confessions of a retired hex-gamer
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A compilation of hex and counter games I have played and enjoyed. Feel free to add your own reminiscinces.
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1. Board Game: Afrika Korps [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:3678]
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My first hex and counter game, as I suspect it was for many geeks at BGG.
 
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2. Board Game: Caesar: Epic Battle of Alesia [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:2066]
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This has got to rank as one of my all-time favorites. I love the theme and off-board movement feature!
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3. Board Game: Alexander the Great [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:5174]
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This was another early one for me. Watch out for those rampaging elephants!
 
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4. Board Game: Iliad: The Siege of Troy [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:7753]
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Probably the most unique hex game I own, since the counters represent not brigades or divisions but individual heroes (Achilles, Hector, Paris etc.) How many hex games can you name allow you to issue challenges to single combat?
 
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5. Board Game: Ogre [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:981]
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Another breakthrough in hex gaming, since the Ogre player may have only one counter, sometimes two. A bigger breakthrough was the cheap packaging and bargain price.
 
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6. Board Game: G.E.V. [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1800]
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The companion game to OGRE.
 
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7. Board Game: PanzerBlitz [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:2005]
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The pinnacle of that long lost decade's Avalon Hill games. Squad Leader fanatics everywhere owe it all to this game.
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8. Board Game: Panzer Leader [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1920]
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The companion game to PanzerBlitz. Putting all the boards together allows for some epic gaming experiences, if you've got nothing to do for the next fourteen hours.
 
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9. Board Game: Starship Troopers [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2313]
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Nerve gas and powered armor against giant spiders and death ray tripods. What more could you ask of a hex game?
 
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10. Board Game: Kriegspiel [Average Rating:4.56 Overall Rank:15197]
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I bought this after I'd already been playing PanzerBlitz so it didn't see a lot of playing time. There are few games better suited to introducing a novice to hex-gaming, though.
 
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11. Board Game: D-Day (3rd edition) [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:6682]
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Always enjoyed this, mostly because of the ability of the Allied player to choose different landing zones instead of Normandy.
 
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12. Board Game: Rivets [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:5564]
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Another Metagame, wherein the humans are all dead, but the machines fight on! Fun, light, and quick.
 
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13. Board Game: Napoleon at War: Four Battles [Average Rating:6.66 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.66 Unranked]
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One step up from the tiny Metagmes and one step down fromthe bookcase games of Avalon Hill were the cheaply packaged by moderately complex wargames of SPI. This was the first one I played. Ah, the glories of horse and musket!
 
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14. Board Game: Napoleon's Last Battles [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
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The SPI quad-game simulating four battles of the Hundred Days campaign.
 
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15. Board Game: Ice War [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:10187]
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Another Metagame, this one based on a future conflict over dwindling oil reserves in Alaska. I imagine the dog-team casualties were horrific.
 
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16. Board Game: World War 3 [Average Rating:4.94 Overall Rank:14838]
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One of the few counter games I know of that feature nuclear weapons.
 
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17. Board Game: Luftwaffe [Average Rating:5.54 Overall Rank:13142]
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Only played this a few times, but always a kick. Much different than most of the other WWII AH games.
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18. Board Game: Victory in the Pacific [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:1202] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
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Not a true hex-game but my first area-impulse counter game.
 
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19. Board Game: The Arab-Israeli Wars [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:3284]
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This was probably the last hex game I purchased before my gaming life shifted to RPGs. Only game I know of that has a counter for the suitcase-sized SAGGER wire-guided missle.
 
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20. Board Game: Divine Right [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:2483]
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Though I've never owned it, I plan to buy it shortly. Lots of fun and always different due to the special allies. Get Hamahara the Air Dragon on your side and watch him kick some goblin booty.
 
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21. Board Game: Blitzkrieg [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:6112]
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Okay, I'm doing THIS for the person that requested it. If you place your 'cursor' over a photo, then it will display THAT one's 'Id. #'(usually down below with the Netscape browser) or you can *click* on it and it'll show up in the 'website address' display. Earlier submitted 'pics' will have smaller 'submission Id. #s' and sometimes it's BEST to view ALL of the 'posted pics' before selecting one that YOU feel works best. Don't forget to PREVIEW! The LAST 'upgrade' for THIS Game, was back in 1985, and there was supposed to be another one performed in 1995, but it didn't happen. I am currently working on my OWN and it has MANY improvements over the '1985' one!
 
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22. Board Game: Jutland [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:3288]
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Hey it works! Thanks, Grogster! Anyway, after Blitzkreig, this was the one that got me. Like the 'Kreig, it had an unusual mechanic that grabbed me and wouldn't let go. You had the feeling of playing a true simulation. Bye bye, Risk...
 
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23. Board Game: Wooden Ships & Iron Men [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1043]
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Played lots of this with a group of guys from work (many years ago...)
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24. Board Game: Outdoor Survival [Average Rating:4.64 Overall Rank:15283]
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Another old favorite -- created lots of variations. I found it to be a very flexible (generic) board that could serve as the playing field for a variety of home-invented games.
 
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