John Tiller, the founding father of John Tiller Software and a contemporary titan of wargaming, has died. Tiller handed April 26 following a “brief but courageous battle with brain cancer,” and was surrounded by his household in his Suwanee, Georgia dwelling. He was 67.

After incomes a Ph.D in arithmetic from McMaster University in 1980, Tiller started working in pc wargames at TalonSoft in 1995, engaged on 15 video games and add-ons, together with Battleground Gettysburg. As his obituary recalls, it was Tiller’s “lifelong interest in military history and strategic board games” that impressed him to strike out on his personal a 12 months later and located John Tiller Software in 1996.

Since then, his firm has produced greater than 80 business wargames and labored on greater than 20 analysis contracts for the United States Air Force and Navy. The John Tiller Software web site says greater than 21,000 Air Force officers have used Modern Air Power of their coaching on the Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base. Tiller himself beloved to fly, and his obituary lists his certification as a licensed business pilot as “one of his proudest achievements.”

Tiller’s video games spanned an enormous breadth of navy historical past, starting from the Musket and Pike sequence that cowl the Seven Years War and the Renaissance interval, to the Modern Campaigns video games set throughout the Cold War period. You can discover a overview of the studio’s newest providing, Scheldt ’44, on our sister web site, Wargamer.

Tiller is survived by his spouse Patricia, his two daughters, and two granddaughters. In lieu of flowers, his household has requested donations to Tiller’s favorite charities: the Atlanta Food Bank or The Salvation Army.