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Offline bayonetbrant

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UPDATE: Game Designer John Hill has passed away
« on: January 11, 2015, 08:12:09 PM »
http://www.consimworld.com/post/107812352586/i-need-to-let-you-all-know-that-john-had-a-major

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I need to let you all know that John had a major heart attack a couple of days ago and went to the hospital in Sante Fe on Friday. He was stabilized and doing OK until very early this morning, when he started having trouble breathing. They moved him to ICU to stabilize his vitals, but now he is on 100% life support...the doctors aren't giving much hope.

I am heading down there shortly I hope - I am waiting on the OK from his wife Lu (I don't want to be in the family's way).

Please hug your loved ones and tell them that you love them and hope for the best for John. Thank you.

You may have heard of a few of his designs...

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/986/john-hill-i

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Re: Game Designer John Hill hospitalized; doesn't look good
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2015, 08:57:24 PM »
Prayers going out to him and his family.  Mr. Hill is a wargaming icon and legend.
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Re: Game Designer John Hill hospitalized; doesn't look good
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2015, 04:34:54 AM »
Strength and prayers for John and his family.
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Re: Game Designer John Hill hospitalized; doesn't look good
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2015, 05:01:43 AM »
Peace, healing, comfort, and solace to Mr. Hill and his loved ones.
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Re: Game Designer John Hill hospitalized; doesn't look good
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2015, 07:13:02 AM »
Very sad news. That is quite an impressive list of games.
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Re: Game Designer John Hill hospitalized; doesn't look good
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2015, 07:16:51 AM »
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Re: Game Designer John Hill hospitalized; doesn't look good
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2015, 01:28:53 PM »
Sad news indeed, already saw the message on CSW. There comes the day for us all when the hammer falls...so drink happily that you don't feel the blow... :(
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Re: Game Designer John Hill hospitalized; doesn't look good
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2015, 01:46:11 PM »
just posted in the last hour or so

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Update2: John is back in CCU. His heart stopped and he was resuscitated. He is back on full life support with his family by his side to say their goodbyes.
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Re: Game Designer John Hill hospitalized; doesn't look good
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2015, 08:45:12 PM »
To many, Squad Leader is the greatest board wargame ever designed.  I believe it remains the best selling of all time.  Not too great a stretch to say he is the paper, cardboard, and chit equivalent of Donald Featherstone.

I met him at Historicon if only briefly and got the same sense of the sillies I got when meeting Gygax and Arneson.

R.I.P.

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Re: Game Designer John Hill hospitalized; doesn't look good
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2015, 08:49:45 PM »
Unfortunately, the news is that he has passed.

http://theminiaturespage.com/boards/msg.mv?id=371638

Thank you, Mr. John Hill, you continue to bring a lot of enjoyment to my life.  I wish your family comfort at this time and that they cherish your accomplishments and the joy that you brought to so many people around the world.


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Re: Game Designer John Hill hospitalized; doesn't look good
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2015, 09:19:00 PM »
RIP  He has clearly been a major factor in the wargaming community over the years.

How old was he when he passed away?

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Re: Game Designer John Hill hospitalized; doesn't look good
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2015, 09:52:26 PM »
Very sorry to hear this. As much as he'll be missed in our community, I'm thinking most of his family right now. RIP.  :(
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Re: Game Designer John Hill hospitalized; doesn't look good
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2015, 12:25:54 AM »
RIP  I salute to a gread games designer, John Hill

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Re: Game Designer John Hill hospitalized; doesn't look good
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2015, 09:20:54 AM »
Man I hate to hear that.... Sabers Up


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Re: UPDATE: Game Designer John Hill has passed away
« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2015, 10:08:27 AM »
It may sound cheesy to some but in all seriousness, my life changed in 1977 when Squad Leader came out and me and my best friend bought copies and began playing it.  That game became the standard by which we judged all other gaming experiences.

RIP John Hill.  His counter may of been pulled from the counter tray for the last time but the impact that he's had on the hobby is immeasurable.  Prayers to his family.

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