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Kelly
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My mom is a big WWII history buff with zero gaming experience (i.e. when she heard I was getting into hobby board gaming, her response was that the only board game she ever liked was Monopoly, but she hated Candyland). She has indicated that she'll try out a WWII game with me because of her interest in the subject matter, so I'm here looking for suggestions. Memoir 44 has obviously come up a lot in my searches, but I don't love light games and I've heard there aren't that many interesting decisions in the game. That being said, I also know that I'll need a game with rules that can be explained and grasped quickly, so Memoir 44 might be the best bet. In terms of depth/strategy level, my mom has an advanced graduate degree and is definitely good at complex, logical thinking, so I think she can handle something that involves somewhat difficult decision-making -- as long as the rules/mechanics are easy to grasp. Also, playtime should be 90 minutes at the outside (less is better) -- I know that she's not going to want to sit there and play a game for 3 hours. (Also, I would be open to considering Cold War games as well, as I think she'd find that theme interesting. But no fantasy/space/abstract/ancient wargames, please.)

Thanks in advance for the suggestions!

 
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I don't know if Band of Brothers: Screaming Eagles or Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! (second edition) would be too much (rules can be read online). Tactical games have shorter scenarios which fit into your time frame. Beyond that, you'd mostly be stuck with simple games like Battle for Moscow (second edition).

If components are an issue, that might limit you more.
 
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Check out Columbia games they use the block, fog of war system, a good one to start with would be Julius Caesar. They do have WWII and other era games.
 
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Theme: Do you mind the level?? (should one unit be 1 man/squad/..../army??) Do you mind the particular place (Normandy-Europe-USSR-Japan-Hawai)??? Do you mind components? (cardboard tokens or miniatures??!?)

These would limit the games dramatically!

Maybe Combat Commander: Europe (independent from location, there is a version for pretty much every location)

However, I would rather recommend to buy Memoir 44, I think it pretty much seems to fit your requirements!! (I'm considering to purchase it myself as well!)
 
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I think you're on the right track with either M'44 or Combat Commander. Stay away from Conflict of Heroes.
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smithlucas wrote:
Theme: Do you mind the level?? (should one unit be 1 man/squad/..../army??) Do you mind the particular place (Normandy-Europe-USSR-Japan-Hawai)??? Do you mind components? (cardboard tokens or miniatures??!?)

These would limit the games dramatically!

Maybe Combat Commander: Europe (independent from location, there is a version for pretty much every location)

However, I would rather recommend to buy Memoir 44, I think it pretty much seems to fit your requirements!! (I'm considering to purchase it myself as well!)


I'm flexible on both components and level -- as long as it fits the war theme and has relatively straightforward rules (as described above) it's fine. Would prefer Normandy/Europe/USSR-based over Pacific-based.

Thanks everyone for the quick responses!
 
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Afrika Korp. OOP, but easily found in new, or good used condition
 
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I checked your profile and found out that you are already familiar with deckbuilders and seem to like them, too. That's why I suggest you to check the World of Tanks: Rush. In my opinion it's a good new addition to this genre, mainly because the card layout is really clear and the game comes with handy player aids. It would be an interesting choice also if you and your mom are interested in the gear used in the war, in this case in the European theater.
 
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First off, kudos on getting your Mom to play with you, I introduced my parents to gaming while I was in college and to this day we have weekly family game days, even now that Im married and have a kid.

My Mom quite enjoys wargames and has enjoyed the following WWII themed:
Memoir '44
Conflict of Heroes

I started her on Memoir '44 and later introduced her to CoH. CoH is not hard at all, given that the rules/scenarios are set up in steps. Read these rules, then stop and play this scenario. This helps cement them and I think even a noobie wouldnt have a problem grasping them when presented in that manner. Just my .2 cents.
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I teached my girlfriend Band of brothers and she likes it. With Memoir 44 and CoH you can and will have gamey situations that might not be liked by your mother. Band of brothers gives a good simulation and still offers easy rules.
Not played combat commander yet.

Another option might be Nations at War: White Star Rising It's not squad but platoon level combat with easy rules

If you want a bigger picture No Retreat! The Russian Front might do it. Beware, some call this an introductary wargame but it's not. It takes some time to learn the rules but the reward is great. It's out of stock but they have plans for a reprint and you can still get the normal edition at victory point games.

Other good options are:
Hell's Gate
Totensonntag
Objective: Kiev
 
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Teach her Twilight Struggle. It's cold war, gripping theme, cool history in the cards, easy to teach, pretty deep, very engaging.

Once she has been hooked on that you can expand to another WWII game.

I suspect she may be less interested in pushing plastic tanks around making pew pew noises than a higher level operational or strategic game.
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For someone who has never played any boardgames I think M44 will be more than enough complexity.

With any luck it'll wear thin quickly though in which case you can move on to something heavier.
 
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She's interested in the history. The only historical aspect to M44 is the setting. Everything else about the game is generic. None of it is specifically modelling anything about WWII operations.

It is not a bad game to introduce people but it is best as a game to introduce people coming from a history of playing with army men. In this situation I believe it would be a massive turn off.

Better by far would be something operational or strategic that actually reflects the history better. Or if you really must have tactical what about something like Wings of Glory: WW2 Starter Set
 
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As an avid WWII history buff, I'd say just go with the gold standard:

Axis & Allies

Memoir 44 is a good game, too, but the board is a bit more abstract. If she likes history, having a world map in front of her with actual countries on it will probably be of greater interest than a tactical battle. Obviously the little plastic minis are fun, too.

(If she does want a smaller game, try Axis & Allies D-Day. Its a shorter game and has a great feel.)

Oh, and its not a tremendously complex game.
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You can try out Memoir '44 on Steam or Days of Wonder's website.
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Hi


I've designed a game called 'Dig for Victory', named after the WWII campaign meant to motivate the people of Britain to grow their own food, so as to not, as a country, be starved to surrender. It's a very facinating peice of history.

Now, I wouldn't call my game wargame, as all actions in the game has nothing to do with the actions of war, but rather the civillian consequenses of war. However, I strongly beleive it's the perfect sort of match for a "WWII game to play with mom".

The game is currently being reviewed by a publisher, so I can't share too many details publicly. However, some of my playtesters have indeed played the game with their moms. Children have played it too, and gamers find it very interesting and fun (paraphrasing feedback from strangers who played the game).


If you'd be interested, I'd be happy to send you some further details, and if you are still interested, I'd let you get access to all the files for the game so you can print it out and play it with your mom (this will take some effort on your part - I unfortuneatly can't affort to print and send you a copy myself - otherwise I would have).

Send me a geekmail if this sounds like something you'd like to do
 
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I haven't played it so I don't know if it's up your alley , but another game you might consider is D-Day Dice. It's a co-op dice game for 1-4 players where the players are commanding units storming the beaches on D-Day. The dice are used to collect sets to get specialists with specific roles, reinforce your normal units, gain courage to advance up the beach and eventually take out the MG nest or get obliterated while trying.

Looking at the game, what seems like it might be fun for someone into the historical part of WWII more than just a game with a generic WW2-esque setting is the players take their turns simultaneously, trading dice with each other to collect the sets you need and making the players feel like they're actually chaotically storming a beach during D-Day, that is if storming a beach during D-Day consisted of imaginary units reinforced by the roll of dice.
 
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Thanks for all the great recommendations and insight! Lots of interesting sounding games for me to research
 
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If you want to try out a very amazing WWII FREE print and play game check out Airborne in my Pocket

& if its not quite what your looking for, well it's free so why not?
Lol

Don't let the title fool you. It's not just a trial. It's the full game + 5ish expansions.
 
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