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I was very active in wargaming in the 1970s and early 1980s and then life changes kicked me out of the hobby for 20 years. I even lugged most of my collection from Baltimore to New Jersey to Las Vegas before selling almost all of them off on ebay a few years back to raise funds for some home improvements. Over the last 2 years, and in fact mostly over the last 6 months, I've started getting back into things (its amazing how much more free time I have after the divorce) and right now want to by pretty much everything that's on the shelf. Okay, everything that's on the shelf and has a decent BGG rating.

Some I'm more excited about than others and while I own or am going to own most of these, some are owned by other people and I have no idea where we're finding the table space to play them and leave them set up. I just downloaded VASSAL, so I suspect some of them will be played there.
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1. Board Game: Carthage: The First Punic War [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:2782]
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I just got this at a big sale at GMT, paying $28.00 + $6.00 postage. I've always liked Richard Berg designs, and I'm on an ancients kick these days after taking audio classes on the Odyssey and the Iliad and The Aeneid. This one is rated pretty highly, and has the grand strategic level I often like. Personally, I think I'm a better strategician than tactician.
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2. Board Game: Clash of Monarchs [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:2927]
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My task this week is to read the rules to this, as we have a 4 player game of it set up for the game shop on Saturday. Another period that I think could use more games, and I've heard really good things about this one, so I'm excited.
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3. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:98]
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After reading several session reports, and in the midst of my "I like ancients" phase, I knew I had to have this game. When my Secret Santa gave me Dominion and I didn't have to order it myself, I decided to throw in a few extra bucks and get this for myself. I spent Thanksgiving Day putting stickers on wooden blocks (did I mention I have more free time these days?) and have been drooling over it since then and already know that I'm going to be ordering the expansions sooner rather than later.
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4. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:390]
 
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This one keeps going on sale for a reasonable price, and having looked through a friends copy, I really like what I see. I'm planning on buying a copy and will give it some solo plays right away.
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5. Board Game: Field Commander: Rommel [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1679]
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A game where I won't feel like I'm a loner by playing it solitaire. Its designed to be played that way. Afrika Korps was the first wargame I ever owned and since then I've always had a fondness for the desert campaign and a lot of respect for Rommel's ability (although I have not not read the magnificent bastard's book) and this game is rated over 8, which excites me.
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6. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:135]
 
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Another game about which I've heard great things. A buddy of mine owns it and says he'd be happy to play it, so I'm up for it. Of course, I'll probably cave and pick up a copy for myself before we even get there.
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7. Board Game: Hellenes: Campaigns of the Peloponnesian War [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:1866]
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This one has made the cut, and looks like a cool block game. And this was such an interesting period between the balance between land and naval power and the rise and fall of city states. Another one I'm eagerly awaiting.
 
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8. Board Game: Julius Caesar [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:715]
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I think this one is a while off, and it looks like an interesting game on a period I like. I've always thought the block mechanism is cool (I know some don't agree) and think this one could make for some fun Saturday gaming at the game store.
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9. Board Game: Manoeuvre [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:639]
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Saw this at a friend's house, it looked cool, I downloaded the rules and they were simpler than I expected, so now I want to find some time to play this with him. Looks like a game where we could knock out a few plays in an afternoon.
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10. Board Game: A Most Dangerous Time: Japan in Chaos, 1570-1584 [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:2672]
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I first got interested in this period from playing a Diplomacy variant that covered it. Plus, I'm fascinated by Japan and Japanese history (note the Ultraman Zearth avatar) so this really appealed to me. As soon as I became aware of this game I knew I had to own it. Now, they just need to publish it.
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11. Board Game: Panzer Grenadier: Eastern Front [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:3078]
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I've actually been playing this a bit as I get back into the swing of counters and hexes, and want to put another few scenarios under my belt this month. I like the system, its just the ADD that sometimes keeps me from finishing them. I'm already contemplating which game in the system to get next and have to decide if I'm going to pre-order Kursk very soon. I'm leaning towards Road to Berlin.
 
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12. Board Game: Pax Romana [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:1688]
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A strategic ancients game? Woot! JUst what I want! I'm on the P500 list and its way down the list for reprinting (only 213 pre-orders) so I may need to see if I can find a copy on the open market.
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13. Board Game: SPQR (Deluxe Edition) [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:1294]
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I commented to someone that C&C: Ancients was sort of like SPQR Lite, which is true only in terms of them covering some of the same battles. What C&C: Ancients covers simply, SPQR covers in great detail. I actually have this set up at a friend's house where we started Bagradas. We were going to play more this coming Friday, however plans for a Clash of Monarchs game are probably pushing that off, and hopefully we finish it sometime in December.
 
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14. Board Game: The Tide at Sunrise: The Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905 [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:3538]
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Another war that isn't covered much, and I really want to experience the joy of sinking a fleet that sailed all the way from the Baltic Sea to Korea. Another period which has always interested me, I'm hoping this will give me a chance to learn history via the game. Another one on pre-order.
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15. Board Game: Under the Lily Banners [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:2285]
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Another one I got from GMT cheap ($34.00 with postage), I'm a fan of "neglected" wars like the 30 years war, and the system reminds me a lot of SPQR. I hear lots of good things about this and just want to find an opponent for it.
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