Calling all grognards--best, short, 2-player war games
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1. Board Game: Ancients I [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:5028]
Steffan O'Sullivan
United States
Plymouth
NH
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Good, short, available for free download.
 
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2. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:126]
Russell Gifford
United States
South Sioux City
Nebraska
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Before you snort - I am not kidding.

This is EASILY the BEST, SHORT, 2 player war game made.

 
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3. Board Game: The Russian Campaign [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:760]
Russell Gifford
United States
South Sioux City
Nebraska
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Using the first year scenario and the BPA weather rules, this is a short, EXCITING game. The first year scenario is easily do-able in an evening.

Personally, for the longer game, I like the sudden death victory conditions, which also creates 'shorter' games. (Not as short as this list requires, I suspect.)
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4. Board Game: Bonaparte at Marengo [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:688]
Red Moss
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I am not sure if you want chit-only or if block games are acceptable, but for a short, fun game (if you choose not to go with ASL ) I would definitely recommend this one.
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5. Board Game: Victory in the Pacific [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:875]
Russell Gifford
United States
South Sioux City
Nebraska
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Another game short enough for an after-work/ after school evening game, or for tourney play. A bit abstract, but lots of excitement!
 
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6. Board Game: War [Average Rating:2.17 Overall Rank:11180]
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Belgium
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7. Board Game: Terrible Swift Sword [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:2023]
Russell Gifford
United States
South Sioux City
Nebraska
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OK, don't gasp - I am actually referring to the Battle for Little Round Top scenario of TSS. (The picture shows the starting troops.)

Used to play this a lot on a "school night" (meaning an evening where I had to go to work the next day) and always got done in time for a night's sleep. Very exciting.
 
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8. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:49]
Dan Poole
United States
Goldsboro
North Carolina
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Battle Cry, Memoir and this one all play pretty quickly. Not being a huge fan of the other 2, I think this one is far superior.
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9. Board Game: Wilderness War [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:373]
Donald Wilbur III
United States
Sacramento
California
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This is an excellent game.

The first play probably took me more than 3 hours (but less than 4). But once you understand the sequence of play, 3 hours is very reasonable.
 
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10. Board Game: A House Divided [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:630]
Donald Wilbur III
United States
Sacramento
California
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The scenarios play in less than three hours. (Maybe 2 after a little practice).

This game is easy to learn and really captures the spirit of the war.
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11. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:198]
Brad Miller
United States
Seattle
Washington
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Okay, well I'll add this one. Pretty much the best in terms of short, yet meaty, wargames.
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12. Board Game: Target Arnhem: Across 6 Bridges [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2338]
Poochie D
Canada
Winnipeg
Manitoba
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I get to be the first to add TA to this list. This game on Operation Market-Garden can easily be finished in two hours or less.
 
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13. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1]
James Spurny
United States
Houston
Texas
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The cold war counts, right? And this game is a winner.
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Barry Kendall
United States
Lebanon
Pennsylvania
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"Clash for a Continent" bears a slight resemblance to "Battle Cry" and "Memoir '44," but apart from the physical similarities, the command and combat systems are different (the game is not card-driven).

Very easy to learn with high replay value, quite evocative of the period it presents. Indians slip through the woods, Leaders plunge in or rally wavering units, Grenadiers stand tough, Militia is, well, militia, and Dragoons have good mobility with which to flee the field. It's just right.
 
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15. Board Game: Battle for Germany [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1555]
Robert Wesley
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Aberdeen
Washington
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With this game here, then you can even play out just one of either the "Western Front" OR the "Eastern Front" Campaigns, if you can't sit down for the enitirety of it all. There's even the "Patton's Fantasy" BATTLE of 'Red Star/White Star", while at least give this the chance to show its excellent premise where EACH "player" will 'control' BOTH an "Attacker" AND "Defender" for this! Check out its GAME "entry" HERE, for that "Western Front" VARIANT that should've been an integral 'part' of THIS, from the [i]"get go".
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16. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:179]
Flannel Golem
United States
Bemidji
MN
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An easy block wargame with high fun-factor
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17. Board Game: Beda Fomm [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:4189]
Robert Martin
United States
Yuma
Arizona
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A great game that is very balanced.Can be played to conclusion in 2 hours.
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18. Board Game: Guilford [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:2253]
L Myrick
United States
Pasadena
California
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Easily my favorite of the quick, easy to learn hex-and-counter variety. Low counter density, clear rules with advanced components that can be left out for streamlining and quick start. Nice map and counters.
 
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19. Board Game: We the People [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:626]
Donald Wilbur III
United States
Sacramento
California
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Listed as 2 hours. I've never played this one but it's frequently cited as a gateway wargame.
 
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20. Board Game: Defiant Russia: 1941, The War Against Nazi Aggression [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:4398]
Mo Caraher
Canada
Coquitlam
British Columbia
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Damn fine little game, easily playable in 2-3 hrs.
 
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21. Board Game: We the People [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:626]
David Bohnenberger
United States
Swarthmore
Pennsylvania
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This takes about 2 hours. Might be hard to find, though...
 
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22. Board Game: Battles for the Ardennes [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:2232]
Steven Weisner
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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Don't know how short you mean, but scenarios in 2 or 3 hours. Variety, offering 1944 or 1940 battles, or a campaign game ( though much longer ). One of the best Quads.
 
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23. Board Game: Hellas [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:1701]
Ted Kostek
United States
Camano Island
Washington
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Hellas takes ~45 min, and so qualifies as short for a war-themed game. It's very light, and many folks may not feel that it really qualifies as a "war game."
 
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24. Board Game: Hellas [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:1701]
Ted Kostek
United States
Camano Island
Washington
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Hellas takes ~45 min, and so qualifies as short for a war-themed game. It's very light, and many folks may not feel that it really qualifies as a "war game."
 
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25. Board Game: War of 1812 [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1377]
Ted Kostek
United States
Camano Island
Washington
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War of 1812 uses Columbia's famous block system. It has solid history, lots of dice, and it plays in about 1.5 hrs. It's at the light end of the spectrum. Like many of Columbia's games, this game evokes the spirit of the war at a high level using a simple rule set.
 
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