Confessions of a Heavy Wargamer
Andrew Young
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I must confess... I've loved wargames for over 20 years. I've spent (dare I say squandered?) almost 95% of that time buried in the 2-million page Advanced Squad Leader Rulebook. The rest of my time has been with assorted medium to heavy wargames. ASL is a great game, don't get me wrong. But, I'm changing....

And, it's for the better. I still love wargames but I'm finding that my tastes are expanding. Saturdays were comprised of stacks of counters, huge maps, endless charts, reviews of notes, checking lists, checking lists twice and then taking over some region of the world or getting routed. Usually the latter!

I still love wargames but I've changed. Please don't hate me, Grognards. Please don't. I can't help it. I confess that I like silly board games, collectible games, and games that involve Undead creatures! The horror!
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1. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:134]
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This game started my slow conversion or awakening. I played it years ago and liked it but suppressed my feelings! Knizia wasn't a household name for me. He was foreign and strange. The game board didn't take up my whole dining room table. I was suspicious of my feelings. I've now accepted them. I LOVE THIS GAME.
 
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Wow, I can't believe that I love this game. I can play it with people that smell better than wargamers... girls. My fiance, brother's girlfriend, mother and sister all love this game. And they crush me at it. The peices are plastic and cute- not cardboard with a 7-4-7 unit description on them. I am really into this game! I play it online and the main language used in the forums is German...
 
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3. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:492] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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Yikes, this one ought to completely alienate me from the Grognards. Such a fun game. "Jambo" means Hello is Swalhili. So, I guess it's "Jambo Alienation from Grognards" for me!
 
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4. Board Game: Bonaparte at Marengo [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:1177]
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Mayhap, this one will save me a little in the eyes of grognards? This game is so much fun it's silly. It got my wargaming juices flowing again. It's not Grognard level though I confess. But, it's still a wargame!
 
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5. Board Game: Web of Power [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:507]
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Played a game of this 2 years ago with a friend and didn't really take to it. He pulled it out 2 weeks ago and we played a 3 player game. I LOVE IT. Man, it's cool. Haven't tried China but I hear it's good as well.
 
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6. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:230]
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Who loves this one? I confess that I do. I've never won the game but it's a lot of fun trying to figure it out. The only other times I've played a game that has St. Petersburg referenced in it was to shell it's walls, take it's buildings and hoist my flag on the Hermitage. In this game I'm trying to help the city. What a change! I love it!
 
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7. Board Game: Paranoia Mandatory Bonus Fun! Card Game [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:5438]
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I never played the RPG of this game. I was busy sending Panthers through the Mist. I played this game abut 1 month ago and simply loved it. It's hilarious. I LOVE it... I love it. I love it.
 
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This one should permanently destroy me in the eyes of Grognards. But, I like it. It's fun and it's cute. What can I say??
 
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And to put the final nail in my Grognard coffin...

This one just makes me laugh. A fun filler.
 
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10. Board Game: Struggle of Empires [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:328]
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Though, hold on with that nail!!

This isn't a traditional wargame but it has aspects of it, right? I mean it's played in 3 Wars isn't it? LOVELY game...
 
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A great card game.
No counters? No hex maps... no rules in English? I confess. It has nothing of the above. It is so much fun it's amazing.
 
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Hold on though... I just got an upunched copy of this game.. does that make me a Euro Heavy? Have I leapt from Wargaming Grognard to Euro Grognard?
 
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Ok, now here is another game that I've started to play. It's HEAVY HEAVY level in terms of rules, but it certainly is not a wargame. It's not a Euro either. It's INSANE. Yep, it's amazingly insane.
 
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