Wargames on Your Table - April 2014
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1. Board Game: Grand Army of the Republic [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:15672]
Board Game: Grand Army of the Republic
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This is my solo game on the table. I got it for a song when I was first getting into the Civil War 3 years ago. I heard it called "Axis & Allies for the Civil War" and that's not far off. It has an interesting timing mechanism. But what I REALLY like about it is that this is the first civil war game that gives you Lincoln's frustration at trying to find the right generals. Too many games have you chucking bums like Banks to the side and waiting for Grant. In this one, you draw a General card every turn, but never look at it. You can only have 2, so you have to draw one and discard one. When you go into battle, only then can you flip the card and see if your general is great or a bum. At that point, you can hold on to the good generals and discard the bums. Or here's an interesting conundrum: what if you have Meade face up and another face down and you draw? Do you keep a fairly good general in Meade or discard one of the unknowns, not knowing if it might be a Grant or Sherman? I LOVE that aspect. And of course the Union has far more duds.

The game has no plastic and has the typical Task Force Games ugly counters, but the game play appears decent. Definitely worth the $7 I paid for it.
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2. Board Game: Coral Sea: Campaign Commander Series [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:6470]
Board Game: Coral Sea: Campaign Commander Volume II
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Todd and I have been getting in a lot of PBEM with this game. I didn't think it would work, but doggone, we discovered a way to do it. I really need to write an article on it.

We are in a our second game. I am the Japanese. I have taken Bougainville, New Georgia, Guadalcanal, Espiritu Santo, Lae, and Buna. I'm holding on to a 31-12 lead, but I have to hold out as he's going to start overwhelming me with units.

The game play on this is so deep for such a simple game. Thinking through the logistics is incredible. The combat is very tense. I put this in my top 5 of all-time on the video review and I stand by it. It is a phenomenal game.

As a bonus, my Vassal module has been working like a charm. It was my second one, and I have tinkered a lot with it to add features and those features have worked great.
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3. Board Game: For the People [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:871]
Board Game: For the People
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Larz and I are winding down. We are in fall of 1864. Still no Emancipation. Just when all was looking hopeless, my blockade caught all of his runners and his people are getting despondent (SW = 28). Grant is threatening Vicksburg and Mississippi, while Pemberton (Vicksburg) and Stonewall try to hold on to the deep south. Sherman finally liberated Kentucky and he and Lee are staring each other down.
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4. Board Game: Hold the Line: Frederick's War [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:6207]
Board Game: Hold the Line:  Frederick's War
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Rob and I playtested my latest Vassal module upgrades and they worked like a charm, so I went through and created all of the scenarios and released the full version and we are playing the Hohenfriedberg and I'm the Saxon/Austrian alliance.

We are both loving this game. The cavalry charges and ability to bank points add a whole new level to the series.
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5. Board Game: Gettysburg 150 [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:6947]
Board Game: Gettysburg 150
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Rob and I are playing through the campaign scenario of this. It's his first campaign game (USA) and my 3rd (CSA). He made a couple of early errors, and my rebels blew up Culp's and Cemetery Hill and pushed hard toward Little Round Top. He got a bunch of reinforcements, so I fell back into a defensive position on top of the ridge and have been taking on his charges. It's kind of like the historical battle in reverse, but only because I knew a few tricks that he's now seen, but at the same time, I picked up some cavalry tricks from him to use for future games.

My module has been bug free and working like a charm. That's good because of all of my modules, the ones I poured the most detail into was the ones for the games my daughters got me for my birthday (this and Mercury/Marketgarden).
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6. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Napoleonics [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:364]
Board Game: Commands & Colors: Napoleonics
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Rob and I are starting to go through the scenarios in this. He introduced it to me face-to-face last year and now we are starting to play them on Vassal. We had to clear up some games first on the huge Vassal backlog. I reckon it's going to take me about 3-4 scenarios to really grasp the strategies involved like it did with C&C:A.
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7. Board Game: Guns of August [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:9042]
Board Game: Guns of August
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Rob and I are playtesting my Vassal module. This is one I've been looking forward to trying. I've said for years that it needs a Vassal module and now it has one. Now it's time to see if the bugs are out of it.

You can't look past the top counter of this game, so I came up with a clever way to prevent it.
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8. Board Game: Not War But Murder [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:5512]
Board Game: Not War But Murder
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I'm playing Sean (I'm USA) and Mike (I'm CSA) and trying out my Vassal modules. I love this one because the CSA has to worry about being outflanked and the Union has to worry about the meat grinder. It's very challenging and tense. The module has worked. I think I want to update some of the descriptions when I am done, but that's just polish.
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9. Board Game: Band of Brothers: Ghost Panzer [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:2489] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked]
Board Game: Band of Brothers: Ghost Panzer
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Sean and I are playing the armor training scenario. Interesting: as many games of Band of Brothers as we have played and this is our first tank vs. tank battle. So far, my Soviets smoked both of his initial units. I think it's going to take us a couple of games to get the tank tactics down.
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Board Game: Red Winter: The Soviet Attack at Tolvajärvi, Finland – 8-12 December 1939
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Terry and I are playing the campaign game. We are on the 2nd day. My Soviets took Hirvasvaara and Kivisalmi Bridge. I can see the hotel and gravel pits, but there is an awful lot between me and them.

I sent a lot of units across Tolvajarvi lake to threaten the southern end of the town, but then he snuck a unit back down the highway and cut off the supply for all of my forces.

Darned Finish ski troops with their high mobility!
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11. Board Game: Mercury/Market Garden [Average Rating:5.66 Overall Rank:15119]
Board Game: Mercury/Market Garden
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This is the game on my Vassal work table. I had one concern going into it: that scanning the map would make it ugly, but fortunately Brandon Pennington added the maps to the picture gallery and they are good enough to work with. I ran with it and scanned the counters.

Since my daughter got me this game, I'm trying make this one perfect, so I have studied the OOBs and asked Michael Rinella about naming nomenclature to make sure I get it right. The module itself has been easy and having 2-games-in-1 was no big problem.

Studying the OOB and background has really got me interested in learning more about Operation Mercury!
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Board Game: The Coming Storm: Quadrigame of the Fourth Coalition October 1806 - June 1807
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Continuing on my 10x10 I have the Eylau Day of Battle scenario already set up on my table for some solo play. This promises to be a simple, bloody slug-out as both armies eye each other across a plateau.
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13. Board Game: Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:152]
Board Game: Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan
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Last month, real life got in the way of my chance to play this wonderful game. This week, if all goes well, I'm hoping to squeeze in 2 sessions of Sekigahara.
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Board Game: Red Winter: The Soviet Attack at Tolvajärvi, Finland – 8-12 December 1939
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into playing this game and he enjoyed it enough to add it to his 10x10 list. I'll be making a concentrated effort to connect with him this month to play through some more scenarios. Hopefully we'll start with the "Second Day" scenario. My long term goal would be to finally play a face-to-face session of the full campaign.
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15. Board Game: Fighting Formations: Grossdeutschland Motorized Infantry Division [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:1506]
Board Game: Fighting Formations: Grossdeutschland Motorized Infantry Division
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If all goes well I'll be playing my second session of Fighting Formations in a few weeks. I loved my first play of this game and have been dying to get it back on the table. Luckily, most of my gaming buddies have copies of the game. Unluckily, many of them seem more enamoured with Combat Commander: Europe, a game I haven't particularly enjoyed. This is the month that it all changes ...
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16. Board Game: Western Front Tank Leader [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:5549]
Board Game: Western Front Tank Leader
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I'll have this on the table later this week. After reading the well written rules we're looking forward to seeing how this title's unique card play and elegant tactical doctrine approach captures the C3 character of the combatants. I've yet to play a John Hill game that I haven't respected, if not loved.
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17. Board Game: Drive on Stalingrad (Second Edition) [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:7234]
Board Game: Drive on Stalingrad (Second Edition)
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Played this solo in a few hours today (on a table).
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18. Board Game: Bobby Lee: The Civil War in Virginia 1861-1865 [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:4276]
Board Game: Bobby Lee: The Civil War in Virginia 1861-1865
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A friend received his Kickstarter version of this game a few weeks ago but had been too busy to play it. I'll be reading the rulebook soon and we hope to connect in the next few weeks in order to try out our first game. I'll try to remember to keep good notes and possibly take some pics to post here.
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19. Board Game: John Prados' Third Reich [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:5985] [Average Rating:6.44 Unranked]
Board Game: John Prados' Third Reich
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The Barbarossa scenario is set up and ready to go. Hopefully I can knock it out tonight and tomorrow (since I need the table Wednesday night!).
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20. Board Game: Band of Brothers: Ghost Panzer [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:2489] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked]
Board Game: Band of Brothers: Ghost Panzer
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Playing this via Skype/VASSAL tomorrow night. I think we're starting with the infantry training scenario.
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21. Board Game: Maria [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:309]
Board Game: Maria
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Maria appeared on my table this past weekend. Played with these two guys
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The system was clean and easy to grasp. Gave a pretty good feel for the situation faced by the powers at the time. Enjoyable game though some of the mechanics felt a little gamey. For example, each player holds in their hand a number of playing cards (e.g. 4 of spades, 6 of clubs, etc.). A grid is overlaid on the map. The grid you are in dictates which suit of cards you can play to add to your combat strength. So your Prussian Army might be invincible in a diamond grid but utterly worthless in a clubs grid. Weird.

In spite of that, the game somehow works. We will get it back on the table soon.
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22. Board Game: Fields of Glory: Oudenarde & Malplaquet [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:10425]
Board Game: Fields of Glory: Oudenarde & Malplaquet
Enrico Viglino
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Up next in the video path.

Probably end up getting to Series: Central Front (SPI) sometime soon.
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23. Board Game: The Dark Valley [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:2774]
Board Game: The Dark Valley
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Victoria
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Getting this one set up for the second time to play through with a new friend. This game is a little more complex and involved than what I was expecting when I pre-ordered it. It is also bigger than my Bunker table can hold so it is going up on the eight foot dining table. Setup is pretty easy with the locations of the counters written on them. It just takes a while due to the number of them.

I would love it if this game is a quick playing as it seems.
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24. Board Game: Clash of Monarchs [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:3791]
Board Game: Clash of Monarchs
Karl Kreder
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Reading the rules so I can play if I go to GMT West
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25. Board Game: 1914: Offensive à outrance [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:5707]
Board Game: 1914: Offensive à outrance
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We are playing the Battle for Lorraine to learn the system
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