Bob Coggins, Game Author, Miniature Enthusiast, passes away

Bob Coggins (seated) with S. Craig Taylor (left) at the re-release of Napoleon's Battles.
Bob Coggins (seated) with S. Craig Taylor (left) at the re-release of Napoleon’s Battles.

Just noticed on The Miniatures Page:

This is just a brief note to make all the members aware that Robert Coggins, the co-creator, with Craig Taylor, of Napoleon’s Battles passed away this afternoon. He had been ill for several years and this past Wednesday he suffered a stroke as he was preparing to go to Historicon. The stroke precipitated a fall sometime on Thursday evening or early Friday morning and he was admitted to the hospital on Friday afternoon. He passed away at Union Memorial Hospital today, Monday July 21, 2014, in the late afternoon. He is survived by his brother, Richard. The funeral arrangements are not complete at this time. His brother will be making all the arrangements.

Bob Coggins has passed on.  He was a very influential personality in the early days of the American miniatures hobby, and contributed countless hours to the foundation of the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society, HISTORICON, Origins and Atlanticon conventions.   Bob was passionate about Napoleonic miniatures and was the co-author, along with Craig Taylor (also deceased), of Napoleon’s Battles, one of the most influential miniature rule sets of its era.

Bob was a prime mover in getting Miniature game representation at ORIGINS, and one of the cabal that decided to move historical miniatures to its own focused convention, HISTORICON.  Bob was one of the people that met in Wally Simon’s basement and founded HMGS.

I can’t claim we were best friends or more than just acquaintance s, really.  Still, I appreciated his efforts in the early days of the hobby and have enjoyed the fruits of his early efforts for many decades.   My prayers are going out to Bob’s family at this time of sorrow.

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