August 31st, 2010


Good night, sweet prince

Charles S. Roberts, train line expert, dies at 80 -
During the 1950s, Mr. Roberts launched his career in advertising, working at VanSant Dugdale & Co. and Emery Advertising Corp.

In 1958, he founded Avalon Hill Co., a Baltimore game publishing company that specialized in war and other mental combat games such as "D-Day," "Stalingrad," "Battle of the Bulge," "Gettysburg" and "Victory in the Pacific."

He later expanded the line of board games to include such rail-related board games "Rail Baron," "Dispatcher," and "B&O/C&O."

He was the right man at the right time. I never cared much for most of Avalon Hill's games, but there's no question that they got the ball rolling. God rest ye, Charles Roberts.
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