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A dozen (or more) wargames you can play in an hour
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A recent journal entry expressed interest in learning to play wargames, but the poster worried if he would have the time to spare for games lasting as long as six hours. Most wargames are actually designed to be played in about four hours or so. But there are some that can typically be played to a conclusion in an hour. Here are some, feel free to add more.
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1. Board Game: Ace of Aces: Handy Rotary Deluxe Edition [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:2079]
Seth Owen
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Norwich
Connecticut
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The Ace of Ace series book game rarely last more than 30 minutes in the basic game, and even an advanced rules dogfight should be over well before the hour.
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2. Board Game: Great War at Sea: 1898, The Spanish American War [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:4582]
Seth Owen
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Norwich
Connecticut
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All the Great War at Sea series and Second World War at Sea series games have some small battle scenarios that play out in less than an hour and most also have some smallscale operational scenarios that can also play that fast.
 
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3. Board Game: Across 5 Aprils [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1755]
Seth Owen
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Norwich
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The Bentonville and Pea Ridge battles can each be played in an hour.
 
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4. Board Game: Ancients: Thapsos & Alexandria [Average Rating:5.87 Unranked]
Seth Owen
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Connecticut
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Nearly every battle in the Ancients system takes an hour or less to play.
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5. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:88] [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
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Playing time will normally be less than an hour, although if you include set up time it may go a little over.
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6. Board Game: Napoleon at Waterloo [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2513]
Seth Owen
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This classic hex-and-counter game will take just about an hour to play.
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7. Board Game: Ogre [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:677]
Seth Owen
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Norwich
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While it can last longer with cagey play, usually the Ogre either terminates or dominates within an hour.
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8. Board Game: Operation Solace [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:8106]
Seth Owen
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Norwich
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Here and there one can find unexpected little games like this one that take about an hour.
 
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9. Board Game: Quebec 1759 [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1438]
Seth Owen
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Connecticut
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Many of the block games can be played in 2-3 hours, but Quebec 1759 routinely comes in at right about an hour.
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10. Board Game: Wooden Ships & Iron Men [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:770]
Seth Owen
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Norwich
Connecticut
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Just about any naval game can be played in an hour if you keep the battles small. Wooden Ships & Iron Men includes some famous single-ship and small squadron actions that take less than an hour to play.
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11. Board Game: Battle for Basra [Average Rating:4.75 Overall Rank:9922]
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Another quick introductory wargame that will definitely take less than an hour to learn and play.
 
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12. Board Game: Attack Sub [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2381]
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While the popular Up Front can sometimes be played in an hour, most games last a little longer than that. Attack Sub, on the other hand, uses some of the same concepts and plays within an hour.
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13. Board Game: World in Flames [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:614]
David Dockter
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Assuming, of course, you have access to that certain device in Star Trek that permits time travel (and Spock can build it - and you can appear back in time at the point before you left).
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14. Board Game: Wizard Kings [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1233]
Jay Little
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Eden Prairie
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As long as fantasy-themed games are acceptable, nearly every Wizard Kings scenario is playable in an hour or less. I love this game, and the sheer number of maps, armies and possible troop composition help provide a lot of replay value to each scenario.
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15. Board Game: Dimension Demons [Average Rating:4.77 Overall Rank:10014]
Jay Little
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A lot of the micro box wargames, like Dimension Demons and Annihilator & One World were playable in an hour or less. They might not have all the tactical depth or replay value of their more sophisticated brothers, but they were nearly always worth their price.
 
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16. Board Game: Bastogne: The Desperate Defense, December 1944 [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:6774]
Chris Rudram
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Victoria
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Cut my wargaming teeth on this and the other WestWall Quad. Keep trying to find a well priced copy on e-bay...

Easy to learn, takes about an hour for the basic scenario.
 
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17. Board Game: Battle Cry [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:396]
Robert Wesley
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With this I have: brought OUT; talked UP; looked OVER; explained RULES; set UP; played OUT; and ALL within an 'hour'! While THAT was with someone who had NEVER 'played' a GAME like 'this' ever before! It speaks VOLUMES for 'ease of play', while the NEW 'Player' even continued playing afterwards(in the days to follow), until we had played EVERY 'Scenario' including the ones from the 'Official' AND 'UnOfficial' sites! Excellent!...
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18. Board Game: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World [Average Rating:5.33 Overall Rank:9662]
Zack Stockdale
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Auburn
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Another navel "wat game" can go well under an hour with players who know what they are doing, and a little closer to an hour if they don't.
 
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19. Board Game: Lightning: D-Day [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:4414]
Peter Bogdasarian
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Washington
Dist of Columbia
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Playable in 30 minutes, which means you can get 2 games in with the time you have available.
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20. Board Game: Lightning: Midway – June 4th to June 6th, 1942 [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:2909]
Peter Bogdasarian
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Washington
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Playable in 30-45 minutes and a very tense little game.
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21. Board Game: Sergeants! On the Eastern Front [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:6458]
Peter Bogdasarian
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Man to man combat, takes about an hour to play to the finish.
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22. Board Game: Simple GBoH [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
Slawo R. Janotta
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While the playing time heavily depends on the scenario played, there are several which can be played in significantly under one hour.
Some are so badly balanced, that you will be able to rout your enemy within minutes :-)
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23. Board Game: Hellas [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:1686]
Gregory Smith
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Newark
California
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This is a nifty little wargame that can be played in under an hour.
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24. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:197]
Gregory Smith
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Newark
California
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This is my favorite game to play if I have less than 2 hours to play. Many scenarios can be finished in about an hour.
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25. Board Game: Zero! [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1458]
Richard Irving
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Salinas
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The Down in Flames series dogfights can be played in well under an hour.

In a campaign, which consists of several missions (bombing, recon, dogfights, etc.) take well under an hour. A whole campaign can finish in an evening.
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