Top Modern Warfare Wargames as Rated by Active BGG Wargamers - June 2013
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More thematic rankings of wargames as rated by active wargamers. This is one of my favorite themes.

The analysis details:
d10-1Pulled unique user ids from this thread: How many wargamers read this forum? (last pulled June 7 -- the total count is at 633)
d10-2Pulled all the games from the collections of these users + ratings
d10-3Filtered for Modern Warfare or Korean War or Vietnam War, Wargame and filtered out expansions
d10-4Filtered out games with less than 10 ratings.

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Edit: Added in games from Korean War and Vietnam War categories.
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1. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:5]
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The debate on whether this is a wargame will rage eternal. The TSA thinks it is, and at least one of Wendell's personalities thinks it is not. The BGG database says it is, so it is here.

294 ratings with an average of 8.517
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2. Board Game: Korea: The Forgotten War [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:2280]
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OCS entry on the Korean War. On the MMP pre-order page right now.

17 ratings with an average of 8.471
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3. Board Game: Thunderbolt Apache Leader [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:711] [Average Rating:8.14 Unranked]
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A highly thought of solitaire wargame.

24 ratings with an average of 8.458
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4. Board Game: Lock 'n Load: Heroes of the Gap [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:4074] [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked]
 
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WW3!

17 ratings with an average of 8.412

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5. Board Game: World at War: The Untold Stories [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:3846]
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15 ratings with an average of 8.133
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6. Board Game: Hornet Leader: Carrier Air Operations [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:1166] [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked]
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39 ratings with an average of 8.103

Various other versions of Hornet Leader are also highly ranked:
Hornet Leader II: 10 ratings with an average of 7.200
Hornet Leader: 18 ratings with an average of 7.000

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7. Board Game: Next War: Korea [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:3047] [Average Rating:8.06 Unranked]
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This is the wargame I decided to use to start up wargaming again. So far, I think it is frigging awesome. It's got the option to attack with Air Cushioned Vehicles for Pete's sake. And you can nuke things.

12 ratings with an average of 8.083
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8. Board Game: Where There Is Discord: War in the South Atlantic [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:1763]
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Another highly rated soltaire wargame.

35 ratings with an average of 8.000
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9. Board Game: Angola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:1752]
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20 ratings with an average of 8.000
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10. Board Game: Lock 'n Load Tactical: Day of Heroes [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:2645] [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked]
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23 ratings with an average of 7.913
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11. Board Game: Andean Abyss [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:766]
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67 ratings with an average of 7.910
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12. Board Game: Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ? [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:297]
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107 ratings with an average of 7.804
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13. Board Game: World at War: Blood and Bridges [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:2185]
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41 ratings with an average of 7.707
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14. Board Game: Phantom Leader [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:1980]
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37 ratings with an average of 7.676
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15. Board Game: Hearts and Minds: Vietnam 1965-1975 [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:2153]
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33 ratings with an average of 7.667
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16. Board Game: The Third World War [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:1953]
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25 ratings with an average of 7.640
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17. Board Game: Fields of Fire [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:1135]
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Contains scenarios that cover Korea and Vietnam.

49 ratings with an average of 7.633
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18. Board Game: The Korean War [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:2203]
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35 ratings with an average of 7.514
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19. Board Game: Lock 'n Load: Forgotten Heroes – Vietnam [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:2443] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
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28 ratings with an average of 7.500
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20. Board Game: The Next War [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:3585]
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14 ratings with an average of 7.357
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21. Board Game: Corps Command: Dawn's Early Light [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:4273]
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15 ratings with an average of 7.333
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22. Board Game: Downtown: Air War Over Hanoi, 1965-1972 [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:1895]
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18 ratings with an average of 7.333
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23. Board Game: 2nd Fleet [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:2134]
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29 ratings with an average of 7.310
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24. Board Game: Vietnam 1965-1975 [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:1797]
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40 ratings with an average of 7.300
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25. Board Game: Southern Front [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:3259]
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11 ratings with an average of 7.182
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