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A series of introductory-style wargames published in the late seventies and early eighties by Game Designer's Workshop (GDW).

The "Series 120" games offered something for everyone, as they covered a wide variety of eras (from ancients to sci-fi) at various scales (from tactical to strategic). GDW said: "The basic concept of a Series 120 Game is to provide a short, inexpensive game without sacrificing historical quality or gaming excellence."

The name (or number?) of the series was derived from the intended game length of 120 minutes or less. This was a bit optimistic for a number of the games, which is why the series is sometimes facetiously referred to by alternate names like "Series 180 Games".

Initially the Series 120 Games were ziplocked. Later they were released in 6x9" boxes. Most of the games used 17x22" mapsheets and had 120 counters.

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1. Board Game: 1940 [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:5151]
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"The Battle for France and the Low Countries - the German Wehrmacht stands poised on the borders of France."

(1980, boxed)

Corps and division scale units. 26 kilometers per hex. 5 day game turns.
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2. Board Game: 1941 [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:4630]
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"Operation Barbarossa - covering the initial onslaught of June through December 1941."

(1981, boxed)

Army and corps scale units. 65 kilometers per hex. 1 month game turns.
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3. Board Game: 1942 [Average Rating:5.33 Overall Rank:8871]
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"Japan's Opening Moves in the Pacific - The simultaneous operations against Malaya, Java, and the Philippines."

(1978, ziplock; 1980, boxed)

Brigade through regiment scale units. 85 nautical miles per hex. Half month game turns.
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4. Board Game: The Battle of Agincourt [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:8747]
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The Battle of Agincourt, 1415 A.D.

(1978, ziplocked; 1981, boxed)

50 meters per hex. Unit and game turn scale are not specified, but this is a tactical treatment of the battle.
 
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5. Board Game: The Battle of the Alma [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:6625]
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"September 20, 1854 - British, French, and Turkish forces meet the defending Russians in the first major battle of the Crimean War."

(1978, ziplocked; 1981, boxed)

Battalion scale units. 300 yards per hex. 30 minute game turns.
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6. Board Game: Asteroid [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:4644]
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"Into an asteroid station, against a deranged computer, to save a threatened world." A cast of pulp heroes tries to infiltrate an asteroid controlled by a deranged computer before it impacts the Earth.

(1980, boxed)

Tactical man to man game, map and game turn scale are not specified. Uses a modular map (arranged by the computer player). Each map section remains hidden from the other player until entered by one of the heroes.
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7. Board Game: Beda Fomm [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:4148]
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"Wavell in the Western Desert, 1941 - A complete historical game simulation of the Italo-British Battle of Beda Fomm, fought 5 February 1941."

(1979, ziplocked; 1981, boxed)

Company and platoon scale units. 1 mile per hex. 1 hour game turns.
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8. Board Game: Dark Nebula [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:4635]
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Dark Nebula. Combines the Imperium game system with a modular mapboard setup for added variety.

(1980, boxed)

Units are individual spaceships and surface divisions. 1/2 parsec per hex. 2 year game turns.
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9. Board Game: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:7579]
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"A crucial battle in the American Revolution."

(1978, ziplocked; 1980, boxed)

Battalion scale units. 100 yards per hex. 20 minute game turns.
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10. Board Game: The Battle of Lobositz [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:6231]
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"From the campaigns of Frederick the Great."

(1978, ziplocked; 1980, boxed)

Regiment scale units. 300 yards per hex. 30 minute game turns.
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11. Board Game: Mayday [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:6858]
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"A complete science-fiction game of starships, attacks and escapes."

(1978, ziplocked; 1980, boxed)

Units are individual starships. 300 kilometers per hex. 100 minute game turns.
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12. Board Game: The Battle of Prague [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:6854]
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The Battle of Prague.

(1980, boxed)

Regiment scale units. 200 yards per hex. 30 minute game turns.
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13. Board Game: The Battle of Raphia [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:6503]
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"The Battle of Raphia, 217 B.C. A complete historical simulation of an epic battle of the ancient world."

(1977, ziplocked; 1980, boxed)

Phalanx scale units. 100 yards per hex. 30 minute game turns.
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14. Board Game: Snapshot [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:5805]
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"A game of close-action combat between individuals, set primarily indoors, and especially inside starships of the far future."

(1979, boxed)

While not marked as a Series 120 Game, Snapshot is similar enough to the other games (in spirit, as well as appearance) to merit mention here, even though technically it is not a part of the series. Snapshot is sometimes "misremembered" as a Series 120 Game, perhaps because it was packaged in a 6x9" box and included 120 counters.

Tactical man to man game, map and game turn scale are not specified.
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