BEST WARGAME Tourney III - Battleline, Yaquinto, Victory Games
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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 Battleline, Yaquinto and Victory Games. 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: Wooden Ships & Iron Men [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1042]
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Battleline

Great historical flavor in an well organized and highly playable game system.
 
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2. Board Game: Swashbuckler [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:3679]
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Yaquinto

A rousing game of drunken man-to-man brawling, straight out of your favorite Swashbuckling movies.
 
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3. Board Game: Ambush! [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:676]
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Victory Games

A groundbreaking solitaire design with an overdose of "fog of war" that will make your hands sweat and your spine tingle.
 
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4. Board Game: Pacific War [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:1738]
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Victory Games

Mark Herman's fascinating and highly regarded strategic simulation.
 
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5. Board Game: Marine: 2002 [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:11129]
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For those of YOU that 'missed' out on this, it has an innovative 'method' for indicating the STATUS for 'Units'. You'd have '4' indicators printed on the counters, and you'd align the appropriate 'letter' on these towards the 'status indicator' so as to SHOW just what 'attitude' they were attentuated at the time. That would 'designate' just WHAT amount or 'moves' they could make, and also determine THEIR 'defensive' posture, if any. Another 'item' was that you'd conduct ALL of the 'OPS' for 'one' of your 'groups', and then the opponent would do likewise, with 'this' going back & forth for as many of these you had. They also had a '3-D' TERRAIN effect with cardboard counters that you placed upon the 'map'-which was of the MOON~ours that is!
 
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6. Board Game: The Ironclads [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:3209]
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USS Kearsarge rules the high seas and the double-turreted Onondaga fears no Rebel ship! One of my favorite games of all time.
 
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7. Board Game: Machiavelli [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:1537]
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Battleline
 
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8. Board Game: Wings [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:4885]
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Yaquinto
 
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9. Board Game: Air Force [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:3129]
Scott Gray
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Lexington
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Battleline Version

I've played this enough to wear out three copies!!!
 
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10. Board Game: Flashpoint: Golan [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:4744]
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My favorite game that I never play! (Because it is not very PBEMable).
 
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11. Board Game: Sixth Fleet [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:2709]
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VOTE! This may be the finest of the Victory Games, fun-fast-playable, and still seemed to model modern naval warfare effectively. Spawned a series of games that totalled five titles in all (I own Sixth, 2nd, and 7th Fleets - great games all!)
 
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12. Board Game: Across 5 Aprils [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:2531]
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Victory Games. One of those quick and fun games that is so easy to like and so easy to go back to even when there's newer and prettier games that remain on the shelf, unplayed.
 
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13. Board Game: Lee vs. Grant [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:3470]
Jens Hoppe
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Frederiksberg
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VG. Balkoski's precursor to his GCACW series, published mainly by AH. Lee vs. Grant is a great game in its own right.
 
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14. Board Game: The Peloponnesian War, 431-404 BC [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:3092]
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And lets not forget Mark Herman's innovative solitaire treatment on the Peloponnesian War.
 
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15. Board Game: Shooting Stars [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:9636]
Matthew Nadelhaft
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Always my favorite starship combat system.
 
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16. Board Game: Close Assault [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:7333]
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Yaquinto

The predecessor to AH's Firepower. Great balance of playability with a reasonable amount of realism for a close tactical game. Daunting if you try to add on ALL the optional rules, but the basic game is the easiest playing tactical Wargame out there...
 
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17. Board Game: Bomber [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:9605]
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Yaquinto

Blew away AH's Luftwaffe.
 
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18. Board Game: Trireme [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:5741]
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Battleline

Ancient naval warfare done in the style of WS&IM. Simplified rules for fleet actions.
 
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19. Board Game: Gulf Strike [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:3705]
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Victory Games

Third edition. A definitive treatment.
 
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20. Board Game: 5th Fleet [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:3150]
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Victory Games.

This is a series that really hit its stride in the last two games (5th and 3rd Fleet). This was my favorite of the series.
 
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21. Board Game: 88 [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:4865]
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Talk about complicated! Still, this is a very good, albeit somewhat burdened, game system if you don't mind plotted movement so much. Companion games "Armor" and "Panzer" were good as well, but 88 is the best of the three. Played all of them endlessly in the past. Works somewhat well with minis, too.
 
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22. Board Game: Ultimatum [Average Rating:5.66 Overall Rank:11351]
Tim MacPherson
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I know it doesn't have a good rep ...but I loved this game !
With the political game added it was always tense. Nothing more cathartic than being able to push "the button" yourself. "die commie scum"
 
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