10 Wargames that helped start it all
Steven Weisner
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Going thru a nostalgic phases lately, I tried to remember the top ten wargames that had the most influence on me becoming a "geek". They may be some of my most enjoyed games, and though some may not be considered great now or then, they probably are the ones that put me on the road to being a wargame nut.

Now of course different games for different folks, and game choice depends on when you started and what was available, so my 10 main games are older. Still it was great to 'start' with some of these!

So, ten games that had an influence on me, in no particular order...
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1. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:15362]
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Risk. Didn't just about everyone play this as a kid? Moving piles of little wooden blocks in my first game of world domination. Very simple, but it did wet my appetite for more.
 
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2. Board Game: Admirals [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:12987]
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Admirals, and its land counterpart, Stratego, were the other 'simple' strategy games that I ifrst played before I grew into Avalon Hill and SPI. Lots of fun back then.
 
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3. Board Game: Blitzkrieg [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:6476]
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Blitzkrieg. If I remember correctly, my first hex and counter game and the one that really started the traditional wargame for me. Though a-historical, it introduced more advanced wargame to me, and required some strategic thinking to play.
 
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4. Board Game: PanzerBlitz [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2070]
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Panzerblitz blew it wide open for me, at least in respect to tactical warfare. Beautiful counter art and geo-morphic mapboards caused me to play this ( and Panzer Leader ) many, many times.
 
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5. Board Game: War at Sea (second edition) [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2552] [Average Rating:6.47 Unranked]
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War at Sea. My introduction to naval warfare. Simple, strategic view of combat in the European theatre. Once again, Avalon Hill came through with some great counter art for all the major warships. More than any other game here, I will take this out for a quick game. Apparently still popular enough that a re-make is coming out by L2.
 
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6. Board Game: Rise and Decline of the Third Reich [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1482]
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The 'Third Reich' game. A more complicated world domination game, though centered on Europe only. Another very traditional gem from AH, certainly a BIG advance from Risk.
 
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7. Board Game: MechWar '77 [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:7768]
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This was my first modern tactical armor game, and like PanzerBlitz, played it countless times, though not likely to re-play it much anymore.
 
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8. Board Game: Cobra [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:3837]
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Cobra. This was one of my earlier S&T subscription games and was a major factor in continuing with a multi-year sub. One of my best, period, and a game that still gets played whenever possible.
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9. Board Game: Wacht am Rhein [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:4958]
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Yep, saved two 'monsters' for the end. How can you not be affected by your first huge game? An excellent game too, grand tactical Battle of the Bulge - how much more archtypical can you get? Still have it, but not as easy to get set up and played anymore.
 
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10. Board Game: War in Europe [Average Rating:7.06 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.06 Unranked]
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War in Europe.

Wow.
This game either scared you away from wargaming, or turned you into an insane gamer. Absolutely huge game, nine(!) maps and thousands of counters. Anyone who made the effort to play this game ( twice for me ),has to put this on the list.
 
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