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I recently selected Bonaparte at Marengo, Friedrich and War of the Ring as my three top games over the last year. After considering what they have in common, I determined that asymmetry and limited intelligence are the key factors. I certainly have games I like that lack one or the other, but these two elements characterize a lot of my favorites over the years. So I decided to make a list.

A quick note about the criteria:

1) Asymmetry
By asymmetrical, I mean games where playing different sides is a totally different experience. Games where all players start with the same options and resources, but evolve differently based on choices the players make, are excluded. I'm after games where you really have a different goal to accomplish, or different means with which to do so. Games of this sort have a built in play bonus, because playing from a different position is like playing another game entirely.

2) Limited Intelligence
I bring my own limited intelligence to any game I play, but in this instance I mean limited intelligence in the military sense: not knowing the resources or location of the opponent. The sense of doubt that prevents absolute calculation adds a tension and potential for bluffing that I very much enjoy.

3) Fun
Not stated in the list title, but I'd like to make clear that I don't want an exhaustive summary of all games that meet the two criteria. Quite the contrary, I could (but won't) name several games that fit but I don't care for. I've started the list with games that fit which I personally enjoy. If you wish to add to the list, please use the same guidelines; a game that you don't personally enjoy does not belong here, even if it is asymmetrical and exhibits limited intelligence.
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1. Board Game: Bonaparte at Marengo [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:1175]
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The units of both armies are very similar, but the strategic situation imposes the asymmetry in Bonaparte at Marengo. The Austrians have the burden of attack, and must do so quickly and efficiently to have any hope of victory.

The French are forced to withdraw before a competent Austrian player, but must trade units for time or they will find their backs to the wall too early to survive.

Combat is deterministic, but hidden units cause a great deal of angst. Brilliant game.
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2. Board Game: Friedrich [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:469]
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Another game that is a very different for the Friedrich player than it is for the others. You know how many forces your opponents have, but not how they are distributed. You also don't know what cards are held, and most importantly, you don't know how long the game will last. This adds up to the sort of difficult decision-making problems that I love.
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3. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:82]
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As Sauron, you want to crush the weaklings who defy you in an all-out military blitz. As the Fellowship, you'd like to stalemate the war and win by slipping past the enemy and dropping the ring in Orodruin.

The feeling of the books is captured more effectively here than I ever expected to see in a game. Great fun when playing with my plain, unpainted pieces, but even better when I get to play with my friend djarv's set (pictured).
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4. Board Game: The Fury of Dracula [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1558]
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An all-time favorite. The hunters desparately seek to locate and destroy Dracula before he places enough vampires for victory. Both sides feel enormous pressure. I hope the new version will carefully consider and playtest any 'improvements', so that more players can enjoy it as I have.
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5. Board Game: Scotland Yard [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1059]
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Fury of Dracula leads naturally to Scotland Yard, where the police try to locate and capture Mr. X much like the hunters chasing Dracula in FoD. Scotland Yard is the minimalist version, and plays quicker. Fury of Dracula adds an event deck, encounter chits, a combat system, etc., and is the better game in my view. However, I still enjoy Scotland Yard and understand that some might prefer it.
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6. Board Game: Caesar's Legions [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:6155]
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Specifically the Eagles scenario - all of the scenarios are asymmetrical, as the Roman military units are vastly different from the German, but in some scenarios their is no limited intelligence.

When both features come together in the Eagles scenario you get a wonderful game experience. This is a classic example of a superior military organization facing guerilla tactics in unfriendly territory.
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7. Board Game: Caesar: Epic Battle of Alesia [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:2066]
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Another classic wargame. This time the Romans have the Gauls besieged in Alesia, but are effectively besieged themselves by an enormous off-board relief force that the Gaul player need not reveal until they enter the board. Cat and Mouse game of the highest order.
 
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8. Board Game: Vietnam 1965-1975 [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:1751]
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Set in a more recent era, the U.S. player has a remarkably similar situation to that of the Roman player facing the Germans in Caesar's Legions.

I've never played the full war, but very much enjoyed the campaign scenarios.
 
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9. Board Game: Search & Destroy [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:8259]
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Search & Destroy presents the same situation at the tactical level. Is that an ammo dump in that hut, or just some bags of rice? Are those guys in the rice paddy Viet Cong, NVA regulars, or simply civilian peasants minding their own business? Difficult questions, and your squad needs the answers quickly.
 
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10. Board Game: Bloodtree Rebellion [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:11938]
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Speaking of Viet Nam, it undoubtedly was on the mind of the designer of Bloodtree Rebellion. A really interesting game, but probably difficult to find these days.
 
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11. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:413]
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LotR: the Confrontation is a pefect game for this list. The asymmetry occurs both in the victory requirements and the forces involved. The limited intelligence keeps the game fresh, as you never know for sure who is where until you commit. And the fun factor is off the chart.
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12. Board Game: Midway [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:2609]
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I can't leave Midway off this list. It's probably the oldest qualifier that I still own. The tension is exquisite as you search for the enemy on the strategic board. The different strengths and weaknesses of the ships and carrier aircraft of the two sides make play on the tactical display very interesting as well.

I'm afraid this one shows my age; I suspect I was playing it before the majority of people who look at this list were born.
 
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13. Board Game: Air & Armor [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:4038]
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Air & Armor fits these criteria in spades! Limited Intelligence is a key element in the game - unit types & locations are known, but they can vary in strength from 1-10 pts. Likewise, Soviet forces are required to secretly declare a "stance" for each of their formations BEFORE the turn begins. These stances place rigid guidlines on the unit may behave. NATO forces are free of this requirement, thus the system shows the differences between the belligerents command structures. Artillery support also works differently for each side.

A unique, fast playing system that is largely under the wargaming community's radar screen.
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14. Board Game: Victoria Cross [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:3597]
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In the wonderful game, Bonaparte at Marengo, this is how to get nasty Frenchies out of a village.
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It's no "Bonaparte at Marengo" or "Friedrich" (two favorites of mine, as well), but I've been able to play "Victoria Cross" once so far, and it fulfills all the criteria. Certainly limited intelligence and assymetric sides, and both my opponent and I found it quite fun. We hope to get another game in soon.
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15. Board Game: Wizard Kings [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1748]
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As a block game this is a natural for this list but of course the limited intelligence isn't the only criteria. It also meets the asymmetry requirment very nicely. Each of the armies plays very differently and has different strengths and weaknesses that you have to take advantage of. And finally, I do enjoy playing this game quite a bit. It is just plain fun. It doesn't take long to learn, it plays fairly quickly and supports multiple players nicely.
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16. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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Asymmetry:
Definitely, since the scenarios usually offer a very different experience depending on which side you play.

Limited Intelligence:
You never know which card your opponent will play next!

Fun:
Hey, maybe there's not a lot of strategy in this game (especially long-term), but it pretty much defines FUN!
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17. Board Game: Ideology: The War of Ideas [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:3500]
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Asymmetry:
Five different Ideologies. Each with a different Boon and Bane, aswell as starting tech. Your early game options and late game options are limited/enhanced by these.

Limited Intelligence: You dont know what your opponent has in his hand, so waging an Economic War over a Cultural one could be wrong choice...
Fun:
My favorite game. Fun is all opinion anyways
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18. Board Game: Ghost Chase [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:4237]
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This game is somewhat like scotland yard.

=> Asymmetry: One person is the ghost, the other players are the ghost-hunters.

=> Limited intelligence: The ghost shows itself every now and then and also shows which rooms it crossed to get where it is. (It can only once in every room in the castle).

There are a few that lock a door and stuff like that that you can choose to use or, depending on how hard you want it to be for the hunters to catch the ghost.

Cheese.
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19. Board Game: Starship Troopers [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2313]
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It has been a long time since I played this game. So, correct me if I am wrong.

Asymmetry: Playing the two side results in dramatically different strategies. The terrans often have an all out assault, sometimes with an added time factor so they don’t get left on the planet. While the bugs use more of a hit and run tactics, along with baiting some pretty nasty traps (hidden nuclear bombs).

Limited intelligence: The terrans never know where the bugs may show up next. The bug player has a hidden sheet that maps out his underground tunnel system, which he uses to move forces around the board. The bugs literally spring from your feet ready for a fight.

It seems like war games or combat simulations heavily dominate this list. Is this style of play so much more prevalent in games of this nature?
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20. Board Game: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:581]
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Not a wargame, but one which qualifies according to your criteria:
ASYMMETRY
The Corporation seeks to advance and score enough agenda points to establish its dominance. The wily Runner must try to break into the Corp's data forts and steal agenda.

LIMITED INTELLIGENCE
The Corp plays most of his cards to the table face down; the Runner only knows what he is up against when he encounters a card on a run. What's hiding behind all that protective ICE could be an agenda, or it could be a card which will cause the Runner to lose valuable programs--or even flatline him.
Expansions added a few hidden resources to the Runner's aresenal.

FUN
Highly subjective, but I still think of Netrunner as great fun. And it is one of the few CCG's which played quite well right out of just a sealed starter.
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21. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:501]
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I realize this may be a controversial addition to this list. It very easily satisfies the criteria of Asymmetry and Fun, the former because each of the seven powers has a very different position and the latter because I enjoy playing it so very much.

I also think that this game involves Limited Intelligence. While you can always see what position the other players' units occupy, you can't know whom they are working with or whom you can trust. Effectively if you are France for example, you can't know whether the German units are working with you to help you take Belgium, or working with England against you. It's not the same sort of Limited Intelligence that you necessarily had in mind, but it's there and makes the game what it is.
 
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22. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:215]
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I can hardly believe that no one has entered this one yet. Talk about asymmetry! Six factions - all with totally different abilities - and it's still a balanced game (at least without the expansions). It's almost like six games in one.

Intelligence is limited by cards held and traitors chosen from among enemy leaders, known only to the player that the traitor is working for. Apart from the cards (which are not just drawn to the hand, they are bid on and one faction gets to peek) there is no luck in the game.

I absolutely love this game!
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23. Board Game: Insurgency [Average Rating:5.42 Unranked]
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No time to go into detail at the moment, but I think this game fullfils both your criteria.
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24. Board Game: Empires in Arms [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:953]
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Each game of Empires In Arms is very different depending on which of the 7 powers you play. The limited intelligence comes in with the deployment of units although the opponent knows how powerful each unit is, the location of these units on the board is only found out when it is attacked. Great game if you've got the hundred plus hours to commit, I would love to play this again but fear I never will never get the chance.
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25. Board Game: Dungeon Twister [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:762]
Kenneth Wofford
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Bethesda
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This one, along with BaM, are my "hot games" of the year.
Asymmetry-Since the disposition of your starting forces is entirely free, different strategies are needed to make different starting combos of characters to work. With the addition of the expansions (although personally I dislike expansions; a game should be good as is) you can completely customize your assault force.
Limited intelligence-The blind bidding nature of the combat cards is one of my favorite mechanics. I loved it in LOTR:C. Also the decision of where to hide your objects is crucial to good gameplay.
Fun-The game is more fun than a barrelful of drunken Brazilian monkeys at Carnivale. Nothing compares to the feeling of using the Mechanork to rotate a room twice, opening up a LOS from your wizard to the troll two rooms away. Troll barbeque, anyone?
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