When HOTT was updated to the 2.0 version, Jeff was very involved in the on-line development forums. While we very much enjoyed HOTT, we had often discussed ways to include the light troops from DBA in our HOTT games. When said light troops didn't make it into HOTT 2.0, we decided to add them in as house rules for our own games, along with Pikes and Elephants and Chariots and Camels. . . well, everything that was in DBA that wasn't in HOTT, as well as a few extras.
That's how GH! (Great Hordes!) was born. In GH! we had a big battle rule set that allowed us to play Ancients (and Dark Ages and Medieval) and Fantasy with a single set of rules.
Jeff continued to tweak GH! after I left Minneapolis in 2001. We kept in touch by e-mail and I was able to provide feedback regarding the ongoing development of GH! since I found a group of gamers in my new home city of Tulsa, OK who were willing to build armies and play. We played a lot of games of GH! in Tulsa; you can see some photos of the games on the TAWC (Tulsa Area Wargame Confederation) Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TAWC/
DBA/HOTT/GH! is still my favorite game to play. . .
Jeff passed away in 2006. I did not see Jeff during the last 5 years of his life. Though Jeff's e-mail contact was very sporadic (he was not well) during his last year, I was saddened and still surprised when I got word that Jeff had passed away. I think about Jeff often, and I always smile.
Since HOTT 2.0 is now available on-line in PDF format, and DBA 3.0 is soon to be published, there should not be any copyright issues with providing access to Great Hordes! at this link, providing you download for your personal use only: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzrQQu9RpohYNHJNNTFpYkZkem8/edit?pli=1
I moved back to the Twin Cities 2 years ago. I haven't been playing a lot of games since moving back, but I have been working on my hobby in the time available around settling into a new job and a new home. I do hope to be playing more soon. Watch for more about that in future posts.