Games that brought me back to Playing War Games
Steven Isaak
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As I have said in a previous list or posting, I left playing board games for many many years. Then one day at the Dallas Games Marathon I met Erik Nicely and he introduced me to World at War by Mark Walker and I was back. The second game...well I am getting ahead of myself. Thank you Erik for teaching me WaW and being a great board gaming friend!
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1. Board Game: World at War: Eisenbach Gap [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:1568]
Steven Isaak
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Ah a little classic that hooked me into gaming. The "opaque container" comment in the rule book still makes me chuckle. I enjoy the idea of random activation and the fog of war when at times you get no activation. The rules are not too difficult, the scenarios are well written. I have played this many many times.
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2. Board Game: Lock 'n Load: Band of Heroes [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:1687] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Steven Isaak
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Another great little game. Based on small units, yes I am still learning the vocabulary, and initially based in the Western front. I had to do some searching for the Eastern front scenarios. The scenarios are well written, well thought out and based on historical battles. I find these squad based games fascinating and wanting me to learn more, to read more about history!
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3. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:390]
 
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Wow is all I can say. I like the alternating activations, though at times I have found myself in pretty pickles. I look forward to not only more scenarios, but to the expansions for the guards, Kursk and other great battles of the Eastern front. I can hardly wait for the expansion for the Western front to come out, though I am not sure when this will occur.
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4. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:102]
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As I began getting into games, I wondered upon this and purchased it. I enjoy the use of cards, though at times it limits what I can do and the combination of chits, random events. GMT has written good situations and continues to add. I do like this game and then I continued on. My only regret is I don't have enough plays.
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5. Board Game: Liberty: The American Revolution 1775-83 [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:2091]
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Great first block game, though I will admit I only have two plays, I have enjoyed it immensely. I am looking forward to playing this for years to come.
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6. Board Game: Combat Commander: Mediterranean [Average Rating:8.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.51 Unranked]
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Great little addition to Combat Commander, from here on CC. Looking forward to many hours of playing.
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7. Board Game: Combat Commander: Pacific [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:434]
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Part of my Christmas present to myself. I purchased it for two reasons: my dad was a marine and two I have always been fascinated by the Pacific Theatre and am looking forward to playing it soon.
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8. Board Game: Combat Commander: Battle Pack #2 – Stalingrad [Average Rating:8.40 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.40 Unranked]
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My second Xmas present to myself
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9. Board Game: Fields of Fire [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:1130]
Steven Isaak
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My last Xmas present to myself. I purchased this for several reasons:
1. It is for solo play
2. It is based on a few different conflicts
3. I have heard it is supposed to be similar, but different to CoH.
I am currently working on the rules and looking forward to play soon.
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10. Board Game: Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:473]
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The classic game that brought me into gaming as a teenager. I played a few times and then college came. I still have the initial box and all my chits in baggies. I am looking forward to playing t his and the classics that follow.
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11. Board Game: PanzerBlitz [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:2006]
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My first war game. I am planning on playing it again and looking for volunteers. Good little scenarios and EF.
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12. Board Game: Panzer Leader [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1921]
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The last game I purchased during my teenage years. Again I will be playing this, would love to find another copy so I could give it as a gift.
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13. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:374]
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Love it. Need to reread the rules and find players.
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14. Board Game: The Burning Blue [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:2268]
Lee B
United States
Dallas
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After 10 years of grad school and other diversions, a stroll through the FlGS brought this to my attention. What a great introduction to modern wargames!! And now I'm back in with CDG's and others.
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15. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:4]
Greg Parker
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Redding
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Twilight struggle was the game that made the little light bulb in my head light up concerning Card Driven Wargames. Whether this game is itself a wargame or not is not the issue, but suddently Games that I owned but couldn't get excited about such as Hannibal and Paths of Glory suddenly made sense. And then I started purchasing more card driven games that appealed even more to me such as Napoleonic Wars and Shifting Sands. Now I have gone from shunning all the wargames of my youth in favor of Euros and returned to being a wargamer fully immersed. Thanks Mr. Gupta and Mr. Matthews.
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16. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1040]
Alex
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St. Paul
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I'd been out of gaming for almost 20 years.
I heard a buddy at work talk about how he used to game the night away with his friends on Axis & Allies. I got to reminiscing about my all-nighters.
I'd never played A&A, but it looked and sounded cool, so I got it.
Hooked.
I'm now playing all kinds of stuff.

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17. Board Game: Babylon 5: A Call to Arms Starter Set [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked]
Christian Jorgensen
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I used to game all the time about twelve or so years ago. Mostly miniture gaming, but some board wargames as well. Anyway, I went overseas for a couple of years, and when I returned I never got back into the hobby. The people I used to game with had moved on and scattered. So apart from some mini painting, my involvement with gaming dropped to nothing.

Then in 2005 I stumbled onto the mongoose publishing site, and found this game. It helped that I am a huge B5 fan, and I thought COOL, I can recreate those awesome (for the day) battle scenes. I promptly got it, and once it arrived looked at it for about six months. Then, by a twist of fate a gaming club opened just down the road from where I work, so the game got taken down one night and finally got played. Since then the group who play it in Auckland has grown to about 6 people,all with fleets of minitures, which is quite a comfortable number of gamers.

But more importantly it has lead me to get involved with other games, and gamers. Which lead to someone telling me about the local Mt Albert board game club. This was an eye opener, because it showed me the shear number of awesome (and not so awesome as well, I must be honest) board games out there, and lead me to meet a lot more good people who I enjoy gaming with.

So cheers B5. Not only was it one of my favourate (yes, even taking Delens huge overacting into account) programs. It was the cause of me returning to this hobby.
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