Top 10 Battles for North Africa (WWII) Games
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Below is my Top 10 list of games covering the battles and campaign in North Africa during WWII. These are games that meet substantially all of the following criteria: (1) focuses on the campaign and battles in North Africa during WWII (can focus on individual battles, operational level or the entire theatre); (2) a wargame; (3) addresses the "theme" in an interesting or compelling manner that leaves the player with a better understanding of the battles and campaign for North Africa during WWII (and its various aspects); and (4) fun to play (understanding that this can be very subjective, especially for wargames). This is a list of the BEST! As always, your mileage may vary and some entries may be "controversial." As such, please feel free to comment, debate, or just express your own point of view. Feel free to thumbsup this list (to draw attention and more comments) or any pleasing, interesting or thought provoking entries. If I missed one that you feel is essential or I am "insane for not listing" (trust me, it has been said before), then by all means let the comments fly . . . just be civil. FYI - I am a sucker for comments and discussion and usually thumbsup most if not all of them.

I find that these lists sometimes are helpful for others seeking similar games and the more rich the discussion for more useful the list.

For more Top 10 Lists covering great battles, check out MetaList: Nap's Great Battles Top 10 Lists.

For a complete listing of my Top 10 WWII lists, see--MetaList: Nap's Top 10 WWII Lists.

For a complete listing of my Top 10 lists, see--MetaList: Nap's Top 10 Lists.

As always, thanks for reading and participating!

NOTE: Where I have included quotes from BGG users, I have included the BGG user name in parentheses.
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1. Board Game: DAK2 [Average Rating:8.26 Overall Rank:2326]
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Primo! Massive in scope. Individual battles and sweeping mini-campaigns all rolled up into one war-game covering World War Two in North Africa. Even includes leaders like Italy's Italo Balbo - would he have done better than Rodolfo Graziani in 1940 against the British, if he didn't get shot down and killed earlier? This game can be adjusted to suit various needs of complexity. Detailed maps and nice units to boot. Get it.

--Paul Denhup (PAYDIRT)

Includes DAK.
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2. Board Game: Rommel in the Desert [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:1076]
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A very streamlined wargame design unencumbered with unecessary complexity that does a very good job of capturing the feel of the North African campaign. Really zeroes in on the critical factors of the campaign, which is supply and more supply. The challenge for the Afrika Korps is duly borne out in this game. The only downside is the rulebook. While the rules are not complex, the rulebook does a poor job of surfacing the really critical rules! Also needs a better player aid (no reference to unit movement and terrain modifiers!) But these are minor obstacles to experienced wargamers and in no way detract from the brilliance of the game design.

--Elijah Lau (elijah234)
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3. Board Game: Afrika (second edition) [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:1997]
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When I like a game, I typically really like it. I LOVE THIS GAME. This, in my opinion is the best of SCS. A brilliant little gem that makes you feel you are in North Africa suffering the woes of the Italian commander and all the problems faced by DAK.

The supply system makes you feel the frustration that must have been felt by the armies fighting in this theatre.

This game is well worth the money, in fact, for what you are getting here, IT IS A STEAL!!!! Buy it, PLAY IT!! You won't regret it.

--Art Lupinacci (gamewyzard)

Includes Afrika: The Northern African Campaign, 1940-1942 (1st edition).
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4. Board Game: Advanced Tobruk [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:3472]
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This is a vast improvement on the earlier Tobruk, which was a great game itself. The system has been cleaned up considerably and the new mechanisms work very well. Advanced Tobruk has the same nine scenarios from the original Tobruk plus many more.

--David Sullivan (Tushratta)

Includes Tobruk: Tank Battles in North Africa 1942.
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5. Board Game: Tunisia [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:2042]
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Great intro to the best WW2 operationl system going at the moment. Germans have plenty of bite especially in the first few months which make for a very balanced game. The two maps and the low counter densities make this a good game to get into the OCS system.Some decent 1 map scenarios too. The east front games are a huge time commitment and this provides just as much thrills and head scracthing as the bigger games. Desert island must have game.

--Brian Friel (Across the Rhine)
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6. Board Game: Shifting Sands [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:1805]
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If you have never played a game that uses the Paths of Glory system, you should start with this one. The mechanics are extremely close to PoG, but the game is not as overwhelming. You aren't looking at a giant board with a million decisions. Your objectives are more straight-forward. You know what you have to do, and you have to use your cards to get there in an efficient manner.

Also, the game is smaller in scope -- instead of a continent, it is a fraction of one, making it easier to wrap your arms (and brain) around. As far as the game play, it is excellent, just like any PoG-themed game, but this might be the best of them for the reasons I said.

--Judd Vance (airjudden)
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7. Board Game: The Legend Begins [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:4087]
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Best game on the subject. There is a lot of detail (differentiatd unit types, mobile ZOC vs infantry ZOC, damaged tanks, wounded, port destruction, invasion of Malta) giving a very realistic operational feel, but the game remains simple enough. The emphasis is on managing logistics and casualty rates, which can be very high during the battles. The action/reaction system gives realistic movement rates and makes it possible to simulate short, intense battles as well as rapid advances without giving 60 movement factors to every unit like in some other games.

--Olivier 6 (olivier6)
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8. Board Game: Triumphant Fox [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:6877]
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An exquisitly crafted game, meticulously playtested and beautifully rendered. The game mechanics are brilliant; the Formation Activation rules are especially inspired. The situation is more exciting for the Axis player than the British, which is the only reason this game doesn't garner a "10" rating from me. Otherwise this is a must-play, especially for Desert-heads like me.

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9. Board Game: The Desert Fox [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:3914] [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked]
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quite possible the best game in its genre. strong emphasis on supply and a credible CRT make this an all time love of mine.

--Joseph Seidita (Joseph 6)
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10. Board Game: Afrika Korps [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:3656]
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I love this game . Easy rules, and
challenging play, one of the best in gaming history,
Africa Korps design calls for extra attention to each
move. Resources are limited on both sides, the Axis
have fire power and mobility but limited supplies,
the Allies have more units but less firepower,
pick your poison!

Highly recommend 3rd Edition (final) rules of play.

--Matthew Looby (vmi1983)

NOTE: Hard not to have a list regarding North Africa without this classic. There are better (historically, visually, etc.), but few (if any) have the staying power this one has had for almost 50 years!
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