The Best ? Game Contest #7: This Week, Games About Leaders
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Here is how it works. Every week I will post a “The Best ? Game Contest” with a specific category or idea that fits into the world of board gaming.

From now until 11:59pm, Friday (2/22/08) anyone can submit one game they believe best fits that weeks category or idea. Of course, you can add as many comments as you like on any number of entries.

At any point up till 11:59pm Friday everybody can give One vote for one game on that list. That is done by simply giving the entry a thumbs up.

*Feel free to give as many comments as you like and thumbs up for the comments. Please consider giving the geeklist itself a thumbs up as well.

I will award .25 geek gold to the winning entry (most votes) of that week.

I will delete any duplicates.

OK, Let’s start with…
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1. Board Game: Leader of the Pack [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Preston Fuller
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In Honor of President's Day we will be voting on;

Great Games that directly deal with great or infamous leaders.

The game should be about or directly consist of a leader(s,) not just include one in an abstract manner.

***Remember, you are voting for the game itself not your opinion of the leader.
 
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2. Board Game: And the Winner is... [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Preston Fuller
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1960 The Making of the President

You will have to play the game to decide if the real winner is Nixon or Kennedy.


Congrats to Blott. He just won two in a row.
 
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3. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:157]
Ben Lott
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Great leader and infamous leader all in one game
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4. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:135]
Steffan O'Sullivan
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Plymouth
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"To be honorable and just is our only defense against men without honor or justice." -Diogenes of Sinope
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Great game; great leader.
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5. Board Game: And Now For Something Completely Different... The Board Game [Average Rating:3.83 Unranked]
Michael Weber
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The world famous


Minister
ofblankSillyblankWalks


iswithout doubt one of the most adept and most important leaders in the world! He must be the one winning this competition!



Were would the world be without Silly Walks?
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6. Board Game: Comrade Koba [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:8226]
Michael Barlow
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Stratford
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Buddy up to Stalin.
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7. Board Game: Junta [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:949]
Michael Weber
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El Presidente...

A most generous person who tosses out money given from developed countries to his familiy and generals....

He truly deserves the title


(I have just read that every person is allowed only one famous leader.... So if El Presidente should make it to the first place - which I doubt considering the heavy-weight Minister of Silly Marches - I will step down and not accept the precious .25 Geek Gold on offer)
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8. Board Game: The Plot to Assassinate Hitler [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:13134]
Jason Matthews
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Infamous -- check

Deals directly with the leader -- check

I'd say this is a pretty sterling example of the topic.
 
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9. Board Game: The Journeys of Paul [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:10279]
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While obviously an important religious figure, I'd say he also qualifies as an important world leader.

Its certainly all about him -- no abstraction there.
 
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10. Board Game: Garibaldi: The Escape [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:3264]
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Here's a recent entry about the "revolutionary spirit" of Italy. AJP Taylor called Garibaldi the only fully admirable man in modern history.

The game is kind of a Scottland Yard variant as Garibaldi tried to evade capture by the Austrians.
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11. Board Game: Caesar & Cleopatra [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1432]
Jason Matthews
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OK, not one of my favorite two player games, but I think it works withing this Geeklist's parameters. Plus its a twofer -- two great leaders of the ancient world in one game.
 
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12. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:300]
Jason Matthews
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"Hammer of the Scots" is not just a game title. It is the epithet on Edward I's coffin.

This game gets you all the great leaders of that Scottish campaign -- Edward, Wallace and even The Bruce to boot!

Interestingly, while Edward the First does not get a very good wrap in Braveheart, he is #92 in the list of greatest Britons of all time. So, I suppose he is both great and infamous depending on your point of view.
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13. Board Game: We the People [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:1032]
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OK, many of the CDGs could/should end up on this list. Napoleonic Wars, Wilderness Wars etc. -- all have important leaders represented in the game.

But We the People places a huge emphasis on leaders -- with the armies almost being an afterthought. The role of Washington and Gates are particularly important, but even the Arnold gambit is interesting.

Heck, even Congress has a counter in this game.
 
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14. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:435]
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Your the leader of a caravan through the desert.
There is nothing else there, just you, your caravan, sand and a few oases.
So what other leaders are all those people in this geeklist talking about?
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15. Board Game: Kremlin [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:853]
Daniel Danzer
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Funny game about sick leaders ...

 
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16. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:269] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
"GAME OVER, MAN. GAME OVER!"
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I was originally going to ad:



For obvious reasons...

But then it struck me! In HEROSCAPE, and nowhere else but HEROSCAPE, the leader of your men can be a one-legged cyber-gorilla, that has chosen to mount two huge machineguns on top of a gigantic back mounted banner, that no sane simian would have put there in the first place!

Only in HEROSCAPE!
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17. Board Game: Beowulf: The Legend [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1834]
Gary Webster
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When not drinking waaaaay too much mead or killing nasty monsters, he did a bit o' leadin'.

Oooh, oooh, vote for me. Or Beowulf. Or somebody.
 
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18. Board Game: Rome At War III: Queen of the Celts [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:8118]
T. Nomad
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Hell hath....


Time to offset the gender shutout (though I wish I could also tip the scales away from military leaders too, but alas.)

I've been an amateur Boudicca scholar for about a decade now. She was a remarkable figure who left her (physical, if you can get under King's Cross -St. Pancras Station) mark on British history.
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19. Board Game: Geronimo [Average Rating:5.63 Overall Rank:10567]
Dave Dawn
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I will leap in here and shout "Geronimoooooooooooo"!
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20. Board Game: The Great Battles of Alexander [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:3825]
Mark Beyak
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It would be hard to argue against Alexander.
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21. Board Game: Battles & Leaders [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:9497]
Elwyn Darden
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Whatever the merits of this as tactical simulation, the game is loved for its leader rules, particularly the Leader Inspiration Table.
 
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