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Brett W
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Please feel free to "sign" this thread in honor of Mr. Taylor who passed away at much too young an age on June 22, 2012 by listing your favorite S. Craig Taylor design.

Wooden Ships & Iron Men
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Doug Adams
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Have a soft spot for this one...

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Alec Clair
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Great memories, from my high school years, of Swashbuckler and Wooden Ships & Iron Men.
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Jeff Binning
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Games have always been a huge part of my life. Mr. Taylor's games were among my favorites, especially Swashbuckler and Gettysburg (125th Anniversary edition).

Thank you, Mr. Taylor. You will be missed, but remembered.
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Judy Krauss
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Craig was my favorite game designer. I first met him at Avaloncon in 1992. While playing in the Gettysburg tournament, I took a victory point area while retreating, and my opponent challenged the legality. The GM got Craig (who designed the game) to settle the dispute (in my favor!).

Afterwards, we found that we had a lot in common (besides being detail-oriented perfectionists ) and enjoyed talking and laughing. The next few years, I ran his Firepower game at Avaloncon. We kept in touch over the years, even after I quit going to game conventions. I will miss him.

Firepower -- my all-time favorite game.

Also, Gettysburg, Wings, Mustangs, Close Assault, Swashbuckler, Wooden Ships & Iron Men, Sergeants! On the Eastern Front.
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Air Force
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Peter Robben
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Gettysburg. I have 2 plays of this and only 1 of some of the others...
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Wooden Ships & Iron Men may have been the game I liked best, but I had more fun with The Great Redoubt and The Thin Red Line, if only because they got more play and were easier to solo.
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Martin Gallo
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I have posted elsewhere about this. Mr. Taylor was the first game designer's name I recognized as an "instant buy". He is missed.
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Barry Kendall
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Most appreciated:

"Bomber" and "Napoleon's Battles" (with Bob Coggins); tie.

But really, Craig, thanks for all of 'em. And the thick counters too.
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Jeffrey D Myers
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WS&IM, most definitely! Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Mr. Taylor!
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Michael Lavoie
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While Gettysburg (125th Anniversary edition) is a fine game, and I enjoy it a lot, I don't think that it's Craig Taylor's best game; in fact, it's not even his best game on that battle! My favorite of his designs would have to be Pickett's Charge.
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John Kovacs
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Firepower

I have several of his other designs, but this one intrigues me the most. He will surely be missed.
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Eric M. Aldrich I
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Machiavelli

A whole lotta good stuff. You will be missed.
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Rich Keiser
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Flat Top.

Thank you for all the years of enjoyment.
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Chris Geggus
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Still playing FT by mail as this is written.

Very sad news.
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Here's a look at Craig Taylor's life:
S. Craig Taylor, Jr.: A Celebration of his Life... and a Farewell

The game system I've played most often is Air Force. I have multiple copies of the game. I started with the Avalon Hill versions, but now play the Battleline versions. I've played a lot of Mustangs, too.

Wings is a more sophisticated design and is excellent. But it is slightly more complex, and I sometimes get mixed up with the Air Force rules.

Wooden Ships and Iron Men is simply a superb design. It really conveys the feel of battle in the Age of Sail.

I enjoy Firepower, Close Assault and Platoon. They're fun games, despite their limitations. I've also played Guadalcanal, a light version of Flat Top.

I've also played many games he developed, such as Panzer/88/Armor and Flight Leader.

One day I hope to play Flat Top and Bomber.

Thanks, Craig, for the many happy hours of gaming.

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Mike Hall
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Flat Top and C.V. For me. Although I never met him, I felt his interviews conveyed that he designed games that he wanted to play. Every one of his design's I played, were enjoyed.
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Gregory Smith
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Wooden Ships and Iron Men. 35+ years old, and still, in my opinion, the best game on the subject. There are other good ones, but WS&IM is the one I keep going back to.
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Michael Hopcroft
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Wooden Ships & Iron Men has a special place in my heart for being the game my father played with me most of all my wargames. To this day it remains one of the more elegant Age of Sail designs.
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Thomas Heaney
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I'd probably be a different person today if I hadn't enjoyed so many hours of Dauntless, Wooden Ships & Iron Men, and The Thin Red Line back in high school. Heck, I probably wouldn't be a professional historian.

Thanks, Craig.
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Air Force / Dauntless / Flat Top

The inspiration for my own designs. Craig was a first class guy.

JD
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Stefano Cuccurullo
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WS&IM, Flat Top, Air Force/Dauntless, Bomber, Flight Leader...I can't forget those happy gaming days. Thx for your genius, Craig. We'll miss you.
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Keith Plymale
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Flattop/C.V. then the total of AirForce/Dauntless/Expansion set.
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Brian Morris
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Naval War which I must have played a few hundred times over many nights with some friends in the 80s. We wore out my copy of the game.
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