Historical Strategic-Level Wargames (non-hex-based)
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This Geeklist intends to compile a list of historical strategic-level (as opposed to operational or tactical-level) wargames, and also avoid the Hex-and-Counter mechanic. Please feel free to add games to this list to help others (and me!) discover games they might like, but please do not add anything that does not meet the criteria above. Please also avoid adding expansions (unless they are standalone games.) This list is sorted by rank.

Edit: comments are intentionally locked on this list to avoid the inane debate over what is and isn't a true wargame. If BGG categorizes it as a wargame, good enough for me.

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1. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:4]
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2. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:135]
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3. Board Game: Here I Stand [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:165]
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Uber strategic. Engage in piracy, host a theological debate (and potentially a barbecue), besiege a fortress, create an heir- it's all here!
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4. Board Game: 1775: Rebellion [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:247]
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5. Board Game: Washington's War [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:428]
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Upgrade of we the people
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6. Board Game: Virgin Queen [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:456]
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Since Here I Stand is on this list its successor needs to be here as well.
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7. Board Game: Polis: Fight for the Hegemony [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:511]
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8. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:501]
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Here the truceless armies yet / Trample, rolled in blood and sweat; / They kill and kill and never die; / And I think that each is I. // None will part us, none undo / The knot that makes one flesh of two, /
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Sick with hatred, sick with pain, / Strangling -- When shall we be slain? // When shall I be dead and rid / Of the wrong my father did? / How long, how long, till spade and hearse / Puts to sleep my mother's curse?
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9. Board Game: Wilderness War [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:572]
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10. Board Game: 1812: The Invasion of Canada [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:625]
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11. Board Game: Quartermaster General [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:692]
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12. Board Game: Ikusa [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:690]
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Fight your rivals to be proclaimed the Shogun of Japan. Also known as Shogun and Samurai Swords.

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13. Board Game: Fief: France 1429 [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:754]
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14. Board Game: Axis & Allies Anniversary Edition [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:750]
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15. Board Game: Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:779]
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16. Board Game: Empires in Arms [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:953]
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17. Board Game: We the People [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:1031]
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18. Board Game: Navajo Wars [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:1108]
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19. Board Game: Field Commander: Napoleon [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:1192]
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20. Board Game: Field Commander: Rommel [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1679]
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21. Board Game: Field Commander: Alexander [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1850]
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22. Board Game: Quartermaster General: 1914 [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:1755]
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23. Board Game: Hearts and Minds: Vietnam 1965-1975 [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:2122]
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24. Board Game: Axis & Allies: WWI 1914 [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:2158]
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25. Board Game: ComancherĂ­a: The Rise and Fall of the Comanche Empire [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:1942]
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