Can't make my mind up: which EastFront game to buy
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I currently have 5 2nd hand EastFront themed wargames on my buy-radar. But who needs five? BGG gives a lot of info, but not enough to compare. And anyway, it's like comparing Playmates's datasheets: all the numbers won't tell you which does attract to you the most.

So here's my dilemma list, with what I already know. Please add any data that makes it possible to compare it to the other games, and any remark about why I would be attracting to this game.


I'm a sort-of light wargamer: I like SquadLeader, but not ASL. I like Victory in the Pacific, Victory Lost, Paths of Glory, Battle for Germany, Europe Engulfed.
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1. Board Game: Panzergruppe Guderian [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:1769]
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This 1976 oldy has the highest BGG game ranking of the five. Also the mechanics are nicely listed in a review:
Mechanized Movement Phase, Overrun Rules, Untried Units

With 7,27 avg BGG rating, a listed playtime of 2 hrs and a 12 page rulebook it's good candidate, despite it's age
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Strangely the publisher rates this 3 out of 8 for complexity, while on BGG it gets a 3.2 (out of 5) for weight. Mechanics for this game aren't described anywhere.

It is highly suitable for solitair play, which I normally translate as "less fun to play with a live oppponent". And wargaming with live opponents is all I do, I don't need solitair wargames. It does have the highest wargame ranking of the five, but then again, only 31 people rated it.

It states (as do 2 other games of this list) 4 hrs playtime. Correct?
 
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This is one of the '120 series' : 120 counters, 120 minutes to play, which sounds good to me. However, only thing about playing I found was that it has a 'double impulse system like The Russian Campaign', sort of IGO-UGO-UGO-IGO-IGO-etc.

Only 41 ratings. Weight: 2.0, playtime 2 hrs, as said.
 
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4. Board Game: 48th Panzer Korps [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:8213]
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This only focusses on events of the 48th Korps, from 7-12 dec. 1942, so is, in effect, basically a totally different scale.

Though it seems to be an uncomplicated game, it hold a host of different units. The pic shows, besides basic infantery, armor and artillery also mech infantery, mobile infantery, armored artillery and armored anti tank units, which does have it's own appeal to me.

Listed playtime: 4 hrs, weight: 2.2. Only a measily 25 BGGers rated this game.
 
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Also little more is known to me about the mechanics than that it's a hex&counter wargame. [duh - all five are]

Listed playtime 4 hrs

It does have a nice number of scenarios. The BGG weight (3.4) doesn't show in the comments I read about this baby.
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