Recommend me some small-format wargames
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For various reasons, I find myself gravitating to small-format wargames. Ease of setup, generally quicker playing times and simplicity of rules all play their part. Also cost. So I'd like some recommendations. Please follow the below guidelines:

d10-1 game must cost under $25 shipped. Assume I'm NOT going to qualify for shipping discounts.

d10-2 half map or smaller. I need to be able to leave it set up on my desk in the spare bedroom and it can accommodate maps up to the standard half-size of 17x22. I realize this means recommendations will tend toward folio- or magazine-style games.

d10-3 must be in print. I know there are lots of older games out there but I don't want to have to chase a recommendation on the second-hand market.

d10-4 let's keep it historical. I like sci-fi and fantasy well enough but I'm looking for something in a historical setting. Bonus points if is about anything OTHER THAN WWII.

d10-5 plays well solo. Most wargames do but I suppose this eliminates things like written orders and hidden movement, if any small-format games even have those things.

d10-6 NOT a solitaire game. E.g. not designed for one player.
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Caleb
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I am aware that Decision's folio series meets my criteria. So no need to suggest individual games in that series (or their mini series) UNLESS you feel passionately about a specific title and would like to opine on it for a bit. In that case, add away.
 
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Kent Reuber
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11x17" maps, and about 100 counters each. Price is < $25.

In fact, I'd recommend looking at many Victory Point Games publications for small wargames.
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3. Board Game Publisher: Fiery Dragon Productions
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In spite of their name, they publish a number of small format historical wargames.
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4. Board Game Publisher: LPS, Inc.
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LPS has a whole series of postcard wargames. Not sure why there isn't a family set up for them. They're often included free in other games.
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5. Board Game: Jena 20 [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:3711]
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Napoleonic 20 series is highly regarded. Marnaudo ranked them as his best game of 2013. I recommend the C3i pictured because you can get it at CoolStuffInc for $13.50 + shipping (cheaper than the VPG version).

Note - This satisfies each one of your 6 requirements.
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6. Board Game: The Arduous Beginning [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:6828]
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This and the other games in VPG's "Campaigns in Russia" series would be right up your alley.
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7. Board Game Publisher: Chris Harding Simulations
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CHS is a DTP publisher but now also offers pre-cut counters. As with many DTP publishers, all of their maps are half maps or smaller. (A2 or A3)
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8. Board Game: Maria [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:252]
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Not sure if this what you mean, but this little game is simply one of the most beautifully designed quasi-war games ever.
 
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9. Board Game: Fading Glory [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
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Or anything in the Nappy20 system, really. This is a bit over the $25 mark, but it has a ton of variability... Four boards with multiple scenarios on each, plus an optional fog of war rule. Per game, it averages out to around $10 each; per scenario probably about $5 each. And a lot of times you're done in an hour.

Not sure if it fits on 22x17 or not. Also not sure how well it would go solo. Your requirements are extremely specific; I don't know what would be out or coming out right now that TOTALLY meets them.
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10. Board Game: Empire: The Macedonian Punic Wars, 350-150BC [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
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This one might fit the bill, but as the rep of the publishers I probably would say that!

Solitaire Caesar is a great wee game - Empire is about the same complexity - but you did say you didn't want solitaire games so I probably shouldn't mention it...
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11. Board Game Publisher: High Flying Dice Games
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This company has a lot of small desktop published games. If you like, you can pay a little extra to get them to mount the game's counters for you.
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12. Board Game: Battleground [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1743] [Average Rating:6.96 Unranked]
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here is a cheap miniatures game. Each faction pack is $10 and you can play a shorter version of the game with just one pack. Or you could by two different races for $20 and you'd still be under your budget.

Also the battleground fantasy warfare Punic War set might be more of a complete experience still coming in at under $25.

only downside is it might be a little over your size requirement.
 
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13. Board Game: Agincourt [Average Rating:6.29 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.29 Unranked]
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You can get your first taste of the Men of Iron (MoI) system by ordering this C3i issue from CoolStuff for $13.50 + shipping. If I recall correctly, it comes with all of the counters one needs to play the game (though you may need to print the MoI rules from GMT's website).

Note - This satisfies each one of your 6 requirements.
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14. Board Game Publisher: Victory Point Games
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I find these games attractive and thay have a wide range of games in print.

Some of these are wargames and themed across different eras. There are some that are specifically solitaire games and some that play 1-2 players equally well.

Although I'm not a very serious wargamer I like a game on war based topics and have found Victory Point games suit my taste - low number of units, some interesting problems to solve and good but not stunning production values.
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15. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #1 [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:403]
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This game can be had from wargamedepot.com for $21.87, plus shipping. It's a deep game, and it doesn't take up much room. I still haven't gotten into the full ASL system, myself, but I've enjoyed the Starter Kits quite a bit!
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16. Board Game: The Road to Cheren [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:5625]
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Found this title from Revolution Games. Technically slightly above $25 with shipping. Unique seldom-gamed theater.
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