2 player light wargames playlist - add your list
Ricardo Spinola
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I definitely like 2 player wargames. But (there is always a but) complex rules take time and patience to read before having all the fun. So my play list is limited to lighter wargames. Here is my play list until now. Please add the list of wargames you think are still light and the number of games played, for others, like me, to start playing wargames which are not so heavy after all. Thanks.

Note: this review mainly aims at understanding which games are still reasonably light, since wargamers usually rate games with an Avg. Game Weight lower than other players (don’t they?laugh ).
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1. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:299]
Ricardo Spinola
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Hammer of the Scots - 7 games played
War of the Ring - 5 games played
Comand and Colors: Ancient - 3 games played
Bonaparte at Marengo - 1 game played

Note: I have removed memoir 44 (10 plays or more) because it is really very light for this list's purpose
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2. Board Game: Totensonntag [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:3564]
Alan Kaiser
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Four pages of rules. Plays in 60 - 90 minutes according to the entry here on BGG. I haven't played it but it seems like a nice quick game.
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3. Board Game: Blood & Steel [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:11709]
Alan Kaiser
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Four pages of rules and about 20 or so unit counters per side. Easy to teach and relatively quick.
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4. Board Game: Target Arnhem: Across 6 Bridges [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:3420]
Alan Kaiser
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Two pages of rules and the game will almost fit in your pocket. Plays in 60 - 90 minutes.
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5. Board Game: World at War: Eisenbach Gap [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:1565]
Alan Kaiser
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Here's a modern warfare 'what if' type game that models a Soviet invasion of Germany. No more than 10 pages of rules. 90 minute playing time. Pretty easy stuff.
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6. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:98]
Ronster Zero
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Listed at about 60 minutes. Add 10 more minutes for the setup and you have yourself a pretty good light war game. Made for two players, I have had a blast with this one.
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7. Board Game: Crusader Rex [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:1219]
Alan Kaiser
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Similar to Hammer, only about 7 pages of rules. The playing time is more like 3 hours or so.
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8. Board Game: Quebec 1759 [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2020]
Alan Kaiser
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An oldie but a goodie. About 4 pages of rules and plays in an hour or so.
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9. Board Game: Napoleon: The Waterloo Campaign, 1815 [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:1015]
Alan Kaiser
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About 5 pages of rules and plays in a couple hours.
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10. Board Game: Athens & Sparta [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:5052]
Alan Kaiser
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Another one from Columbia. This time their most recent. Similar in depth, playing time and rules length to Hammer I've read.
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11. Board Game: A House Divided [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:947]
Brian Morris
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Raytown
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The game itself has been around now for 20 years and is still popular which says something right there. The new Phalanx Games edition has beautiful game components and the rules are about 6 pages.
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12. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:102]
Brad Miller
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Seattle
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This is pretty light, and plays pretty quickly, and is a lot of fun.
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13. Board Game: Yankees & Rebels [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
Kent Reuber
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San Mateo
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A two player grand tactical game of Gettysburg. Blank maps and terrain tiles (a la Memoir '44) allow you build other scenarios. Rules are 2 pages in length! Plays with a War of the Ring activation combine with chit draw: draw a chit for the corps who is activated, then throw dice to see what actions that corps can perform. On some results, enemy units can react during your turns.

The rules are online: http://giogames.it/
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14. Board Game: War to Axis: Warfare in Normandy [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:8176]
Kent Reuber
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Another Gio Games offering, but this time for WWII grand tactical battles. Units are battalions. Unlike Memoir '44, there is some differentiation in units (Sherman, M-10 tank destroyer, various panzers, etc.). Like Yankees and Rebels, you draw a chit for the formation activated, then roll dice to see what the activated formation is allowed to do.

Again, the rules are online: http://giogames.it/ (Five pages.)

Boulder Games (http://bouldergames.com/) stocks the Gio Games line in the US.
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15. Board Game: Sergeants! On the Eastern Front [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:9506]
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Tactical WWII game with a number of expansions. Units are individual soldiers. Four pages of rules.
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A nice meta-list on this subject. Make sure to check page two for the most recommended games.

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17. Board Game: Liberty: The American Revolution 1775-83 [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:2087]
Andy Parsons
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CHELMSFORD
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Liberty seems often to be overlooked in discussions of the Hammer of the Scots/Crusader Rex/Athens & Sparta family of designs. I think that's a shame. Apply the optional rules suggested by Geek beta testers and you'll have a fluid, tense, fast-playing contest.

The other game I'll mention is A Victory Lost. It's short rules set is exemplary in its clarity. It does play long compared to other games on this list, but it is the most exciting time I've had with chits and a hex grid.
 
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18. Board Game: Manoeuvre [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:637]
Alan Kaiser
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This one is still on GMTs P500 list but should be out this year. It's a simplified wargame covering warfare in the early 1800's with armies from 8 different countries. Each army is different and consists of eight pieces and 60 cards representing the assets at a typical commanders disposal for each given army. You can match up any two countries and see who comes out on top. The rulebook is available at the GMT site:

http://www.gmtgames.com/p-115-manoeuvre.aspx

It's about 15 or so pages of rules but they are a very easy read (large text, lots of pictures and examples). The playing time is listed at 60 minutes.
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19. Board Game: Battle: The American Civil War [Average Rating:5.35 Unranked]
Alan Kaiser
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I just ran across this one at the Lost Battalion web page. Never heard of it but it seems to fit the list. Simple rules and plays in an hour.

Actually, Lost Battalion has a number of interesting lighter games on their website. Here's the link:

http://www.lostbattalion.com/default.aspx
 
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20. Board Game: Across 5 Aprils [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:2531]
Ken
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Crystal Lake
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This one's good, relatively quick, and an interesting play. Nice mix of scenarios with rules that aren't too complex and provide for some fun.
 
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21. Board Game: We the People [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:1031]
Ken
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Crystal Lake
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Plays fast, interesting scenario, and a game that introduced something of a revolution (sorry, couldn't resist) - the card driven war game.

I need to pick this one up one day...
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22. Board Game: War of 1812 [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:2012]
jeff miller
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This is another early Columbia block game. Its similar to Quebec 1759 but covers the entire Great Lakes campaign rather than just a single battle. I like them both, but this one has more replay value.
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23. Board Game: Julius Caesar [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:715]
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The latest Columbia release, covering the Roman civil war. Its a very tense game with a good depth of strategy that plays in 90 minutes or less for experienced players.
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