Johnny Reb author John Hill of New Mexico is second from the right in the front row.
California gamemaster and JR3 player Roger Mark sent in this photograph of John Hill and a large group of wargamers who played in a 15mm JR3game of the Battle of Walthall Junction. The game was at the recent Pacificon Game Expo / Conquest SF gaming convention held in late August at the Marriott in Santa Clara, California. John was this year’s guest of honor at the annual convention.
John Hill (seated on the left) served as the assistant game master with Roger Mark, helping gamers play this scenario, which John originally wrote in the 1990s for Johnny Reb 2.
Here is the biography of John that I originally wrote for an entry in the Wikipedia on-line encyclopedia:
John Hill is a prolific American designer of military wargames, as well as rules for miniature wargaming such as Johnny Reb 3. He is a member of the Wargaming Hall of Fame. Hill, a native of Indiana, is most known as the designer of the popular Avalon Hill board game Squad Leader in 1977. Hill founded Conflict Games Company in the late 1960s and owned a hobby shop, The Scale, in Lafayette, Indiana, for several years. Among his many titles were Verdun, Kasserine Pass, Overlord, Battle For Stalingrad, Tank Leader, Eastern Front Tank Leader and many others. He also designed Hue, based upon the fighting near the City of Hue in the Vietnam War.
In 1978, Hill was named to the Wargaming Hall of Fame, receiving the Charles S. Roberts Award at the Origins gaming convention in Chester, Pennsylvania, on June 23, 1979. Hill developed what arguably is the most popular rules set ever developed for regimental level American Civil War miniature gaming, the Johnny Reb series (volume 2 published by Game Designers’ Workshop; volume 3 by the Johnny Reb Gaming Company).