War Games to play in 2008 - or else....
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My game shelf is groaning from unplayed games, so now they must earn their keep!
I am making this list for myself and our local war game group, SNEW (Southern New England Wargamers). Link: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/19
I will do a Euro list soon to do the same thing for those unplayed slackers taking up shelf space.
Some of the games will be given an asterisk, those game will be given 3 months to be played or they leave the game shelf for good.
I'm hoping the pressure of getting rid of the games will force me to bring them to the table. If not, then I probably would never play them anyway and valuable shelf space is gained.
Other games on the list are ones I'm most interested in playing but I am willing to give them a 6-8 month window before they get an asterisk if still unplayed, forcing the clock.
Some of these games I will most likely end up playing solo to determine their worthiness. Solo plays will count for getting them on the played list and off the asterisk list.
Suggestions, PBeM offers and other advice welcomed. If you want one of my unplayed games, try to make a trade offer before it gets played and I like it!
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1. Board Game: The First World War [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:4709]
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I have had this for over a year, but it hasn't even been pulled out since a week after receiving it.
This gets an asterisk and must be played by April 19th, or off to eBay or trade table.



Traded away!!!
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2. Board Game: Across 5 Aprils [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:2531]
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Been sitting to long and need to earn its spot on the shelf. Sure, it can be considered a classic, but it won't be here after April if it doesn't hit the table.
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3. Board Game: Duel in the Dark [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1675]
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The game stinks, no literally! The box is big and, though it looks cool set up, it must get played or go away.




PLAYED!!!
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4. Board Game: Gettysburg: Badges of Courage [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:3810]
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A block game with mixed reviews. I really am intrigued by it, but if no one else is, it can't stay here. It is on notice that it must be played by April or be on someone else's shelf by May.


Given a reprieve as I just got the great maps from Rick Barber and I do want to hold on to this for a while. Back burner for now, but I'll keep my eye on it.
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5. Board Game: Not War But Murder [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:4212]
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This is put here just to pressure myself. I am quite sure this will be played long before the deadline.



Edit: I played a solo game in December. Great stuff. I now feel I could teach this to anyone willing to try a game.
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6. Board Game: A House Divided [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:947]
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The next games, listed alphabetically, are ones that I want played this year. Some will be targeted in April for the next deadline. All should be played this year or be gone in 2009.
This one, I suspect, will get played and be a keeper.



Traded the 3rd edition away (but still have a 2nd edition kicking around)
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7. Board Game: Cedar Mountain: Prelude to Bull Run, August 9, 1862 [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:4273]
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I want to try the early games of Richard Berg's GBACW series.
I have Russ G.'s excellent tutorial and will probably solo this if I can't rope someone into it.
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8. Board Game: Death in the Trenches: The Great War, 1914-1918 [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:7907]
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Ben Madison's WW I game. I really like how the game seems to play, but must try it to see how it works out in practice.
This is another one that will most likely be played solo, but it will get played!
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9. Board Game: Forged in Fire: The 1862 Peninsula Campaign [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:6251]
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Another block game that has sat entirely to long. Worthington is putting out a Gettysburg Campaign game using the same system. How can I buy that before I play this?
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10. Board Game: Grand Illusion: Mirage of Glory, 1914 [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:3512]
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Seemed like such a cool idea when I read the description. I P500'd this and could not wait for it to arrive. Almost 3 years later, it still sits unloved. The early rule problems lead to it sitting. The updated rules are suppose to make it as great as it's early promise, but how will I know without playing it?
This seems like it might never get played. Likely to be on the next asterisk list.
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11. Board Game: Guilford [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:3133]
 
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The American Revolution is one of my favorite periods in history, yet I haven't tried this series. I own this and Saratoga, so one of them must be played, or they both must go.
Others have expressed interest in this series, so these games should hit the table this year.


Edit: Played Saratoga Oct. 3rd, 2008. Nice series, these will stay a while and I shall try to play again real soon.
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12. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:134]
 
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I have the new edition and I just want it to get played, or go away. I am quite sure that it will be played!




Played in June. Very good game. A keeper.
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13. Board Game: Huzzah! [Average Rating:5.33 Unranked]
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This one is another that will probably be done solo, or not at all. Richard Dengel has out out some smaller games for his Rebel Yell series and is very active in designing ACW games. I really want to support his efforts by playing this & Rebel Yell this year.
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14. Board Game: Kings and Castles [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:5271]
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The Ragnar's Brothers light war game that picks up English throne history where Britannia leaves off.
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15. Board Game: Landships! Tactical Weapons Innovations 1914-1918 [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:4517]
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I should be able to solo this WW I tactical game. If that works out, maybe others will want to be taught. In 2008, or be gone!
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16. Board Game: Pax Romana [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:1687]
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I have this sitting. Perhaps someone will teach it, but the long play time might make it leave my house unplayed. ;-(
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17. Board Game: Prussia's Defiant Stand [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:4751]
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The newest Worthington Games release. This will be played soon, I believe, but it hits this list to make sure it happens this year!
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18. Board Game: Rommel in the Desert [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:1037]
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Another block game that has sat too long. Pressure is on now to see if it really is as great as many of my Geekbuddies attest.
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19. Board Game: This Accursed Civil War [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:2699]
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Ben Hull's highly acclaimed series sits unplayed on my shelf. Shame on me! Even more shame if I don't play it and it goes away.
My brother has pulled this down and pushed some pieces around, so it seems likely to be played this quarter.
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20. Board Game: Three Battles of Manassas [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:3507]
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Either this or No Better Place to Die. I just want to try this series before the end of the year. One of the SNEW regulars, Eric B., is quite enamored by this system, so this request should work out before '08 slips away.
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21. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:82]
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I have had offers to teach this, but something else always pushes it off the table. Now the clock is ticking on it. This should easily get played this year, but the game is officially on notice!


Played at the June SNEW. Great fun!
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22. Board Game: Here I Stand: 2-Player Diplomacy Deck [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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I've had one chance to play the 2-player version and it was a blast. I'd be happy to get a shot at the big game as well, but 2-player seems more doable in an evening.
 
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23. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:4]
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This is short enough to play in the spaces between longer games (if we're not playing Race for the Galaxy!)
 
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