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Top BGG Ranked Wargames of the Decade
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Despite being labeled by Time Magazine as "The Decade from Hell" for society in general, it was truly a second golden age of wargaming. Did a search of wargames published 2000 > 2009. And, used those titles on the Top 100 BGG Wargames list (Dec 16th), plus a few other highly rated (7.00+ - and at least 100 ratings) and one or two titles I really dig.

Games are listed by year. And, I included a ranking from the BGG Top 100 Wargame list (if the title made that list). And, a few comments here and there.

Regarding the games: 34 WWII games (under the usual 50/50 hobby split)...and ONLY 3 Battle of the Bulge titles in this group of about 80 wargames By mechanics: looks like less than 1/2 (I counted about 35) are the traditional hex-counter games we grew-up with. 12 Card Driven Wargames (CDWs), about 10 block games, and about 20 other types (card assisted, plastic men, etc). However, although those games employ cards, blocks, plastic, and what not, they are still very similar to what we have been playing the last 50 years with the big exception of little downtime (much more interactive) between plays (verses the old days of - "oh, it's your turn? I think I will go mow the lawn.")

Regarding game co's, I counted 29 from GMT, 15 from MMP and the rest from the smaller game co's in the hobby (Clash of Arms, Decision Games, L2, etc). Good to see that diversity of smaller wargame co's surviving.

I also counted about 14 monster games, which, is great news to see them so prevlant on the list of high ranked wargames. No way of life games though in the mode of Empire in Arms, World in Flames or ASL. Maybe those won't ever be replaced.

Many of these games got a BIG push from ACTS, Consim, BGG, Vassal, Cyberboard and the Podcasts - none of which really existed in the 90s.

If you have a spare $5,000, you could buy the whole list; assuming 80 games at an average price of $65 (some monsters push up the average price).

This list fits within an analysis of the Top 100 BGG Ranked Wargames I conducted a few weeks ago:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/475267/quick-analysis-of...

...and a more in-depth analysis of wargaming 1958 > 2008:

http://www.thewargamer.com/grognard/gamedata.pdf

Feel free to add if I missed some (that didn't make the cut) - and indicate a reason why the game is so great.

I'll prune from the list if we get any clunkers arrrh

Let's hope "The Teens (2010 > 2019)" produce a wealth of wargaming titles similar to "The Naughts".
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26. Board Game: Roads to Leningrad [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:1969]
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2004. Been meaning to get this one.
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27. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #1 [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:242]
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2004. #17. What a good idea; a slimmed down version of ASL to bring in new gamers to the system.
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28. Board Game: Triumph of Chaos [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:1498]
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2005. #75. CDW. Russian Civil War, alot of chaos and even more chrome.
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29. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1]
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2005. #1. A wargame? Hey, it's on the BGG wargame list. And, we play it at WAM. Wildly popular game on the Cold War. TS system has spawned 1960 and more on the way. Can't wait for Founding Fathers.
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30. Board Game: Wings of War: Burning Drachens [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:688] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
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2005. #80. Part of a big series of games.
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31. Board Game: Under the Lily Banners [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:1564]
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2005. 93.
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32. Board Game: Silent War [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:1178]
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2005. #61. SUBS!!!! Have a number of friends that say the Vassal module for this game is great.
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33. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:225]
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2005. #68. A wargame? Hey, it's on the BGG list.
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34. Board Game: Fire in the Sky: The Great Pacific War 1941-1945 [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:1204]
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2005. #51.
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35. Board Game: Crusader Rex [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:758]
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2005. #60. Block game.
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36. Board Game: Empire of the Sun [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:677]
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2005. CDW. Doesn't make the BGG Top 100 Wargames. Should have.
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38. Board Game: Bonaparte at Marengo [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:678]
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2005. #36.
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39. Board Game: Carthage: The First Punic War [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:1938]
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2005. Doesn't make the BGG Top 100 list. Should have. One of my new year's resolutions is to play this game in 2010.
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40. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #2 [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:433]
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2005. #14. 2005 was a very good year.13 wargames on the list from this class.
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41. Board Game: The Burning Blue [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:1513]
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2006. #49.
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42. Board Game: Shogun [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:77]
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2006. #16. In the Wallenstein-Friedrich tribe of wargames.
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43. Board Game: Shifting Sands [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:1193]
 
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2006. #63. CDW. Another in the PoG (Paths of Glory) tribe of games.
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44. Board Game: Pax Romana [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:1315]
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2006. #79. Still haven't played this must play game; ancients/multiplayer/moderately heavy wargame.
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45. Board Game: Here I Stand [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:83]
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2006. #11. CDW. "Here's an idea; I'm going to do a wargame on Luther". Hats off, Ed.
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46. Board Game: EastFront II [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:775]
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2006. #18. Follow-up to East Front I (1991). Block game.
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47. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:46]
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2006. #3. Block. Entry level. Big series of games now.
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48. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:50]
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2006. #8. WWII tactical series.
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49. Board Game: BattleLore [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:148]
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2006. #25. Wargame? Hey, it's on the BGG list.
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50. Board Game: Afrika (second edition) [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:1295]
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2006. #77.
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