Happy Holiday Wargame Giveaway (Caution - don't get too excited).
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I have had fun with the Wargamer Secret Santa the last couple of years, but I am actually at a point now where there are very few games that I really want. That said, the spirit of the season is about giving rather than receiving. So I thought I would try something different.

I have a bunch of games that I know I won't play, and I'd like to clear some shelf space. No, I won't be giving away any shrinkwrapped copies of Case Blue. These will be mostly older games that somebody might want, in varying condition. Some will be magazine or ziplock games.

I'm going to offer one free game each week until Christmas. If nobody wants them, I'll keep them.

Here are the rules:

- the games are free but you pay the exact postage. I will give an estimate of the postage from Ontario to California (which should give anyone in North America a maximum for context).
- I will generally describe the condition of the game but make no promises.
- I will check for all responses within the 24 hours after I post. If multiple people want the game, I will choose one at random.
- YOU PROMISE TO PLAY THE GAME. That is, within 12 months (honour system) you will post a review or a session report on BGG.

I hope some games find a good home where they will be loved.
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1. Board Game: Norway 1940 [Average Rating:6.57 Unranked]
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This game has a couple of home-made counters. I tried to inventory it but don't have a counter manifest. But as the game is double-blind it shouldn't matter too much. It looks pretty cool and I have been told it is a good game. I just don't see myself playing it.

Postage to California is $12.66. Should be less pretty much anywhere else in North America.
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2. Board Game: Victory in Europe [Average Rating:5.56 Unranked]
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This game is punched and has been played twice. I lost one of several generally unnecessary information counters which tracks use of rail movement. Otherwise the game is in great shape.

It's kind of a neat game if you are interested in the last 6 months of WW2 in Europe, with the German just throwing anything they can against the inevitable on both fronts (three fronts if you count Italy). It has a rule I've never seen in any other game, whereby units can adopt "extended formation" which allows their ZOCs to extend beyond the usual six surrounding hexes.

It is in a ziplock and If I send it in a regular mailing envelope postage to California would be $7.40, presumably less elsewhere.

I hope someone will enjoy it.
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3. Board Game: Operation Shock Troop: The Israeli Counterstroke Against Syria, 1973 [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:12279]
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Posting early this week as I am going away for the weekend. I will include any posted requests up until 6:00 PM EST on Saturday.

This one will fit in a regular mailing envelope so should be around $7 to the US. I don't even remember how or when I got this game but it is unpunched and like new. It was specifically requested by someone that I list it, so here it is.
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4. Board Game: War in the Falklands [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:12172]
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This game is missing a few counters (I think around 5 plus a couple of missing blanks) but includes a colour scan/printout of the counter manifest so making serviceable replacements would be easy. The box is dented and taped on a couple of corners but intact. Postage to the US would be about $12.66.

I know nothing about the game but don't see myself playing it. The comments on BGG suggest it is a bit like War at Sea (second edition) except obviously in a more modern setting.

Hope there is someone out there keen on a Falklands game.
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5. Board Game: Strange Defeat: The Fall of France, 1940 [Average Rating:5.09 Overall Rank:14538]
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I intended to play this game, but I have three other games on the topic and I think the odds of this one hitting the table are slim, so on the list it goes.

It seems to have gotten slammed by some people in the ratings primarily because it is unplayable without the errata, as the hex identification grid was printed upside-down on the map and therefore the set-up instructions don't work. People who could get past that minor annoyance seem to think the game is an okay light treatment of the campaign.

The game is in shrink and shipping should be less than $10 to addresses in the US. Will cut off requests at 6:00 PM EST on Saturday.
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6. Board Game: France 1944: The Allied Crusade in Europe [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:7375]
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Posting early again as I am travelling this weekend.

Since part of the exercise here was to make some shelf space, here is a bookcase boxed game. The game is unpunched and in great condition other than shelf wear. Low complexity, chit-pull, Mark Herman. Looks interesting but it has sat on my shelf unplayed for years.

Shipping to US around $13 or $16 to Europe.

Will consider entries until 6:00 PM EST Saturday.
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7. Board Game: Paul Koenig's D-Day: The Canadian Beach [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:8922]
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In a hurry this weekend so putting up a small game. In a Ziploc, punched and played a couple of times. Postage will be minimal. This one was specifically requested.
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8. Board Game: The Tigers Are Burning [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:7978]
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This one looks kind of interesting, but I don't see it making my ever-expanding short-list. It is punched in ziploc, and was explicitly requested. Shipping will be minimal due to magazine format.

Nice one for a panzer-pusher, August '43 to May '44.
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9. Board Game: War and Peace [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:2073]
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As this is the last weekend I'm going to add two games.

This one is in very good condition, complete as far as I am aware (there are lots of generic strength point counters).

It's something of a Trojan horse in the sense that because it has a mounted map, shipping will be expensive, around $30 to the US or $20 within Canada. But it may be of sufficient interest to a Nappy fan.
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10. Board Game: Dien Bien Phu [Average Rating:5.97 Unranked]
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Someone begged me to list this one, so I will. Punched but in OK shape and complete. Shipping will be minimal as it is just in Ziploc.
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11. Board Game: The Next War [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:3579]
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No I'm not giving away another game.

However I did finally ship/hand off the final games from my "contest" today. So what I would like to do now is to ask all the winners to post here when they have received their game, and to update with links to their Session report or game review as the case may be. You have all of 2013 if required, but don't disappoint me!
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