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Area Impulse wargames
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The wargame hobby is an eclectic one in terms of game mechanics. In the 70s and 80s for the most part the traditional hex and counter mechanic dominated. Over time however new mechanics were created. Some never took off while others did. A great example is the CDG. Premering in the 1994 game We the People it's become a major part of the wargaming landscape. Block wargaming with it's fog of war is another example.

Another mechanic is the area impulse. While not as wide spread as the CDGs and block games it's been around since the early 80s and has had it's successes. Here is a list of games that use this rather distinctive mechanic.

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1. Board Game: Storm over Arnhem [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:1054]
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The first in a series of area impulse games released by Avalon Hill. A game I've always wanted to play but never quite got to. Someday.
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2. Board Game: Breakout: Normandy [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:560]
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The highest ranked of the four Avalon Hill titles. Celebrating it's 20th year and still extremely popular. Played it once long time ago and I can see why folks like it so much.
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3. Board Game: Turning Point: Stalingrad [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:1209]
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I've heard varying opinions on this one. Never played it.
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4. Board Game: Thunder at Cassino [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1912]
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I played this once and I hated it.
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5. Board Game: Monty's Gamble: Market Garden [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:2052]
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Ever see the classic Doctor Who with Jon Pertwee as the Doctor? They had a great one called Terror of the Autons where he fought plastic creatures called Autons. The guy on the cover of this game looks like an Auton. Mind you I like the guy.

Game wise this is an amazing game and it has helped refuel the area impulse system in game design. Created by Michael Rinella who is making a name for himself with the area impulse system.
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6. Board Game: Not War But Murder [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:3079]
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Another Michael Rinella design. A magazine game but don't let that put you off this fantastic game. The first time I played this I was amazed at how well it mirrored the historical events. Fantastic artwork as well.

The historical article written by Michael that comes with the game is excellent as well and really helps set the stage for players unfamiliar with the campaign.

I would love to see this game packaged together with several other scenarios if you will from the Overland Campaign and given the full release treatment from someone like MMP. It deserves it.
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7. Board Game: Breakthrough: Cambrai [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:3321]
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Our third Michael Rinella design. This one is WWI. I just ordered this one which is what inspired me to do this geeklist.
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8. Board Game: Storm Over Stalingrad [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:1268]
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If you're a Staligrad kind of guy here's another area impulse option for you. Designed by Tetsuya Nakamura and published by MMP.
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9. Board Game: Storm Over Taierzhuang [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:5167]
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Battle of Taierzhuang gets the area impulse treatment.
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10. Board Game: Storm Over Leyte Gulf [Average Rating:5.25 Unranked]
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Here we have naval forces used with the system.
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11. Board Game: Kawaguchi's Gamble: Edson's Ridge [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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New game that I am not familiar with.
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12. Board Game: Storm Over Kunlun Pass, 1939 [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
 
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Yet more storming.
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13. Board Game: Storm over Hengyang 1944 [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
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Not a title I am familiar with.
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14. Board Game: Storm Over Sekigahara [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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Taking the "Storm" system to the Samurai.
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15. Board Game: They Met At Gettysburg [Average Rating:5.94 Unranked]
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Salinas
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Gettysburg done as an area impulse game.

It wasn't quite successful.
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16. Board Game: Bloodiest Day [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
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And here is Antietam.

Part of the problem is the game broken down each turn to a couple hours, it just doesn't feel right for the area impulse mechanic.
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17. Board Game: Deathride: Mars-la-Tour 1870 [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:4395]
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18. Board Game: Storm over Pearl Harbor [Average Rating:5.42 Unranked]
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Astoria
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The entire Pacific War as an area impulse game. Yes, really.
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19. Board Game: East Asia: Tang Dynasty and Korea [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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China
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20. Board Game: What Price Glory? [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:4234]
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World War I western front from the MMP's Special Ops issue 4.
 
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21. Board Game: Storm Over Normandy [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked]
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MMP continuing their Area impulse magazine game trend. Look out ATO... laugh
 
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