BEST WARGAME Tourney III - 3W, Mayfair, SimCan, OSG
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*** Tourney III voting has closed - please add your comments to the Results list.

Since Tourney II was dominated by AH and SPI, I thought it would be interesting to solicit votes on the best wargames from other publishers. I will allow at least a couple of weeks for voting before tallying the votes.

Each list will cover more than one publisher to cut down on the number of lists in the Tourney, however the votes for each publisher will be tallied separately, so make sure to vote for your favorite games from each publisher!

Please add your nominee(s) for the best wargames from 3W (World Wide Wargames), Mayfair, OSG and Simulations Canada. If a game is already listed, cast your vote for it by posting a comment under the game. Your nomination counts as a vote.

Please try to limit yourself to three votes per publisher.
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1. Board Game: The Legend of Robin Hood [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:4414]
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An entertaining game that nicely captures the conflict, action and intrigue of Robin Hood.
 
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2. Board Game: Duel in the Desert: Rommel's Campaign in North Africa [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:10634]
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My favorite of the trio of double-blind land warfare games published in The Wargamer.
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3. Board Game: Hue [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:7266]
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Mayfair

I'm nominating this based on the SDC version...
 
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4. Board Game: Seapower & the State [Average Rating:6.47 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.47 Unranked]
 
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Simulations Canada

Naval warfare during World War III on a global scale. Still searching for this one, but from what I've read it sounds like one of their best...
 
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5. Board Game: The Seven Days of 1809 [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:4756]
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This is an excellent OSG game. For those who know, or who are willing to learn, the historical background, it is a tense seven-day campaign of nip & tuck, attack & counter-attack. The rules are clean, the play is fluid and the graphics are first-class. Best of all, the Austrian player has equal chances to win; this is no walk-over on the part of the French.
 
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6. Board Game: Ancients I [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:6960]
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3W - best game, but that's not saying too much.
 
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7. Board Game: The Black Prince [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:9395]
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VOTE! I thought this was a reasonably fun game that did depict battle in the Middle Ages fairly well. Still look forward to playing this one some more.
 
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8. Board Game: North German Plain [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:8412]
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A favorite of my youth... back when the Cold War could turn red hot in a minute!
 
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9. Board Game: 1809: Napoleon's Danube Campaign [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:6020]
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Given that it is 20+ years old, it is no surprise that few know of this game. To quote myself:

"1809 Napoleon’s Danube Campaign This Victory Game by Kevin Zucker was a forerunner to the OSG designs that followed in its path. The heart of the system consists of 1) maneuvering, 2) your centre of operations, 3) your supply lines/lines of communication, and 4) leadership. There’s more marching than fighting, with a fair chance that a larger numbers of strength points will fall to attrition than fall in battle. Knowing when and how far to move your centre of operations and your supply source are keys to success or failure. Of chess, Bobby Fischer once said, "you have to know when to punch and when to duck." The same is true in this game, but be prepared to duck more than punch until the Austrians get squeezed from west to east. If you prefer a heavier emphasis on fighting, this game is probably not for you, with the CRT somewhat of a standard snoozer. The campaign game begins in April and ends in July, so opportunities abound for "on the job training." If you want to learn the art of maneuver, give this and Zucker’s similar OSG designs a try. You’ll need space for the three maps and the game charts."

Not as refined or as fluid as The Seven Days of 1809, but a game that paved the way for it and other OSG titles.
 
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10. Board Game: Wake Island [Average Rating:6.63 Unranked]
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This is even referred to in some circles as ''the 'Alamo' of the Pacific!'' and I don't wish to 'demean' the 'O'riginators of there, but THEY didn't 'sink' any Enemy Vessels like these 'commendable' folks did! You can possibly EVEN 'repulse' the 'Attackers' AND inflict more severe 'punishment' than was meted out during the 'historical' event(well, I have!). There even 'evolved' a 'Battle Cry' of sorts with a garbled transmission that announced: ''Send more...JAPS!'' when 'asked' just WHAT the beleagured garrison required! Truly epic!
 
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11. Board Game: Space Empires [Average Rating:6.71 Unranked]
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Mayfair - their best wargame, one vote.
 
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12. Board Game: Aces High [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:6958]
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13. Board Game: Forward to Richmond! [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:9330]
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3W - actually, this game wasn't too bad, though I did trade it away after a few times. At least I *could* play it a few times ...

I'm astonished there's no picture here, and the geek write-up doesn't mention the boxed version of the game, only the magazine version.
 
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14. Board Game: Little Round Top [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:6203]
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WOW! I'm 'surprised' that NO ONE has 'entered' THIS just yet! Not only that, but the 'Avalon Hill' version isn't even 'mentioned' in this one's 'listing'! As someone else said before in another LIST, it's a shame that 'Iron Brigade' wasn't given the same 'treatment' as this and 'Devil's Den' had gotten when 'optioned' by 'A.H.'!
 
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15. Board Game: The Last Days of the Grande Armee [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:7188]
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'OSG' THIS being 'one' of their more 'recent' creations, while presenting a wonderful and visually 'appealing' subject for the 'topic' overall! They're definitely getting MUCH 'better' with ensuing 'maturity'!
 
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16. Board Game: Panzerkrieg [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:5013]
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'OSG' THIS also needed bringing to most's 'attention'!
 
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17. Board Game: D.A.K. [Average Rating:5.68 Unranked]
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'Simulations Canada' Stephen Newberg is much 'maligned' for his 'graphics' approaches, but as 'others' have mentioned, HE deserves 'credit' for covering some 'topics' of which even NOW, many are STILL 'remiss' for them!
 
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18. Board Game: La Regia Marina [Average Rating:5.60 Unranked]
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'Simulations Canada' Yet another 'PLUS' for anyone having THIS and the 'D.A.K.' games, was being able to COMBINE them for an even MORE 'elaborate' gaming experience!
 
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19. Board Game: Dieppe [Average Rating:7.59 Unranked]
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'Simulations Canada' I don't believe that anyone else has 'covered' this 'topic', yet! Correct me if I'm 'wrong', of which YOU 'will', if YOU 'can'!
 
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20. Board Game: Morgan's Rifles [Average Rating:5.37 Unranked]
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Nicely 'done' game on this topic.
 
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21. Board Game: Jerusalem [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:6801]
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ONE of the 'first'-if 'not' THE first-to decently 'cover' the 'Unification of Israel' WAR!
 
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22. Board Game: "Scratch One Flat Top!" [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:7695]
Craig Truesdell
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I really liked this game. I felt it was an excellent system for the battle and I enjoyed playing it. It was my first 3W game purchase as their reputation at the time was not so hot if I remember. I was more of a AH and VG guy. I did by Bismark also which I liked.
 
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