The Great Galactic Journey through Wargaming!
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The 1950s saw the birth of the wargame with the first efforts of Avalon Hill, Games Research, and Hasbro.

As part of my day-by-day trip through time with Galactic Journey (experiencing the world of fifty five years ago), I will be playing these wargames "as they come out" and writing about them at the Journey.

Those of you who have followed me for a while may recognize the format -- it's much like what I did with The Great S&T Play-off!. It will be interesting to see what happens when I lap myself.

I'll include all the games in chronological order (for early games, it may not be the order in which they're played). I'd love to get folks' personal anecdotes from their plays of the games, both when they came out (if you date back that far) and more recently. I'll also include games I haven't played and don't even own. If enough people laud them, I may find copies.

Want to play along? Join the Galactic Journey Wargaming Society!

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1. Board Game: Gettysburg [Average Rating:5.67 Overall Rank:11908]
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Owned, but may never get played. It doesn't look very good.
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2. Board Game: Tactics II [Average Rating:5.35 Overall Rank:15890]
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Yep, I bought this classic! Goodness, the thing has SQUARES.

Any thoughts?
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3. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:15603]
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Who hasn't played this classic (all wargames are like it, after all), but I haven't yet done an official playthrough for an article.
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4. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:523]
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Played December 1962 (2017)

The review: How to Kill Friends and Influence People
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5. Board Game: U-Boat [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:13104]
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I don't own this one. Is it worth getting? Is it a wargame?

Update: Just bought a copy!
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6. Board Game: Chancellorsville (first edition) [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:12790]
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I don't own this game, but I understand it's the first AH wargame that looks like an AH wargame. Let me know if I'm missing out.
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7. Board Game: D-Day [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:11381]
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The copy I have is missing half of its components. But it seems like a game I should play.

Update: Bought copies of the 1961 and 1962 editions.

Played: 10-20-63 with the 1961 rules.


Time played: 5 hours

I played the Allies and Perfect John played the Germans. He made the mistake of making Pas de Calais the most inviting target AND I rolled very well on my initial invasion. After that, it was just a matter of time. I won on Turn 12.

We definitely want to play again!

Played: 11-3/10/11-63 with the 1961 rules.

This time around, I chose the southern beach, made it through the bottleneck to capture Bordeaux, then used Brittany as my second invasion zone. A paradrop in Holland almost won the day for me, but the Germans rolled well. I did bust through the line with 10 units, but unfortunate (reckless) rolling destroyed too many of my forces to avoid isolation.

Called it a game on Turn 37.

Assessment:

The first half of the game is very exciting, with lots of maneuver and calculation. When it degenerates to a 1:1 slugfest at the Siegfried Line/Rhine, it loses its luster. And once the Germans can really counter-attack, the game is over anyway, so I don't know how much fun it is for the Germans in the engame.

A promising game -- call it a Double for Avalon Hill's first hex At-Bat, but it needs polishing.

At some point, I'll try the 1961B rules.
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8. Board Game: Bismarck [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:4553]
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I don't own this one but now I know of it!
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9. Board Game: Waterloo [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:8192]
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Played May 1962 (2017)

The review: War and more War
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10. Board Game: Stalingrad [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:7520]
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Played September 1963 (2018)

The review: Comrade Wargame
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11. Board Game: Afrika Korps [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:3769]
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Coming out in 1964!
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12. Board Game: Midway [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:2748]
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Coming out in 1964!
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