Ian Trout (1949-2011)

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Ian Trout (1949-2011)

Postby Gregor Whiley » Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:48 pm

It is my sad duty to relate the fact that Ian Trout, President and co-founder of SSG, passed away today after losing his battle with cancer. Ian was the designer of most of SSG's games and his untimely death represents a huge loss to SSG and the games industry. Any comments that that people might care to make in response to this sad news will be passed on to Ian's family.

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Postby Treale » Thu Aug 04, 2011 3:54 am

That's terrible! Troutie was a "Good" guy. He'll be missed....
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Postby Rook » Thu Aug 04, 2011 3:56 am

My condolences to Ian's family & SSG. Hell of a programer, leader and a man.
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Postby mario vallee » Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:20 am

Very sad day for all wargamers :(
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Postby Frode Larsen » Thu Aug 04, 2011 6:01 am

That is sad news. I would not be enjoying wargaming as a hobby today if it wasn't for Ian Trout and those 1980s SSG games.

My condolences to his family.
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Postby Vasquez » Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:14 am

A sad day. My condolences.
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Postby H Gilmer3 » Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:16 am

I just read about this at Matrix.

My condolences to the family. I didn't even know he was behind those SSG games when I was a teenager but he was definitely a big reason that I got involved with wargaming. We didn't have the money to buy a computer, but I would buy the wargaming magazines and drool over the games and imagine a time I could afford them.

Condolences to the family.
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Postby Joe » Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:52 am

A very sad day.

All the best to his family.
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Postby Noakesy » Thu Aug 04, 2011 7:07 pm

Goodness, very sad news indeed. My thoughts are with his friends and family.
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Postby Dale H » Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:23 pm

My condolences to family & friends. I am so sorry for your loss.
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Postby Brubaker » Fri Aug 05, 2011 2:24 pm

Hi Gregor

Joe shared this tragic news with me this morning. I am very very sorry for this loss and offer my deepest condolences to both his family and his colleagues. His expertise, friendship and humour will be a huge loss to all.

If I can find any solace in this situation it is that Ian spent the last 30 years working on something he loved doing the most.

I imagine there is an old wooden barrel somewhere there in war gaming heaven and General Trout is sitting there now with his beer and pretzels contemplating his next move in a board game.

My thoughts are with his closest family and friends.

regards

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Postby Anguille » Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:44 pm

I am really sad about this news...

Sincere condolences to his family and friends..

I will keep playing his games (especially Reach for the Stars) for many years.
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Postby soldaten » Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:30 pm

I am saddened by this news too.

I grew up playing his games.

I console myself by thinking
about how his games provided (and still do) countless hours
of filling peoples lives with FUN. That is a wonderful
thing to have contributed to this world.

Rest in Peace
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Postby Noakesy » Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:25 pm

Brubaker wrote:If I can find any solace in this situation it is that Ian spent the last 30 years working on something he loved doing the most.

I imagine there is an old wooden barrel somewhere there in war gaming heaven and General Trout is sitting there now with his beer and pretzels contemplating his next move in a board game.


Well said Bru.
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Loss of Ian Trout

Postby Breaker2 » Sat Aug 06, 2011 12:07 am

Shocked and saddened to read this news today - and sympathy to the family. Ian Trout was an inspiration to the industry and to Oz gamers like myself - a true pioneer. He had been part of my gaming world for many years, thanks to his contribution to an impressive collection of superb simulations.

May his spirit live on in the continued success and vitality of SSG!!

I salute you Sir!!
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