Multi-session games with character development
Kevin Petersen
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I am often looking for games with "character" development, and especially for games where you develop a "character" between scenarios or sessions. Something akin to character development in a RPG.

By "character" I mean character as in person, or business, or military unit.

The only games I can think of with "character" development between games are solitaire. How do I entice RPGers to play a board/card game if they crave character development (and the answer is not: Play a RPG )

I hope you can add to this list, as I can only think of two and they are both solitaire!
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1. Board Game: Fields of Fire [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:1141]
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Your "character" is your Company of soldiers. Your company gains (and loses!) experience.
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2. Board Game: Patton's Best [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:2746]
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Your "character" is your tank crew. Have not played this in a decade. Been staring at it lately...
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3. Board Game: Ambush! [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:684]
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This one fits. Your platoon of guys gains experience as you progress through scenarios. Oh...but it's solitaire too.
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Think pulp sci-fi in the vein of Star Trek. It is getting close to actually being an RPG, but it is also very much a boardgame. Multisession character development for a ton of players.
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A dungeon crawling boardgame that can have multiple sessions allowing for character development. One player is trying to destroy the world, while the other players is trying to stop them.
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You manage a team that gets better over the course of a season. Well... not always better, as you can lose players to injury or death. But it has multi session character development!
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Kills are tracked for each of your party from mission to mission, which can increase their skills over the course of the campaign. Oh...and it's solitaire too.
 
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When you play the campaign game you gain ranks for good performances during missions, which can increase your capabilities (more order and equipment cards). If you count this as "character development" it's of the simplest weakest kind. But it is something that is carried forward between multiple game sessions.
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This and the next item go with blood bowl- though in this one it's just one character per player, doin' the dungeon crawl, gaining loots, xp's and such from session to session.
 
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like blood bowl meets warhammer 40k. you've got a futuristic gang that fights with other gangs, using las weapons, bolters, knives, etc... and gains experience and abilities from fight to fight.
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A first-person tactical duelling game using gamebooks (akin to Ace of Aces: Handy Rotary Series). Your character can earn experience points and increase stats between battles.
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12. Board Game: Melee [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:2475] [Average Rating:6.88 Unranked]
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An arena battle game, which along with its companion game Wizard would be developed into the roleplaying game The Fantasy Trip (precursor to GURPS).
 
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See Melee.
 
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14. Board Game: Pit Fighter [Average Rating:6.13 Unranked]
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In this free game yours fighters can improve his skills, obtain new abilitys and accumulate wounds.
 
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15. Board Game: Wings of War: The Dawn of World War II [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1536]
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Here you have ace skills to be gained between a game session and the other, every time you score 5 victories.
If you fancy more WWI aces, as the two guys there,


here you have the rules for Wings of War: Famous Aces and the other WWI titles in the line:

http://www.wingsofwar.it/read.asp?id=1273


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16. Board Game: Firefight [Average Rating:5.93 Unranked]
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There's a new edition just coming out. I can't afford to get it, but the 1991 version was great fun, 2-4p.

If you are not the Shia Khan player, you command a squad, the Squad leader and members can be promoted... the squad leader is your PC. Multiple players is either 1 Shia Khan player and 2+ squads, or 3+ squads with rotating Shia Khan duties.

Also has 2 scales... scale 1, the city overview. Turns are movement and sensors; when you encounter stuff, you move to tactical maps.

Tactical scale is where the battles are fought... and each of the included map-boards is one square of the city board...
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