Command's heyday, issues 19-36
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The mid-90s saw Command Magazine's heyday as Ty Bomba, Chris Perello and Larry Hoffman hit their stride. In three years they published 18 issues containing 21 games, major variants or expansions that are listed individually here on BGG. While the 20th century accounted for most of the titles, there are representatives from nearly every era. All, however, were land-oriented. Two were set in ancient times and six in the black powder era. Four were set in a variety of pre-WWII 20th Century conflicts, seven during the Second World War and one was post-war. One, Mason-Dixon, was multi-era, with scenarios set in 1917, 1940 and 1990. Most of the games continued to portray decision making at high command levels. Four covered a whole war while 14 depicted major campaigns. Only five were limited to single battles and only one was about a tactical engagement within a larger battle. For a more detailed look at each game there are user reviews available for all.
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1. Board Game: Pyrrhic Victory: Legion vs. Phalanx, 280-275 B.C. [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
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A variant for the game in issue No. 15, this was in Commadn No. 19. It covers a barnd new war using the same map and some counters from I Am Spartacus. A very different situation is presented.
 
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2. Board Game: Port Arthur: The Russo-Japanese War [Average Rating:5.45 Overall Rank:9010]
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The actual game in Command No. 19 was this game on the land portion of the Russo-Japanese War. While a little odd, it was liked by the subscribers and always rated high.
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3. Board Game: Cortes: Conquest of the Aztec Empire [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:4954]
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Command No. 20 had this unusual game about the conquest of the Aztecs. One of the few games including rules for human sacrifice!
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4. Board Game: Blood & Iron [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:5076]
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Blood & Iron is a straightforward, old-style battle game about the Battle of Koenigratz from the Austro-Prussian War of 1866.
 
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5. Board Game: Antietam: Burnished Rows of Steel [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:4882]
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Issue No. 22 had this solitaire-capable game about the Battle of Antietam. Also playable as a two-player game.
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6. Board Game: Shogun Triumphant [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:4693]
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A battle game by Richard Berg set in Japan was featured in No. 23. Treachery plays a big role in the battle.
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7. Board Game: Czechoslovakia '38 [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:7273]
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In Command No. 24 a look at what might have happened if the Czechs resisted after Munich.
 
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8. Board Game: When Eagles Fight [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:3555]
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Ted Raicer looks at the Eastern front duirng World War I in this game from No. 25.
 
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9. Board Game: When Tigers Fight [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:6962]
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One of the least successful Command issue games, this title from No. 26 on the neglected China-Burma-India theater has had serious play-balance concerns raised.
 
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10. Board Game: Proud Monster: The Barbarossa Campaign [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:2937]
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A monster game in a magazine game format in Command No. 27. This is Ty Bomba's definitive statement on the Barbarossa Campaign. Big.
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11. Board Game: Like Lions They Fought [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:5544]
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Command No. 28 has a fascinating look at the Zulu War.
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12. Board Game: 1914: Glory's End [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:5009]
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Another visit to Ted Raicer's Great War, here looking at the guns of August.
 
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13. Board Game: Across the Potomac [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:5879]
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A rare recent double-blind land warfare game using a systme similar to designer Ben Knight's Victory in Normandy system.
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14. Board Game: Budapest '45 [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:4963]
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This wargame from Command No. 31 introduces a new roster-based game system that would be used in another half-dozen XTR games. Here it covers the German attempt to relieve the siege of Budapest in 1945.
 
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15. Board Game: Bunker Hill [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:8330]
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A variation on the Hougoumont game system is used in the issue game from Command No. 32 to wargame the Battle of Bunker (actually Breed's) Hill in 1775.
 
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16. Board Game: The Great War in Europe [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:3739]
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The second monster game to appear in Command, this time in issue No. 33, is Ted Raicer's divisional level treatment of the major fronts in World War I. Very big, with two maps and more than 800 counters.
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17. Board Game: Death & Destruction: The Russian Front 1942-44 [Average Rating:6.83 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.83 Unranked]
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This expansion for issue 27's Proud Monster from Command No. 34 is huge in its own right. It extends the war until mid-1944.
 
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18. Board Game: Rommel at Gazala [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]
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A small game using the Budapest '45 system from Command No. 34, included so subscribers would get a playable game in the issue even if they didn't have Proud Monster.
 
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19. Board Game: Mason-Dixon: The Second American Civil War [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:7160]
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One of two large games from Command No. 35, Mason-Dixon is an innovative wargame that considers what might have been if the CSA had won the Civil War. Scenarios set in 1917, 1940 and 1990 look at possible subsequent hostilities.
 
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20. Board Game: Balkan Hell [Average Rating:5.62 Unranked]
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The other large game from Command No. 35, and possibly one of the most obscure topics ever to get a major wargame treatment. This game depicts a what-if campaign from late 1995 in Bosnia.
 
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21. Board Game: SS Panzer: Bloodbath at Kursk [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:8724]
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The issue game from No. 36 is one of the few tactical wargames ever included in Command. Using a unique game system, it depicts four hours of fighting on the company/battalion level during the Battle of Kursk in 1943.
 
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