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1. Board Game: Anzio/Cassino [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:11151]
Board Game: Anzio/Cassino
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I got it for my birthday recently. I really liked the follow up game a LOT (Mercury/Market Garden), which got me really interested in this game. I have played both games this week and am wanting to explore it more on the solitaire table before I create a Vassal module later this month.

I heard talk that the Anzio game is imbalanced, but the playtester wrote an article showing how to play the Germans, and in his experience, it was a lot closer to 50-50. It's true. The Allies have a lot of challenges as they have to be aggressive, while still being cautious to protect their retreat paths and time is against them.

I often hear talk about games being unbalanced, but it usually it comes down to the player just sucks at playing one side. I have certainly been guilty of this myself and after I saw it demonstrated, I learned that the Halifax Hammer is not as common as people think.

Unfortunately, the claims of unclear rules are true. The designer was cramped into writing instructions on little more than a front and back of a paper. Yeah, that blows. But fortunately, this has been ironed out. Go get this file for Anzio and this file for Cassino and you will be set.

If interested in playing me, I put a request over on the Vassal request list. I'll even take the Germans and show you how to play them.
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2. Board Game: Monty's Gamble: Market Garden [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:3828]
Board Game: Monty's Gamble: Market Garden
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The dream becomes reality!

I have wanted this game for YEARS but it was way out of my price range. My Dad gave me birthday money and said, "Get you one of those hand-to-find games that you talk about in those [HAMTAG] videos" and the dream finally happened.

Prepped and ready to go against Mike on PBEM.
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3. Board Game: Mercury/Market Garden [Average Rating:5.66 Overall Rank:15130]
Board Game: Mercury/Market Garden
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I'm in a PBEM game with Chris and testing out my Vassal module using the Market Garden scenario.
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4. Board Game: Not War But Murder [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:5521]
Board Game: Not War But Murder
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Mike and I continue in our second game. This time I'm the Union. I flanked him good on the first turn, and then foolishly charged pell mell into Richmond with my cavalry, while he moved around and cut off the river entrances. Grrrr... Darned war of attrition. My men are writing their names on paper and pinning it to their backs.
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5. Board Game: Birth of a Legend: Lee and the Seven Days [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:9416]
Board Game: Birth of a Legend: Lee and the Seven Days
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Larz Chris and I are taking my new Vassal module for a test spin. I'm the Union. It just started up.
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6. Board Game: Operation Battleaxe: Wavell vs. Rommel, 1941 [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:6177]
Board Game: Operation Battleaxe:  Wavell vs. Rommel, 1941
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Sean and I are playing this one in Vassal. I'm the Brits. It's just started up, so I can't tell you if I'm doing well.
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7. Board Game: Breakthrough: Cambrai [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:5329]
Board Game: Breakthrough: Cambrai
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And completing the Michael Rinella 7-card strait, I've got this on my virtual Vassal-design table creating the module for it. I should have tried to figure out a way to get in a game of Shifting Sands: The Campaign for North Africa 1940-1943 so I could have had a clean sweep.
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8. Board Game: Coral Sea: Campaign Commander Series [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:6475]
Board Game: Coral Sea: Campaign Commander Volume II
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I'm nearing the end of the game with Todd. Every time you play a card game, you never know what you're gonna get (says Wargame Forrest Gump). For instance, in my last game of For the People with Larz, Emancipation never showed up.

In this, I (Japan) couldn't get either one of the Truk Fleet cards until late and poor Todd couldn't draw any of the numerous reinforcement cards until he drew the "Search your deck" card and dug one out.

I've played this a lot and this has been the strangest one I have yet played. Still a sweet game, though.
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9. Board Game: Punic Island: Campaign Commander Volume III [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:9234]
Board Game: Campaign Commander Volume III: Punic Island
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Pierre and I are still working on our game. He got a major consular army to replace his battered one, so he is ready to continue on, but my Carthaginians still control the sea.

It's his first game and I'm new enough to the game that I have no solid Carthaginian strategy. I'm trying one out. It's high risk/high reward. If he crushes my naval fleet, I'm in trouble.
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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 working through our game. My Soviets keep knocking on the door of the hotel, but there is no room in the inn.
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11. Board Game: Holdfast: Russia 1941-42 [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:3817]
Board Game: Holdfast: Russia 1941-42
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Rob and I are playing our first head-to-head game and trying out my module. Man, this is one crazy-fun game. Mr. Herman has his work cut out for him if he wants to win the non-prestigious "Who the crap is airjudden and why do I care about winning his best new game of the year" award for 2014.
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12. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Napoleonics [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:363]
Board Game: Commands & Colors: Napoleonics
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Rob and I have crawled through my first game of this. We were on different versions of the Vassal module and it took me weeks to figure out why I couldn't roll the dice. Now I'm ready. And since I stickered the blocks to my copy last weekend and read the rules, I got more comfortable with them, though it's still hard to not try to play this game like C&C:A.
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13. Board Game: Band of Brothers: Ghost Panzer [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:2492] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked]
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Sean and I are playing through one of the T-34 scenario.
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14. Board Game: Hold the Line: Frederick's War [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:6212]
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Barteus and I are playing more of the Hohenfriedberg scenario. My Austrian/Saxony alliance is not doing so well, but time is working against him. I'm getting a LITTLE better at using the powerful cavalry in this game.
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15. Board Game: Breakout: Normandy [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:1287]
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I've only played one area impulse game before, Storm Over Stalingrad, but I've heard that this is a great game. I managed to find an Avalon Hill edition of the game and will be learning how to play it. My friend has the L2 version and we'll be playing on his copy mid-month.
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Board Game: The Last Success: Quadrigame of the War Against Austria, April - July 1809
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Last month I set up the Abensberg Approach to Battle scenario but was sidetracked by creating some more user-friendly OOB cards for it. This month I plan to play the Abensberg Day of Battle and hopefully the Eckmuhl Day of Battle scenarios.
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17. Board Game: D-Day at Omaha Beach [Average Rating:8.25 Overall Rank:586]
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My love for this game was rekindled with the few sessions I managed to squeeze in last month. This month I'm thinking of taking the plunge and trying out either the extended game or the second scenario (beginning on turn 17).
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18. Board Game: The Hunters: German U-Boats at War, 1939-43 [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:1066] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
Board Game: The Hunters: German U-Boats at War, 1939-43
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I currently have a VERY slow game of this going on using the extremely well implemented Vassal module. I'm commanding the XIB sub and I've been managing to get in one or two patrols every day. I believe that I should have the campaign completed by the end of the month.
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19. Board Game: Hellenes: Campaigns of the Peloponnesian War [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:2505]
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, my opponent from last month's convention, wants to take another stab at this game. It was only near the end of the last game that we began to see some of the subtleties and strategies that we weren't utilizing well. I believe our next game is scheduled for a week from now.
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20. Board Game: The Guns of Gettysburg [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:1837]
Board Game: The Guns of Gettysburg
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If all goes according to plan, I should be playing another face to face session of this wonderful game in a few weeks time. Now that my opponent and I have internalized the rules we're playing this game much quicker. However, the simple fact that all units can move every turn makes this an overall slower game than Bowen's other masterpiece, Napoleon's Triumph
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21. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Napoleonics [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:363]
Board Game: Commands & Colors: Napoleonics
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and I continue to work through the base game scenarios via PBeM.
We are at the end stages of Garcia Hernandez. Wow, this one plays completely differently than any of the others, a swirling chaotic kind of battle in which the Allies have all cavalry units. As of now, Iain and I are tied for medals, yet another of our close games!

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we are working through Rolica, First Position as Judd is learning the game.
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22. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:132]
Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients
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As usual, I have three PBeM games going (and just finished a fourth vs Edwin).

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Just about finished with the second round of Leuctra. Generally I don't like scenarios with very low banner victory conditions - this one is only four - but it has been a quick and violent fight. Our first session of Leuctra, with the help of a Double Time card, was only six files!

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Finished the Po River scenario and moved on to Panormus.

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Finished Ilipa and moved to Leptis. Elephants have been working for and against Mike!
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23. Board Game: Holdfast: Russia 1941-42 [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:3817]
Board Game: Holdfast: Russia 1941-42
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Judd and I just started this one, and so far I am really enjoying it. Clear rules, fast play, buckets of dice, fog of war. I am the Germans and the opening stages probably aren't much fun for the Russian player, but I am sure it is going to turn around soon...
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24. Board Game: Caesar XL [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:6711]
Board Game: Caesar XL
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is playing Caesar and I am Pompey. We are using Dan's variant found here: Variants for Caesar XL.

The randomness of this game has been on full display, although quite a bit of it has been in my favor. We are in the end stages of the game and so far it appears we might be headed to the nobody-wins condition.
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25. Board Game: Julius Caesar [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:913]
Board Game: Julius Caesar: Caesar, Pompey, and the Roman Civil War 49-45 BC
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is playing Pompey and I am Caesar, via PBeM. It has been a year since I played JC, so it was time to hit the (virtual) table again.

As usual, the clock is ticking against Caesar. We are in the second-to-last year and although I took Syracuse, it was a temporary victory as Pompey himself came to the island and took back the city.
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