Wargames On Your Table - May 2012
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April showers bring May flowers.
You know what else brings flowers?
When your opponent's forces are pushing up daisies!!!!

It's that time again: May! What wargames are you playing? Who are you playing with? If it is ongoing, how is the game going? How did you enjoy it? Inquiring minds want to know!

Now to promote some Geeklists:

Looking for an online opponent? Is there a game you really want to play but can't find an opponent? Go to the
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Check out this Geeklist and look through the list of war games that do not have a review. If you are willing and able, pick one out and get it on the table if need be, or write a review for it

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1. Board Game: No Retreat! The Russian Front [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:847]
Board Game: No Retreat! The Russian Front
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The topic is not of great interest to me, but so many people talked this up that I had to buy a copy before it went out of print. Then it mocked me from the bookshelf for 2 months. Curiosity finally got me and I had to open it up and put it on the table.

First impression: wow! Carl Paradis had to pop a couple of buttons off of his shirt when he first took a look at this. Top notch quality! I love the big counters. The mounted board looks great! Way to go, GMT! The rules look clear. If the game play matches the initial impression (and I have no reason to think it won't), this one will be a winner.

I'm working through some turns to get familiar with the mechanics and see if it all makes sense, and after my quick "get familiar" solo run, Tony (Clifton) and I are going to play this on VASSAL.
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2. Board Game: Empire of the Sun [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:753]
Board Game: Empire of the Sun
Judd Vance
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Kevin and I continue our epic struggle across the Pacific on VASSAL/PBEM.

Since last month, here is the update: We went through 1942. I caught some breaks from Monty and the Brits in North Africa. As a result, FDR freed up more forces for me. While he took the Dutch East Indies, Malaya, and the Philippines, I took my beefed up force and secured New Guinea and the Australian Mandates (Guadalcan and others). Then, I pulled the greatest move of my gaming life and put 3 of his carriers in the bottom of the ocean with a huge surprise attack. Then I liberated Timor and southern Celebes and moved the front eastward by capturing the important port of Kwajalein in the Marshalls. Then I scored a victory south of Rangoon in Burma.

So how do I take this stroke of great fortune? With a series of boneheaded moves. I got too aggressive in Burma and lost a lot of troops, but still managed to hold on to port of Rangoon and its valuable oil field, while he continued to push northward, threatening the Burma Road.

I tried to take back Midway and took HEAVY losses, causing the public support to falter. Then I recovered with another huge strike on two of his non-replaceable Battleship fleets. But on the other side of the world, Rommel pushed back Patton in Algiers, causing a delay in a promised massive carrier group that was coming my way.
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3. Board Game: Julius Caesar [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:913]
Board Game: Julius Caesar: Caesar, Pompey, and the Roman Civil War 49-45 BC
Judd Vance
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I introduced Barteus to this last month (VASSAL/PBEM) and took a pretty decisive victory as Caesar. We switched sides and he pounded me at Torracco and appears to have Spain under control, while there is a race for Asia Minor going on.

Very thrilling game. The event cards are not as unbalancing as I thought. I don't even like most of them and often discard them.
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4. Board Game: Shifting Sands: The Campaign for North Africa 1940-1943 [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:2356]
Board Game: Shifting Sands: The Campaign for North Africa 1940-1943
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I continue my two PBEM games against Filipe and Lars. I'm the Axis in both.

I came THAT close to defeating Lars. In Fall 1941, I pushed him to the limit (as is often the case in this game). I played the combo that opened up a front in Syria and Iraq, scoring a lot of victory points. I had Mersa (score 1 VP for being adjacent to El Alamein). I was 1 VP from auto-victory. He tried an even odds battle against Mersa and it came down the die roll. If he doesn't beat me, I win the game. I roll him a 6 / 1 combo in his favor. He takes the position and I come up just short.

Now we are on the long drawn out battle to try to keep him from winning.

In my other game, I am in summer of 41 with Felipe. He has nearly cleared out East Africa. He had Egypt protected, until my Balkan Invasion made him pull a lot of troops away, creating a fragile front standing between Rommel and the Suez canal.
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5. Board Game: Band of Brothers: Screaming Eagles [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:1946] [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked]
Board Game: Band of Brothers: Screaming Eagles
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Sean (seanmac) and I are firing this one back up after a short break. I'm getting my first exposure to part 2 of the rules.
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6. Board Game: Hold the Line [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:2517]
Board Game: Hold the Line
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Barteus and I continue working through scenarios in this game. After a thrilling pair of games at Hobkirk's Hill last month, we are playing the Battle of Trenton (a.k.a. Washington crosses the Delaware).
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7. Board Game: U-Boat Leader [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:4368]
Board Game: U-Boat Leader
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Played my first campaign of this. I do like the solo DVG games, but this one was a bit flat for me.

I'll have to another mission as it has all the aspects of what I like, including the theme... but there was something missing that I can't put my finger on.

One more go at it may provide the answers.
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8. Board Game: The Sun Never Sets volume II [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked]
Board Game: The Sun Never Sets volume II
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Reading the magazine. Set up the Asante scenario. Hope to play this over the week and decide if I want to delve into the longer scenarios.
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9. Board Game: Anzio [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:3360]
Board Game: Anzio
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Still going with this. Hey it's 79 turns long what do you expect.
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10. Board Game: The Peloponnesian War, 431-404 BC [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:3766]
Board Game: The Peloponnesian War, 431-404 BC
Blake Phillips
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Montague
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Finally procured one of my last grail OOP solo games - counters clipped - map under plexi - rules open. Happy gamer.
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11. Board Game: Axis & Allies Europe 1940 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:1018] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
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Aliquippa
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Yes, our group continues to grind along with our round-robin play of A&A 1940 Global, where each of the four of us takes his turn 'in the box' as the sole Axis player against the other three players commanding the Allied forces. This time, it's Rick's 11 year old son Jeremy's turn, and after three turns, his Axis are off to a fairly strong start. Only time will tell however. Here is a pic of the Russian Front as we move to the start of Turn 4:

Board Game: Axis & Allies Europe 1940


BTW - shameless plug - here is the current AAR of the end of the previous campaign, where my friend Dan saw his Axis empire crumble under the weight of Russian tanks and Australian submarines!
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/797000/strange-days-iii-down...
Take a look, and give it a thumb or two!
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12. Board Game: Yom Kippur: The Battle for the Sinai, October, 1973 [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:3915]
Board Game: Yom Kippur
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Just into the turn 2 Israeli exploitation phase of Pearl Harbour Revisited. When the IDF reinforcements arrived this turn I thought I could push back the Egyptians to the Suez but I didn't plan on rolling 5's exclusively. So the Egyptians move back 1 hex and IDF loses 2 steps of tanks.Worse I pushed them back into mountain hexes. Quite a predicament.
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13. Board Game: Hornet Leader: Carrier Air Operations [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:1456] [Average Rating:7.90 Unranked]
Board Game: Hornet Leader: Carrier Air Operations
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Heading to a conference next week and bringing my copy of HL:CAO along to keep me out of trouble at night.

I bought it over the holidays this last year but have only played it once. I was disappointed with it, which is frustrating since it seems like it should be right up my (mig?) alley.

I've just re-read the rules, finished punching the rest of the counters, sorted them into some ancient AH counter trays, and am ready to give it another shot. Wish me luck!
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14. Board Game: SPQR (Deluxe Edition) [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:1475]
Board Game: SPQR (Deluxe Edition)
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First wargame solo play (only one previous wargame experience, a mere two weeks ago...)

I am working through the Bagradas Plains scenario. It's a lot of fun so far. I'm really enjoying working out the strategy and tactics for each side So far the battle is pretty well balanced, but it looks like things will begin to Favor Carthage soon enough.


(Also, I just began a Vassal game of Cataphract, so it's GBoH all the way... for now at least.)
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15. Board Game: The Battle for Normandy: Expansion [Average Rating:8.22 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.22 Unranked]
Board Game: The Battle for Normandy: Expansion
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and I will continue our play test game of the Battle for Normandy Expansion. So far so good, we are both having a great time.
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16. Board Game: Beyond Valor: ASL Module 1 [Average Rating:8.54 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.54 Unranked]
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Still working our way through this module on our way to:

Red Barricades: ASL Historical Module 1
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17. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #1 [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:529] [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked]
Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #1
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With my starting to teach friends how to play ASL last month, more people are getting interested so I will continue to teach new players what is in my opinion the best tactical WWII game out there, bring in the new recruits!
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18. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #2 [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:1002]
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The graduates from last month's class of Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #1 are moving into Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #2 this month. Bring in the artillery!
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19. Board Game: Here I Stand [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:239]
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In honour of

Virgin Queen
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charging last month we finally played our first game of Here I Stand (okay, really it was me deciding I really needed to play Here I Stand before I got Virgin Queen in the post)! No surprise to anyone it was a great hit and we'll be playing again this month at our monthly gaming meetup day. For those in our area check us out: Waterloo-Wellington Wargamers.
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20. Board Game: Napoleon's Triumph [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:571]
Board Game: Napoleon's Triumph
Got in two plays, my first times using Vassal. It's interesting having several days to think about your next turn....
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21. Board Game: Barbarossa: Kiev to Rostov, 1941 [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:4031]
Board Game: Barbarossa: Kiev to Rostov, 1941
Kanalja
Finland
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My regular wargaming opponent and me played “The Battle on the Sea of Azov” scenario last weekend. He was the Axis player and won the game by preventing my Soviet victory. The Axis lost 11 steps (one more and the game would have ended in a Soviet victory)!

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We are both newcomers to GMT East Front Series. From what I’ve seen I like the system a lot. I think we will play the scenario again this month. After that we will move on to “To Rostov” scenario.
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22. Board Game: World at War: Eisenbach Gap [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:2098]
Board Game: World at War: Eisenbach Gap
David Sims
Australia
Kangaroo Flat
Victoria
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Very interested in the conflict that never happened. I am of the age that as teens we used to think we would die early because of a third world war.
Now it's hole in the ozone layer global warming climate change.

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23. Board Game: World at War: Eisenbach Gap [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:2098]
Board Game: World at War: Eisenbach Gap
Joseph Hayden
United States
Amelia
VA
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Setup scenario two last night so that I can play it this afternoon after work.
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24. Board Game: Normandy '44 [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:1436]
Board Game: Normandy '44
Joseph Hayden
United States
Amelia
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I have a vassal pbem of this one going against



We just finished turn one. Fortunately he is a patient opponent as my work schedule has made me a bit slow, particularly around the weekends.
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25. Board Game: Wilderness War [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:774]
Board Game: Wilderness War
Jason Lewandowski
United States
Lincoln
Nebraska
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After several Washington's War campaigns, we've taken a step back a few years to see how North America was shaping up a generation earlier.

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