Good Russian Front games-which is the best?
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1. Board Game: Fire in the East [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:2050]
Derek Gillam
United Kingdom
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Bought back in the early 80's (I think).Played a few turns, took most of the summer, then sat back and 'admired' the OOB!
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2. Board Game: Barbarossa: The Russo-German War 1941-45 [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:6845]
Derek Gillam
United Kingdom
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Played to death in late 70s. Then disappointed with map graphics and some rules assumptions, sold on.
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3. Board Game: Streets of Stalingrad (third edition) [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:2629]
Derek Gillam
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Beautiful to look at, excellent counters-would take as long as the real battle to play!
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4. Board Game: End of the Iron Dream [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:6063]
Derek Gillam
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'Kitchen sink' type of game-everything pertinent to end WW2 in Europe in there.Problem is remebering all 'crome' rules to play the game.I believe Ty Bomba is re-doing in due course@ Decision.
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5. Board Game: Cold Days in Hell [Average Rating:6.78 Unranked]
Derek Gillam
United Kingdom
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Part of UGGs 'Empires of the Apocalypse ' games. Good feel for Russion front campaign-but strange iconic counters?
 
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6. Board Game: War Without Mercy [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:2956]
Derek Gillam
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Again good feel for campaign and colorful map/counters. Fairly easy to play-Russians a bit safer than real life?
 
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7. Board Game: War in the East (First Edition) [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:6073]
Derek Gillam
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Bought may years ago-still own. Large and simple, with rule queries.Rather ponderous with 'cookie cutter' strengths-a blast to play!
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8. Board Game: Typhoon! [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:3495]
Derek Gillam
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I can't believe the 'blurb' on BGG-'easy to play system!?'
With rules for every conseavable military unit and how they interact??Cool map/counters when set up.Followed up by 3 remaining games on AG North/Centre and South to create ultimate BATTALION game on Barbarosa.Just set yoursef up on that desert island and 'no interuptions' for 5 years!
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9. Board Game: Krim: von Manstein's Battles for Sevastopol, 1941-1942 [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:6717]
Derek Gillam
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Intersting game put out by Command-all on the German 41-42 attack on the Crimea. Plays fast, band map, German player has better units, but hoards of Russians appear from amphib invasions.
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10. Board Game: Proud Monster: The Barbarossa Campaign [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:2933]
Derek Gillam
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Another Command game on the whole first years invasion-fast playing, good feal, map OK.Game rather feals strange as the germans have to take a certain number of towns each turn to 'keep up' or the Russians win. 'Death and Destruction' extends to mid '44 but adds 2000 extra counters and months/years of playing time.
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11. Board Game: EastFront [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:735]
Steffan O'Sullivan
United States
Plymouth
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This is my favorite by far - check my web page for detailed review.
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12. Board Game: Russian Front [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:1381]
Chris Drake
United States
Springfield
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What about this one, I found I liked it better than The Russian Campaign.
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13. Board Game: Iron Dream [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:6016]
Danny Holte
United States
Fullerton
California
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14. Board Game: Panzer Grenadier: Heroes of the Soviet Union [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:5372]
Cliff McAmis
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Maplewood
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This plays a little lighter when compared to some of the items on this list. Compares to Panzer Leader in terms of complexity.
 
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15. Board Game: Battle for Moscow (first edition) [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:3979]
Cliff McAmis
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Nothing, and I do mean nothing, beats "Free"! Especially when the game is decent.

http://grognard.com/bfm/index.html
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16. Board Game: Guderian's Blitzkrieg II [Average Rating:8.23 Overall Rank:1506]
Jeff Heidman
United States
Macedon
New York
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Surprised this has not been added before - the OCS system has several Eastfront games, at the Monster level (GB2, EATG) and some smaller stuff as well (Hubes Pocket).
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17. Board Game: 1941 [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:4602]
Edward Hoden
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Omaha
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Pretty solid and reasonably easy to learn simulation of Operation Barbarossa.
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18. Board Game: Panzerkrieg [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:3770]
Kevin Roach
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This is the best I have played so far, but I have more to try. I recommend it highly.
 
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19. Board Game: Struggle of Army Group Manstein [Average Rating:6.96 Unranked]
Takashi Ishida
Japan
Abiko
Chiba Prefecture
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This is a very good operation level Eastern front game by Tetsuya Nakamura.

This game was adopted by MMP international game series.
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20. Board Game: Verlorene Siege [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
Takashi Ishida
Japan
Abiko
Chiba Prefecture
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I think this is one of the best Eastern front campaign game.
It is playable and innovative. I can agree this innovative system is somewhat tricky.

I think this is the game in which Leningrad is more important than Moscow.
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21. Board Game: The Russian Campaign [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:713]
Takashi Ishida
Japan
Abiko
Chiba Prefecture
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This is my first wargame.
I played this game many times since I had only this game in those days.
I have very good memories for this first edition.
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Takashi Ishida
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Abiko
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I think this is the best company-level Eastern front wargame.
This is playable and innovative and exciting.
I can agree the system is very tricky and sometimes very unreal.
But, still hidden unit and opportunity fire is very innovative and exciting.
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23. Board Game: Eastern Front Tank Leader [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:2763]
Takashi Ishida
Japan
Abiko
Chiba Prefecture
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This is another gem from John Hill.
Though this game is very different from Eastern front 43-45, both games are the most important and exciting tactical Eastern front games.
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24. Board Game: Battle for Stalingrad [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:2944]
Takashi Ishida
Japan
Abiko
Chiba Prefecture
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A real gem from John Hill.
Though it is really difficult and time-consuming game even now, I think this is one of the best WW2 siege game of all time.
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25. Board Game: The Tigers Are Burning [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:5296]
Takashi Ishida
Japan
Abiko
Chiba Prefecture
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I usually do not like Bomba's games.
But, this one was really innovative and exciting.
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