WWI - Tactical sims
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With so many games designed around aspects of WWI, I thought a few more-focused lists might be handy. I've added games that I own or have owned or have played.

My hope is to have additions made by folks with some similar knowledge of the game and something to say about it.

Lists in this set include:
WWI - Gaming the entire war: http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listid=13...
WWI - 1914 in the West: http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listid=12...
WWI - 1914 in the East: http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listid=12...
WWI - Deadlock (1915-1917): http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listid=13...
WWI - Endings - 1918: http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listid=13...
WWI - the rest of the world: http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listid=13...
WWI - War in the Air: http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listid=13...
WWI - War at Sea: http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listid=13...
WWI - Tactical sims: http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listid=13...

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In the end it always still boils down to small groups of men running, hiding, chargng, firing and dieing. Far from the grand strategic sweep of the "Schlieffen Plans" were these more private battles. Some nice efforts to game them here.
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1. Board Game: Trenchfoot [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:12219]
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"Trenchfoot" by GDW. Scale: 1 yard hexes, 5 second turns, each unit equals one man.
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3. Board Game: Landships! Tactical Weapons Innovations 1914-1918 [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:4722]
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Units represent companies or platoons or single tanks or guns. Exploring the growing role of technologies in the war 1914-1918. 5 minute turns, 100m hexes.
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4. Board Game: Infernal Machines [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
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Expansion to Landships for 1915-1933
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5. Board Game: Sand in the Whirlwind [Average Rating:6.64 Unranked]
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pretty close to tactical scale... to quote the BGG description:

"Each combat factor on each combat unit represents approximately 100 men, 1 machine gun or 1 cannon. Each hex equals twenty-five (25) miles across and each game turn represents two (2) weeks"
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6. Board Game: Jassin 1915 [Average Rating:5.06 Unranked]
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More African Tactical combat fro KPG. Great gaming bargains!
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7. Board Game: Togoland 1914 [Average Rating:6.49 Unranked]
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My first KPG 'Africa' game. "Each hex is 15 miles, each game turn is two to three days (there are nine turns in total) and each unit is a platoon, company, combat group, artillery section or machinegun section."
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8. Board Game: St. George's Valour [Average Rating:5.73 Unranked]
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More desktop published gaming. WWI commando raid ?! Minden's clever solitaire sim of theBritish commando raid on the German naval base at Zeebrugge - hoping to plug the U-boat spigot.
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9. Board Game: Hamel 1918 [Average Rating:6.06 Unranked]
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Australians early use of "combined arms" tactics in the shortest battle of the war - 90 minutes. A nice dtp effort by Peter Schutze. I did a Cyberboard gamebox of this one.

publisher's website is:

http://www.geocities.com/schutze_games/Hamel.html

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10. Board Game: Assault Across the Suez [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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Covers the climatic battle of the Turkish 25th and 10th divisions epic bid to capture and destroy a portion of the Suez Canal in February, 1915. The day long battle is covered at the tactical level, platoons and companies, individual ships and aircraft. Several scenarios include the historical site and non-historical. Over 270 counters, one 11 x17" map depicting a section of the canal.

Units include MGs, naval, air, leaders, morale, explosives, artillery and more. The game length is 10 turns, including night.
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11. Board Game: In the Trenches: Opening Engagements [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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San Clemente
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Here the truceless armies yet / Trample, rolled in blood and sweat; / They kill and kill and never die; / And I think that each is I. // None will part us, none undo / The knot that makes one flesh of two, /
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Sick with hatred, sick with pain, / Strangling -- When shall we be slain? // When shall I be dead and rid / Of the wrong my father did? / How long, how long, till spade and hearse / Puts to sleep my mother's curse?
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Don't forget this brand new release! A new take with an interesting system, to be the first game in a series for tactical battles & situations in the Great War. Excellent quality components, in line with their other products - http://www.greniergames.com/
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12. Board Game: Trenches of Valor [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:8177]
Marc Figueras

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A tactical simulation of trench assaults published by Victory Point Games. Each unit is 2 to 10 soldiers, each hex ≈ 50 meters across, and each turn is about 30 to 60 seconds of real time.
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13. Board Game: Les Nettoyeurs [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:10210]
Patrick Receveur
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A tactical simulation of trench assaults published by Vae Victis.
One counter is one soldier. You can play with miniatures.

A player tries to take over and clear an enemy trench using bags of grenades and flame-thrower. The defender has to defend it using machine gun, barbwire and mines.

You can play solo too.

Rules in English on boardgamegeek
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14. Board Game: Poor Bloody Infantry [Average Rating:6.23 Unranked]
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Solitaire game from Minden Games. One platoon attacking on the Somme, July 1 1916. Played on a checkers board representing No Man's Land. One man per counter.
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15. Board Game: Dire Heroes: Gas Attack at Ypres [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
Malcolm Green
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Victoria
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A rule set that uses the Memoir '44 board and components. A light simulation of the 2nd Battle of Ypres focusing on the first effective lethal gas attack in modern warfare.

Yes, I'm self promoting whistle


Great lists though!
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16. Board Game: Storm Trooper [Average Rating:6.83 Unranked]
 
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Stosstruppen unleash their skills honed on the Russian Front. The play feels like solitaire "Up Front"! Fastest PnP to get into the game I've tried.
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17. Board Game: Red Poppies: WWI Tactics [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:5850]
Andrew Prizzi
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West Newton
Pennsylvania
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Recent game from Worthington Games.
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18. Board Game: Infantry Attacks: Fall of Empires [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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Part of a WW1 "Panzer Grenadier"-like series by AP, also including (some of these may be title changes during development):
Infantry Attacks: August 1914
Infantry Attacks: The Chihuahua Incident, 1916 (Ride to Glory with Pancho Villa!)
Infantry Attacks: Fall of Empires (this one resulted from a search result with another title?)
Infantry Attacks: To Hell With Spain (Spanish-American War 1898)
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19. Board Game: Soldiers: Decision in the Trenches, 1918 [Average Rating:6.02 Unranked]
Michael Dorosh
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Calgary
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Magazine game from S&T published in 2013; platoon-sized units depicting U.S. Army and U.S. Marine units in the last year of the war. Low in complexity; no tanks and a unique "Chaos of War" rule. Much complaining about the quality of the counters, both physical quality and graphic design - including "carnage" sides of the platoon counters showing silhouettes of dead men lying in bright red pools of blood.
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20. Board Game: First Blood: Second Marne [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:11404]
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US side puts you in the position of an infantry battalion commander organizing a defense against a river crossing assault by a regiment or so of Germans disrupted by both artillery and aerial bombardment. The greater number of Germans tends to eventually tell unless the US player is very good and somewhat lucky.
 
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21. Board Game: No Man's Land: Trench Warfare 1914-1918 [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
Arnauld DELLA SIEGA
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FRANCE
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A new WW1 tactical sim depicting the evolution of trenchwarfare between 1914 and 1918
by Ludifolie. Available in French or English version

Hex: 50m
Counters: from section to half-platoon, MG and it servants, tank etc.
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