Light wargames - Looking for some suggestions
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I've recently started getting a bit into wargames. I started with Memoir '44 and have also tremendously enjoyed Manouevre. I got Hannibal for my birthday but I haven't played it yet and Warriors of God is on a UPS truck headed for my workplace.

So my question to you guys is: Do you have any suggestions for good light wargames? What I mean by light is that the rulebook should be short (around 20 pages) and the game definitely should be playable in about 4 hours. I don't have the time to read huge rulebooks or to play monstrous games. I'm also looking to introduce these games to a friend of mine in hopes that I'll have a wargaming partner if he likes them.
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1. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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This is my first "wargame" although I don't really consider it as such. Its much more of a hand management game with little plastic soldiers and tanks. I like this one, but it doesn't quite scratch the itch of truly commanding a force and everything in it feels samey. The tanks aren't that different from the infantry in how they battle. I guess while this one is very accessible there's just not enough meat on its bones.
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2. Board Game: Manoeuvre [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:638]
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This was my next step. I love the fact that the rules are fairly short and the gameplay is easy, yet there's a tremendous amount of choice to be made. Sure the game has a lot of dice rolling like Memoir, but I like this one quite a bit more. I feel like I have much more command over my forces when I play this one and thats something I like.
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3. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:135]
 
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I got this for my birthday about a month ago. I've read the rulebook about 15 times so I can be ready for our game in a week. The rules on this one are much more complicated than Memoir or Manoeuvre but they're manageable. I don't think I'd want anything much more complicated than this. Plus the length will be about as long as I really want to play.
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4. Board Game: Warriors of God [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:1040]
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This one is on the UPS truck and should be here tomorrow. According to many Geeks, the rules are smooth and are fairly easy to understand. The playtime is just within reason as well. I love what I read about this one so I took a leap.
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5. Board Game: Field Commander: Rommel [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1681]
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I'm strongly considering this game for when I want to wargame but nobody is around. Bianca is not interested in war because these are "boys games". I perused the rules and they look quite easy to grasp. Might this game be something I'd enjoy?
 
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6. Board Game: Totensonntag [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:3563]
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I have seen this mentioned a couple of times as an easy game to get into, and will probably end up with it at some point.

Also "A most Dangerous Time" seems to fit my abilities, and a "A Victory Denied" - same as "A Victory Lost"

They are not that light, but not total monsters, I hope.
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7. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:389]
 
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So, I got suckered into preordering this one.

The playtime of Memoir with more of the decisions of a traditional Hex and Counter.

We'll see how it plays out.
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8. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:102]
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So, I did eventually sell my copy off, but it was a lot of fun while I had it.

The problem was just play time for me. I can easily work 60-90 minute games in during the week. 120 minute games? Not so much.

Still, this is a real roller coaster of a wargame. It does have that slight "on-rails" feel of Memoir though.
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9. Board Game: Friedrich [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:469]
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This is just a great game. You definitely can make all sorts of devious plans and have a grand strategy with this one. I think you'd enjoy it a lot.
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10. Board Game: Quebec 1759 [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2018]
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Most of the Columbia block games have only 8 pages of rules and can be completed in an evening. The ones to start with are probably Quebec, 1812, and Napoleon. Wizard Kings would be another option if you're interested in fantasy. All the rules are online, so you can check them out in advance before you buy: http://columbiagames.com/
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11. Board Game: Yankees & Rebels [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
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Many people don't know about the company Gio Games in Italy (http://giogames.it). They make 3 light wargames (Yankees and Rebels, War to Axis, and Vive L'Empereur) which are quite good. All their rules are online so you can check them out. Boulder Games in the US stocks their games.

Yankees and Rebels has only 2 pages of rules. Each unit is a division, which has a number of chits representing that divisions manpower strength. Every corps has a chit which is put in a cup and drawn at random, so you never know who's going to activate. When the corps chit is drawn you roll a number of action dice (think War of the Ring, here), to see what actions the divisions of that corps are allowed to do. Enemy reaction moves are also possible.
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12. Board Game: Bonaparte at Marengo [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:1175]
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As per the suggestion below, I'm adding this to the list. It is a really excellent game. The rules are fairly short and it plays fast--my first learning game, with pauses to check rules, lasted just over 2 hours. There are a few tricky concepts that are unique to the game, but overall the complexity is very manageable and it is a fun, exciting game that often comes down to the last move.
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13. Board Game: War to Axis: Warfare in Normandy [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:8175]
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This one has been on and off my wishlist the last couple of years. Nice light wargame that's been rated fairly well.
 
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14. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:299]
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No Block Games mentioned? HotS is a really fun, easy to learn game which I have enjoyed over the years.

Rommel in the Desert is one of my favorites but unfortunately, my wife hates it as opposed to HotS. However it is a little more complicated than HotS
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15. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1184]
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Sorry Haters.
 
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16. Board Game: We the People [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:1031]
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I'll throw this on the list, even though it's hard to get.

(see my comment under Hannibal above)
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17. Board Game: Desert War: Egypt, 1940 [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:9023]
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This is a very good intro game to zone of control and supply lines, without being as complicated as Rommel in the desert. And the artwork is nice too
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