my opponent was laughing, and then I called in the airstrike! games with Nukes!
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1. Board Game: Nuclear Proliferation [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2557] [Average Rating:6.55 Unranked]
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The final chapter of the Nuclear War series and my favorite of the series. Got change for 10,000,000 people?
 
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2. Board Game: World War 3 [Average Rating:4.94 Overall Rank:14838]
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I owned this as a young hex-gamer. Only played a couple of times--I much preferred SPI's napoleonic games.
 
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3. Board Game: Starship Troopers [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2313]
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This is one of my top faves among old-school Avalon Hill hex-games. The terran troopers had "pocket-nukes" to drop down the bug-holes, as well as nerve-gas! When the alien player unleashes the beam projectors, you'll know why the terrans needed such weapons!
 
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4. Board Game: Supremacy [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:13117]
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Portland
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I've never played it, but check out the little mushroom-cloud mini!
 
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5. Board Game: Nuke: The Last Game on Earth [Average Rating:5.59 Unranked]
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Who says doing GeekLists isn't educational? Just found this one, looks attractive! Anybody got the low-down here?
 
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6. Board Game: NATO, Nukes & Nazis [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:6496]
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Another discovery. Interesting premise, an alternate history involving the survival of the Third Reich. Scary thought...
 
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7. Board Game: Nuclear Escape [Average Rating:5.25 Unranked]
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Here's one for the politically correct Geeks among us. Players strive to de-escalate their stockpiles!
 
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8. Board Game: Dark Future [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:7998]
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One of the more obscure games from Games Workshop. "The Road Warrior" goes table-top.
 
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9. Board Game: Warhammer 40,000 [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1917]
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The early editions of this perennial GW game featured the dreaded Virus Grenade, capable of decimating huge swaths of unprotected troops at one stroke. The designers wisely deleted this devastating weapon in later editions.
 
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10. Board Game: Ultimatum [Average Rating:5.66 Overall Rank:11355]
 
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When I played this in high school, this game ALWAYS ended in nuclear holocaust.

I should try playing it again. Maybe age will have brought me wisdom.

Or not.
 
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11. Board Game: 7 Ages [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1458]
Michael Debije
Netherlands
Eindhoven
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You pay a penalty if you use them, however
 
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12. Board Game: NATO Division Commander [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:10591]
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With everyone's favorite nuke rule...
 
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13. Board Game: I.C.B.M. [Average Rating:5.23 Unranked]
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Microgame them back to the stone age!
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14. Board Game: Kriegspiel [Average Rating:4.56 Overall Rank:15197]
Tim Thorp
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Back in the early 70's, this was the first game I'd encountered with nukes (albeit as an option, and limited at that). The only thing cool about this otherwise unplayable game.
 
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15. Board Game: Risk 2210 A.D. [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1019]
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The Commanders and some cards have nukin' ability as I recall. Not to mention that some of regions begin 'nuked'
 
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16. Board Game: Nuclear Armageddon [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
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Gettysburg
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Shades of risk with lots of different nukes. Lots of fun once things get flying and most of the board is covered with little plaster mushroom clouds.
 
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17. Board Game: Godsfire [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:11689]
 
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No nukes per se, but the same spectacular effect as everything goes KABLOOEY! 3 starships in a hex summons Godsfire-universe blows up-all ships in space are toast as are 1/2 the ground troops/populations
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18. Board Game: Hitler's War [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:3763]
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Santa Ana
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In this game you get to research and build the first Nukes ever. Usually the U.S. is the only country able to afford to do it though (thank goodness).
 
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19. Board Game: Ogre [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:981]
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Kensington
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Mininukes are still nukes.

I wonder if this is why the Bush Administration is interested in developing tactical battlefield nuclear weapons... Did Richard Perle play Ogre back in the day?
 
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20. Board Game: Wabbit Wampage [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:7654]
Andy Daglish
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Cheadle
Cheshire
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Remember how useful they were in the 1950s?
 
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21. Board Game: Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:15076] [Average Rating:5.49 Unranked]
Ryan Olson
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There is a Nuclear Warhead card in the basic set...
 
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22. Board Game: NATO: The Next War in Europe [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:3038]
Shyue Chou Chuang
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Singapore
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Nuclear weapons or chemical weapons, your choice.
 
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23. Board Game: Classic Warlord [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:4391]
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Surprised this one wasn't on either list.
 
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24. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:801]
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Terrorist alien power-plants 'booby traps' that blow up bases and planets. If those aren't nukes he's packin' then what are they? Whoo whoo, such fun!
 
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25. Board Game: Strategy I [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:8720]
Stephen Wilson
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Richmond
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The last scenario in this "modular" wargame allowed the use of nuclear weapons. Since there were no markers for them, players were told to use dimes for A-bombs and quarters for H-bombs. A new meaning for "more bang for the buck".
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