Wargamer Recruiters: The top 26 wargames that snagged us.
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Following is a list of the top 26 wargames (top=those with most respondants indicating they began the hobby with the particular title) that pulled us (according to 400+ respondants) into the wargame hobby as indicated by this BGG poll:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/410706

A number of stats:

These game "pulled" 2/3rds of us into the hobby.

Avalon Hill has 15 titles, followed by GMT with 3. Surprisingly, no SPI titles.

12 WWII titles - again, the roughly "WWII is 1/2 the hobby" factor. 6 WWII tactical games. Only 1 bulge game though.

Surprisingly, not one Napoleonic game. WWI, ARW, ACW, Ancients and Medieval all here.

13 Strategic level games.

4 multiplayer.

Only 8 published 1996 or later. Need some more new blockbusters
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1. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1187]
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Leading the way with a reported 12% of wargamers first game, a 1981 multiplayer WWII game with plastic men and buckets of dice.
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2. Board Game: PanzerBlitz [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:2019]
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1970 Panzerblitz and Panzerleader. 9% of respondants reported this as there first game. WWII again.
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3. Board Game: Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:477]
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1977. WWII. Avalon Hill. 5% of wargamers.
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4. Board Game: Tactics II [Average Rating:5.33 Overall Rank:15101]
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1958 from the man that started it all, CSRoberts. 4% of wargamers.
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5. Board Game: Ogre [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:985]
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1977. 4% of wargamers first wargame.
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6. Board Game: The Battle of the Bulge [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:5329] [Average Rating:6.09 Unranked]
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An AH Classic from 1965. 4% of wargamers.
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7. Board Game: Gettysburg [Average Rating:5.64 Overall Rank:11906]
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1958. And the other Avalon Hill Gettysburg wargames. 4% of wargamers
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8. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:118] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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The first of the new wargame recruiters, M44 with 4% of wargamers. WWII tactical. Cards.
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9. Board Game: Afrika Korps [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:3690]
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1964. Another Avalon Hill Classic. 3% of wargamers.
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10. Board Game: Rise and Decline of the Third Reich [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1430]
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1974. Avalon Hill. Grand WWII Strategic. 3% of wargamers.
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11. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.96 Unranked]
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1985. Avalon Hill. 2% of us brave wargamers cut our teeth on this heavy weight game.
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12. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:103]
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2006. First GMT title on the list. WWII. Tactical. Cards. 1% of wargamers.
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13. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:138]
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First Ancients and Card Driven Wargame on the list. 1996. Avalon Hill. 1% of wargamers.
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14. Board Game: Kingmaker [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1702]
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1974 Strategic Multiplayer from Avalon Hill. 1%
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15. Board Game: Midway [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:2615]
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1964. Avalon Hill. Another Classic. 1%
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16. Board Game: 1776 [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2640]
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1974. Avalon Hill. Fantastic Game.
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17. Board Game: Ambush! [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:684]
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1983. Another WWII tactical game.
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18. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:394]
 
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2008. WWII. Tactical. Eastern Front.
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19. Board Game: Victory in the Pacific [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:1215] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
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1977. Avalon Hill. One mean tourney at WBC every summer and Madison in the winter.
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20. Board Game: Wooden Ships & Iron Men [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1058]
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1975. Avalon Hill. Age of Sail.
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21. Board Game: Battle-Cry [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:11591]
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1961 and other versions.
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22. Board Game: The Russian Campaign [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:1071]
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1977. Avalon Hill. Was the coolest thing since sliced bread when it arrived.
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23. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:4]
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2005. GMT. Another Card Driven Wargame.
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24. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:81]
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2004 and the other versions.
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25. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:301]
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2002 and the first Block Game on the list. Columbia.
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