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All is in the title.

I often want to play at wargames, but don't want to see pieces and board on table four days.
So I prefer little games that can be played in one hour.

I'll sort from the Quickest to the longest. In case of equality the easiest first.
So help me, if you see bad a bad ranking. (by MP I think it's better).
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26. Board Game: Napoleon at Waterloo [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2509]
Sim Guy
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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The old SPI introductory wargame. Setup was printed on the map and the division level units kept the number of counters low. We used to play this game on the side when we were waiting for players to make their moves in longer games. It would take an hour or so. cool
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27. Board Game: Boots on the Ground [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:4765]
Brandon Pennington
United States
Springfield
Missouri
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The first couple of solo scenarios I have played of this have clocked in right around an hour. Setup isn't that bad either.

Good game too
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Has some really nice features to it.
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29. Board Game: Valor & Victory [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:2122]
Andrew Tullsen
United States
Tigard
Oregon
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The fast playing FREE tactical wargame. Be set up in 10min, play for another 45min or so, with 5 min of cleanup - 1 hour!

Fast and fun, highly recommended.
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30. Board Game: Ace of Aces: Handy Rotary Series [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1044]
Richard Irving
United States
Salinas
California
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This game certainly qualifies.
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31. Board Game: Trenchzone [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:4608]
Matt Hiske
United States
Kentwood
Michigan
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A very fun WWI game that takes less than an hour to setup and play, sometimes it can be a very quick game.
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32. Board Game: Manoeuvre [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:417]
Rob Duarte
United States
Largo
Florida
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Fun little game that can be played in an hour or less.
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33. Board Game: G.E.V. [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1248]
Murray Fish
Australia
Canberra
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You can set up and play a scenario in less than an hour with this little (OOP) gem.

I didn't include Ogre as I am unsure about the set-up time of the upcoming new super delauxe just-for-Steve version that is rumoured to be imminent...
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34. Board Game: De Bellis Antiquitatis [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:1244]
Murray Fish
Australia
Canberra
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A miniatures game where set-up is part of the game and if you're still playing after 50 minutes then something is wrong.

Most DBA competitions will not allow games to go past 60 minutes.
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35. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:196]
Richard Irving
United States
Salinas
California
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Usually less than hour.
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36. Board Game: Remember the Alamo [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:8367]
J.L. Robert
United States
Sherman Oaks
California
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Actually not a terrible little game from TSR.
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37. Board Game: Summoner Wars [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:226] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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Miniatures game played with cards, but unlike Battleground: Fantasy Warfare there's a gridded map to play on. This is NOT a CCG. You pick up your pre-designed deck and go. 14 very different playing factions makes for 182 possible match ups with each one taking 10 to 60 minutes. Fast, efficient, and intuitive, this game has quickly become one of the best in my collection. An instant classic.
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38. Board Game: Arcola: The Battle for Italy, 1796 [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:4452]
Elwyn Darden
United States
Richmond
Virginia
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If you are good, you can explain the rules to the other gamer while setting up. If both players know the system no game can ever last an hour. A perfect introduction to a series that generally requires multiple evenings and perhaps even multiple tabletops.

The games can be dicey. A failed 3-1 attack, Napoleon failing his initiative roll at the wrong moment... But generally a good representation of the Austrian effort to relieve Mantua, and a challenging game.

In short, if the dice get you, play it again a couple of times.
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39. Board Game: Quebec 1759 [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1438]
Elwyn Darden
United States
Richmond
Virginia
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Quickest of the block games. Even with the written orders.

Once, while the others were deciding what game we all would play, I took another player aside, taught him the rules, and played the game twice.

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40. Board Game: Hordes of the Things [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:2143]
gary horder
England
leicester
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Thank you to the http://boardgamegeek.com/user/Joshuaaaaaa a miniatures game that can be set up and played in under an hour
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41. Board Game: Phantom Leader [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:1167]
Dan Conley
United States
Enon
Ohio
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I like this solitaire game a lot! While you CAN play lengthier campaigns, individual missions are easily played within an hour. Good fun!

*Quick edit...not sure why, but my entry should be at the bottom of the list, not the top! Not sure what I'm doing wrong...*
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42. Board Game: Julius Caesar [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:438]
Stefan Daniels
Canada
Surrey
British Columbia
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This took us a few plays to get this set-up and done in under and hour but with a few games under our belts we more often than not end within this time limit... and the game plays great too!
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43. Board Game: Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:305]
Björn Hansson
Sweden
Bromma
Stockholm
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What? With experienced players and the right scenario it can take less than an hour.
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44. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:200]
 
Tim McCormley
United States
SD
California
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Any one of the games from the Conflict of Heroes series would fit the bill, depending on the scenario you play.

Tim

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45. Board Game: A Call to Arms: Babylon 5 Space Combat [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:3698]
Martin Larouche
Canada
Longueuil
Quebec
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Since this game doesn't require a board and can be played on any surface, all you need are the counters for the ships and a piece of paper. The set-up time is therefore minimal (at least if you already have your pre-made armada selected).

The game itself last about 45 minutes.
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46. Board Game: Ancients [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:3298]
Judy Krauss
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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Fun little ancients wargame with many scenarios. I once lost on the second turn when William the Conqueror was killed and his army routed, got trapped against the shore, and that was that. (Guillaume le Bâtard was not much of a conqueror, in this case!)

Re-implemented by Ancients I and Ancient Battles Deluxe.
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47. Board Game: Nightfighter [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:2241]
Roger Taylor
United States
Unspecified
Virginia
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The designer wasn't kidding when he said you can play most scenarios in less than an hour. A scenario with as few as three bombers and one nightfighter makes an interesting game.
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48. Board Game: Quatre Bras [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:5644]
Benny Bosmans
Belgium
Mechelen
Antwerp
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Part of the famous Napoleon's Last Battles Quad.

SPI 1976 and ... The very first wargame I played ever.

Certainly playable in less than one hour. Tense.

I have the very limited Belgian edition with the hardboard map and french/dutch playing board and rules. In fact you needed the english rules as a copy to understand the terrible translations.

Memorable moment when I found this Quad game by accident in a sports hobby shop in 1978 in Hasselt without even knowing there was something else then Risk or Stratego out there.

The start of a life time hobby.
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49. Board Game: Red Poppies: WWI Tactics [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:3962]
Roger Taylor
United States
Unspecified
Virginia
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Not every scenario, but enough of them qualify.
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50. Board Game: The Fall of South Vietnam [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:8825]
Michael McCalpin
United States
McKinney
Texas
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I taught this one to a fellow experienced wargamer and we completed our game in forty-five bloody and increasingly tense minutes.
 
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