Revisiting the GaGa Zone: Recent Wargames with High Lust, Fanboy and Wishlist Ratings: April 2019
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About a decade ago, I did an analysis of the Top 266 Wargames of all time:

http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX?233@@.1dd309ee!enclosure=.1...

Somewhat updated 4 years ago with a list: Welcome to the GaGa Zone: Wargames with High Fanboy bases and lots of LUST: 2nd Golden Age of Wargaming Edition

Recently did a poster on evolution of wargames last 5+ decades:

From gallery of Herr Dr


Thought I would peek in on the list of wargames published since JAN 2016 > MAR 2019. The list is NOT comprehensive, but, I think I got most of them: 139. A few summary stats:

From gallery of Herr Dr


As a part of that, I constructed a Ga-Ga rating (10=max, 0=min) that is a function of Lust (# of gamers wanting the game in trade vs # trading it), Fanboy (# of fans/owners) and Wish (# of gamers with it on a wishlist vs owners). 30 games with a GaGa rating of 8 or higher. Wargamers appear to be quite happy with the most recent batch of games.

We're definitely in the 2nd Golden Age of Wargaming (going for about 20 years now). Was really surprised at shear quantity and diversity of whats been published the last 3 years.

Wargame hobby is damm healthy...and growing.. 66k owners of these 139 games published in the last 3 years. I own 14. I am a nut case. Let's say average for an "active" wargamer is 6. Why 6? Why not...2 a year of the newer titles. That would make 11k wargamers...of those bothering to list ownership on BGG. I think you could easily 5x it....probably 10x for "active" wargamers. 100k+? Why not. Not bad in the age of twitter/idiocy. Some hope for us

On to the list: TOP 25 GaGa Rated Wargames published in the last 3 year: go play and buy a few arrrh
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2. Board Game: Maori Wars: The New Zealand Land Wars, 1845-1872 added by Herr Dr on 2019-04-03 06:37:03
3. Board Game: Triumph of Chaos v.2 (Deluxe Edition) added by Herr Dr on 2019-04-03 06:39:46
4. Board Game: The Great Game: Rival Empires in Central Asia 1837-1886 added by Herr Dr on 2019-04-03 06:40:53
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6. Board Game: Wars of Marcus Aurelius: Rome 170-180CE added by Herr Dr on 2019-04-03 06:44:03
7. Board Game: 1985: Under an Iron Sky added by Herr Dr on 2019-04-03 06:47:06
8. Board Game: Fatal Alliances: The Great War added by Herr Dr on 2019-04-03 06:48:42
9. Board Game: The Lamps Are Going Out added by Herr Dr on 2019-04-03 06:51:33
10. Board Game: Great War Commander added by Herr Dr on 2019-04-03 06:52:34
11. Board Game: N: The Napoleonic Wars added by Herr Dr on 2019-04-03 06:53:38
12. Board Game: Mrs Thatcher's War: The Falklands, 1982 added by Herr Dr on 2019-04-03 06:55:27
13. Board Game: Urban Operations added by Herr Dr on 2019-04-03 06:56:14
14. Board Game: Raiders of the Deep: U-boats of the Great War, 1914-18 added by Herr Dr on 2019-04-03 06:57:24
15. Board Game: Israeli Air Force Leader added by Herr Dr on 2019-04-03 06:57:55
16. Board Game: A Wing and a Prayer: Bombing the Reich added by Herr Dr on 2019-04-03 06:59:30
17. Board Game: Tenkatoitsu added by Herr Dr on 2019-04-03 07:02:41
18. Board Game: Semper Fidelis: Bitwa o Lwów 1918-1919 added by Herr Dr on 2019-04-03 07:03:23
19. Board Game: Helsinki 1918: German Intervention in the Finnish Civil War added by Herr Dr on 2019-04-03 07:04:55
20. Board Game: Thunder in the East added by Herr Dr on 2019-04-03 07:06:06
21. Board Game: Königsberg: The Soviet Attack on East Prussia, 1945 added by Herr Dr on 2019-04-03 07:08:52
22. Board Game: Target for Today added by Herr Dr on 2019-04-03 07:09:26
23. Board Game: Longstreet Attacks: The Second Day at Gettysburg added by Herr Dr on 2019-04-03 07:11:18
24. Board Game: Constantinople added by Herr Dr on 2019-04-03 07:13:30
25. Board Game: Hands in the Sea added by Herr Dr on 2019-04-03 07:21:44