My Continuing Wargame Education...
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In the last few months I've played many new wargames. Most of these sessions were solo, and while setting them up I watched some great films that I hadn't seen in years: The Wicker Man, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Unbreakable, Demolition Man, and the Alien trilogy to name a few. This recent bout of wargaming has really showed me that unless the game is strategic and/or covers a topic I'm really interested in, I don't enjoy complex wargames. Also I'd prefer a tactical or strategic game to an operational one, although I understand the allure of operational games.

So here I give you the 25 wargames I played from the middle of July to the end of September.
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1. Board Game: Memoir '44: Pacific Theater [Average Rating:7.87 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.87 Unranked]
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So far this is the most complex game in the Memoir '44 pantheon and very different from other titles in the series. I like it.
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2. Board Game: Hitler's War [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:3767]
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I like the idea of this game: a playable take on the European theater that empathizes strategic and economic planning. However, it comes off as clunky and dull. This system would be better suited to World War I.
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3. Board Game: Jutland [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:3292]
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It does the impossible: it makes the monstrous confrontation between the German High Seas Fleet and the British Home Fleet playable. Very fun but I'm getting rid of it because I know I'll rarely play it and the game deserves someone who can crack it out with more regularity.
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4. Board Game: Fire in the Sky: The Great Pacific War 1941-1945 [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:1815]
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Does a good job of simulating the Pacific War, espcially the supply and transport rules, but I don't love it. Partially because of the mostly hideous components, but also because it isn't as visceral as other strategic Pacific War games.
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5. Board Game: Victory in the Pacific [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:1207] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
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Filled with tension and tough decisions. This is the best of the simple wargames offered by Avalon Hill and became an instant classic in my gaming catalogue.

My Session Report:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/341019
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6. Board Game: A Victory Lost [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:944]
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Here is a heresy for you: I wasn't that impressed with this game. There is a lot to like about the game though. It is fast to pick up and has some tense moments provided by the chit pull system. However, it feels like a one note song: Soviets breakthrough and try to do as much damage as possible, while the Germans then prepare a counterattack. Where is the replay factor? Why is this considered a classic? Am I missing something? Maybe its because I'm not that fascinated with the subject matter, which is why I avoided it for sometime. I'm also finding that most operational games don't do it for me.

My Session Report:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/331914
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7. Board Game: War at Sea 2 [Average Rating:6.47 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.47 Unranked]
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An improvement over the original but still a weak game. The better player should ALWAYS be the Axis.
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8. Board Game: Borodino: Battle of the Moskova, 1812 [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:5209]
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Great system, graphics, and subject matter but terribly unbalanced. The Russian player is out of position, laboring under a bad command structure, and Napoleon's Imperial Guard are almost invincible. The game should favor the French, but I feel it favors them too much and I think you'll be hard pressed to see a truly close game.

My Review:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/335741

My Session Report:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/335290
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9. Board Game: SPQR [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:2006]
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A good system that can be hard to understand, even with experience in other titles of the series because it is very rigid and terminology can be hard to decipher. The scenarios are not as fun as those found in other titles, but regardless this is a good system that will teach you a lot about ancient warfare.
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10. Board Game: Victory at Sea [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
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Combines War at Sea (second edition) and Victory in the Pacific to simulate World War II's naval conflict on a grand scale. Interesting game, but you should play it with several opponents and not just one on one. It seems like it lends itself well to group gaming. Makes War at Sea (second edition) more playable but it still isn't enough to make me keep it.
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11. Board Game: Hold the Line [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:1847]
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So far this is the best game new game I've played all year. I hope it gets as much recognition as other introductory wargames.

My Review:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/337323

My Session Reports:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/335821
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/336847
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/337058
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12. Board Game: Hold the Line: French and Indian War Expansion Set [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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This is very different from the parent game, which makes it an excellent expansion in my opinion.

My Session Report:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/336844
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13. Board Game: Caesar: Conquest of Gaul [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:2899]
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Great system, great components, great subject matter, but so imbalanced as to not be very much fun. Many of the battles here are complete walkovers which defies history. The best player should be the barbarians as the learning curve is quite steep.
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14. Board Game: Hoplites [Average Rating:7.15 Unranked]
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The adaptation of the Great Battles of History Series to the card game format works surprisingly well. Not a classic, but fun and offers a lot of deck options.
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15. Board Game: Russian Front [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:2015]
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An average grand operational game on the war in Russia. The rules are fairly clean, but I don't like the fact that units accumulate hits. It slows down gameplay and puts too many counters on the board. I find the box-art humorous because it features a German trooper taking a jaunty walk across the Ukrainian steppe.
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16. Board Game: Second World War at Sea: Strike South [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:6291]
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This was my first exposure to the SWWAS series and I like it although it is marred by a horrific rulebook. The situation is playable, but you'll still be hard pressed to find an Allied victory in any of the operational scenarios.

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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/339018
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/339648
 
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17. Board Game: Second World War at Sea: Eastern Fleet [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:5961]
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Although the Japanese are understandably favored this is still a tight game. The counter density isn't overwhelming and there is a lot of varied scenarios so it is a great introduction to the system. Plus the map looks very good.

My Session Report:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/339897
 
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18. Board Game: Baptism at Bull Run [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked]
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Available online only, this was my first encounter with the Bonaparte at Marengo system and I am impressed. Looks good, plays easy, and the system is perfect because First Bull Run was a Napoleonic style battle. Rules are among the clearest I've seen in wargaming. The luckless combat still annoys me a bit, but for once it isn't a major problem.
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19. Board Game: Second World War at Sea: Midway [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:5138]
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I find it lacks some of the tension of the Avalon Hill's Midway but offers a greater wealth of options, including Pearl Harbor and Wake Island scenarios.
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20. Board Game: Men of Iron [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:2480]
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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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Simple game that streamlines the best parts of the Great Battles of History Series into a visually pleasing package. I would rate it higher but the scenarios, while playable and generally accurate, are not what I'd call espcially fun. Most feature a large horde attacking a well placed defender. This is in keeping with the theme, but not usually my idea of a fun wargame session. In other words I can play this game a few times a month but a steady diet of it would create indigestion.
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21. Board Game: Grand Illusion: Mirage of Glory, 1914 [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:3520]
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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I finished The Guns of August so I decided to jump on a copy of this game and I'm impressed. Captures the excitement of the opening months of World War I in Western Europe, a period when the world held its breath.

Session Report:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/343955
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22. Board Game: They Shall Not Pass: The Battle of Verdun 1916 [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:6920]
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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I must have been on a World War I kick because I quickly jumped to this game. I found it to be one of the best light hex and counter games around but the map is ugly.
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23. Board Game: Grant Takes Command [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:2470]
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I enjoyed Lee vs. Grant more because it is easier to understand, takes up less table space, and in my opinion has better rules for leader activation. That being said Grant Takes Command allows more interesting maneuvers because you are dealing with more forces and a larger map. The fatigue rules and the random strategic events are an excellent touch.

I won't make a final judgment on this title until I've played the entire Overland Campaign, which should be before Christmas.
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24. Board Game: The Russian Campaign [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:1062]
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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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I played the second edition and was impressed. The game is playable in an evening and while not hyper accurate, it does a fair job at simulating the campaign. Not a personal classic, but currently my favorite grand interpretation of the Eastern Front.
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25. Board Game: Submarine [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:3480]
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An excellent game that requires a lot of skill. Best of all is that it offers a wealth of options; you can use not just the standard German, Japanese, British, and American vessels but also Italian, French, and Soviet submersibles, warships, and of course the hapless merchantmen.

My Review:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/345712
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