Tribute to John Hill, Famous Wargame Designer

ADF Tribute Site Blog Roll

Happy New Year Wargamers!

Happy New Year Everyone! Our Family’s News It has been an eventful year for our family.  My son, Anthony, John Hill’s grandson, graduated from high school.  One of the things that Anthony said when my mother and I took him…
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Wargaming Poetry

Wargaming Poetry What better way to honor the top wargames created by John Hill than through poetry!!  Not all of the poems below feature games designed by my father, John Hill, but most of them are.  Robert Frost said it…
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Historicon 2016 Follow Up

Historicon 2016 Follow Up Historicon 2016 was a huge success. Patrick LeBeau, longtime friend of John Hill, did a series of two hour short games and a big game on Saturday. They were all Squad Leader, translated to miniatures. They…
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Photos & Video from Nashcon 2016

Video from Nashcon 2016 If you read my post on Nashcon 2016 you would know that it is an annual convention run by HMGS-Midsouth whose purpose is the running of educational programs promoting historical miniature gaming and military history. They believe a lot can be learned by…
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John Hill Memorial Games at Historicon 2016

Historicon 2016

Additions to the John Hill Memorial Games Historicon 2016 is coming up next month on July 14th- July 17th.   In my previous post, I gave some information about Historicon is and listed the events in which John Hill Memorial…
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Historicon 2016: Online Registration Open

About Historicon Historicon is the largest gaming convention of its kind in the North American region. It is devoted to historical miniature wargaming and sponsored by the HMGS (Historical Miniatures Gaming Society. Last year I wrote a couple articles about Historicon…
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Nashcon 2016

John Hill at Naschon

Nashcon 2016: This Coming Weekend About a year ago, I wrote a post about Nashcon 2015 and about how John Hill was Remembered at Nashcon 2015.  This coming Memorial Day weekend, Nashcon 2016 will be occurring.  Nashcon continues to be an…
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Newsletter Signup

ADF Tribute Site Newsletter Signup

Hello Everyone: I have received a couple comments and emails asking if I could create an email opt-in / sign up list, so visitors could stay up-to-date on blog notices and changes to this website.  Thus, I have created a…
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John Hill Remembrance Day

John Hill Remembrance Day

This past January, many of the wargamers who play tested Johnny Reb for my father, John Hill,  when he was developing the game came together to remember him.  Since January is the month my father passed away, many of his long-time friends…
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Wargames Designed by John Hill

John Hill’s Works Complied by Randall Black I wish to thank Randy Black, a long-time wargaming buddy of John’s, who was worked very hard to put together this compilation of John Hill’s works. The document opens up into a PDF. If you…
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Recognizing John’s 2nd Birthday Since His Passing

Happy 71st Birthday John Hill

Celebrating His 2nd Birthday Since His Passing Last week was my father’s 2nd birthday since his passing.  My father passed away less than six weeks before what would have been his 70th birthday, so this past week would have marked his 71st birthday.  Not…
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New Question & Answer Section

ADF Question & Answer

Submit Your Questions Often times, we need the help of good questions to be asked in order to open new possibilities and regard old problems from a new angle. Sometimes we do not learn new things by simply talking but…
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Johnny Reb on E-Bay

Johnny Reb Products on EBay Hello Wargamers: Johnny Reb wargame products are generally not available anymore.  However, on E-Bay you can pick up your John Hill’s Johnny Reb Miniature Rules Civil Wargame for $28.00.   There is a message indicating that the…
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One Year Since His Passing

One Year Anniversary of My Father’s Death Today marks the one year Anniversary since my father, John Hill, passed away.  The pictures below were taken moments before the hospital staff rushed in because the alarms on the machine started buzzing…
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Happy 2016 Wargamers

Happy New Year Waragmers! As we ring in the new year, I wanted to thank everyone for your wonderful commentaries and support throughout last year.  It was a difficult year as we have lost some very dear people.  I know…
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Christmas Shopping via Amazon

Christmas Shopping via Amazon We all love Amazon and each year we spend hundreds of dollars shopping for the right gift for that right person.  Amazon has a massive selection of anything you could possibly want. What started out selling…
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Get Your ADF Rulebooks via Ebay

Get Your ADF Rulebooks via Ebay Through this tribute site you may now Get Your ADF Rulebooks by John Hill via Ebay – if you are doing any kind of shopping for the holidays and have a wargamer amongst your family…
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John at the Colorado Railroad Museum

John Hill: Train Enthusiast As many of you know, my father, John Hill was a train enthusiast.  He had a well developed residential garden scale model train in his backyard.  He had always loved trains ever since he was young….
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Returned from South Carolina

Scattering my Father (John Hill) Ashes along the Atlantic Ocean If you have been following my prior posts, you will know that my father (John Hill) passed away on January 12, 2015 of this year.  My mother and I saved…
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Video of My Father’s Ashes Being Scattered

Video for Friends, Family and Fans of John Hill: Scattering His Ashes As many of you know, John Hill, designed of ADF and Squad Leader, passed away on January 12, 2015 of a sudden heart attack.  The video below is…
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Epilogue of Johnny Reb III

What Was It Really Like? A letter below written by my father, John Hill, in 1996 in regards to being asked the ancient old question, “What was it really like fighting in the Civil War?” How did those soldiers really…
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Parent’s Guide to Understanding Tabletop Wargaming

Understanding The Hobby of Wargaming Many wargamers report having begun the hobby of wargaming as a young kid.  As young boys and girls you were excited by the idea of controlling large squadrons of small military figures and your weekly allowances would go towards your supplies and…
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John and His Trains

Scale Model Shop In addition to being an award-winning wargame designer, John Hill was also a huge train enthusiast.  He enjoyed playing with trains ever since he was a young boy.  He had an incredible appetite for doing creative things…
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Johnny Reb III 15mm Quick Reference Chart

Johnny Reb III 15mm Quick Reference Chart When you are playing Johnny Reb III, it is nice to be able to refer to the quick reference chart for ease of available information on gaming scales, movement scale, turn sequence, order…
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Review of ADF: War in the West

TITLE:  Across A Deadly Field: War in the West AUTHOR: John Hill PUBLISHER: Osprey Publishing ISBN: 978-1472802644 PUBLICATION DATE: May 19, 2015 PRICE: $20.00 approximately – available both from Amazon and Barnes & Noble AVAILABLE IN KINDLE: YES LANGUAGE: English GENRE:…
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Warbonnet Mystery Dedicated to John Hill

Unearthing The Bones By Robert Kresge Unearthing The Bones by Robert Kresge is the fifth book in the Warbonnet Mystery series.  The Warbonnet series is a historical mystery perspective with much suspense, vibrant strong characterization and a love story.  The…
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History of Tactical Games: Evolution of Squad Leader

The Year was 1969….. Richard M. Nixon began his first term as the President of the United States. Soviet and Chinese forces were fighting on the Manchurian border over some disputed island. A total of  25,000 U.S. troops were withdrawn from…
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Fire & Movement Interview with John Hill

Fire & Movement Magazine was a founded in 1975 by Rodger MacGowan with its first publication in 1976 and ended in January 2010 with the last print issue totaling 150 print issues in all.  The focus of MacGown’s F&M magazine…
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Improved Wargame Shopping Experience

Hall of Fame Game Designer John Hill (1945-2015) designed Squad Leader, one of the most complex and thrilling wargames of its time. It is virtually and completely unique among World War II board games focusing on infantry combat in Europe….
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Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!

As most people who who have been to this website before, my father passed away earlier this year – a little over seven months ago.  This week marks what would have been my parents’ 47th wedding anniversary. My parents were…
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John Hill at ConsimWorld Expo 2011

My father, John Hill, was a regular attendee and facilitator at ConsimWorld which is an annual wargaming conference held during the summer.  In the video below is a glimpse of John facilitating one of his many famous wargames, Squad Leader. …
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Video of John Hill Receiving One of His Awards

My father, John Hill, has been well remembered for his numerous achievements and awards he had won. John was the top of his game in the wargame industry.  The below video is of John receiving the Ed Blomgren/Winston Hamilton Memorial…
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John Hill Tribute at ConSimWorld 2015

ConsimWorld T-Shirt - Lt. John Hill

One of the biggest funnest gaming expos is wrapping up from a busy week in Tempe, Arizona near Phoenix. The 15th Annual ConsimWorld Expo 2015 occurred all last week representing many different types of tabletop games. Many gaming enthusiasts and…
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Memoriam from Armchair General

Armchair General is a magazine distributing company that publishes 11 award-winning magazines focusing on military history.  In addition to the print issues, Armchair General has an innovative unique online feature which permits the reader to determine the course of action in thought-provoking and challenging…
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CHALDEA: War Room Online

One of John Hill’s fellow wargamers and long-time friends who has been mentioned before on this site, Duke Seifried, has been casted in Chadlea, a new  innovative high fantasy transmedia graphic novel series.  Graphic novels have been around for a while…
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Reviews of Historicon 2015

Below are reviews from wargamers who attended Historicon 2015 in Fredricksburg, Virginia. I had a great time at Historicon.  Dean, your Champion Hill table with smaller scale terrain was GREAT.  It captured the perfect feel for the size of the…
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Photos @ Historicon 2015

Group photo from Historicon

Pictures from Historicon 2015 in Fredericksburg, Virginia this past weekend are posted below.  Thank you to P.J. O’Neil for sharing them.  According to P.J., Historicon was “epic and spectacular event” and a great success. Good gaming was had by all!…
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Video of PPT Shown at John’s Memorial

The week my father passed away, I spent hours putting together a PowerPoint slideshow to be viewed at the memorial service my mother and I planned together.  We held the memorial service on January 18, 2015 at his favorite restaurant for…
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Historicon 2015: Now in Session

Historicon 2015 Now in Session

Many gamers are now settled in at the Historicon 2015 in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  The theme for this year’s Historicon is the End of the Empires.  Many empires have risen to power and fallen again to include Napoleon’s French Empire which…
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Awards Earned by John Hill

Charles Roberts Award ~ Hall of Fame Origins 1979 ~ John Hill

With his sudden passing, my father, John Hill, leaves behind an impressive legacy.  Though he left this world way too early at the young age of 69, he did not leave without having achieved much recognition for his dedication to his…
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Historicon 2015: Question & Answer

Historicon 2015

What is Historicon? Historicon is an annual historical gaming convention that happens every year in the month of July lasting over four days. Almost 4000 people from around the world come to Fredericksburg, Virginia to play in tournaments, attend seminars…
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End of Empires: Theme of Historicon

Carthaginian Empire

A Historical Look at Our Empires Throughout our world history dating back 500 plus decades, many empires have risen and declined. We have read countless books and articles and scanned through educational webpages relating to our world history on the…
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ADF Book 3: Reserve Your Copy Today!

Typical game board of Across a Deadly Field

Thank you to all who have visited here before and welcome new visitors to John Hill’s tribute site promoting his latest release Across A Deadly Field: The War in the West published by Osprey Games & Publishing. If this is…
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John Hill: Remembered at Nashcon 2015

Trbiute Site - Memorial Table John Hill

Reviews of Nashcon 2015 Nashcon 2015 was a huge success. I have pulled together some reviews that were written by those who hosted some of the games which took place at this popular war gaming event in Franklin, Tennessee this past weekend….
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Update on Schedule at Nashcon 2015

From left fron row – John Ohlin, Dean West and John Hill. Back row from left – Norris Darrall., Kermit Hilles, Patrick Lebeau and Cory Ring

Schedule of Events at Nashcon 2015 For those war gamers heading out to Nashcon 2015 in Franklin, Tennessee, here the latest schedule courtesy of Norris Darrall, long time friend and war gaming colleague of John Hill. Friday 2:00pm – 6:00pm Chickamauga…
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Nashcon 2015

Many wargamers and wargaming vendors are preparing for a busy weekend coming up from May 22-24.  In Franklin,Tennessee hosted by the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society of the Midsouth Chapter (HMGS-Midsouth) will be the annual convention known as Nashcon 2015.  On…
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New ADF Book is Released Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the day!  John Hill, fallen highly respected and deeply missed comrade, has his third book of the ADF series coming out tomorrow, May 19th.  His latest release Across A Deadly Field: The War in the West is being…
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ADF Question & Answer

ADF Question & Answer

  Wargaming Question & Answer {THIS PAGE IS STRICTLY FOR WARGAMER’S ONLY – FOR THOSE WHO ARE FAMILIAR WITH JOHN HILL’S GAMES AND HAVE SPECIFIC QUESTIONS RELATING TO THE RULES AND/OR CHARTS, SCENARIOS, ETC.}   Have you ever been playing…
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Connecting with Everyone

Hello: I wanted to thank the hundreds of people who have visited this site and have left heartfelt comments and well wishes for my mother and I.  I cannot say how much I appreciate the stories everyone has shared about…
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Duke Seifried Says Goodbye to John

  I have lost a great dear friend.     We shared many moments of warm camaraderie not only over a game table but in our personal lives.    John was a tremendous creative force.    His accomplishments are considerable:   from seminal board games…
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May 19th: Latest ADF Book

ADF- War in the West

The latest miniature wargame rules by John Hill will be coming out in about one week, May 19th through Osprey Publishing.  The first 20 pages approximately of the game rules to Across a Deadly Field: The War in the West…
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A couple stories and memories to share….

John Hill

Hello: I want to thank everyone who has shown their support and tenderness through the many kinds words and encouragement spoken both here on this website and through Facebook. It has been quit a journey these past three months since…
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ADF Game Rules

ET Contour Terrain III - Malcom Johnston

Hello: Did you love playing Avalon Hill war board games when you were growing up and still do?  John Hill (1945-2015)  created Squad Leader by Avalon Hill and now he has a new game coming out in a couple weeks.  It…
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Adding a Squad Leader and Johnny Reb Page

Hello: I have added two new pages to the site. I have added a Squad Leader and a Johnny Reb page. Although still in the working stages, the content will consist of background information on Johnny Reb and Squad Leader…
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Check out John Hill’s newest releases

ADF- War in the West

Less than a month away before the official release of John Hill’s latest Across A Deadly Field – The War in the West (American Civil War)  Osprey Publishing will be releasing the latest release by John Hill May 19, 2015….
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