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I played wargames before the internet was invented. Since I don't remember the dates or how many times I played each one, I wanted to create this list to show my pre-BGG wargame experience. Mostly from 1971 to 1976.

During this time I acquired many titles by The Avalon Hill Game Co and SPI (Simulations Publications, Inc.), and I subscribed to Strategy & Tactics. I only had a couple of wargaming buddies, so much of my collection gathered dust or was played solo.

The items in this list are games I remember playing win another person (remember this was before computer games were available to the masses, and Atari may have just arrived).

I know I played some SPI (Simulations Publications, Inc.) games, but which ones are not coming to mind. I bought a lot of these that I never played.

This list does not include abstract or what I consider "semi-abstract" games such as Chess, Risk, Stratego, Battleship, Battle-Cry and Feudal.
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1. Board Game: PanzerBlitz [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:2007]
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I have played many scenarios of this. I was introduced to this game in 1971 or 1972. I still have a copy.

I consider this a classic, and THE grand daddy of tactical wargames.
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2. Board Game: Guadalcanal [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:9802]
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I think this was my first wargame to play. It was in 1971.
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3. Board Game: Luftwaffe [Average Rating:5.54 Overall Rank:13155]
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I played this several times in 1971 or 1972. There was one game, played at my home where my opponent was playing the German side and got my little sister who was about five years old to repeat "Green is good, and blue is bad." That really got under my skin. Talk about psychological warfare!
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4. Board Game: Jutland [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:3292]
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I played this a few times.
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5. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:500]
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I played a few games 2-player and one unfinished 7-player. For the 7-player game we didn't stick with any time limits on negotiations, and I'm not sure how many turns we played, but it wasn't more than three. I still have a copy.
 
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6. Board Game: Gettysburg [Average Rating:5.63 Overall Rank:12023]
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I played a few games of this, and I still have a copy.

I like the board having squares rather than hexagons because it better reflects the military thought at the time of the Civil War. I also like the directional nature of the units (you position the units in the squares facing a specific direction). A unit can only attack to its front. When defending its combat factor is affected by what direction the attack is coming from.
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7. Board Game: Origins of World War II [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:7513]
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The strong America scenario is very interesting.
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8. Board Game: Anzio [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:2755]
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This has a couple of elite German units with high combat factors including the Herman Goering division.
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9. Board Game: Midway [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:2613]
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I played this a couple of times.
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10. Board Game: Blitzkrieg [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:6114]
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I played this a couple of times, and still have a copy.
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11. Board Game: Tactics II [Average Rating:5.33 Overall Rank:14999]
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After my parents divorced, my dad got me a used copy of this, and told me that he heard wargames were fun. (He taught me to play chess when I was around eight.) I guess I hadn't told him that I had already played several other wargames by that time, and practically taught him how to play this one. I still have the copy, but the rules are lost.
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12. Board Game: Kriegspiel [Average Rating:4.58 Overall Rank:15215]
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I actually owned a copy of this, and played it a few times.
 
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13. Board Game: Bar-Lev: The Yom-Kippur War of 1973 [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:4870]
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I believe I played one or two games of this. My friend who owned the game remarked that the cover picture of the tank with the turret hatches open reminded him of Mickey Mouse.
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14. Board Game: 1914 [Average Rating:5.67 Overall Rank:11848]
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I played a couple of times. I may have tried the inverted counters for the "fog of war" and oriented defense. This implementation of fog of war was really cumbersome.
 
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15. Board Game: Bismarck [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:4266]
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I played this a few times. My step-father (at that time) got mad at me when I parted with this game as it was the only wargame he played with me.
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16. Board Game: Richthofen's War [Average Rating:5.97 Overall Rank:4757]
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I played this a few times; including a couple of times with my uncle who was a pilot.
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