Avalon Hill game most worthy of re-issue
Fritz Schwartz
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Oh how I miss Avalon Hill and their monthly publication of "The General"! After Hasbro bought them out, they re-issued a few old Avalon Hill games like Diplomacy, Acquire and History of the World, but they've left so many great games out of print. (My first geek list!! I'm such a proud papa even if others might find my creation ugly.)
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1. Board Game: Rail Baron [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1919]
 
Fritz Schwartz
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This is the game that brought me back into serious boardgaming some 20 years ago. It's a bit long by today's standards, but we tempered that by tweaking it with a few house rules, some of which are now incorporated into official tournament play (like riding your own railroads for free). The rover play added a level of strategy that lead to some very intense end games. The game lives on through annual tournaments, a CD-ROM version and within a certain group of my friends for whom "reigning Rail Baron Champ" has special meaning.
 
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2. Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:697]
Fritz Schwartz
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A train game in space!! One of our all-time favorites even though it takes forever to set up, especially if you didn't bother to separate the chits from the previous play. After the initial exploration phase, the key is setting up a couple of super-efficient trading routes, upgrade your ship, build a few factories & space stations, then dash for the cash. There are optional rules to add a bit of combat and a solitaire version that works quite well.
 
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3. Board Game: Kremlin [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:853]
Fritz Schwartz
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This was a favorite amongst the Diplomancy fanatics in our group when we couldn't get seven players for the full experience of that game (and I'm sorry, but Diplomancy doesn't scale down very well for smaller numbers of players). Even the end of the cold war couldn't prevent this game from providing hours of scheming/backstabbing fun. There appears to be a German version which may or may not be out of print, but I'm demanding an English language release!
 
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4. Board Game: The Republic of Rome [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:338]
Fritz Schwartz
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I have a few old AH games still in my collection, but somehow I lost several others like Conquistador, Gunslinger and this one. There's a bit of a learning curve and the game involve both competition and cooperation (to keep the game system from defeating everybody) which is unique.
 
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5. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:134]
Fritz Schwartz
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I've never played this one, but I'm putting it on the list because of its reputation as an excellent two-player game. The two or three hour playing time doesn't scare me, but the $100 to $200 price tag does.
 
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6. Board Game: Caesar: Epic Battle of Alesia [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:2066]
Thomas Eager
United States
Portland
Oregon
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I grew up in the 70's playing AH games from Alexander the Great to PanzerBlitz, but this one remains my fave.
 
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7. Board Game: Titan [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:794]
Roger Boykin
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Baton Rouge
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Lotta people love this game... My buddy has a copy, but doesn't seem interested in playing it. I am hoping he will cave in and play it one day soon...
 
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8. Board Game: We the People [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:1032]
jefF, There are some who call me... DuneKitteh
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Wood Dale
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This one and the two previously mentioned "Rome" title games here are mine.
 
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9. Board Game: Afrika Korps [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:3682]
Seth Owen
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The best of the old "D-Elim" classics, somebody ought to be able to keep this in print for new generations!
 
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10. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:374]
Seth Owen
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All one has to do is see the kind of prices this brings on eBay to know this deserves to come back. MMP has the rights, but little word recently on when (if?) it will be reprinted.
 
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11. Board Game: Victory in the Pacific [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:1206] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
Seth Owen
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Another very popular classic that could hold its own today with a reissue.
 
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12. Board Game: Football Strategy [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:3883]
Seth Owen
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My final nominee is the all-time classic sports game. With updated graphics and some new play cards to represent the advancements in real-life football strategy since the 1960s (and NFL rule changes) this would be worth seeing again.
 
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13. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:215]
J. Green
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Considering the recent Sci-Fi channel miniseries, the original Lynch film, and the Tolkien-like following, AND the fact that the French version almost begs for an English equivalent, I think Dune could be a big money maker, and they could figure out a way to make it a $49 dollar game and still make a profit. I mean, it's Hasbro!
 
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14. Board Game: Kingmaker [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1706]
Tim Moore
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Kingmaker! This one needs to be reprinted, and even without component upgrades would be a gem! I own two copies and they see play, even with newbie gamers.
 
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15. Board Game: Paydirt [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:2962]
Chad Winter
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Salt Lake City
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This game is in some serious need of a re-issue. Let's get those team charts up to date boys!
 
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16. Board Game: Sports Illustrated Baseball [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:4439]
Randy Cox
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Clemson
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Shameless plug. I've always wanted to see a re-issue of the original Sports Illustrated All-Time All-Star Baseball game (which was taken apart to create the microgame that is Superstar Baseball). But AH (now Hasbro) never seemed interested, so I did it myself. Last year, I printed the game and have been selling it, for those who are interested.
 
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17. Board Game: Enemy in Sight [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:3336]
Lee Blackstone
United States
Huntington
New York
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A lot of great games have already been put on this list, but I'd welcome a reissue of 'Enemy in Sight.' It's not the deepest of the AH line, but in terms of the fun factor, I wouldn't turn down a chance to play. I also think it would be great to see a card game out there with the AH label on it, and if the card art and quality could be improved, I'm willing to bet it would find a wide audience. It seems like a lot of games are coming out featuring pirates in '05; why not an enjoyable tall ships game?
 
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18. Board Game: Air Force [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:3141]
Robert Laird
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Kankakee
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I really like the way this game teaches you to fly all kinds of WW2 aircraft in adverse situations. (At least on paper).
 
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19. Board Game: Dauntless [Average Rating:6.49 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.49 Unranked]
Robert Laird
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Kankakee
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Great game in teaching you how to fly the Pacific war planes of WW2. Sister game to Airforce.
 
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20. Board Game: Air Force Dauntless Expansion Kit [Average Rating:6.59 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.59 Unranked]
Robert Laird
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I know this is a Battleline expansion. If you own Air Force and Dauntless then this is a must have expansion. It gives you more planes to fly.
 
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