Looking for my next game with a more aggressive edge
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I am debating which game to get next. I really like war games but I really only have 1 wargamer friend. I like games with a little more aggresive edge on them. Tell me what you think about these games then rank them in the order you would get them. If you have any games you recommend let me know. I guess this list turned more into a war game list but I am really looking for stuff that I can play with my little group. Thanks!
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1. Board Game: DAK2 [Average Rating:8.26 Overall Rank:2437]
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Man I want this one, but it would be really tough to find an opponent!
 
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2. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:214] [Average Rating:7.96 Unranked]
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Do I dare jump into this beast?!
 
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3. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:151]
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I don't know much about this game, but man is it rated high. Also it may be tough to get ahold of, not to mention expensive! I sell lots of games on eBay (gamecloset), but since this is out of print I can't give myself a discount. (Sorry for the shameless plug)
 
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4. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:72]
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Not a traditional wargame, but it has conflict.
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5. Board Game: The Russian Campaign (fourth and fifth editions) [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:2833]
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This sucker sells like crazy on my eBay store, but I haven't gotten a chance to play it. From everything I know it is a great game. The only problem is that I may have trouble finding a local opponent.
 
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6. Board Game: Friedrich [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:505]
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I am just getting to know this game now. So far I like what I see. It is a bit of a brain-burner in the same manner as Chess - positioning around the board is everything, though the pieces don't do diff things like Chess.

The nations are all different to play and have their own challenges. It's a good example of an asymetrical game.

The a card play is rather like an old Parker game - Mediterranean and the movement is a bit like a block wargame. It doesn't resemble those games in many other ways, though.

The you have event cards - brilliantly baseed on real life.

A winner, and if you like strategy and bluff, it's a good one.

Oh, and it looks fantastic, but is quite expensive. A new version is coming out, but I doubt the board will be as beautiful as this version - it opens is such a way that you can hardly see the join and is a quality product.
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7. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:114] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
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This is a outstanding lite wargame with an aggressive edge You would need two sets for group play, however for you and your wargameing buddy this game is hard to beat. It's quick, has a high replay value, and has just released new expansions to keep it fresh.
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8. Board Game: Europe Engulfed [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:964] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
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Man, I want this game, but would I really be able to finish a game?
 
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9. Board Game: Wallenstein (first edition) [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:372]
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Not much of a clue about this one but it is rated high.
 
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10. Board Game: Struggle of Empires [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:360]
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Now this really is a wonderful game, but you do need 4 or more players and 3 or more hours to make it shine.

The mor players up to 7 the better and your first game may be about 4 hours, but you'll get it down nicely after that.

I depends what you're looking for. Like Wallenstein this is a bit of a hybrid Euro-wargame. Wall is 2/3 Euro and 1/3 wargame, ths is the other way around - you get your area influence and your bidding and improvement tiles, but the whole thing has a strong accent on fighting and defending what you've got.

I can't praise this game enough. Last time I looked it was hovering around 30 in the rankings, but tbh, I really think this is one of those that should be in the top 20 if not 10. It really is a cracker. It's deep, sophisticated and elegant, but it's also fun and gripping.
 
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11. Board Game: War in the Desert [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:5374]
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I hear this is the best of the Europa Series.
 
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12. Board Game: Mare Nostrum: Mythology Expansion [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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Plenty of conflict here- battles, vengeful gods, the works.
 
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13. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:338]
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Rated really high, looks like a solid game. I would only really be able to get 3 people to play this game, would it be worth it with that few people?
 
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14. Board Game: Crusader Rex [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:1310]
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As a big fan of Hammer of the Scots, you probably have this on your radar already. It sounds fabulous, although I have yet to try it myself.
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15. Board Game: Battle Cry [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:658]
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16. Board Game: Vinci [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:633]
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Sounds good, but again I will probably only be able to play with 3.
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17. Board Game: Löwenherz [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:856]
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Okay with three, absolutely brilliant with four. Löwenherz is all about in your face confrontation, but does not have the intimidation factor of a war game. Has been reworked as Domaine. I have not played the newer version, so I cannot say which one is better.
 
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18. Board Game: Ikusa [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:713]
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Great light wargame, OOP though.
 
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19. Board Game: I'm the Boss! [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:973]
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Not a war game but I would highly recomend it for your group as it most definatly has a very aggressive edge.
 
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20. Board Game: Junta [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1008]
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This is my favorite game. Assassins, money, and the occasional coup! OOP but rumours are it will be reprinted soon.
 
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21. Board Game: Nin-Gonost [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:10940]
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Just got this one in the mail today, so I haven't had a chance to play it. It's a bit pricey, but you get some really great cool pieces, like magnetic dungeon walls and floors. Each player drafts a few fantasy warriors, then dukes it out. It has a somewhat complex battle system that allows you to do just about anything. For instance, a half-troll could pick up a dwarf and use the poor bugger to bash a door down, then hurl him at a knight.
 
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22. Board Game: Axis & Allies Miniatures [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2552]
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Not sure how I feel about minis, rated high and a friend of mine is intersted. The only problem is that I am not a fan of trying to collect stuff.
 
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