Light wargames for a short evening
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After searching through the geeklists for "light wargames" I found 9 lists. Neither one esp. with what I'm looking for.

What am I looking for? I'm looking for short, light 2-player wargames.

Light meaning less then 12 pages of rules, I guess.
Short meaning playable in a short evening.

Games I can play with people who have limited experience in wargaming and like a game that's ended by the time they go home. For instance, I do like A House Divided, Paths of Glory and A Victory Lost but for me, it's not playable in a short evening (and PoG has far to much rules to fit the 'light' criteria).

I added a few I already play, with comments.
Hope ya'all will add some good suggestions!
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Own. With 9 pages of rules (ex. title page and designer notes) and playable in a short evening, this fits the bill perfectly.
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I'm not certain this is less then 12 pages of rules, but it's easily explained and playable in an evening - although not always a short one.
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Squad Leader is one of my favorite wargames. It's 80+ pages of rules and still has lots of downloadable scenarios. I added it, because the intro scenarios, which are tense and fun to play, are easily done in a short evening and although it's a thick manual, you only have to explain less then a dozen pages to get started - and get them hooked...
Needless to say: I own this one.

Edit: highlight added for all those yelling this is not a light game. It isn't. But since there are a number of short scenarios you can play with less then 12 pages of rules, I added it as an example.
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Own. It fits the bill.
And although I paly it's, this is not the sort of game I'm looking for: it's too short (2-6 games in an evening) and too light and luck dependent for my taste.
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2-3 pages of rules, playable in a short evening. Tense. Great for this list. Only gripe might be the replayability factor. But isn't that one reason (war)gamers buy new games?
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Own. Does fit the bill. But this is sort-of a 'filler-wargame': after a few games this sweet spot is stroked and there's still time left.
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While I love Hannibal: RvC, I don't think it meets your criteria. This game is a similar game with a bit less chrome but it's similar enough and the play time is under 2 hours.

It may be a bit hard to find but I would trust the upcoming Washingtons War remake to fit the same criteria.
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Easy-Peasy. Not a great deal of variety in replay (I suspect, I haven only played it once), but simple rules and a short game.
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Shorter scenarios in 2 hours.
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3-4 hours, great game.
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The AH version at least takes no more than an hour or two to play and has 4 pages of rules. Similar in complexity, style and playtime are War of 1812 and Quebec 1759.
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It's short, it's light, it's a wargame. I didn't look up the number of pages to the rules but a typical game lasts 45-60 minutes at our house. Then again, if Memoir is too "light" and "luck dependent" you might not appreciate this either.
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I'm surprised no one's added this yet. Short and sweet.
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Ah, a new list. I haven't recommended this game yet this month. Now my quota has been met.
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The original short 2-player wargame.
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Same amount of rules as Bonaparte at Marengo and is easily playable in a couple of hours or less.
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Ah, this what you'll be wanting, Sir.

About eight pages of rules and nice level of depth for game that you can play twice on a "School" night.
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An awesome game. Simple rules and easily played with two several times in a short evening.

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Very light, very enjoyable, fits your bill.


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A good, knockabout sort of a game, easily playable in an evening.


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Plays in about 2 hours with about 15 min to setup this plays well in one evening or Sunday afternoon. Easy rules, not to complex in strategy and fun to play. It could use a few rules adjustments to help with more combat (IMO), but sill a nice light sea based war game with nice componenets.
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Good light wargame. Plays in about 2 hours.
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Good block game.
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Haven't played it yet myself but I hear really good things about it. The artwork is fantastic.
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This should definitely fit your criteria. Very quick to play, rules are only a couple of pages, and very easy to grasp.

Also, I think the latest version reissued as Ancient Battles Deluxe is now available from Victory Point Games. It's listed here on the 'Geek: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/36596
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