Wargames On Your Table - March 2011
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It's that time...March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, so depending on which side of the CRT odds table you are on, you are either the lion or the lamb.

If you get a chance, cruise on over to this Geeklist and look through it. It is a list of war games that do not have a review. If you are willing and able, pick one out and get it on the table if need be, or write a review for it. Let's strengthen our war games in the data base!
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1. Board Game: 1777: The Year of the Hangman [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:10478]
Board Game: 1777: The Year of the Hangman
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In keeping up the principle of "practice what you preach" I have volunteered to get this one on the table and write a review for it. This is my favorite era to study & game, so it's a surprise it has taken this long (about 8 months) to get on the table. So many games...

I'm looking forward to it, though. I hear glowing things about it.
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2. Board Game: Battle Cry: 150th Civil War Anniversary Edition [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:1220]
Board Game: Battle Cry: 150th Civil War Anniversary Edition
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I just experienced this last month for the first time and am still playing with it (while I read the rules for 1777). I love the game and I am actually getting interested in learning about the battles themselves, which is a topic that I have never been interested in.
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3. Board Game: Prochorovka: Armor at Kursk [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:11658]
Board Game: Prochorovka: Armor at Kursk
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I had this one last month. The plan was to play during the last week. Then I got sent on a week-long Boondoggle to the frozen tundra of the north and lost my time to play. I did read up on the rules on the airplane, and it looks like a fun little game. Mistermarino and I are playing it this weekend at our first board game night for the Wichita Board Gamers.
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4. Board Game: Washington's War [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:573]
Board Game: Washington's War
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I have 3 simultaneous VASSAL games going on with Capt_S, JimM, and GA Jim. I love VASSAL. Before, only one person in town would play with me. Now, I feel like Billy the Kid.
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5. Board Game: Paths of Glory [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:141]
Board Game: Paths of Glory
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Alphawolf and I continue to play this one in VASSAL. I love this one. I see why it gets all of the hype. It's my first game, and I haven't even looked at most of the cards (and know little of the history of this war), so it's a big surprise as well as a learning experience.
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6. Board Game: Wilderness War [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:774]
Board Game: Wilderness War
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Capt_S and I are in a VASSAL game of this one. We just finished the first year of the AM scenario, stuck right where we were at the beginning (4 VPs), although I did blow up the Ohio Forks fort to keep him from getting it.
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7. Board Game: G.E.V. [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:2340]
Board Game: G.E.V.
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Not a historical war game, but a fun one, nevertheless. I played this last back in 1984 and remember little about it. I played Ogre for the first time last month and loved it. When I pulled out the directions for this, it all came back.
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8. Board Game: WarpWar [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:6353]
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Barteus and I are playing this one this month for the first time. I have a PBEM offer, so if it looks good, I may be getting two games of this.
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9. Board Game: Duel in the Dark [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:2203]
Board Game: Duel in the Dark
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On Wednesdays, while our kids are in church, Armed_Medic and I sit in the lobby and play a game. Since we only have about 75 minutes to set-up, play, and take-down, war games are difficult. We spent a few weeks playing Hold the Line. We wanted to try Memoir '44, but agreed that the set-up/take-down time made this one too difficult, which has me on a quest to turn it into a block game.

This week, we are getting this one on the table. It's not very meaty and has the feel of a Euro, but I'll take it. It works great for the time slot.
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10. Board Game: Freedom in the Galaxy: The Star Rebellions, 5764 AD [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:3212]
Board Game: Freedom in the Galaxy: The Star Rebellions, 5764 AD
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My freedom in the galaxy saga continues from last month, the rebels are slowly making headway...
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11. Board Game: Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ? [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:371]
Board Game: Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ?
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Second game of this with
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on VASSAL, he is repeating with the Jihadhists and I the U.S.
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12. Board Game: Stalin's War [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:4548]
Board Game: Stalin's War
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This is on the table at the moment, started a game of it solo to flesh out the rules, in preparation to take on
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on VASSAL later this month.
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13. Board Game: Storm Over Taierzhuang [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:9678]
Board Game: Storm Over Taierzhuang
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Been reading a little about the Sino-Japanese War, so of course there has to be a game on the subject hitting the table soon.
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14. Board Game: Dinosaurs of the Lost World [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:4499]
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Eric Lai
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Played several games of this solo in preparation for my review of it here:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/624992/garfinks-review-f...

An Oldie but a Goodie.
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15. Board Game: Russian Civil War 1918-1922 (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:8073]
Board Game: Russian Civil War 1918-1922 (Second Edition)
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My copy of this in the latest issue of S&T just came through, so its also on the table at the moment as well.

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16. Board Game: Bittereinder [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:11324]
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I also just got a copy of this ATO game in the mail, its also on the table at the moment and learning to play it solo.
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17. Board Game: Empires of the Middle Ages [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:3202]
Board Game: Empires of the Middle Ages
Enrico Viglino
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Standard video treatment.
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18. Board Game: Waterloo 20 [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:4977]
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Jonathan Holen
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Received this in my recent order from VPG. Having a fun time with it. Thanks to Lance, the lead for the Napoleonic 20 series, who has answered a number of my questions. Great little game!

Here is an AAR of a recent game of W20: A Rookie Wargamer's Session Report: Waterloo 20
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19. Board Game: We Must Tell the Emperor [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:3883]
Board Game: We Must Tell the Emperor: The Great Pacific War, 1941 to 1945
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Another I received in my order from VPG. I've got this punched out, and took some pictures while taking it out of the package. Haven't played this one yet, but will as my weekend is just starting on 3/1 - looking forward to a longer SoS title.

Plus, this is cool as I recently visited Pearl Harbor on a recent trip with my wife to Hawaii and did some reading up on the Pacific Theater.
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20. Board Game: The Barbarossa Campaign [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:3702]
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Last but not least. I've got this one punched as well, and am really looking forward to it. The map is great, and the components look great as well. This will be another seeing time on my table this upcoming weekend, and most likely the rest of the Month. March is looking to be a great one!
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21. Board Game: Baltic Gap: Summer 1944 [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:3368]
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Just finished the set up for scenario 5.5A Truncated August last night.
Just looking at the set up as a preview and idea/strategy generator for a Monster game weekend coming up at the FLGS this weekend. Planning on photographing and making notes upon the finish Sunday night at the FLGS and return home to complete it solo. My first real OCS game from start to finish I hope.
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22. Board Game: Hearts and Minds: Vietnam 1965-1975 [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:2778]
Board Game: Hearts and Minds: Vietnam 1965-1975
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Bill and I am currently making our way through our second session PBEM, with myself as the forces of Blue.

Bill whipped me as Blue by 1968 in our first session, so I am trying to take some of the lessons from his play and apply them to the current game. 1965 is in the books and we are just starting 1966. So far I think no side has the advantage, but I have been wrong before. LOL!

I love this game. I just find it so entertaining and interesting. Word to the wise though; it is perfectly playable via PBEM, but you need a little patience due to the multifaceted aspect of the move-ambush-evade-combat-reinforce mechanic of play which can require several e-mails to work though. However, you will be richly rewarded in my opinion.

Go on...try it...I know you want to....
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23. Board Game: Gringo!: The Mexican War 1846-48 [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:5376] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
Board Game: Gringo!
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Jim and I are in the midst of the second turn in our PBEM game of BV (one day scenario).

To date, there has been a lot of movement as Jim positions his Mexican forces up onto the bluff to face Wool's command, who have "advanced to the rear" to form a line that better protects their flanks (I hope). Meanwhile, his lancers have beaten a hasty (some might say cowardly) retreat from the face of my artillery on the plain below the bluff, which is under Taylor's command. I am concerned with overheating my guns in the process of driving off the cavalry.

I am getting into a nice rhythm with this game now that the rules are becoming clearer, requiring less lookup. As a result, I am being reminded of the reasons why I love the grand tactical battle scale, which consumed several decades of my wargame "career". I have not been playing them so often, if at all, over the past five years or so as other games have grabbed my attention, in particular the CDGs. So, having this PBEM session on the go is such a pleasure in itself as well as giving me the warm fuzzies in remembrance of sessions from long ago. Not that the current version of GBACW rules is familiar. Not at all! Rather, it is the flow of the game play that is familiar and is providing the immediate attraction for me.

Great stuff. Now I must devise sneaky ways to keep Jim playing these games with me for years and years to come...ninja
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24. Board Game: Liberty Roads [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:1985] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked]
Board Game: Liberty Roads
Wolfgang Kunz
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I'm still playing this game. And I'm suspicious: The Allies never got out of their landing zone due to the double-turn of the Germans. Since their are discrepancies between the rules and the help-sheet I assume that the rules were done before the sheet.

So I will start a new game but after the invasion allow the Germans only a reaction move as written on the help-sheet and then start with the next turn of the Allies

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as my opponent insisted (based on the rules): having his reaction movement and then having his full German turn with another movement (therefore bringing up a lot of forces and sitting in bocage with double defense and waiting for the Allies to grind down their units).

Playing it the other way around allows the Allies to built a solid beachhead from which to fight their way West.

If you play it with the double - movement turn for the Germans the "Withdrawal from France" - rules make no sense since the Allies can't break out to put any of this pressure on the Germans.
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25. Board Game: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:4323]
Board Game: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
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Currently got two PBEM games going on and am about to start a third one. I do not have an established opinion on this one however after reading the rules four times and playing twice the first turn of the game I am more biased toward slight disappointment - I am lacking the option of retreat and somewhat limited rules regarding attrition (it seems that OOS units may remain in such state till the end of the war).

We shall see.
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