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Euro, Wargame, Dudes on a Map, Area Control, Hybrid games
Nathanael Allison
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I wanted to make a list of my new favorite type of game. I'm more of a Euro-gamer than a war-gamer, but I love these new hybrids that combine war elements with a healthy dose of euro-strategy (ie. resource management, economic engines etc.)

Feel free to add to this list as you see fit. I'm always looking for new games!

(Edit: I just changed to ordering to sort by BGG average score. I'll try to comment and/or remove those that stretch the criteria. Any help is appreciated!)
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1. Board Game: Triumph & Tragedy [Average Rating:8.27 Overall Rank:404]
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T&T's recipe:

Historical situation
Blocks as dudes on a map
Negotiation.
Area control.
Political conflict (think Wir Sind Das Volk)
Two decks of dual use cards
-one that you can use for diplomacy or moving armies
-one that can be used to research technology or invest in the economic engine.
Dice; lots of rolling dice
Multiple paths to victory (economic, atomic, military)

A little light on the Euro side but strong elements of Amertirash and Wargaming.
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2. Board Game: Scythe [Average Rating:8.28 Overall Rank:7]
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All the hotness right now. I play-tested it, but didn't back it. Somebody trade it to me!
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3. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:23]
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Looks so Ameritrashy, but I've heard its much more of a Euro. Again, game length is the issue for me.
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4. Board Game: Blood Rage [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:27]
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More on the wargame side of things, but a great hand management/optimization aspect as well. Minis!
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5. Board Game: Fire in the Lake [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:430]
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The COIN series of games combines a typical wargame (strong historical narrative) with mechanics and pieces familiar to a Euro gamer (cubes, area control, worker placement, etc.).

Twilight Struggle would probably fit somewhere on this geeklist as well.
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6. Board Game: Forbidden Stars [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:81]
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The game length has deterred me, but it seems like something I would really enjoy if I had the time to play (or to be more accurate, people who had the patience to play it with me).
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7. Board Game: Maria [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:257]
Oh you seekers of the new who run terrified from history into the clutches of an eternal life where no electric shaver can be built to last.
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    This is not a light game, nor quick, and it only plays three. But it is stunningly good. Here I Stand good. It mixes good old fashioned wargame attacks with card play on the map and area control in a couple of categories of political intrigue. The map is overlayed with card suits to determine which cards are in force, and the cards are serving three purposes.

    This is one of those games you own even if you don't get to play it just so you can say you own it.

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8. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:36]
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Used to own. Loved the idea of building tech! A little too long, and all the fighting was on the back-end.
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9. Board Game: Hands in the Sea [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:1662]
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A deck building card driven wargame.

Similar to A Few Acres of Snow in many ways.

Historically based on the First Punic War.
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10. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:109]
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Haven't played, but currently on my wishlist. Does this match the criteria?
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11. Board Game: Inis [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:108]
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Looking forward to seeing more of this of this game as information leaks out.
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12. Board Game: Kemet [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:77]
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Just grabbed a copy in a trade. Lots of love for this one. Tech tree!
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13. Board Game: 1775: Rebellion [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:269]
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I don't know much about this, but I've been told it would appeal to me.
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14. Board Game: Polis: Fight for the Hegemony [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:558]
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This might fit the bill
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15. Board Game: Clockwork Wars [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:1814]
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Looks fantastic. On the shorter side, which is great. Looking to acquire a copy.
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16. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:98]
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Just remembered this one. Never played, but it has been suggested to me. Maybe someone else can comment.
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17. Board Game: Stronghold (2nd edition) [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:910] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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I don't buy many 2 player only games, but this one has me intrigued.
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18. Board Game: Mare Nostrum: Empires [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:394]
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Looks fantastic. Looks like a lot of meat in a short amount of time. Perfect! Missed the Kickstarter, would love to trade for a copy!
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19. Board Game: Clash of Cultures [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:224]
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Civ/wargame. Lots of mechanisms. Definitely has a strong following, but another one that is too long to get to my table.
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20. Board Game: Wallenstein (second edition) [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:850]
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And...



And...



Oldie (ish) but goldie
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21. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:141]
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Never played and don't own, but looks great. Even has an expansion to connect with Kemet. Auctions play a big part here from what I've been told.
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22. Board Game: Successors (third edition) [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:970]
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Another game suggested to me, because of my love for Scythe. Perhaps someone else who has played it could comment.
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23. Board Game: Antike II [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:1061]
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A sort of civ Light wargame with a rondel, and resource management. Does not play with 2 so I probably will not be pursuing a copy. Comment if you've played!
 
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24. Board Game: Struggle of Empires [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:365]
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Struggle of Empires recreates the various wars fought between the European powers as they attempted to become the dominant force in Europe and the rest of the world during the eighteenth century. Build armies and fleets, make alliances, establish colonies, improve your economy, and ultimately wage war to expand your empire. Be careful, though, as a profligate country can end up being consumed by revolution.

The alliance auctions can be really tense and aggressive.
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25. Board Game: Fief: France 1429 [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:806]
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This could fit your criteria...whistle
 
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