Finland, Finland, Finland. A Country Where I'd Quite Like To Be
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For some reason, Finland has always fascinated me.
The underdog that not only held off the Soviet Army, but managed to hang on to their independence through a period of communist expansion. It's hard to play solo as I tend to want to see the Finns victorious so I need to be very careful to not favor them.
Their alliance with the Nazis wasn't born out of idealogical sympathy but rather an application of the old 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend' axiom. Had the Allies intervened on Finland's behalf, they would not have joined forces with the Reich.
I've managed to gather a few titles that explore different aspects of the Finnish Front:
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1. Board Game: Winter War [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:4183]
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My most recent acquisition.
The 'no muss no fuss rules' make this quick to learn.
Hex control is key to this and other games involving this front. Using the ski troops to pass through areas to cut Soviet supply will frustrate the snot out of the Soviet player.
As a child of the Cold War years, I admit that I enjoy seeing those commies suffer.
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2. Board Game: Winter Fury: The Battle of Tolvajärvi 1939 [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:11689]
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This was the first of my Finland games. I purchased this just as I was getting back into gaming.
At first the rules confused me. The reinforcement table didn't make sense and the chit pull system was foreign to me.
It was slow going to say the least. After a couple of turns, I got the hang of the movement and combat mechanics and I really started to enjoy it.
Players of this version will usually cringe at the mere mention of the map, but it didn't really bother me. It is certainly unique.
 
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3. Board Game: Blood on the Snow: The Battle of Suomussalmi [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:10994]
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A sister game to Winter Fury, as they share the same rules and can be played together.
As a military musician I appreciate the inclusion of a brass band chit.
 
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4. Board Game: Forgotten Axis: The Finnish Campaign [Average Rating:5.05 Overall Rank:13487]
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Found this on eBay for a great price.
Not only did I enjoy the game, but I like the magazine as well.
Very straightforward game play.
 
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5. Board Game: Molotov's War [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:9972]
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Another title with Strategy & Tactics Magazine.
An OK game, though I prefer Forgotten Axis.
 
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6. Board Game: The Finnish Front, 1941-42 [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:9310]
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A little more complex than your average magazine game. At least I thought so.
One of these days I'll get around to logging my game. Then again, maybe not.
 
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7. Board Game: A Frozen Hell [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:7274]
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My first title from MMP.
Not nearly as complex as I thought during my first read through of the rules. The drawing of the battle plan actually reminded of when I would go to the field as a young Marine. You can usually find this for a reasonable price either on eBay or on the Geekmarket.
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8. Board Game: Salla 1941: A Fight to the Finnish [Average Rating:5.87 Unranked]
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My only title from Pacific Rim and the only one I haven't played yet though I plan to remedy that soon.
At first glance it seems like a decent game that can be set up and played in a fairly short amount of time.
More to follow.
So, here's the more that follows:
First impressions proved correct.
A worthy way to spend a couple of hours. The terrain can be a friend to Finland.
 
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9. Board Game: Kestenga: Another Fight to the Finnish [Average Rating:5.68 Unranked]
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Another title from Pacific Rim.
I like the map more than Salla. Haven't read the rules yet, but I anticipate them being similar to Salla.
 
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10. Board Game: Karelia '44 [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:4654]
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Dealing with the final stages of the Continuation War.
Should be fun
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11. Board Game: Forgotten Axis: Murmansk 1941 [Average Rating:4.86 Overall Rank:13734]
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Been waiting to find this at a good price.
Finally did.
 
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