Wargames on your table - July 2015
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Temporarily (I hope) standing in for Mr Air Judden to ask: What wargames are on your table this month?

How was it? Who did you play with? Was it face-to-face or online? Did you lose to your children?

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1. 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 having a solo bash at NWBM, trying to find the ACW game that hooks me on the period.
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2. Board Game: Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1193]
Board Game: Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe
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After NWBM I'll put USE back on the table halfway through a solo game of the main event scenario that I had to take down so I could lend my table to my brother. If I recall correctly, the Sovs are pretty much ready to stick the boot in.
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3. Board Game: Risk: Star Wars – The Clone Wars Edition [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:4620]
Board Game: Risk: Star Wars – The Clone Wars Edition
Charles Lewis
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West Des Moines
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Introduced this to the 11 year old last night. She's getting the hang of it pretty quick.
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4. Board Game: Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ? [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:369]
Board Game: Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ?
Michael Debije
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Eindhoven
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Had a first go and it was a bit rough for us. Hard to see the overall strategy yet, as the troop movement difficult and the actions to choose not obvious. The dice seem pretty important as well. Took us over 2.5 hours to get through a single deck game. Intimidated by solo flowchart!
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5. Board Game: Axis & Allies: 1942 [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1554]
Board Game: Axis & Allies: 1942
David Brown
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Had to take Unconditional Surrender down due to a family event and couldn't be ars*d re-setting it up, so went for something easier
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6. Board Game: Napoleon's Last Battles [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
Board Game: Napoleon's Last Battles
Andrew Taylor
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Kintore
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Still on the table from last month as there wasn't much progress due to work, life, other games, etc, etc. As I have some time at home with the school holidays imminent hopefully this will get going again.

P.S. Thanks for taking this list on James, it's one of the few I routinely read and would have missed.
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7. Board Game: Zulus on the Ramparts!: The Battle of Rorke's Drift – Second Edition [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:1781]
Board Game: Zulus on the Ramparts!: The Battle of Rorke's Drift – Second Edition
Andrew Taylor
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Picked this up in a recent Math Trade and currently reading rules. Soon to be on the table. I liked the other State of Siege games as they are quick and tough - OK it's luck of the cards and a dicefest - but still tough to win.
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A continuation of our 9 turn Bulge scenario, A Time for Trumpets.
We have completed 2 of the turns and I am ready to start turn 3 on July 2nd.
We also have our all day war game SNEWFest! coming up later in the month where I hope to add more games to this list.



Edit: Link to the start of the game in last months Geeklist
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/191958/item/3935024#i...
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9. Board Game: Ball's Bluff [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:11247]
Board Game: Ball's Bluff
Eric Stubbs
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Gaithersburg
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Set up for a solo run, but I need to read the rules when I'm not mostly asleep. They seem quite straightforward. Map is lovely (Rick Barber does it again), counters are large and good quality, though they were annoying to extract from the counter tree. I did appreciate the note included with the game that the counters should be removed with a sharp knife to avoid damaging them.
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10. Board Game: The Conquerors: Alexander the Great [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:8679]
Board Game: The Conquerors: Alexander the Great
Wendell
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Yellow Springs
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I have read the rules and set up Alex for a solo play, bought it last year and haven't had a chance to play yet. Looks reasonably simple.
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11. Board Game: Nuklear Winter '68 [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:4250]
Board Game: Nuklear Winter '68
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My other games were complaining to me that I had neglected them and spent all my free time playing The Dark Valley last month. I decided to temporarily pack that game away and spread the love.

I'll be getting this game back to the table this month. I'm very tempted to run through an entire campaign and see how the campaign rules hold up. The idea of continuity has me intrigued and I expect that my playstyle will be more conservative knowing that unit losses carry over to the next scenario.
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12. Board Game: Victory in Europe [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:6250]
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I managed to pick up a copy of this game from the Facebook Wargamers Pay it Forward list. I currently have the game on my table and am running through some mock turns to understand how the game ticks. I'm hoping that this game is not as broken as some of the forums claim. The lure of being able to play the entire WWII European Theater in 4-5 hours is an enticing goal.
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13. 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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and I are a little more than midway through the scenarios in this expansion. When he becomes available again, we should be getting this game back to the table. Last month we had managed to play through 2 scenarios and during our final session my opponent pulled off his first win. It was hard earned and well deserved. thumbsup

I'll try to take some pics of the sessions.

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14. Board Game: Napoleon's Triumph [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:569]
Board Game: Napoleon's Triumph
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Well, I've been bitten by the NT bug again. Last month's session managed to rekindle my love for this game. My opponent expressed similar feelings as well. We both agreed that we need to put in the effort to get together at least once a month to play some more.

We intend to get this one to the table again in the next few weeks.
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15. Board Game: 1914: Glory's End / When Eagles Fight [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:5355]
Board Game: 1914: Glory's End / When Eagles Fight
Steve Herron
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Johnson City
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My first Went Eagles Fight ended with a Russian victory. I wanted to play WEF again being more familiar in how it plays and what to do. One thing the Central Powers has to make hay while the sun shines with those artillery units before Verdun happens! I wish the hexes were larger.
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16. Board Game: Prussia's Defiant Stand [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:6218]
Board Game: Prussia's Defiant Stand
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and I set this game up yesterday evening for a learning session. I wasn't expecting too much, having read some of the early reviews and such but was pleasantly surprised. It turns out that the updated ruleset managed to answer most of our questions on the fly. Neither of us had really pre-read the rulebook but by the end of the evening we had a good grasp of the gameplay.

We decided to play the short scenario and my opponent played the Prussians. Setting up the game, we noticed a large discrepancy in the available strength for both factions. As the Allies, I intended to concentrate my armies towards Prussia and make a push for Berlin. Dresden was liberated immediately as the French pushed their way to the Prussian border.

However, the Prussians adopted an aggressive stance and attempted to reclaim Dresden. The battle went poorly for them and they were forced to retreat, having inflicted heavy casualties on the French army. When we finally stopped the game, the Austrians had succeeded in occupying Berlin with a large, unscathed army.

I enjoyed our first play of the game. I particularly like the decisions that the battleboard allow the players. When and how to commit your cavalry are of the utmost importance. Fortresses are tough nuts to crack. Commanders play an important role in mobilizing and activating troops. Supply is also an important consideration in the game. This was the first Worthington game that I've experienced and I have to admit that I was impressed. I'm looking forward to our next session of the game.
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17. Board Game: Pacific Battles: Shanghai [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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This is not a very active month for me soblue.
I have on the table only this game
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18. Board Game: Maria [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:309]
Board Game: Maria
Sean McCormick
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Playing my first game and controlling France (which I understand is the best side to play for a newbie). The basic game is pure Friedrich, but the political phase is totally new to me, and I have no idea how to win. Just going to truck ahead, as it is a learning game.
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19. Board Game: Battle for Stalingrad [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:6331]
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I'm trying to play this one via PBEM on Vassal, but the module design is absolutely atrocious. It's rare to get a DVG game with a Vassal module at all, and I do think this is a clever design, but we may have to pack up the game right at the start due simply to difficulties in navigating the module.
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20. Board Game: Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1193]
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Playing the North Africa scenario, which largely consists of doing nothing followed by lots of convoluted supply checks.

Which, I suppose, is historical.
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Board Game: Red Winter: The Soviet Attack at Tolvajärvi, Finland – 8-12 December 1939
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Playing the first two days scenario as the Finns and have gotten rocked repeatedly by my Soviet opponent. I'm holding out at the Hotel in Day Two, but I've given up a foothold in town and have suffered an unacceptable number of casualties. He really cleaned my clock, and now I'm scuttling across the frozen lake, trying to assault Soviet units out on the ice to ring up casualty points.
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22. Board Game: Not War But Murder [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:5512]
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I am the USA - game is a first-play for both of us. Once we got down a few nuances in the rules, it plays quickly. Staged a big assault, but rolled low for the USA DR - resulting in a repulse - and now a large number of my infantry are exhausted. That has slowed down my offensive. Not really sure how I want to advance now...
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23. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:131]
Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients
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Currently playing 3 PBeM sessions:

Forage scenario: vs Brent (Legio XIX) - we are playing through Caesar's invasion of Britain. I had a nice lead (as Rome), but he came back and scored multiple banners on a single turn to win. Now I'm the Britons and hoping to duplicate the feat.

Great Plains: vs Iain (buffmeister) - working through base game scenarios - just started the second round of Great Plains

Castrum Album: vs Paul (MtnMan69) - playing 3Ci scenarios.
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24. Board Game: Quartermaster General [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:851]
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Been working on this Vassal mod for a few weeks. The nature of 6 players and the level of automation I wanted to put into it made it a tough sucker, but I have a Beta out there. Anyone wanting to try it, feel free and Geekmail me if you see anything odd.

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25. Board Game: Normandy '44 [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:1431]
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Here we (I) go again. Last Friday

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and I finished a campaign game that lasted six weeks. I was so glad when it finally ended! Then, as I was taking it down the next day, I knew that I didn’t have the rules down completely and I also started wondering what Jon and I could have done differently. I realized that if I didn’t have the game figured out, I would probably never play it again. So I found myself setting the game up again!

I’m glad I did. Playing solo, I took my time. If you play this game for the first time, follow the example of play at the back of the rule book. Jon and I should have done this. My uncertainty about what to do as the Germans was solved while reading it and playing it out. A terrific learning device.

I played the Invasion turn and the first turn. I may not finish the game but I’ll play until I feel comfortable with the rules. I’m already much more comfortable with the game and I’m sure Jon and I will be playing it again sometime in the future.

Invasion turn: The 82nd AB really took a beating; two regiments reduced to cadres. Elsewhere, the Allies got their foothold but nothing spectacular. Some step losses taken.
 



First turn: The Germans quickly moved to meet the Allied threat. The 82nd AB took another hit when one of their cadres was attacked and eliminated. Overall, I feel much better about the Germans in this game than I did in the first game with Jon.
 


Jon and I won’t be playing this Friday. He’s in Texas for a week celebrating his newest grandchild’s first birthday.
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