Worthy Successors to Classic Wargames
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From time to time, I hear a grognard say he used to play Wargame X years ago, but now he plays Wargame Y instead, and he considers Y the "spiritual successor" or "rightful successor" to X.

That's what this GeekList is about. It's all about wargames that, for you, are new and improved versions of older wargames. Maybe you still love the old game too, but you still consider the new one a worthy successor.

I'll start things off with a few examples that come to mind. Please add whatever crosses your mind.
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1. Board Game: 1776 [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2057]
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Has anything really replaced this?
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2. Board Game: 1914 [Average Rating:5.63 Overall Rank:8613]
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When I got into wargaming, this was the only WWI land game around, and it was billed as the ultimate wargame. What worthy successors have come along since?
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3. Board Game: Afrika Korps [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:2903]
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What's a worthy successor to this classic?
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4. Board Game: Alexander the Great [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:4061]
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I know there have been a ton of ancient wargames released lately, but are they any better than this old classic?
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5. Board Game: Anzio [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:2106]
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Here's one. Has anything overtaken it in (relative) popularity?
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6. Board Game: Bar-Lev: The Yom-Kippur War of 1973 [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:3552]
Robert Lee
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GDW brought out a second edition in 1977, I'm sure there have been more accurate games on the Yom Kippur War since then but I'm not sure they were as much fun as John Hill's version. This is also one of the few games that works well for three players.
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7. Board Game: The Battle of the Bulge [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:4282]
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Name a worthy successor to this classic.
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8. Board Game: Bismarck [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:2948]
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You forgot an AH classic (though I think the later release is better)
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9. Board Game: Blitzkrieg [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:5355]
Paul Cornelissen
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What has this been rejiggered as?
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10. Board Game: The Campaign for North Africa [Average Rating:5.35 Overall Rank:10115]
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Hee hee hee! Nuff said!devil
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11. Board Game: Chancellorsville (first edition) [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:8671]
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A notoriously difficult battle to re-create as a wargame. Have any worthy successors managed to do it well?
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12. Board Game: Conquistador [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:2294]
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Watching all those ships and settlers and troops disappear in attrition rolls was excellent! Really liked playing this multi-player. Loved the naval "bounds" cost for expeditions. Perhaps a crude and bland looking game by modern standards, but fun.
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13. Board Game: D-Day (first edition) [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:9226]
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Revised in 1977, but what's it's worthiest successor today?
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14. Family: Europa Series
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What replaces THIS?
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15. Board Game: Firepower [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:3247]
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Is this game still standing on its own, or has a better man-to-man combat game come along?
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16. Board Game: Freedom in the Galaxy [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:1951]
Christopher Donovan
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Not sure if this is a classic but I can't imagine anything has replaced it.
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17. Board Game: Gettysburg [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:8731]
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This classic has been revised several times, but what do you think of as its worthiest successor?
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18. Board Game: Guadalcanal [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:6928]
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This would-be classic was judged flawed in its day. Have any worthy successors appeared?
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19. Board Game: Gunslinger [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1038]
Warren Bruhn
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Just watched a 7 player game of this last Friday. Still a blast to play. I've seen some miniatures games about western gunfights, but none has the dramatic tension inherent in Gunslinger's action card system. This a a concept that should have been expanded into other eras.
 
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20. Board Game: Imperium [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1817]
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I definitely consider this a classic sci-fi wargame. Are there any contenders?
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21. Board Game: Imperium Romanum II [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:2159]
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What replaces this?
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22. Board Game: The Ironclads [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:2216]
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Already mentioned in the WS&IM item, but this deserves its own item listing. Really not sure if there is any other system that compares, although it's a perfect topic for miniatures. Panzerschiffe has some cheap 1:2400 scale resin miniatures for this, but I've seen some incredible ACW minis in larger scales.
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23. Board Game: Kingmaker [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1378]
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A newer game with heraldry, nobles, allocation of titles and offices..?
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24. Board Game: Luftwaffe [Average Rating:5.48 Overall Rank:9871]
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My mom bought me this game when I was in high school. A friend and I tried it, but just once or twice. Has another game on the whole ETO bombing campaign come along since?
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25. Board Game: Midway [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:2011]
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