Simulations that are not war games
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This small niche is one I find very interesting.

Mr. Bean made a similar list, but I disagreed with some of the choices so I'm making my own list. Some of the games were too much about war, some too little about simulation.

I'm also not interested in games designed as solo-only, or fully cooperative.

At the end I'll list the games I left out.

Feel free to add games of this type that you like.
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1. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:4]
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In fact wargames are consims...

The game that brought ConSims to the masses.

In the latest Ci3 Magazine from GMT (28), one of its makers said that TS was a Conflict Simulation.

Who am I to doubt the word of the designers of the number one on BGG ?

In fact in that interview was mentioned that in the 70's and 80's we used the word ConSim more than the term "wargame" to distinguish ourselves from the many RPG/Fantasy guys around.

So anything that handles a Conflict in a political/military way is a ConSim.

All the rest are simply not ConSims as they don't have the right angle.
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2. Board Game: The Republic of Rome [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:347]
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The Roman Senate
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3. Board Game: Churchill [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:501]
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While this is set during the latter stages of WW2, I would argue based on what I have seen of the design that it is actually about creating the post-war world.
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4. Board Game: 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:505]
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It's famously been described as 'Twilight (Struggle) in 45 minutes.'
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5. Board Game: Wir sind das Volk! [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:532]
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I would definitely think this one would apply (with the caveat that I haven't played it).
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6. Board Game: High Frontier [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:789]
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A Phil Eklund game. These sorts of games are definitely his niche. This one's a challenging space exploration simulation.
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7. Board Game: Silverton [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:1400]
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Railroading and mining in Colorado and New Mexico.
I would like it better if one were either a railroad or a miner and not both, but I suppose it's a better game this way.
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8. Board Game: Escape from Colditz [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1430]
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The Nazi POW camp
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9. Board Game: Days of Ire: Budapest 1956 [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:1503] [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked]
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Hungary 1956 with the Soviet invasion of Budapest.

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As this was a military intervention by the Soviets, there are aspects of combat in the game, that can make the game feel like a wargame.
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10. Board Game: Blackbeard [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2406]
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Piracy on the high seas, but not too much against one another
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11. Board Game: Pax Britannica [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:2472]
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The Age of Imperialism 1880 - 1920.

Empire building while trying to prevent the Great War using diplomacy.
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12. Board Game: Empires of the Middle Ages [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:2518]
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There is occasional combat in this strategic game of medieval empires, but not too much. It's too difficult to keep your empire up and running for it to last long.
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13. Board Game: American Megafauna [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2883]
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Prehistoric evolution
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14. Board Game: Source of the Nile [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:3040]
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Westerners exploring Africa
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15. Board Game: Founding Fathers [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:3831]
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One of the primary motivators for designing a game is because you had an idea of something you wanted to play, but couldn't find it anywhere, and this one of early American politics is the case for me.
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16. Board Game: Liftoff! [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:4391]
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Launching rockets for the moon and beyond
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17. Board Game: Democracy under Siege [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:4976] [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
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Card-driven maneuvering during the years leading up to World War II. Sort of a three-sided Twilight Struggle.
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18. Board Game: Europa 1945-2030 [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:6112]
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Story of the European Union
 
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19. Board Game: Age of Exploration [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:6709]
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Europeans exploring the New World
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20. Board Game: Lords of the Sierra Madre (second edition) [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:6794]
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Hacendadoes in the Sierra Madre region engaged in mining, farming, politics and protection
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21. Board Game: La Révolution française: La patrie en danger 1790-1796 [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:7010]
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The French revolution, with a little bit of combat, possibly
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22. Board Game: Origins of World War II [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:7387]
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Pre-war politicizing
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23. Board Game: Credo!: the Game of Dueling Dogmas [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:9410]
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Controversies in the early Church
 
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24. Board Game: Outdoor Survival [Average Rating:4.64 Overall Rank:15418]
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Hiking (but mostly dying).
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25. Board Game: The Republic of Carthage [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
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I always wanted to see how things might have been in the Carthaginian legislature.
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