This is from Reddit this morning:
Ladies & Gentlemen,
It has been announced on the oldschoolwargaming yahoogroup that Donald Featherstone, one of the Godfathers of wargaming, has died at the age of 95.
If you play Warhammer, you have been touched by this man's work, energy and passion - his "Skirmish Wargames" was one of the inspirations for Necromunda and he invented the saving throw.
Don was born in 1918, served in the Royal Armoured Corps in Italy during the Second World War and enjoyed a successful career as a physiotherapist. But he also devoted his considerable energy to making toy soldiers, writing over thirty books about wargaming and popularising the hobby on both sides of the Atlantic.
You can find a list of Don's considerable bibliography here.
He lived a full and productive life of considerable achievement. He went on the BBC in the 1960s & 70s to popularise wargaming as a hobby, at a time when it was virtually unknown.
His energy was such that he was still responding to letters from fans (always carefully typewritten and then signed) in 2013.
Today spare a thought for a pioneer of gaming and raise a glass in his honour.
To Donald Featherstone!
Here's a video of him talking about his military service, among other things.
Condolences to his family and friends.