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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26. Board Game: Waterloo 1815: Fallen Eagles [Average Rating:8.28 Overall Rank:4094]
Board Game: Waterloo 1815: Fallen Eagles
Jim F
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I believe Mark Herman said this was the best game on Waterloo he has played.

Well, I set this up to just run through a couple of turns solo and get the rules sorted. I'm now up to 4pm, the Guard are released and I'm loving it, lying awake thinking about my next moves. A session report and/or review are in the pipeline. Some of the rules are definitely counter intuitive but they just seem to work.
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27. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:145]
Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe
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Working my way through Scenario 4, "Open For Renovations". Both my opponent and I meant to play Fighting Formations but somehow fell into CC instead, and I've been struck the entire game by how much I would rather be playing FF. I just can't get into CC, anymore--too many better options out there.
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28. Board Game: Fire in the Lake [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:422]
Board Game: Fire in the Lake
Henrik Forsberg
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Borlänge
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We did a 3 player run through of the Playbook yesterday. We're all a bit intimidated by the complexity (our first COIN, but we have played Labyrinth and Twilight Struggle etc.)

Still determined it is a great game if we get through rules and get some sense for strategic approach. Good examples in the tutorial and now I'm sure going through the rule book will feel a lot easier.

Planning on playing it again before the end of summer.
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29. Board Game: The Dark Valley [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:2766]
Board Game: The Dark Valley
Ron Campo
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Columbia
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Since I started this on June 22, still forging ahead. AGC was off to slow start due to too many D Retreat die rolls rather than D Elim, unbelievable really. Finally figured out to make progress in this game, it's all about encirclements and cutting off Russian supplies, that's the best way to eliminate large amount of units and gain ground. On the negative, like most east front operational level games, the Russian reinforcement and replacement rate is astounding. Once you get a few turns under your belt, the game flows pretty quickly.

On a side note, James, thanks for taking over the torch temporarily for the best list on BGG, and Judd, we miss you. Hurry back.
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30. Board Game: New York 1776 [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:7869] [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked]
Board Game: New York 1776
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Brossard
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This is next on my list. I might try it as soon as tomorrow!
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31. Board Game: The Great War [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:1816]
Board Game: The Great War
Andy M
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Norwich
Norfolk
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Once I get all those pesky figures off their sprues anyway.
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32. Board Game: Paths of Glory [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:142]
Board Game: Paths of Glory
Carl Way
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Mobile
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I have never been a fan of CDGs, but a couple of months ago, someone convinced me to try For the People - I did and boy did I have a good time - it was a great game. So, I just got the most recent edition of Paths of Glory (love the components) and am going through the example of play.

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33. Board Game: Next War: India-Pakistan [Average Rating:8.32 Overall Rank:3889]
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Border War scenario, end of turn three.
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34. Board Game: Holdfast: Korea 1950-51 [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:8208]
Board Game: Holdfast: Korea 1950-51
Joshua Gottesman
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Well, technically this one is off the table, and hopefully my opponent wants a rematch...also, I hope he reads the log file before he reads this geek list! This was a North Korean auto-victory on turn 3. I was the NorKs, and had some pretty good die rolls, however I was greatly helped by a South Korean counter attack on turn 1 going disastrously wrong and basically unhinging his defense. This was the 1st game for both of us, and I learned a few things, especially about the defense and how risky attacks can be!

Here's the end-game situation.

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35. Board Game: Trenton 1776 [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:11630] [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked]
Board Game: Trenton 1776
Joshua Gottesman
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Playing this one by VASSAL, although
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Wichita
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may think I disappeared as I didn't bother to check to see if there was a new file, and I have to catch up on this.
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36. Board Game: RAN [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:4306]
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Joshua Gottesman
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Still fighting out Nagakute, the action is getting intense as Tokugawa is crashing into Mori's flank, and Oda does not believe in the concept of momentum. I'm liking the system a lot.
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37. Board Game: Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1199]
Board Game: Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe
Joshua Gottesman
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My final VASSAL game, it's been moving slowly, and I'm a big part of that, however I'm ready to get it moving forward. It's still early 1940, and the Germans, going East First, have apparently struck a chord with Europe, as everyone is rallying to the fascist cause, and the Western Allies just don't care. Russia cares, and has no resources to do anything about it.
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38. Board Game: The Road to Cheren [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:6622]
Board Game: The Road to Cheren
Joshua Gottesman
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Right now, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles – Base Set is taking up my dining room table, and as soon as I finish another scenario or two, it's getting replaced by this one, a CSW Expo purchase.
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39. Board Game: Mordheim: City of the Damned [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:1262]
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Playing this with my son today, I was a player when it first came out, before he was born, and am looking forward to giving it a go with him. He is excited, it is his first miniatures game.
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40. Board Game: Hold the Line [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:2546]
Board Game: Hold the Line
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In honor of the Fourth of July in the USA, I decided to play an American Revolution themed game.

I hadn't played Hold the Line in a very long time and I wonder why... because it's really nice. The rules are simple and there is a fair amount of luck but that keeps the tension high. It also allows for great solitaire play.

So I decided to pick one of the shorter scenarios: The Battle of Bunker Hill!

I think I tend to be too impatient in this game but then again I find myself running against the clock because there are often a specified number of turns before the game ends.

So as the British, I think I got a little anxious and attacked too quickly without taking the time to bring all their units up... They focused on the 2 militias in the British right flank hoping to pierce the defense and perhaps grab the VP flags from behind the hill. Yet the Americans rolled high on action points and the militia was crazy lucky with their musket precision... So the British suffered terrible losses trying to take Bunker Hill and the Americans were able to get their 6 VPs before the British got their 7.

Americans 6 - British 5

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41. Board Game: 1914: Glory's End / When Eagles Fight [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:5411]
Board Game: 1914: Glory's End / When Eagles Fight
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I forgot about this one. Continuing my VASSAL game tomorrow. We're playing When Eagles Fight, and I'm the Central Powers.
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42. Board Game: Soviet Dawn: The Russian Civil War, 1918-1921 [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:3132]
Board Game: Soviet Dawn: The Russian Civil War, 1918-1921
Wendell
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Yellow Springs
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Played Soviet Dawn for a couple of hours yesterday. Two wins, five defeats - one on the third card of the game! (Ooops)
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43. Board Game: Trenton 1776 [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:11630] [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked]
Board Game: Trenton 1776
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Getting the stickers up on the blocks. Will try this one out with mike, my best friend in light-medium Wargames.laugh
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44. Board Game: Liberty: The American Revolution 1775-83 [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:2852]
Board Game: Liberty: The American Revolution 1775-83
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Going to play this at a local gaming convention. Show case block Wargames.
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45. Board Game: Julius Caesar: Caesar, Pompey, and the Roman Civil War [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:917]
Board Game: Julius Caesar: Caesar, Pompey, and the Roman Civil War 49-45 BC
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My 10 year old son asked to learn a wargame yesterday so I thought I'd pull this out as an intro to block wargames. Teaching him the "ABC" system will provide him access to a number of wargames in my collection.

We started the game with a bit of a history lesson in which I explained the Ancients (Greeks, Romans, ...), using an Axis and Allies map to put everything in geographical perspective. Then I proceeded to explain the concepts of the old Roman political system and why Caesar and Pompey were fighting. My son chose to play as Caesar.

Although we only managed the first two years, my son quickly grasped the concepts of the cardplay, movement, and levies. Unfortunately for him, Antonius prematurely grabbed Rome and Pompey's counterattack eliminated his army. The end of the year saw Pompey with 10 points for the win.

Overall, the game was a successful introduction and my son has requested we play again really soon.

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46. Board Game: Quartermaster General [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:853]
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Two solo games of QM on the virtual table as I am testing out the two beta Vassal modules. Each one has something to offer, and each one has some issues. I'll be curious to see what comes of it.
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47. Board Game: Avec Infini Regret [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:7827]
Board Game: Avec Infini Regret
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Gaithersburg
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On the table, set up for the battle of Dreux, 1562. It's the first in chronological order, but also the biggest, so maybe not the best one to start with, but I'm sure it'll be fine. The rules are surprisingly short (5-6 pages), and use familiar mechanisms, so I don't think the complexity will be a problem.
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48. Board Game: Quartermaster General [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:853]
Board Game: Quartermaster General
Etien "The Most Interesting Gamer in the World"
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Our group of 6 is gathering today for a gaming session. I chose Quartermaster General to get us started since it can handle six players perfectly and plays fairly smoothly and quickly. It will be my first go at it. It is definitely different than anything I have gamed before and my expectations are high after having watched a couple of video reviews but I am withholding my opinion, however, until after a couple of play-throughs.
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49. Board Game: 1815: The Waterloo Campaign [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:9904]
Board Game: 1815: The Waterloo Campaign
Steven Goodknecht
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Bourbonnais
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Last month I started a thread asking what game people might be playing in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Someone posted that they had this game but had never played it and wanted opinions about it.

I had bought the game when it was new in 1975 and replied that it was a good game with some interesting innovations and worth playing. I also remarked that I would not reacquire the game. Never say 'never'.

But the mention of the game had me thinking about it again and a few days later while looking to buy another game from a BGG seller, I noticed they also had this one for sale. We agreed on a price and I own it once more.

It really does have some interesting innovations but that was typical of GDW games. Cavalry is more than 'fast infantry'. They charge, become 'Blown' and must then recover before being effective again. Also, rules for disorganization, leaders and command, different stacking limits for the three different armies and bombardment.

I never played the game after the release of Napoleon's Last Battles in 1976. I now think that was a mistake.


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50. Board Game: Smokejumpers [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:8893]
Board Game: Smokejumpers
Michael Barlow
Canada
Stratford
Ontario
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Just got the new edition, counters are clipped, and baring leftover weekend chores, will be on the table this week.
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