The Avalon Hill Game Company released its first three games – Gettysburg, Tactics II, and Dispatcher — in 1958. A division of the Monarch Avalon Printing Company, Avalon Hill became a pioneer in a new type of gaming: strategy games based on historical events.
Up to this point, strategy games had been more abstract in nature and popular games, although themed, relied more on luck and less on strategy. By deviating from these traditions, Avalon Hill created a new type of game that appealled to a new type of gamer. For over 25 years, Avalon Hill created dozens of historical wargames alongside thought–provoking strategy games.
In 1976, Avalon Hill created a Leisure Time Games Division to utilize its newly aquired line of 3M games. The 3M games focused less on historical events and more on other strategic situations. These two lines of games grew to encompass educational, strategic, historical, abstract, political, sports, business, and standard games.
Some of the AH games became instant classics. Others did not. But all were unique and fresh and exciting.
In 1998, Monarch Avalon decided to move out of the games business. Hasbro Games purchased the rights to the majority of Avalon Hill games. After a year and a half of research and design, Hasbro Games has started to bring back the Avalon Hill games line. Some games will be reissues of classic AH games but many will be new games to satisfy the Avalon Hill gamer.
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Game Pioneer Charles S. Roberts Passes Away
From boardgames at about.com.
Charles S. Roberts, 80, a pioneer in the game industry and the founder of Avalon Hill, passed away on Aug. 20. Roberts founded The Avalon Game Company in 1954; the company became Avalon Hill in 1958, the same year he published the war games Tactics II and Gettysburg. Avalon Hill became one of the most significant game publishers in the world, and it is now owned by Hasbro.
The 80-year-old died on Aug. 20 from complications of emphysema and pneumonia, according to an obituary in The Baltimore Sun. Roberts founded The Avalon Game Company in 1954; the company became Avalon Hill in 1958, the same year he published the war games Tactics II and Gettysburg.
Avalon Hill became one of the most significant game publishers in the world, and it is now owned by Hasbro. Since 1974, Roberts’ name has been given to the Charles S. Roberts Awards, presented each year for excellence in historical war games.
Roberts also was a renowned railroad historian and the author of numerous books.