The two things I'm most interested in this year are Next War: Korea by GMT games and some Star Trek: Attack Wing stuff to fill out my fleets.
The former is a game I've been eyeballing for a year now. I've started to get into the operational scale games and this looks like good fun.
The latter is, well Star Trek! How could you go wrong? Any of a second box set, or extra miniatures of Klingons, Romulans or Federation that I don't have two of (except for the Apnex), would be really great Groggish gifts.
First, Anything to help me complete my Victory Games collection would be greatly appreciated (however, I am not interested in the Fleet Series [no interest in naval combat outside the Age of Sail], the Ambush!-system spin-offs [Open Fire and Shell Shock], the non-wargames and the James Bond games). Check out my Victory Games Collection GeekList: My Victory Games Collection Ranked.
Second, while not exactly a wargame High Frontier is a game I really must have.
Third, I have been having a hankering for AWI (American War for Independence) games, so a great game on that topic would be great!
Fourth, anything solitaire is a good choice (although the Flight Leader series doesnt appeal to me. I cant seem to get Hornet Leader to the table).
Thanks Santa Grogs!
Also, I am a sucker for good-looking, beautiful maps. Low complexity, low counter-density games are another plus (so I can teach them to my non-wargamer friends), and I'm not a big CDG fan.
EDIT: I am a relative newbie to wargaming (been playing for a year now), so feel free to check out my collection and if you feel there is an "all-wargamers-must-own-this-game" missing, that would be a good choice too. I am happy to get anything (as long as I can play a decent solo game of it)!
I always put this in my profile every year, but it's neat to have a geeklist for it too. I'll enjoy seeing what others put here.
This is my second time doing the wargame secret santa, and will be my fifth time in a row doing the regular one since I joined this site in '09! It's one of my favorite parts of this website-- I really like being able to bring someone else into my celebration of the holiday season because I love Christmas. (Though it's not like my regular Christmas is super involved-- it mostly involves setting up my Lego winter village and driving way too much.) Some years it's a little bit boring-- target has one awesome game they need to get on their wishlist, amazon sells it cheap, bam, done. One year I stalked a hot chick a little bit and got to feel SUPER creepy (which I don't always mind . . . )
As far as receiving goes, I like getting stuff too. I probably buy enough little things to get packages every week of the year, if not everyday sometimes, but there's still something so exciting about seeing a wrapped present-- about not knowing what's coming. I get anxious about weird things sometimes, but not that. I love getting things when I don't know what they are! But I guess if you want some pointing in the right directions, I can help you there too.
For Santa Grogs: I am drawn initially to games at a strategic scale. I think I like the grand sort of narrative better. Probably it's also because I have read a lot of broad history, but not really delved into anything too minute. (On that note, feel free to supplement (or replace if you're very confident) a game with reading material.) I certainly am interested in good games at other scales as well, but looking at my shelf, I can't deny the scale of games I've leaned towards, even the one's that aren't exactly wargames!
I also play miniatures games a little. Depending on FFG's release schedule, there might me X-wing stuff I want out for Christmas. I also play Warhammer Fantasy-- really I paint it; I don't get to play it very much (Maybe I choose not to play it very much, I do know a couple people I could ask to play and they would.) But, I do work slowly on my dwarf army-- if you happened to have a line on old early 90's Marauder Hammerers, feel free to send me as many as you want, but that's all I really need at the moment and am not expecting it! But, nothing really draws me to new miniatures games because the trend seems to be towards generically squad level stuff with themes that are trying too hard to not look like games workshop. And how many people am I going to be able to play them with? But I mean, I am not afraid of gluing things together or painting them or convincing people to play with me. So if there was something mini-ish you think I'd love, you're the one sending the gift!
So I mentioned loving Star Wars. I also love Lord of the Rings, but I already have War of the Ring for that, which is pretty much the perfect game in my mind. Things more likely to be in a wargame that I like: Boats-- I like naval history. Napoleon-- Such a great period/little man (I know he wasn't actually that short, but it's more fun!) The UK-- Harry Potter, Sex Pistols . . . I mean, Scottish Rebellions, Spanish Armadas, Colonial Empires. (Before you go check my owned list for Strategic/operational block games about the British Napoleonic Navy, I already own 1805:Sea of Glory. Sorry!) I'll continue being pretty unoriginal by liking World War II as well. At least it has lots of game options! I haven't explored much ancient history, but that interests me too, and I imagine a good game about it would be cool.
Complexity doesn't bother me exactly. I am just as excited about learning to play Axis and Allies Pacific 1940 as I am Asia Engulfed. I promise I can figure out rulebooks. And I'd love nothing more than to sit down and play a game for an entire weekend. But realistically, I have to find gaming partners from normal people (My girlfriend enjoys Twilight Struggle and Hammer of the Scots, for example) so keep that in mind if you want me to play your gift soon (I don't mind just having games that might not get played very often due to epicness, but I don't want you to think I don't like your gift!)
I got Hammer of the Scots recently, which is why I chose the block game family as my geeklist entry. I love it! I was pretty sure I'd like block games, and had preordered Pax-Baltica, but HOTS is the first one I played and yeah, it's great. I definitely put some similar games on my wishlist (Columbia titles ship free from NWS online, in case you went that way and want probably the cheapest option.) but I am open to suggestions about similar games as well.
I also really love (okay, the idea mostly, but I love Twilight Struggle and the rulebooks for the rest of them . . . )Card Driven Games. I got Twilight Struggle from a Secret Santa in 2010 and love it. But, I went out and bought a bunch more of them on the periods that interested me. So, that mine might not have as much ore left in it for my Santa. But feel free to go at it with a pickaxe if it's something you feel strongly about!
Wargames sort of took/are taking a while to grow on me. My gaming development went something like this: Cardgames/Chess/Monopoly, Magic/Risk, Axis and Allies/SWCCG, Twlight Imperium, Catan/Race for Galaxy/Carcassonne, Then the last few years, where I know enough to know what I like when it comes to Euro games and am very picky about owning them (The group I play with sometimes pretty much only plays Euros anyway which makes it easy to not care too much.) I started playing an aforementioned Miniatures game (which I never thought I'd do) and started picking up games that are more what people reading this list consider 'proper wargames' even though I've been playing games about wars forever! Anyway, it might make sense then that I've been drawn to games like Battles of Napoleon with beautiful plastic figures, Washington's War with hands full of cards, or Pax Baltica with huge chunks of wood-- they're new, but they still feel like games I'm already comfortable with. (But I mean, obviously awesome games too.)
Anyway, my point is that I feel guilty for not having a wishlist full of (possibly older, maybe cheaper) hex and counter games. I feel like I'm a fake wargamer. But it could be that it's just normal, and that newer things are the 'next big things' (like in that thread recently) or it could just be that that sort of game is outside my comfort zone (somewhere I dislike the idea of going quite fervently.) So . . . if you stalk me a little and think of something that's just awesome, but totally off my radar for whatever reason, you have my permission to be creative. But I am not responsible for the end result!
Thank you for joining the Secret Santa, because it's awesome. I'm really happy to be a part of a community where this is possible. I look forward to whatever efforts you send my way! Thank you again!!!
I am brand new to the war gaming field. I had played Memoir which some may or may not consider a war game regardless, I wanted to try something that was a step up. In a span of a few weeks. I was able to pick up Combat Commander Europe, Band of Brothers Screaming Eagles, and A Few Acres of Snow then for Christmas my wife had gotten me Sergeants Miniatures game that I wanted to try.
While we have not gotten a chance to play Band of Brothers yet we absolutely love Combat Commander and Sergeants. We have played both of them an absolute ton. When I saw that the Secret Santa list was up and noticed that there was one for War games I decided to sign up. I do not really know a lot about war games currently that is what I am most excited about on this list learning about some war games and seeing what looks cool.
With that said my list is mostly made up of expansions or extensions to games focusing on the three games Combat Commander expansions Sergeants miniatures game (new units and tiles) and Memoir I also have looked a lot at Hammer of the Scotts, I think that time periods seem really cool and the games seem like a lot of fun. I also have heard a lot about this game Ambush and I think it looks very cool.
To summarize I am really excited about war games, really excited about getting some new material, thrilled to hopefully get someone something they really enjoy, and finally anticipating learning about a lot of new games.
Dear Santa Grogs: This my first year doing secret Santa so I hope I am doing it right. Advanced Squad Leader is my first choice always but I also like The Gamers Standard Combat Series and most of the ASL I need is out of print and can be very expensive which puts it out of most price ranges. I already have a few of the SCS games so please be sure to look at my wish list so I don't double up but I will tell you Bastogne, Heights of Courage or Yom Kippur are some of the names I don't have. I also don't care if you send me a used game as I know it will likely be a good used copy. Finally Santa Grogs, if you think I might like something other than what is on my wish list then give it I shot, I'm sure I won't be disapointed.
Dear Santa Grog, I have never santa'ed with the Grogs, only with the Euros. So, I am very excited. My gaming tastes are varied, and started out with ancients and am now dabbling in all kinds of theatres, and have also got a lot on pre-order (as you can see from my profile). Most stuff I am interested in I find by accident, so putting together a wishlist is difficult, but I have tried.
I enjoy hex and counter, do not like block games, I like both tactical, strategic and operational games. At the moment, I'm looking at Lock and Load games (have ordered some), but also others, such as Heights of Courage. So, if there is something you can find on the North Pole to send it to me from the list or think of something you might think I like and find it somewhere on the pole (perhaps already played by the Elf Squad, I have plenty of second hand games), I would be happy to receive something.
Oh, yes, one more thing: I live on a tiny island with only 4.5 million inhabitants, very few of whom game and fewer still war game, so, I play solo all of the time, so games that absolutely must have 2 or more players are not suitable, unfortunately...
And one last thing: I actually very much like complex games. So, high counter-density, long games, thick rule-books etc. do not scare me.
This is definitely one of my most wanted game right now. Of course, I realize the game is on the pricey side, so I don't expect to get it, but here is to wishing! Oh, and I don't have a preference as to the version of this one. I have heard most like the original a bit more.
The other is 7 Ages. I have wanted this game for ages (ha!). It looks like a lot of fun, and I really enjoy big games that span a long period of time. I find myself easily immersed in those types of games.
EDIT: I forgot about the new Designer Edition of OGRE. I wasn't able to kickstart it and regretted that greatly as I had recently had the opportunity to play the game and really enjoyed it. This is a must have for me after seeing how beautiful the game turned out. Additionally, I have a buddy that I am turning on to wargames and this would be a great one to play with him. Plus, the replay value on this one looks to be huge! Definitely at the top of my list of must-haves. Ogre
Now, there are a plethora of new (and other old) games that I want that will fill out my wishlist. I like just about all of the different styles of games in some way, but I mostly play hex-and-counter stuff.
When it comes to wargaming, I mainly do it solo. However, I have a buddy into history that I am trying to get into the hobby, so beginner friendly stuff is great, too. I love the complex stuff, but I like easier stuff as well.
I love playing games on different and interesting (seldom gamed or little known) subjects. If you have a favorite game that you think I should know about, I have no problem getting something out of the blue that I may not have known about. I believe that is one of the more fascinating things about our hobby. I love discovering something new that I didn't know about before. Oh, and that goes for innovative game mechanisms as well!
I also really enjoy reading a great book to go along with the game I am about to play. I find it enhances my enjoyment a lot!
Napoleonics are a favorite subject of mine that I have very few games on. I find the topic interesting.
My absolute favorite subject is Mongolian history. I find this to be simply fascinating. Too bad there are so few games on the topic. Chinggis Khan is one of my favorite historical figures to read up on.
This is my very first time participating in the Secret Santa fun. So you can image how excited I am. I am in the wargaming hobby for a few years now but I do not consider myself as a hardcore wargamer. I usually play on VASSAL since the majority of my gaming buddies prefer euros rather than war stuff. But fortunately I can make them put wargames on the table more and more often nowadays. I really like miniature war(ish) games like Malifaux, Wings of Glory, Dust, Sergeants and there are some more in my wishlist. I usually prefer tactical scale rather than grand scale wargames but it highly depends on the game itself. Generally speaking hex and counter grand strategy , operational games are not my cup of tea. As I usually play in a small gaming group we like multiplayer wargames when everybody can participate. When I start a new game I like to get some more info about the era or the actual battle so I often search for a book which give me more information and let me feel more the game when I play. I found the Osprey books the best for this as they are short and informative enough. So feel free to add some more history to the gift if you want to And also if there are some gaps in the box what you intend to send me, you can always fill these gaps with unwanted wargame magazines what you have red out already. In my country is quite difficult to get some of these so I would be happy about it even if it is a back issue. I also try to help you a little bit. I have written a note for all of my wishlist items to indicate the availability in Hungary. The boardgaming hobby is not a well known thing here, and wargaming is even less known. But there are some stores where you can find a couple of wargames if you want to order in my country. The majority of my wishlist items are unavailable here unfortunately, but I would be happy to get one of those. But there are some games what you can order here if that's your decision and I have given the links to those items in the comment section.
My wishlist is ready and I am very excited. But please don't get me wrong I am not a greedy guy who want all the stuff. I just wanted to give you all the information about my preferences and gaming attitude. I will be more than happy with any of your ideas. It is all about excitement and giving and I am glad to be part of it, so I am looking forward to knowing who's Santa Grog will I be
Dear Santa Grogs, I have been a good boy this year and I like the new COIN series by GMT. It is a good series and pretty easy to learn. However, I will be happy with whatever you choose to send. I have updated my wish list.
Wargaming is such a fun hobby. I've been playing for about 43 years and it has been a fun ride.
Even at the age of 35 I should confess that the "taunting" and antecipation process is almost enjoyable as the gift itself! What the heck, if I by any chance have multiple packages (along the year not necessarily at Christmas) coming to my home I'm always eager to get those boxes with a sparkle in the eyes
I love to get leads, being mislead and store the present under the tree and shake it daily until the Christmas Day (I never open before!).
Along this 7 years participating I have been very very lucky with my Past Santas … got a Kiwi last year (it remains a secret but if you are reading this I still use the calendar you sent me from your beautiful country) and I'm always looking forward to get to know a little more of my Santa's culture (I once had a Santa, that saw a love to cook microbadge, and sent me recipes from his country … lovely!), so don't be shy and communicate frequently if possible!
In the last years I start to enjoy meatier games with 18xx (a wargame with tracks) and CGD's sitting on the top of my preferences, I could be convinced once in a while to play a good Euro, but since my regular group is shrinking its easier to find opponents to play a 2 player wargame than anything else. That said I have started also to use Vassal to play some games that I hardly can get to the table and I'm having a lot of fun playing with buddies from everywhere!
I love CDG's and also block games, can't say that I have dwelled enough on hex and counter but if I had to prioritize my wishlist the hex and counter games would be low priority. I have acquired some OCS titles (based on some AAR and complexity) but haven't played them yet (waiting on Reluctant Enemies to start) so there isn't more I can say about my wargame preferences.
I'll complete my wishlist in the upcoming weeks after the GMT sale fall and also, DONE after browsing for some more titles that got under the radar in order to give you a easy job in tracking a present.
If you are currently stationed outside Europe here are some stores I regularly use to buy games that send at free or at low cost to Portugal.
This is my first grogs secret santa, all others in the past have been general gaming. As far as my gaming tastes I love Roman history, especially the civil wars and the fall of the republic. I've also found I'm quite fond of anything with an operational/supply management aspect.
I'm looking forward whatever comes my way, and will happily to get anything . By all means, shop the used market. I'm an eco-friendly gamer, so used games are a great way to recycle, even if new copies are available in print. Nothing worse than a homeless game in need of a grognard to love it.
I participate both The Secret Santa and The Wargame Secret Santa fun for this year. This is my first time for Grogs. I have been a good boy at 2013 and i did too many good things like reading historical war books, watching war movies/documentaries, played hundred of times Twilight Struggle, Combat Commander, No Retreat and Memoir 44, i lost myself in the wargame rule books(could you warn publishers please?), and most important i bring in a new player to boardgame community... so he's only 3 months old now but i guess he will be a good opponent for near future!
So my wishes... There are too many must have games in my wishlist but two of them most excites me; Battles of Westeros and Cuba Libre.
My wishlist is up to date and i specify the games that i wished from you in there. I'll be happy with whatever i find under the christmas tree.
I have been a reasonably good boy, I assure you. Please, Santa, might I not have a nice christmas gift from you this year? Really, any game from my wish list would be fine. But you know what? If you brought all your awesome knowledge and experience to bear, sifted through my wishlist and owned games, and maybe found something for me that I'd love but don't have on my radar yet - that would be really cool too. But if you can't come up with anything suitable, any game from my wishlist would be really, really great too. I mean, totally.
Oh, and please make sure that the game you send me isn't on my preordered list.
This is my first time in any kind of BGG secret santa. I'm looking forward to it, though with some trepidation. I love block games, such as the FAB series and Eastfront. There are many card-driven games I've loved, such as Paths of Glory and Clash of Monarchs; For the People didn't sit well with me, though. Oddly enough, combining the two mechanisms(Hellenes) didn't work for me, though that may have just been the strategic situation modelled in the game rather than the mechanisms used to simulate it.
I tend to like strategic scale games better - at least until I'm familiar with the conflict in question, then operational games interest me more. For example, I had no interest in Prussia's Glory until I had played Clash of Monarchs. I haven't enjoyed tactical games very much, though I haven't tried many. World at War: Eisenbach Gap was very cool in some ways, but somehow I didn't love it. I would like to try the Combat Commander series and see if that works for me. I preordered Band of Brothers: Ghost Panzer and I have high hopes for it.
I'm more interested in land-focused wargames than naval or air. But I'm always interested in innovative systems that provide a new way to model their conflict. For example, the HQ mechanism in Eastfront that shows you the logistical cost of maintaining an offensive. Along those lines, I've often thought about dipping my toes into OCS, but I'm not quite sure.
But use your own judgment, and I'm sure I'll be delighted with whatever you send my way, whether it's on my wishlist or something new I didn't even know about!
P.S. When browsing through my wishlist, note that it includes some preordered items, which are marked as such. These are mostly GMT items awaiting reprints. Please ignore those items.
Dear Santa Grogs, I would like anything on my wishlist, but in keeping with some of the "Theme" oriented wishlists on this Geeklist, I've culled some of the designers from games on my wishlist that I admire for your consideration:
I am currently interested in Ancients, American Civil War, and American Revolutionary War games. The only one I would not want from this is Dead Winter and Germantown from GMT, because I just bought those in the Fall Sale. My wishlist should have around ~20 games on it so hopefully that should help.