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1. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:98]
Adam Jones
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Not what I would normally pick, but the reviews are outstanding. Plus, I hear it plays very well solitaire if necessary.
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2. Board Game: Band of Brothers: Screaming Eagles [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:1519] [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked]
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Reviews say it's similar to Memoir '44, but with more control. Also low complexity.
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3. Board Game: Battle for Moscow (second edition) [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:3245]
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Portable, cheap.
 
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4. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:4]
Adam Jones
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Great reviews, both as a solitaire & 2-player game.

***After some looking, it appears that this is a VERY complex game that often out-thinks itself. Most people who like it appreciate it for it's complexity, but do concede that it's pretty difficult to get into.

Maybe not the best game for our situation.
 
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5. Board Game: 1775: Rebellion [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:246]
Adam Jones
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Not necessarily what I would look at, but I found it linked to some of the other games on our list. Here's a review I read that had me interested:

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1155698/wargame-rest-us
 
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6. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:394]
Adam Jones
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Looks interesting, pretty solid reviews. Seems to be a good balance of complexity & playability.
 
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7. Board Game: Ancient Battles Deluxe [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:4710]
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