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A list of skirmish games, to help me remember them and perhaps choose what to play next, mostly pulp, 19th- early 20th century, or general black powder stuff. Recently I have started to add a few with a Post Apocalyptic setting as well.

Of these I have only played a few so any comments on the ones on the list and suggestions on other games are welcome.
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The expansions focus on WW1, early indian wars and the Swedish-Danish conflicts.
 
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In the Heart of Africa is a large scale skirmish game that uses individually based and movement for figures. Created by Chris Peers, who also made the up scaled Death in the Dark Continent.
 
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I've never played this one, but I bought the rules as they had a great intro offer including lots of nice Victorian miniatures.

Reading the rules though I get the impression it falls in the same category as Mordheim and Necromunda, when it comes to mechanics, stats, "warband lists" and such.
 
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I am not that into pirates, but I have seen this game successfully adapted to handle British/French conflicts in Egypt in a fun scavenger hunt for the Rosetta stone. Se Wargames illustrated 2014/321.
 
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A new and reedited version of the rule for this game was recently published.
[url]http://nstarmagazine.com/DEATH_IN_THE_DARK_CONTINENT.htm [/url]

It was also featured in Wargames Illustrated no 356. June 2017.

In the introduction the creator Chris Peers writes:
"The rules cover some of the same ground as my earlier set, "In the Heart of Africa", but this is by no means merely an updated version, and players are advised to approach it as a completely new set. "In the Heart of Africa” was basically a large scale skirmish set. using individually based and manoeuvred figures."Death In The Dark Continent" employs multiple-figure bases and other mechanisms which make it easier to control relatively large forces, so that bigger and more sophisticated native armies like the Zulus can now be better represented. It is perhaps closer to a mainstream colonial" game, but by retaining the focus on Africa, and on inter-tribal conflicts and small scale "bush wars", it is possible to cover the subject in unprecedented scope and detail."
 
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23. Board Game: Congo [Average Rating:8.34 Unranked]
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The game was featured in Wargames illustrated April 2016/342.

And in no 358, August 2017, the magazine featured the "Lost giants of the Congo".
 
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25. Board Game: Chain Reaction [Average Rating:7.06 Unranked]
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Several of the skirmish games from Two Hour Wargames have the Chain Reaction system as the core. Although it is geared towards fights in a modern setting it is possible to use in almost all periods, as the Adventures in the Lost Land version shows.

It is structured around the chain reaction feature where enemy figures react when you move the friendly ones.

My favorite aspect is that it have a system for co-op or solo play where the scenarios and the opposition are randomly generated you never know exactly what you will stumble upon, resulting in possibly easy or very tough scenarios.

A free version of the game can be found here:
http://www.twohourwargames.com/free.html
 
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