Wargames - A Female Perspective
Maia McGrath
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This is for all the wargamers who are hoping to get their female significant other into the genre. Some of what worked for me and what didn't. Here is hoping this might lure some new women into the fold!!!

(Also my first geeklist! Yikes!!!)
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1. Board Game: BattleLore [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:252]
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We started with this because Sean figured I would like playing with the "cute" little figures. I loved the game play but the theme left me cold. Rolling dice, seeing figures fall off the board, and limited movement options all were a great appeal.
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2. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:157]
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What a way to pull out my competetive spirit! I love being able to tear down what you just built up and take command of your region!!! The angst of having to play a card that will benefit you more than me is pure agony and compels me back time and again.
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3. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:4]
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This took several days to make it through the first play because I had to leave and keep reviewing my strategy. One game got me so involved, I sent us into nuclear winter to end the debacle of my exceedingly failed stategy.
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4. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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One play of this game and I was completely addicted!!! I love the tanks, plastic figures and terrain manouvers. Every expansion now sits on our shelf and this comes to the table as a great filler.
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5. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:138]
 
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This is one of the few games that I just didn't get. I have tried a couple of times and am just hoping I need more wargame maturity. The stacking and movement doesn't quiet "gel" with me.
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6. Board Game: Tide of Iron [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:588]
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Plastic figures and much more strategy! Yeah!!!! Longer game play which made it much more desirable as well.
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7. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:394]
 
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My first introduction to Chits!!! Having so much more info and abilities at my fingertips continued my wargaming passion.
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8. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:98]
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Blocks! Player aids that are homework by themselves. Memorization was never this much fun in school! While I appreciate this game, it is a bit much for me. I think it is more the time frame than the mechanics though.
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9. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:301]
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Hidden blocks! The power of intrigue and easy to play ruleset definately adds to the frequency this hits the table. Also playable in for a long evening or short afternoon.
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10. Board Game: Axis & Allies: 1942 [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1314]
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Plastic minis taken to a whole new level. Moving from infantry to world domination. Seeing an entire nation fall to my strategy is an all powerful feeling.
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11. Board Game: PQ-17: Arctic Naval Operations 1941-1943 [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:3882]
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Still waiting to play but the rulebook has been a great bedtime read that keeps me up much later than I should be. Looking forward to this based on the hidden unit/subterfuge aspect as well as being naval/air based.
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12. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #1 [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:405]
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Ohh...

Ahh!!!

Oh crap, what I have gotten myself into?!?!?!? Yeah!!!
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