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So, grasshopper, you are ready to begin your quest to true gaming enlightenment and happiness.

Start here.

Good luck on your journey.

And, welcome to our tribe!
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Very good "new to wargaming" list.

Related: a brief overview of wargaming: http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX/?233@@.1dd309ee!enclosure=....
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...another decent list of lists place to begin...
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...and here is some advice for fellow grasshoppers...
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...some advice from a fellow pilgrim.
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But, really the place to start is with a topic. Read a book on a subject that REALLY interests you - and then purchase a game related to the conflict that sparked your interest. For example, ancients? Ancients Wargames: The glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome
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...or for other historical periods, try one of the gems on this list.
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Once you have your hands on your first game and your are reading your first rule book, listen to a wargaming podcast in the background.
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Maybe read up on some wargame folklore: item 99 is a personal fav...
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...more folklore: an INCREDIBLE wargame story...
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...and we make our own stories: read a few wargame session reports...
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Check out some of the great flavor ("chrome") in the genre...
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...or some fantastic design elements in our MANY great games.
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Set your sites high: slay the beast!
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One word to the wise: don't always trust BGG ratings when selecting a wargame: damm that grade inflation!
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...and if you're looking for more recent wargames that have nutcase followings...
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...and then preorder something, comrade.
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Attend a wargame con: http://grogheads.com/?p=9657
 
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You can ALWAYS find an opponent - at anytime, anywhere on this particular planet.

Play someone via Vassal (which has a module for about every wargame ever made) and Skype: it is essentially playing just like in real life. Vassal has all the components to the game. You play on a "board" (actually a electronic version of it - a whiteboard): when you move a piece, your opponent sees it moving: you both seen the same screen. Vassal handles all the dice rolls/card plays. And, with Skype, you can trash talk, ask questions, whatever.

Just like being there!

http://www.vassalengine.org

And here the top games being played on Vassal recently: Vassal: What Wargames have been played in the last month?
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Join a game club!
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...or grow your own wargame club at home...or try to make one elsewhere arrrh : Wargamers or Pirates in Nassau? 1st MN hits the beaches of the Bahamas.

 
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...and once you are no longer a grasshopper, enlist more.
 
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...and a tool to find warmers close to you...just enter your zip code:

https://boardgamegeek.com/geekmap.php?country=US&action=user...

Or, try this:

https://www.meetup.com/topics/wargame/all/
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...and if you're still looking for more ideas regarding where to begin... click on the list for this entry.

Good luck, pilgrim: you've begun your life time journey through the best hobby on the planet. arrrh

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...oh, and be a teacher: pass this great hobby on.
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