be remembered for Squad Leader above all others, and with good reason.
Every ASLer owes John Hill a great debt of gratitude. I know I do. When this website debuted, it was dedicated to John Hill. Now it is dedicated to his memory.
It is only the end of the phase, John, not the end of the scenario.
Jamie Shanks says
You have a truly excellent site here, Mark, and certainly it’s a worthy tribute to the man and his work. Thanks.
Vic from Dispatches says
RIP John, I can never Thank You enough for all the great times and life-long friends your design ended up giving me. We will have a toast for John at the ‘Bunker’ this Saturday. Vic.
I am really sad to hear of mr. hills death. I live in Germany – where the wargaming community is small – and discovered ASL only two years before, but I am since an enthusiastic ASL addict, still exploring its depth. My deepest respect for mr. hills genius in game design. May the memory of him last long.
Frank Jost says
Sad news, but thanks for the update, Mark. I have many fond memories of the original Squad Leader games that fueled my more recent interest in all things ASL, thanks to John. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
wow, just heard this news……..sad
John Hill was Squad Leader, RIP