Wargames on Your Table - January 2015
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Happy New Year! May you roll high -- unless you are playing me. Bwahahahahaha!

So what's on your table?

Instead of the long list of links, I'm going to link a new one-stop shopping idea I've been toying with in my mind:

Click here to see a list of new wargame geeklists, directories, and on-going lists for this month:

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1. Board Game: Paul Koenig's The Bulge: 6th Panzer Army [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:8751]
Board Game: Paul Koenig's The Bulge: 6th Panzer Army
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Trying it out on the solo table.
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2. Board Game: The Great Invasion: The Gettysburg Campaign June 24 – July 3, 1863 [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:13608]
Board Game: The Great Invasion: The Gettysburg Campaign June 24 – July 3, 1863
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My first Vassal module project for this year. Chris (Montgomery), it's going to happen, man!!!!

This golden oldie is one of the coolest Civil War games I have seen come along in a long time.
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3. Board Game: Saints in Armor [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:3472]
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White Mountain is set up. It is very fiddly and I'm not 100% sure I am getting all the rules right
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4. Board Game: Grand Illusion: Mirage of Glory, 1914 [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:4686]
Board Game: Grand Illusion: Mirage of Glory, 1914
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Pushing to complete my 2014 10x10 Challenge, I ended up having to put this game on hold. Now I have time to bring this to the table and give it a solo whirl.
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5. Board Game: FAB: The Bulge [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:2004]
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I've found a new local wargaming opponent. He scanned my collection on BGG and picked out this little gem to learn. We're hoping to get it to the table this month for at least one learning game.
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6. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Napoleonics Expansion #2 – The Russian Army [Average Rating:8.39 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.39 Unranked]
Board Game: Commands & Colors: Napoleonics Expansion #2 – The Russian Army
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My opponent and I continue to play through the Russian scenarios. I believe that our next battle is Mohrungen - 25 January 1807. I'll try to post some pics of the battle after the dust settles.
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7. Board Game: Tahiti: Clan Warfare, Polynesia 750 AD [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:14508]
Board Game: Tahiti:  Clan Warfare, Polynesia 750 AD
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8. Board Game: Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1197]
Board Game: Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe
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Working my way through this one solo and hopefully will be picking a F2F opponent this year.
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9. Board Game: Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1197]
Board Game: Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe
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I am also going to have solo Unconditional Surrender on my table (thanks Santa Grogs)

I played the first two years of the campaign (after a couple of training scenarios) but I had to pack it away because i wasn't getting anything else done!

It's a big space and time commitment but I really enjoy this game.

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10. Board Game: Panzer Command: The Gateway to Stalingrad Fall '42-Spring '43 [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:5184]
Board Game: Panzer Command: The Gateway to Stalingrad Fall '42-Spring '43
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Played 3 more scenarios of this Eric Lee Smith game which ended up inspiring the Series: Grand Tactical (MMP).

In the advanced introductory scenario, the Soviet lucked out with command die rolls and chit pulls and were able to exit many of their units before the Germans arrived.

In the Destruction of the Soviet First Tank Corps scenario, the Germans were able occupy 4 of the Sysokin and State Farm 79 hexes and block a road path to Nizhnyaya which denied the Soviets several victory points. However, the Germans were only able to fight their way into one hex of Nizhnyaya. When it was all over, the Soviets managed to squeak ahead for the win 30-29.

In the Reduction of the Chir Bridgeheads scenario, the Soviet took control of the airspace and managed to slow down the German move across the Board. While the German tanks took control of one of the bridgeheads, the Soviet engineers managed to construct two more. More importantly, the Soviets wiped out most of the German infantry units and the Germans were not able to make any headway into Nizhnyaya despite multiple close assault waves with their infantry and mechanized infantry. Soviets ended up with a substantial victory.

I also noticed that
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had listed this game as not having a review in an old geeklist
No wargame left behind: Wargames that need reviews 2 so I wrote a review while I was at it:
Although this tank wargame is mostly forgotten, its mechanics live on today
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11. Board Game: A House Divided: War Between the States 1861-65 [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1241]
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With only 2 days left on vacation, I needed something quick to learn and fast to play. Luckily,
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gave me a free copy of this classic during a trade last year since it was missing a few counters. I'm playing a game right now with all of the standard rules (and all of the optional rules that go with it). Recently, I have not enjoyed wargames this light, but so far I'm finding it surprisingly addictive. The game turns go so fast that it's easy to play just one more turn. I'm hoping to finish this game tonight and then try another one tomorrow with the advanced rules.
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12. Board Game: New York 1776 [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:7783] [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked]
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Got a game going on Vassal with Joe Kong. I think he's about to lower the boom on my rebels.
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13. Board Game: A House Divided: War Between the States 1861-65 [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1241]
Board Game: A House Divided: War Between the States 1861-65
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Setup finished! Fort Sumter will soon be bombarded...

Edit 1861: First year of the war finished. The Union invaded Virginia and stood at the gate of Richmond in the last turn of the year. A huge battle commenced and after several battle rounds the Confederates where victorious. A battered US-army withdrew to Fredericksburg. The CSA followed up with a counterattack that took Gordonsville back.

Edit 1862: The second year of the war saw a second failed attempt at Richmond. The South tried to shift focus from the eastern theatre to the west and invaded Kentucky. Soon the Confederates threatened Ohio and its neighbors. Some Confederate recruitment cities in the North where invaded but the Union managed to throw the Greys out before the year ended.

Edit 1863: The battle raged back and forth in the west. The East was almost entirely peaceful. The US forces pushed the Confederates south, taking Memphis and some other sites. I decided to give the cavalry tactic a try with the South, sending cavalry units up through Kentucky. By the end of the year the CSA reached higher Max Army Size and won.

Post-game reflection: As a European, this game has taught me more about the Civil War than I ever learned in school. When I first got it a year ago, I played it, and the next day I was at the library. "The American Civil War and Its Origins 1848-1965" by Alan Farmer was a great introduction to this topic which is standard learning in the US but sadly overlooked in my native Sweden.
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14. Board Game: Band of Brothers: Ghost Panzer [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:2499] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked]
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Playing the bloody triangle with Seanmac. My Soviets finally had some OP Fire success. Man, those guys just aren't very high quality that year. shake
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15. Board Game: Test of Fire: Bull Run 1861 [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:4762]
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Rob and I have been playing this one through the e-mail. I think that might be ideal. It seems like it is too long for what it is face-to-face, but the relaxed PBEM pace seems to work really well. It's better than my solo game I experimented with last year and my Vassal upgrades to the existing module have been working like a charm.
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16. Board Game: Lincoln's War [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:8816]
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Starting up my PBEM list is this one. I didn't realize the log was to me and so I allowed this to bog down through the holidays. However, now that work is back in swing, I'm reengaged with this one.

The more I play, the less I like it. I'm going to need to trade it away or win one of the chain of generosity games or something because I'm sure someone would like it more than me.
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17. Board Game: Rebel Raiders on the High Seas [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:5307]
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I've got two games of this going, one as the Confederates and one as the Union. In both games I'm doing somewhat ok, so that's nice. My game as the USA got a big bogged down with a rules querry. I was hoping that my opponent couldn't use a card to place ships in Louisville, but he was able to, however, the dice went my way and I was able to sink his ship.

I think this game is very interesting, but I'm not yet sure if it has legs. My moves always seem somewhat obvious to me. I need more play as the Union, but as the CSA I'm definitely ahead (I've lost nothing yet and it's already Dec '62).
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18. Board Game: Shifting Sands: The Campaign for North Africa 1940-1943 [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:2358]
Board Game: Shifting Sands: The Campaign for North Africa 1940-1943
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My game as the Allies is winding up with Eduardo. His Axis are on the back foot and will have a great deal of trouble recovering at this point. Both East Africa and the Middle East are tied up, and Spitfires is in play. Torch will land with the first play of next turn and I had a strong group of Free French almost take Tripoli by coming out of Chad (used Victoria's Cross). Poor Eduardo, the dice do not favor him.
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19. Board Game: Clash of Giants II: 1st Ypres & Galicia 1914 [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:3850]
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Another PBEM game where the dice are favoring me greatly. After my Austro-Hungarians won in the last game (with 8VPs to 4), we switched sides. The dice have been ridiculously favorable and I was able to smash his 2nd and 3rd Armies with my first offensive chit before he used his first offensive chit to attack me all along the line. I'm sure it is disheartening to my poor foes that I roll like the devil.

When it really comes down to it, using the old "ZOC is King" SPI/AH kind of strategies is really the key. Creating pockets using Advance After Combat and then reducing those pockets is not quite as easy as in the old classics, but it is still a very viable strategy that has worked very well for both my sides.
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20. Board Game: Hornet Leader: Carrier Air Operations [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:1455] [Average Rating:7.90 Unranked]
Board Game: Hornet Leader: Carrier Air Operations
Larz Welo
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Katy
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The first game set up on my actual physical table. I actually didn't get to it last month and have only just gotten back to it after the Christmas rush.

I actually set this one all up for my next mission last night, but just got too sleepy before I was able to play it through. The next one is a big one, with a PRC Carrier Fleet attacking as part of my Taiwan Defense 2008 Campaign. I was all excited to finally use JDAMs, but then realized that I wouldn't be using JDAMs after all since fleets are not fixed targets! So, I had to gut my setup and redo it. Frustrating!
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21. Board Game: Navajo Wars [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:1365]
Board Game: Navajo Wars
Larz Welo
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Katy
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Ok, this month is the one! As soon as my Taiwan Defense 2008 Campaign is done, I'm going to pack up Hornet Leader and bring this one out. I'm super excited to go through the steps of this one. It's going to be great!

I'm not sure if I'll get anything else going this month. It's going to be a busy month in real life, so we'll just have to wait and see.
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22. Board Game: Quebec 1759 [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:2683]
Board Game: Quebec 1759
Judd Vance
United States
Wichita
Kansas
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Rob and I fired up this golden oldie.

I'm the Brits, my first amphibious invasion at Levis went very, very badly.
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23. Board Game: Hold the Line: Frederick's War [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:6214]
Board Game: Hold the Line:  Frederick's War
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Rob and I are playing the Kesseldorf scenario: my favorite one. The Saxons start the game asleep and require an enemy unit to move adjacent to it or else they have to spend action points (not too many) to wake up.

I got really hot with the dice to open the game and put him in a pickle, but my lack of awake units and lack of action points has really hurt, as he's turned the tide and got the upper hand.
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24. Board Game: The Legend of Robin Hood [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:5528]
Board Game: The Legend of Robin Hood
Michael Debije
Netherlands
Eindhoven
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Played this solo today, first game of 2015. Robin won in a walkover: three leaders dead for Sherriff's side, and little relief in sight. Called it after ~15 turns or so. All good rolls to Hood. Not a hreat game, but low counter density. I think 30 turns a bit long.
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25. Board Game: D-Day at Tarawa [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:2591]
Board Game: D-Day at Tarawa
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Eagan
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After two weeks, this is still on my table. Really good. The Japanese A.I. is really good.

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