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There's a bunch of geeklists about solitaire games around already, but none is strictly about solitaire WAR games. Since users more frequently specifically ask for recommendations of solitaire war games than solitaire games in general, and having responded to at least five of such prompts, I decided to create this geeklist. I hope it will serve as a reference. Expansions are included in the base game entry only when they have separate BGG entries.

How this list is ordered:

1) Boxed games. In chronological order, but games which use the same or similar systems are listed in sequence.

2) Magazine games. Ordered alphabetically and by publisher.

3) Print'n'Play games. Disorder.


Since I virtually have no experience with Print'n'Play or Magazine games, I only list them without providing comments. I would be glad, if another user with more experience in PnP or Mag games added more entries or singled out a particular game listing it as an separate entry, but unfortunately the best I can do to express my gratitude for this is by giving a single lousy thumb-up.
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Please also note that this list is strictly about war games which are primarily meant to be played solitaire. For example Up Front, although containing a few rules (or hints) on solitaire play, should not be on this list.

I also want to restrict this game on games about real or hypothetical wars (conflict simulations), so
please leave fantasy or science fiction games off this list!

I used this link as reference: http://alsandor.net/jeux/sololistrev1.html

Last update: August 29th 2009.

(I.e. update from me. Many thanks to all the people adding games!)
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1. Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:935]
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One of the first solitaire war games to be printed, this game is all about rolling dice and consulting tables. But when the lives of (cardboard) soldiers is on the line every dice roll is tense.

Status: Out of print.
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2. Board Game: B-29 Superfortress [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:2561]
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This game borrows the sequence of play and a few basic mechanism from B-17, but adds more rules to create a more realistic game play, which as a result displays the differences between flying a B-17 and a B-29.

Status: In print.
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3. Board Game: Patton's Best [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2169]
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Basically the system is similar to B-17 - roll the dice, consult the table -, but there are quite a few small differences in flying a bomber and driving a tank, furthermore PATTON'S BEST is slightly more complex and tactical.

Status: Out of print.
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4. Board Game: Ambush! [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:482]
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Firstly in this very crafty game you move your soldiers around on a map checking every hex for events, which quite similar to "Choose Your Own Adventure" books, tell a story eventually triggering soldiers, who you secondly have to engage in a clever combat system.

Expansions:
Ambush! Move Out!
Ambush! Purple Heart
Ambush! Silver Star

Status: Out of print.
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5. Board Game: Battle Hymn [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:1596]
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With a few theater specific rules, but basically the same game system, this is AMBUSH in the Pacific.

Expansion:
Battle Hymn: Leatherneck

Status: Out of print.
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6. Board Game: Open Fire [Average Rating:5.34 Overall Rank:9634]
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AMBUSH with tanks.

Status: Out of print.
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7. Board Game: Ranger [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:3930]
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In this game, which is more serious than AMBUSH, but also paragraph driven, you prepare and control a ranger patrol on a given mission, marking your position with a pen on the laminated map and encountering random events.

Status: In print. (Newer 2nd edition)
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8. Board Game: Eastern Front Solitaire [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:7594]
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From the designer of RANGER, this strategic game lets you invade the Soviet Union (controlled by the game system) with German Wehrmacht forces.

Status: In print. (Newer 2nd edition)
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9. Board Game: Mosby's Raiders [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2541]
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In this game by AMBUSH co-designer Eric Lee Smith, which uses new and unique solitaire system, you impersonate Mosby, the rather obscure guerrilla leader who fought in the American Civil War, and try to cause mayhem behind Union Lines activating enemy units as you blow up things or carelessly move across the point-to-point map.

Status: Out of print.
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10. Board Game: RAF [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:1172]
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The other AMBUSH co-designer John Butterfield wasn't lazy in the meantime either and - as one of the first designers to center a whole solitaire game around cards to provide for the events - created this easy to play, but non-simplistic game simulating the Battle of Britain from the resource management (not cubes but hurricanes) point of view and letting the player decide where to send the squadrons, when to activate the Polish and Czech pilots, etc.

Status: Original (West End Games edition) is out of print. However, in 2009 Decision Games reprinted the original and expanded the game with rules for two-player and Luftwaffe solitaire play.
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11. Board Game: RAF: The Battle of Britain 1940 [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:756]
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This is the 2009 Decision Games reprint of the 1986 game RAF (see entry above).

Status: In print.
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12. Board Game: Raid on St. Nazaire [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:1316]
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In this game offering another new tactical solitaire system and on one hell of a topic - the British commando raid on the German occupied port to the Atlantic - you are first trying to land as many commando and demolition squads as possible and then try to destroy the magnitude of the port facilities until German reinforcements mercilessly roll over your brave Brits.

Status: Out of print.
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13. Board Game: Tokyo Express [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:2384]
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Complicated but rewarding game simulating the Guadalcanal naval battles at night and putting the player in command to bring order into the chaos that ensued on board the Allied ships when the much better trained and armed Japanese attacked.

Status: Out of print.
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14. Board Game: Carrier [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:1821]
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Slightly simpler, but similar game by the designer of TOKYO EXPRESS about carrier battles in the South West Pacific (Coral Sea, et al).

Status: Out of print.
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15. Board Game: Peloponnesian War [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:2305]
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Designed by Mark Herman - a point-to-point map and you play one side until you are winning and then swap to the other side.
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16. Board Game: Hornet Leader [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:1765]
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You control a squadron of F-18 carrier strike aircraft against a multitude of given targets.

Expansions (for the second edition):
Hornet Leader II: Carrier Air Group
Hornet Leader II: Cold War
Hornet Leader II: Marine Air

Status: Out of print.

A second edition, HORNET LEADER II, is available as print'n'play.

Decision Games plans to print a boxed version of this second edition titled SUPER HORNET LEADER. Due to be out 2009 or later.

A vietnam version, PHANTOM LEADER, is now on pre-order (see entry below).
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17. Board Game: Corsair Leader [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:4472]
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Similar to HORNET LEADER, but set in World War Two.

Status: Available as print'n'play.

Decision Games plans to print a boxed version. Due to be out 2009 or later.
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18. Board Game: Thunderbolt/Apache Leader [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:2279]
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Similar to HORNET LEADER, but focused on ground attack aircraft and instead of attacking single targets you randomly set up a modular map with different terrain and ground targets (tanks, APCs, AAA, etc).

Status: Out of print.

A World War Two version of this game, STUKA LEADER, is in development.
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19. Board Game: Phantom Leader [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:1151]
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A Leader-system game about the Vietnam war from Dan Verssen.

Status: Now on pre-order.
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20. Board Game: Wings Over France [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:4660]
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The player takes control over a Royal Flying Corps squadron during World War One, sending out planes on different missions.

Status: In print as zip-lock version. Boxed game out of print.
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21. Board Game: Tarawa: Bloody Betio [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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While the topic of this game, the invasion of the island Betio - one of the first US Marines landings against opposition, is interesting, the quality, characteristic for the publisher 3W, is pretty bad.

Status: Out of print.
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22. Board Game: Phase Line Smash [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:7178]
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Definitely a labor of dedication and it shows: this is maybe the most complex solitaire game ever and the only one (?) about the Gulf War, putting the player in command of armored and supporting forces from VII corps in the Battle of Al Busayyah.

Status: Out of print.
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23. Board Game: London's Burning [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1935]
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In this tactical game, one of the last Avalon Hill games published, the player during the Battle of Britain takes control over up to two RAF pilots trying to stop the bombarding masses of German Luftwaffe planes (which can alternatively be controlled by a second player).

Status: Out of print.
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24. Board Game: Luftschiff [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:4618]
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Alternative name: Airships at War

The player controls a zeppelin on a side-scrolling map dodging obstacles, dropping bombs, etc.

Expansions:
Riesenflugzeugabteilungen
ZRCV: Flying Flat-Top

Status: In print.
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25. Board Game: Israeli Independence [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:4148]
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In this simple war game the player controls the defense of Israel during the First Arab-Israeli War.

Expansion: Israeli Independence Expansion Kit

Status: In print.

Coverage of more wars using the same system is planned.
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