Historic Games That Caused You To Read
Jeffery Hatmaker
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I've played some historic games that sparked such an interest in what actually happened, that I read about it, either before or after playing. I'll list the games AND the book/s they inspired me to read, and encourage you to do the same. Nothing's as good as discovering a great new game, except perhaps discovering a great new book.
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1. Board Game: Dien Bien Phu: Trenches in the Tropics [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
Jeffery Hatmaker
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Kentucky
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Before I even played this game, I read "The Last Valley." I highly recommend both the book and the game, (the game is free!) There's another book, called, "Hell in a very small place," which I want to buy next. GREAT reading. The battle of Dien Bien Phu was nothing like I had imagined...
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2. Board Game: The Arab-Israeli Wars [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:3275]
Jeffery Hatmaker
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This game is one of my top ten favorites, and inspired me to read several books about the history of middle eastern conflicts. "No Victor, No Vanquished," "The Politics Of Palestinian Nationalism," and "Politics In Israel," to name a few.
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3. Board Game: A Dark and Bloody Ground [Average Rating:5.51 Overall Rank:12693]
Jeffery Hatmaker
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Actually, it was the book "Dark & Bloody Ground," (a work of historical fiction), which inspired me to want to play this game. And this game is indeed fun. It's a shame that their aren't more war games from pre-colonial America.
 
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4. Board Game: Patriot Act: The Home Version [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Jeffery Hatmaker
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After having read several books about the dangers of an imperial presidency, this game, with it's black humor, was very appealing. Some of the titles include, "Worse Than Watergate," by John Dean, and "Dreaming War," by Gore Vidal.
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5. Board Game: Battle of Seattle [Average Rating:5.85 Unranked]
Jeffery Hatmaker
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This game inspired me to look into literature by Anarchist icons like Ralph Bakunin and Emma Goldman. I wanted to hear what anarchists thought of themselves, not what pop culture might have us believe. It was very interesting reading, and even though I disagree with some of their ideas, I was impressed by the passion and humanity evinced by it's proponents.
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6. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:4]
Marc Frank
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Portsmouth
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I had avoided Twilight Struggle for a long time because I thought the theme was a real snoozer. But a friend really wanted to play, so I read the rules and found the designer's notes absolutely fascinating. Aside from bringing up a strong 80's nostalgia (to which I am prone by nature) they encouraged me to read more about the Cold War.

Mann, James. The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan: A History of the End of the Cold War
Troy, Gil. Morning in America: How Ronald Reagan Invented the 1980's
LeCarre, John. The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (fiction)
Powers, Tim. Declare (fiction)
Gaddis, John Lewis. The Cold War: A New History
Gorbachev, Mikhail. On My Country and the World

Plus I watched the CNN 24-part series on the Cold War (out of print, sadly) and The Hunt for Red October, just for good measure.

On deck, since I'm still working through the Gaddis and Gorbachev books, Peter Rodman's More Precious Than Peace: The Cold War and the Struggle for the Third World.

Also, I have the national anthem of the Soviet Union on my phone so I can play it when I win as the Soviets, just to rub it in a little.

Obviously, I no longer consider the theme a snoozer!

Edit: forgot to list a book
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7. Board Game: Cortes: Conquest of the Aztec Empire [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:6926]
Jens Hoppe
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Frederiksberg
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The conquest of the Aztec empire by Hernan Cortes.

I stumbled across the game in a shop many years ago, without knowing anything about the subject, and I was blown away by what I discovered.

The game lead me first to Bernal Diaz del Castillo's first-hand account, "The Conquest of New Spain". Bernal Diaz was a solider in Cortes' band, and the book is a very good read.

I also read William Prescott's (by now) classic, and very interesting "History of the Conquest of Mexico".
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8. Board Game: Cold War: CIA vs KGB [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1099]
Ferran Solà
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Not a period from so long ago, but for young people, maybe a bit unknown. I'm 22, and although I knew about the Cold War and it's cruelness, I didn't know as much as after getting this game and lurking for information and knowledge about that period.
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9. Board Game: The Civil War [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:921]
Michael Lavoie
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Nashua
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Before this game, I had no more interest in the Civil War as a wargame subject than I did in any other period. Once I played it, I had to know more about the subject. In particular, I was intrigued by the ratings given to some of the inept generals. I wondered, who were these men, were they really that bad, and why did they hold high command during the war?

Since then, I've read hundreds of books and articles on the American Civil War, far too many to list here. I am currently reading Joseph T. Glatthar's General Lee's Army, and before that I read Gary Gallagher's The Richmond Campaign of 1862 (any book in his series on ACW campaigns is worth a read). I also recently finished reading the four volumes of Battles and Leaders. There are many more to come ...
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10. Board Game: Whistling Death [Average Rating:8.20 Overall Rank:2872]
Greg Ullrich
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We played a short campaign of this coupled with an operational game of Flat Top (modified in many ways). I've always though the Pacific war was sort of yuk but I enjoyed the topic of the campaign so much that I picked up John B. Lundstrom's First Team series that covers the first "generation" of USN Carrier pilots from Pearl Harbor through November 1942. Fantastic stuff showing how they were able to use and adapt their doctrine to the challenges of the Pacific campaign and present their Japanese opponents with their first serious challenge of the war.
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11. Board Game Accessory: Wings of War: Miniatures
 
Christian Jorgensen
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I've always been interested in WW1, so playing this sparked the desire to learn more. Especially when I started painting my own minies for the game,(gothas and early war fighters) and had to research colours and other marking for the planes.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/413969

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12. Board Game: Waterloo [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:7784]
M Hellyer
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Aurora
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Playing this in the mid-1960s led me into buying all sorts of Napoleon books, most of which are still unread. I did read the novel, War and Peace, though, after playing and it's one of my all-time favorite books.
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13. Board Game: The Hunt for Red October [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:6783]
J.L. Robert
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Sherman Oaks
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Early printings of the computer game included a paperback copy of the Tom Clancy novel it is named after. Having never read his books before, it was my introduction to Clancy's world of high-tech espionage and high-level global politics in the modern world.
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14. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:301]
Jeffery Hatmaker
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This is another game situation that is the other way 'round. I read "Robert Bruce, King Of The Scots" and it got me searching for a board game. This is the one I decided upon, but have not had the opportunity to purchase a copy yet. It's definitely on my wish list!
 
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