Sep 082013

Donald Featherstone (left) at a wargaming convention in the 1960s


Donald Featherstone was a man who left a beautifully lasting image on the wargaming hobby. People who never heard his name are playing games that can only exist because of the life that Mr. Featherstone lived.

Few individuals can legitimately say they wrote the book on any given subject. When it comes to wargaming, Donald literally wrote the book. In 1962 the pivotal title War Games was released and the wargaming world has never been the same.

H.G. Wells may have gotten things started with Little Wars. But, Mr. Featherstone brought wargaming to a level beyond anything imagined at the time. Looking at gaming certain names stand the test of time. People like Wells, Gygax, Arneson, Grant, and Featherstone were the creative geniuses of their day.

Mr. Featherstone was a titan on whose shoulders we stand in our hopes and dreams to achieve the best wargaming experiences we can. He encouraged, inspired, and gave hope to many a gamer.

The English poet John Donne famously wrote “no man is an island, entire of itself;…any man’s death diminishes me; because I am involved in mankind.”

The entire tabletop gaming community suffers Donald Featherstone’s death. His connection to each of us goes beyond his prolific writing. At the root of it all is the intrinsic nature of people to come together for mutual enjoyment and support. We are all connected to one another in this thing we call the wargaming hobby.

As Gary Gygax said “The final word, then, is the game.”

RIP Donald Featherstone, 1918-2013

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To honor Donald Featherstone’s memory I created a project with FirstGiving to donate funds to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Donald served in the British armed forces during WWII and cared, deeply, about those in uniform.

Please consider making a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project (or your favorite charity) in memory of Donald Featherstone.

About Jonathan J. Reinhart

Jonathan J. Reinhart is an editor of Troll in the Corner where he writes about wargaming. Jonathan also is the owner of the Wargaming Recon podcast. He has been gaming with miniatures since 2000 and playing board games from a young age. He's played a myriad of games such as: Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, Warmachine, Starship Troopers, Axis & Allies: War at Sea, Flames of War and Warlord Games' Black Powder rules. War at Sea and the Black Powder rules are his current go-to games. Jonathan enjoys casual, fast, fun, and group board games. Sitting Ducks Gallery, Zombie Dice, Guillotine, Pandemic, and Carcassonne rank high on his list. He is a retired local politician with a B.A. in Politics & History, which provides a useful background for historical gaming. A casual World of Warcraft player, he became a Kingslayer as Viktrious the Blood Elf on 4/23/11 and followed that up by slaying Deathwing on 5/9/12.

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