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RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/1/2020 11:30:59 PM   


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From David Heath today:


It is with a sad heart that I need to report the passing of Bill Wilder. For those of you that know my history, Bill Wilder was one of the first gamers to join me when I founded Matrix Games. Our first project together was the Steel Panthers World At War game. I had just recently chatted with him and it was just like old times. I will greatly miss him.

Bill's obituary can be found here and you may leave a message to his family. Leaf Cremation -
Bill Wilder services will be held on September 6, 2020, at 3:00 pm EST at The Church at Green Acres Baptist Church, Smyrna, GA. The service will also be online at

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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/2/2020 12:00:14 AM   

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Wow! That is a gut punch!

SPWAW was the reason I joined Matrix in 2004, under a different name, and "Wild" Bill was a frequent and knowledgeable poster. Always amiable and willing to help solve issues with scenarios and other associated SPWAW issues. IIRC, he was very influential in working some of the Mega-Campaigns.

RIP, "Wild" Bill!


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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/2/2020 12:08:09 AM   


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Sad news indeed.


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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/2/2020 12:12:23 AM   

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Sorry to hear.

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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/2/2020 12:31:30 AM   

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Oh my that hurts.May he rest in peace.

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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/2/2020 12:44:36 AM   

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One of the greats ... always had time to reply or answer questions. Clear skies and calm winds ... May you rest in peace.

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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/2/2020 12:50:31 AM   

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I worked with him on Screaming Eagles.

He will be missed.

There are very few in wargaming his equal.


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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/2/2020 12:57:08 AM   

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There is a name I saw in a lot of game credits back in the day. "Wild Bill" tends to jump out at you. Sleep in peace, Bill.


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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/2/2020 1:03:16 AM   


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Wild Bill dead? Grognards weep. He was a giant of the hobby.

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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/2/2020 1:59:04 AM   

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I left a post on the site.

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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/2/2020 2:32:06 AM   


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for whatever reason, he asked me to help playtest "Proud and the Few" and "Eagles Strike". never forget that and the mega campaigns too. a great time even though i didn't know much about what i was doing. he did and was always eager to help me.
very good scenario designer and he could put out some work. still remember him sending scenarios for those mega campaigns.
couldn't keep up with him...he would always ask for a write up. if i won...well he would know that he had to tighten things
up a might. lol.

man of faith, a good guy and friend and i can't help but smile thinking about him...

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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/2/2020 7:00:37 AM   

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He was a king of this hobby. His megacampaigns are unforgettable for me.

My Condolences to the family & friends.

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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/2/2020 9:30:14 AM   

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This is very sad news indeed :(


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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/2/2020 9:34:30 AM   

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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/2/2020 11:58:41 AM   
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R.I.P. with your eternal reward, Wild Bill.
May his family and friends find grace and peace.


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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/2/2020 12:10:45 PM   

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We lost a great one.
Both in the gaming world, and real life, Bill was one of a kind.


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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/2/2020 12:18:16 PM   

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i remember visiting the matrix games website (and wild bill) when spwaw first came out. here is a 'snapshot' of the matrix games website from April 18th, 2000.

best wishes to all and rip mr. wilder



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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/2/2020 12:54:47 PM   
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Very sad news indeed. A name I have seen so many times, not just on line, but in magazines to. RIP.


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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/2/2020 5:33:40 PM   


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In your small wargaming world, a Legend!


< Message edited by rico21 -- 9/2/2020 5:34:12 PM >

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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/2/2020 5:55:42 PM   


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Sad... Great guy! I remember playtesting the Crete scenarios For SPWAW for him... He will be missed.

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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/2/2020 6:46:47 PM   
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Very sorry to hear this. Bill was a giant in the wargaming hobby!! He will be truly missed!!


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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/2/2020 8:34:57 PM   


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RIP Wild Bill.


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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/2/2020 9:21:53 PM   


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Sad news indeed. RIP 'Wild Bill'

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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/2/2020 10:41:24 PM   
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Wild Bill Friend of Gamers

RIP Our Friend of Gamers

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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/2/2020 10:52:46 PM   


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Thanks for posting this, Pzgndr.

I remember seeing Wild Bill behind the controls of the vehicle he drove, and that was many years ago. Offhand, I can't think of anyone more prolific when it comes to scenario design for a number of titles. He gave his time, every person's most valuable asset, and did so with a real passion and respect for WW2 and its veterans.

I take great comfort in the fact that for people like Bill, this may just be the first "stop" in something much greater.

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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/3/2020 12:24:06 PM   


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RIP "Wild Bill". I fondly remember the pleasure I had when his SP scenario disks (3.5" floppies) would arrive in the mail, and really appreciated his insights and knowledge when it came to WWII battles and campaigns.

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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/3/2020 2:52:02 PM   

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Oh that is sad news indeed. Rest in peace Bill.

That's the sadest thing about growing old, is to see those around you pass on....


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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/3/2020 4:09:36 PM   

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Sorry to hear this. RIP

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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/3/2020 6:53:51 PM   

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RE: RIP "Wild Bill" Wilder - 9/3/2020 8:42:41 PM   

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RIP Wild Bill

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