25 Weeks, 25 Wargames
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When I moved to Pittsburgh I found an opportunity to play a slew of wargames and gain a sort of wargaming education. So each week I played at least one new wargame and these are the results.
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1. Board Game: Granada: The Fall of Moslem Spain [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:10668]
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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December 30th-January 5th:

I played this title first because it was simple, graphically pleasing, and covered a lesser known war. A dice fest, but easy to play and enjoyable in a chaotic way.
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2. Board Game: The '45 [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:9549]
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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January 6th-12th:

I bought this because I love the subject: The Jacobite Rebellion of 1745-46. What I found was a game drenched in theme and very tense, but also overly complicated and hurt by a shoddy rulebook.

My Review:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/285376
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3. Board Game: Glory II: Across the Rappahannock [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:6741]
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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January 13th-19th:

This was a title I had been anxious to play and I found highly entertaining. This was my first exposure to chit pull I am impressed although I can see such a system becoming a straitjacket.

My Session Reports:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/301551
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/301799
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4. Board Game: Gettysburg: Badges of Courage [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:3816]
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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January 20th-26th:

Another Civil War game, I had already played this title and felt it needed another go around. I found the game to be fun, although I have problems with the size of the map and the terrain rules. My opponent doesn't like the Columbia Games block activation system. He calls it micromanagement.

My Review:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/298788
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5. Board Game: Red Vengeance [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:8254]
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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January 27th-February 2nd:

This one was a bit of a disappointment, but I enjoyed the fast flow of the game and it has just the right amount of chrome.

My Session Report:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/291296
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6. Board Game: Pacific Victory [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:2770]
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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February 3rd-9th:

To make a playable game out of the Pacific Theater is an achievement and I think this title deserves more love. My opponent didn't dig it too much, but even he respected it.

My Session Report:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/292583
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7. Board Game: Rebels & Redcoats: Volume III [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:9191]
Sean Chick (Formerly Paul O'Sullivan)
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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February 10th-16th:

Played the Trenton and White Plains scenarios. Read a Richard Berg review of this series and I think he was right: lots of potential wasted. I like this game, and it is a miracle to see an aesthetically pleasing title from Decision games, but the clumsy rulebook cannot be overcome.

My Session Report:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/295017
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8. Board Game: Lee vs. Grant [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:3469]
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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February 17th-21st:

The precursor to the Great Campaigns of the American Civil War system, this game was entertaining from start to finish. After I play Grant Takes Command I'll compare the two. This was a good week for wargaming; I played Bitter Woods and loved it.
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9. Board Game: Afrika Korps [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:3681]
Sean Chick (Formerly Paul O'Sullivan)
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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February 24th-March 1st:

Few games disappointed me like this one. At first I loved it, but the brutal CRT ruins this game. One bad die roll and Rommel is finished.

My Session Report:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/298099
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10. Board Game: Bloody Kasserine [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:6223]
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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March 2nd-8th:

This is a hidden gem. It is balanced and accessible. I'd suggest it to almost any wargamer.

My Session Report:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/298769

My Review:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/299962
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11. Board Game: Savannah [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:5305]
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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March 9th-15th:

I got this game for my birthday and played it. Disappointing because the situation, a siege that ended in a bloodbath for the allied forces, doesn't lend itself well to gaming.
 
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12. Board Game: The Great Battles of Alexander [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:3828]
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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March 16th-22nd:

I've been meaning to play this for about a year. I found it to be superb in almost everyway. The rules for combat and moral collapse elegantly simulate ancient warfare while giving my session a great deal of drama.

My Session Report:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/303778
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13. Board Game: Wings of War: Famous Aces [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:787] [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked]
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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March 23rd-29th:

This might be the most fun I've had gaming since moving to Pittsburgh. I also played some of Here Come the Rebels on VASSAL and liked it.
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14. Board Game: Battle Cry [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:615]
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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March 30th-April 5th:

As a simulation it is poor, but that is not why you play this game. A quick way to get your Civil War fix.

I also played my second session of War at Sea (second edition). I hate this game, but I'm going to give Victory in the Pacific a shot.
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15. Board Game: War and Peace [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:2056]
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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April 6th-12th:

This is a surprising game. It is very easy to play and does a good job of simulating Napoleonic operations because attrition rules force you to use several armies that must concentrate to achieve victory. There is a scenario for each of Bonaparte's campaigns from 1805-1815 so it has great replay value. The lack of chrome really takes away from the flavor though. I still prefer Age of Napoleon.

My Session Report:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/305865
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16. Board Game: Wellington [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:2108]
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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April 13th-19th:

My next foray into Napoleonic wargaming was this title. I enjoyed it, but a dice fest it most certainly is and the sudden death die roll at the end of each year comes off as a cheap solution to a major problem. On the other hand my opponent liked this one and it was lots of fun.
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17. Board Game: Manoeuvre [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:639]
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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April 20th-26th:

An instant classic. What it lacks in realism it makes up for in originality, playability, and a wealth of tactical options and situations.

My Session Report:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/309139
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18. Board Game: War of the Ring: Battles of the Third Age [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked]
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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April 27th-May 3rd:

I love War of the Ring (First Edition) and I found this game to be no less fun, although lacking in options. I suspect the Rohan and Gondor games will always be in the shadow of the original, but they are different enough to be interesting. Being a Tolkien fan certainly helps my enjoyment.

My Session Report:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/312645
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19. Board Game: Shifting Sands [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:1773]
 
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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May 4th-May 10th:

More fun and accessible than Paths of Glory, but lacking its granduer, this is a modern wargame classic. I didn't write up my session report, but through luck, a few British blunders, and some deft strategies the Italians defeated the Bloody Brits and their commonwealth allies. That was my vengenace for being trounced in Afrika Korps.
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20. Board Game: Wings of War: The Dawn of World War II [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1499]
Sean Chick (Formerly Paul O'Sullivan)
United States
New Orleans
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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May 11th-17th:

A good adaptation of the Wings of War: Famous Aces system to World War II. I prefer the original because I love biplanes.
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21. Board Game: Platoon [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:8100]
Sean Chick (Formerly Paul O'Sullivan)
United States
New Orleans
Louisiana
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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May 18th-24th:

Had a real hoot playing this, quoting lines from the film and watching familiar characters die or become heroes. Comically Bunny died in scenario one but Gardner became a hero!

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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/315992
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22. Board Game: Not War But Murder [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:4232]
Sean Chick (Formerly Paul O'Sullivan)
United States
New Orleans
Louisiana
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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May 25th-31st:

I was sort of let down by this game. Not to say it isn't good, but I just had a hard time having a lot of fun. Still, I think this is the only way to enjoy a game based on the Battle of Cold Harbor.
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23. Board Game: Midway [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:2611]
Sean Chick (Formerly Paul O'Sullivan)
United States
New Orleans
Louisiana
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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June 1st-7th:

Not hyper accurate, but not an insult to history either. A fast nail-bitter that captures the spirit of the battle.

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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/326431
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24. Board Game: Battle for Germany [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:2254]
Sean Chick (Formerly Paul O'Sullivan)
United States
New Orleans
Louisiana
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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June 8th-14th:

I expected too much from this game I guess. It just seemed too dry to be fun or much of a simulation, but this game has a devoted fanclub and I don't feel like stepping on any toes right now.
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25. Board Game: Bobby Lee [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:3215]
 
Sean Chick (Formerly Paul O'Sullivan)
United States
New Orleans
Louisiana
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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June 15th-21st:

This was a true mixed bag. I love the map and the operational game, but the tactical game felt like it was tacked on and not well conceived.

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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/328221
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