Wargames On Your Table - October 2012
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It's that time again: October! 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:

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1. Board Game: For the People [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:897]
Board Game: For the People
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I have put this off for about a year (silly me). I read the rules. This one looks great! I'll set it up and work through a play or so, and hopefully get a VASSAL game going. Otherwise, I'll keep playing (and stumbling through my solitaire comedy of errors).
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2. Board Game: Richard III: The Wars of the Roses [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:1686]
Board Game: Richard III: The Wars of the Roses
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Barteus and I finished up Liberty: The American Revolution 1775-83 last month. Right now, we try to make one of our three PBEM games a block game, and this was the next one in line. It's new to us, so it should be fun stumbling around looking for a strategy. I like the looks of it.
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3. Board Game: Totensonntag [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:4635]
Board Game: Totensonntag
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Barteus and I played a game of this (the first for each of us). I was the Axis and I think I stumbled on to the strategy first and it was a rout. We both figured a lot out while we played, so we fired it up again and kept the same sides. He consolidated his main force and went for my entrenched Italian forces, so I performed a retreat and used my German forces (who were parked out in an escarpment pass) to cover the retreat, but he did hammer a lot of my units. This one is going to be interesting.

A fun & quirky light wargame. I've been very happy with this trade.
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4. Board Game: For Honor and Glory: War of 1812 Land and Naval Battles [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:7953]
Board Game: For Honor and Glory: War of 1812 Land and Naval Battles
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This is Hold the Line for the War of 1812 (with really cheap components). The funny thing is that after playing many Hold the Line scenarios on VASSAL, this one looks like an old VGA video game from 20 years ago.

But on to the good stuff: We are playing the Battle of Queenston Heights. I got lucky with the currents and landed a lot of forces and beat him back, but his reserves have started arriving and my militia are becoming more stubborn about leaving American soil.

This is a great scenario. They really need to package up the scenarios as a Hold the Line expansion so more people can enjoy it.
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5. Board Game: Unhappy King Charles! [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:1832]
Board Game: Unhappy King Charles!
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Capt_S and I are playing this one on VASSAL. I am very new to this, so no doubt, he has an evil scheme that poor Charles and his forces does not recognize.

I think of this as Washington's War chrome-laden cousin. Being a WaW fan, of course I like it. But I wish Jon would raise that Royal Standard so I can commence with the beat down!!! He must learn to respect my authoritah ... long live the king!
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6. Board Game: Storm over Arnhem [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:1992]
Board Game: Storm over Arnhem
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Petegs and I have both taken this for a first-time drive.

I can't go on and on enough about how great this one is. 30 years old and it feels very new. Tough, tough decisions. Sean Connery is rallying my poor Red Devils as best he can. We are early enough in the game that I'm doing well, but it won't last. Hurry up XXX Corps!!!
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7. Board Game: Julius Caesar: Caesar, Pompey, and the Roman Civil War [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:922]
Board Game: Julius Caesar: Caesar, Pompey, and the Roman Civil War 49-45 BC
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Seanmac (Caesar) and I (Pompei) are in the 2nd year of this civil war. He moved down to Syracuse and smacked me around and rushed over to take Byzantine.

His forces in Spain doubted his leadership and defected to my side and now, I am swarming through Spain, while we both are building our forces for big-time fighting in Asia Minor.
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8. Board Game: No Retreat! The Russian Front [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:866]
Board Game: No Retreat! The Russian Front
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Seanmac (Germany) and I (Russia) are playing the Barbarossa scenario. It's my first game and has been a learning experience. He's made reservations for the Moscow Hilton.

I'm liking this. I'll like it even more when I get competent at it. I could go on and on about what there is to like about it, but I would be preaching to the choir. This is definitely the prettiest game that I am playing this month, and it's probably safe to say for the year.
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9. Board Game: Blue vs. Gray [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:3758]
Board Game: Blue vs. Gray
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I have two PBEM/VASSAL games going of this one. In one I am playing Lars (I am the CSA) and in the other, I am playing Sean (seanmac) and I am the USA.

I did not receive favorable map draws in either game. As the CSA, it was odd that I drew West-only card after card. Poor Marse Robert had his small force and fortunately held out long enough until he got a respectable force. Meanwhile, Sherman and Johnston have been going at it out west, but I've been coming up on the short end of the stick.

In my other game, we had a series of failed attacks: both of us. Sherman moved down and took Memphis, but then got aggressive and went for Vicksburg twice and lost. I moved down and took the Wilderness in the East and Grant finally showed up to add more teeth to my eastern front.

I haven't completed a game of either one of these, but I really, really like it. Extremely clever system. This will probably be one of my top 5 new (to me) games of the year.
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10. Board Game: Band of Brothers: Screaming Eagles [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:1955] [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked]
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...and speaking of the best new games (to me) of the year...

Every VASSAL game that I am playing this month (and I'm playing a bunch of 'em!) is one that I started playing this year. I just realized that. This one sits all alone on top of Mt. Olympus. If you haven't played this, do yourself a favor and do so. I just can't describe how good it is.

Seanmac and I continue our Battle of Bloody Gulch. My poor paratroopers have taken a beating, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. If I can hold out for one more turn, I will receive a lot of armor reinforcements.
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11. Board Game: Angola [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:2076]
Board Game: Angola
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Yellow Springs
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Our 4-player PBEM game continues. Let's go, FAPLA/MPLA!
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12. Board Game: Virgin Queen [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:638]
Board Game: Virgin Queen
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Two PBEM games. In one I'm the Ottomans, in t'other, Spain. I confuse myself.
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13. Board Game: Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe [Average Rating:8.33 Overall Rank:1212]
Board Game: Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe
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PBEM playtest of this. My stupid British keep attacking in Egypt and getting no-where. Meanwhile (mid-turn of July '41) the Germans are approaching Leningrad.
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14. Board Game: World in Flames [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:1216] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
Board Game: World in Flames
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Our six-player game continues...
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15. Board Game: For the People [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:897]
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PBEM game, Jon had a great deal of fun with the "On to Richmond" card I just played, eh Jon? We're starting turn 5.
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16. Board Game: Kingdom of Heaven: The Crusader States 1097-1291 [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:3149]
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My glorious Crusaders had captured Damascus, but Chris' cruel forces have retaken it and removed my local Muslim allies, alas... (Scenario E, Fifth Crusade)
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17. Board Game: Andean Abyss [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:913]
Board Game: Andean Abyss
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And I'm just setting this up on my solo table for a run...
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18. Board Game: Storm over Arnhem [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:1992]
Board Game: Storm over Arnhem
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My brave paratroopers are trying to hold off those nasty German types.
Luckily for me there's time for a cup of tea along the way.

Got to dash the kettle's boiling as we speak.
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19. Board Game: Axis & Allies Europe 1940 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:1032] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
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Currently, our fourth and final A&A 1940 Global campaign is in progress. We have completed six (6) turns, putting us at roughly mid-1943. Rick is commanding all Axis forces, and so far has done a solid job. The Japanese are on the doorstep of India, and the IJN is fully intact, sitting in homewaters. The Italians hold Cairo and are sending forces to France, to help hold off the recent Allied invasion of Normandy. The Germans, besides facing a joint US/UK invasion of France, are mired in Russia, as the Red army in Moscow has grown to enormous proportions and looks ready to begin the counter-offensive.

As with our previous three campaigns, we will play through 11 turns and then conclude. The Allies have won each of the first three campaigns, and while Rick is doing fairly well as the Axis, I don't see the Axis actually winning, though things should get interesting in the Pacific. My primary motivation as the US/China player is to do my part to see to it that Rick holds no more than 7 victory cities by the end of the game, thereby making me the champion of the Axis players, as I held 8 victory cities at the end of turn 11 when I took my turn as the Axis commander!

After we finish this campaign, we will set A&A 1940 aside and look to start something new. We haven't decided on the new game yet, but the leading candidate will be a combined campaign of Europe Engulfed: WWII European Theatre Block Game+Asia Engulfed, to continue the WW2 grand strategic theme.
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20. Board Game: Bloody April, 1917: Air War Over Arras, France [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:4790]
Board Game: Bloody April, 1917: Air War Over Arras, France
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Mein Luftkissenfahrzeug ist voller Aale
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Have Bloody April, 1917: Air War Over Arras, France set up in preparation for a newb pbem game run by the designer. I'm way jazzed up about it.

Played 4th? game of Andean Abyss. I really like this one. Gets a little better each time as people explore the strategies of the 4 sides and how they affect each other. Lots of new ideas here (New to me)

Have Panzer: The Game of Small Unit Actions and Combined Arms Operations on the Eastern Front 1943-45 out and about, but am staying away from the rules of that one until I have a better grasp of what is happening in Bloody April, 1917: Air War Over Arras, France.
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21. Board Game: No Retreat!: The Russian Front 1941-1944 [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:4044]
Board Game: No Retreat!
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When it is your turn to send a VASSAL move, the wait is excruciating. When it's my turn, well, I've been busy.
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is approaching high tide. My Germans are at the gates of Moscow, Sevastopol and Leningrad and have broken through west of Stalingrad. But the winter is approaching and the Soviets are amassing in great numbers.

The Red Tide approaches. /queue ominous music.
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22. Board Game: The Longest Day [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:3365]
Board Game: The Longest Day
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Recently picked up an unpunched copy and just finished setting up Scenario #1-Mortain and will be playing it solo this week.
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23. Board Game: Memoir '44: Campaign Book Volume 2 [Average Rating:8.22 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.22 Unranked]
Board Game: Memoir '44: Campaign Book Volume 2
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I'm continuing playing through this when I sit in the lobby at church while my kiddos are in choir practice and such.

Tonight, I played a scenario, only to find out it was the wrong one. D'OH!!! Got to follow that flow chart better.
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