Burn-Out Wargames
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You've had too much OCS/ASL/GCACW, GBoH, haven't you? Stumbling in at 6am, counters clutched in one hand, a laser-printed copy of the rules in the other, your eyes bleary from staring at the board for 16 hours straight, you knew you should have stopped after Turn 2.

And now, the tips of your fingers hurt from manipulating stacks of counters. You can't see straight because your eye muscles are completely wiped out. You need an Intervention. A game that will put you at ease.

Well, I have just the thing! How about a game of...

Welcome to Burn-Out Wargames. Feeling a bit frazzled and just need to pick up some of that "good old feeling" from wargames again? Here are a couple of suggestions.
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1. Board Game: A House Divided [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:945]
Paul Franklin
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Albuquerque
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A great little wargame that, even with the Advanced and Optional rules, has little downtime between turns. It's theme works well with the mechanics, and after the first few turns, you'll rarely need to reference the rulebook. Get back into wargaming with this gem and you'll be covering the living room floor with maps of Gettysburg in no time at all.
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2. Board Game: Down in Flames: Aces High [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:3284]
Paul Franklin
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Fast and furious card-based dogfights over the skies of Europe and the Pacific. Great card art and historic depictions of the planes bring out the nice war-themed game feel of this simple (once you've conquered the short rulebook) card game. There are plenty of good decisions to make.
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3. Board Game: Lightning: Midway – June 4th to June 6th, 1942 [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:4013]
Paul Franklin
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Another card game, this one has a much better wargame feel to it. Others in the series are equally deserving (except perhaps Lightning: War on Terror) and have their own special quirks. A great way to slide back into wargaming nice and easy.
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4. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:414]
Paul Franklin
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Maybe a little touch of fantasy-themed Stratego is what you need. Fast and easy this is a great game to get you started back on the path to becoming a master ASLer again.
 
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5. Board Game: Field Commander: Rommel [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1679]
Paul Franklin
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A great solo wargame that allows you to move at your own pace and test out your skills. Nice production quality and good mechanics make this a good pick for players wanting to ease back into it.
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6. Board Game: Assault on Hoth: The Empire Strikes Back [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:2438]
Wulf Corbett
Scotland
Shotts
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Not necessarily a short game (depends on the card draw), but simple and very cinematic. We just played this as a break between Panzer Grenadier: Beyond Normandy and FAB: The Bulge...
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7. Board Game: Totensonntag [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:3565]
ian morris
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Birmingham
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Try this one : simple to learn, easy on the eye, and its 11" x 17" map fits nicely on the folding table in my front room. Give it a go while your better half is watching Time Team or Planet Earth, and in no time at all, you'll be down in that cellar and looking for that last Bishop SP Gun amongst your seven thousand ASL vehicle counters !



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8. Board Game: We the People [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:1031]
suPUR DUEper
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Villa Hills
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So you are a bit burned out.
Pull out this little gem.
Play a quick game.
Hey, that was fun. How 'bout we try For the People or Paths of Glory next week.....

Maverick is re-engaging sir....
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9. Board Game: The Game of France, 1940: German Blitzkrieg in the West [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:8014]
Skip Franklin
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Oklahoma City
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This game requires very little reading of rules and you get variants to play with. Unit strengths range from 7 to 1 and are pretty cookie cutter. Nothing hard to remember.
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10. Board Game: War at Sea (second edition) [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:2492] [Average Rating:6.45 Unranked]
Skip Franklin
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Another game I'll play when worn out, like I'll be after playing a campaign game of GMT's East Front Sereis, is War at Sea. I made my woman play it on our first date. She has never played another wargame but she gave it a shot. She supports my hobby 75%
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11. Board Game: The Legend of Robin Hood [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:4415]
Andy M
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Norwich
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This is a lot of fun. Easy to play when drunk.
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12. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Trent Garner
United States
Fayetteville
Arkansas
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A light wargame that can be played to conclusion in less than an hour in most cases. Based on the Commands and Colors game system, it is one of the better games in the series. It includes real toy soldiers, tanks and arty guns, as well as plenty of expansion packs and tons of gameplay, all without the extensive playing time and sore fingers.
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