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Earlier this year, mk gray put together a great list that identified the various groups (clusters) of gamers in the BGG universe:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/18977

The wargame cluster

The wargamer cluster is identified by gamers having the following games appearing on their Top Ten Games lists:

Advanced Squad leader
Hannibal: Rome v. Carthage
Up Front
Triumph of Chaos
Bitter Woods
Paths of Glory
Twilight Struggle
Here I Stand
Advanced Squad Leader Starter Kit #2
Die Macher

So, I then checked out each game, to see what games are strongly recommended by the BGG wargame cluster. I've included the Wargamer 10 (the games above) and the 28 games that are strongly recommended by people rating those 10 games highly.

A few stats regarding the games...

11 card driven wargames on the list, plus 2 crossover games (TS and 1960) - and CC: Europe - so 14 games using "cards" as the engine; I was surprised it was that high. 4 euros (Die Mach, 1960, Rs&Bs and Age of Steam) also are highly regarded by wargamers.

Very encouragingly, about half the games have been published since 1999 - another sign of the revival in the wargame hobby

I was surprised that World in Flames, Empire in Arms and 3rd Reich did not make the list.

By year and gameweight

I've listed the year each game was published and the average gameweight also. The average for the Top 10 Wargamer games: 1997 and Gameweight (GW) of 3.8. For the games they strongly recommend, 1994 & GW 3.4. Interesting to note that the games they recommend are getting "heavier": those published since 1995 have a GW of 3.7, verses those published before having a GW of 3.1. And, for all Wargame cluster games, the GW is 3.8 for games published since 2002.

Link to WBC

Close to 2/3rds of these games are played as tournament games at WBC each summer

http://www.boardgamers.org/
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1. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:374]
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Always very popular at WBC.

1983, GW 3.4
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2. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:209] [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked]
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One pillar of the wargame hobby.

1985, GW 4.7
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3. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:185]
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A heavyweight euro rounds out the top 10 games in the wargamer cluster.

1986, GW 4.4
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4. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:135]
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1996, GW 3.3
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5. Board Game: Bitter Woods [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:3888]
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6. Board Game: Paths of Glory [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:100]
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Another pillar of the wargame hobby, with a precon tournment that kicks off the WBC convention each year.

1999, GW 3.9
 
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7. Board Game: Triumph of Chaos [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:2292]
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8. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:4]
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9. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #2 [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:741]
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2005, GW 3.7
 
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10. Board Game: Here I Stand [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:165]
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11. Board Game: Wilderness War [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:572]
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Strongly recommended by 4 of the games (from the wargamer cluster of games) above.

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12. Board Game: Breakout: Normandy [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:941]
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Recommended by 3 of the wargamer cluster games. One of the big dog WBC tourney games for years.

1992, GW 3.6
 
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13. Board Game: For the People [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:712]
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Recommended by 2 of the wargamer cluster games

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14. Board Game: World War II: Barbarossa to Berlin [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:1209]
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Recommended by 2 of the wargamer cluster games

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15. Board Game: We the People [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:1032]
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Recommended by 2 of the wargamer cluster games

1994, GW 2.9
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16. Board Game: Sword of Rome [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:846]
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2004, GW 3.3

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17. Board Game: DAK2 [Average Rating:8.26 Overall Rank:2236]
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The rest of the games appeared on at least one of the 10 wargamer cluster games as strongly recommended.

2004, GW 4.5
 
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18. Board Game: The Napoleonic Wars [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1804]
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Recommended by 2 of the wargamer cluster games

2002, GW 3.6
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19. Board Game: Victory in the Pacific [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:1206] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
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Hardcore big doy tourney at WBC each summer.

1977, GW 2.5
 
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20. Board Game: The Civil War [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:912]
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A number of my hardcore wargaming mates recommend this one (I have yet to try it).

1983, 3.6
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21. Board Game: Rommel in the Desert [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:1037]
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1984, GW 3.6
 
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22. Board Game: Thunder at Cassino [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:2673]
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1987, GW 3.3
 
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23. Board Game: Enemy in Sight [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:3333]
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1988, GW 1.8
 
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24. Board Game: Turning Point: Stalingrad [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:1790]
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1989, GW 3.4
 
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25. Board Game: Hornet Leader [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:2778]
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1991, GW 2.8
 
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