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Andreas
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I am looking for elegant and simple wargames. I have already some block games (Crusader Rex, Victory in the Pacific), Fire in the sky, Battle for Germany and Twilight Struggle. Everything that falls into this ranges of complexity is fine. Any recommendations?
 
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Aaron Cinzori
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I'd suggest A Victory Lost. I've only been able to get in some solo play, but I think simple and elegant describes it. The complexity is in the decisions you make rather than in the rule set.

-Aaron
 
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Bob Mosdal
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You might check out "A Victory Lost" produced by Multiman Publishing www.multimanpublishing.com

A lot of these were going home from the dealer's room at a regional con I just attended boughten by various of my friends whose taste in games I would trust. Doesn't really fit in to what I need in a war game right now but the "buzz" has been that this game does do some elegant things in a simple way.
 
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Bob Mosdal
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WonderCinz wrote:
I'd suggest A Victory Lost. I've only been able to get in some solo play, but I think simple and elegant describes it. The complexity is in the decisions you make rather than in the rule set.

-Aaron


Jinx!
 
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Andreas, I would check out Battle for Moscow on the Geek. It is free. You print up your own mapboard and counters. The rules are extremely simple and you can play a game in 90 minutes. Sometimes less than 90 minutes.
 
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Mark Crane
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What about Command and Colors:Ancients? too tactical and simplified?
 
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I had Memoir'44 and I did not like so much the restrictions that the activation of units by cards put on the play...
A chit based mechanism as in Clash of giants II is OK for me, but the command&coulors system did not get me...
 
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Stephen Meyers
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Try Friedrich by Histogame/Rio Grande.

An awesome elegant Euro_Wargame which you can easily jump into without umpteen pages of rules!

 
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How about Bonaparte at Marengo?
 
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I am now playing solitaire "A House Divided". Strategic simulation of American Civil War with two levels of complexity (basic and advanced rules), and several scenarios. It's not expensive and has great production values... and it's a classic!

Other games: Hannibal: Rome Vs Carthage (only it's OOP and superexpensive on ebay.. and you have to enjoy card driven games), Bonaparte at Marengo (really simple and quite a unique system), Europe Engulfed is about to be reprinted (only it takes a whole day to play it), Shifting Sands (looks interesting, but I haven't played it), Pacific Victory (block game in the Pacific, WWII)... and then in the multiplayer arena we find Nexus Ops, Conquest of the Empire, Shattered States, Risk 2210AD, Wallenstein (or Shogun).. Some of these have some euro mechanics.

I hope I helped!
 
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László K.
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Here are some wargames that fit your complexity criteria:

Friedrich by Histogame (distributed by Rio Grande Games in the United States)

A House Divided (3rd edition) by Phalanx Games

Bonaparte at Marengo by Simmons Games

Additionally, Simmons Games will be releasing the much anticipated, Napoleon's Triumph, which builds upon Bonaparte at Marengo.

Just my 2 cents. Good gaming!
 
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I second A House Divided and Hannibal: Rome vs Carthage. I would also recommend Wilderness War and Imperium. They are both out of print, but you can still find Wilderness War on-line or in stores and you can pick up Imperium for $20-$30 on ebay.
 
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lmyrick wrote:
How about Bonaparte at Marengo?


I second this.
 
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John Stimson
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Victory in the Pacific is readily available in the aftermarket, is simple yet elegant. And has a very robust community of players.
 
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Aaron Silverman
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The older Columbia block games, like Quebec 1759 and War of 1812, are a little simpler than most of the titles you mentioned, but are still fun.

Some other old SPI titles that fit are the S&T WWI game and Leningrad. I hear the Decision reprints, which should be easy to find, are pretty decent.
 
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I've not played it myself but many have recommended the game VIKTORY II when I have asked similar questions.
 
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Phillip Heaton
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If the only thing about the Command & Colors system that bothers you is the cards, you might want to look at the Wars of America series, by Worthington Games. They use a very similar system, but use action points instead of the cards to determine who can move and fight. The first game in the series is: Clash for a Continent: Battles of the American Revolution and French & Indian War. The second game in the series is: For Honor and Glory: War of 1812 Land and Naval Battles. They are working on a third game in the series, about the Mexican-American War.
 
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Can't do much more elegant than Barbarian, Kingdom, and Empire.. especially if you like the ancient era.
 
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Try the American Revolution Series by GMT.

Guilford is on sale for under $20, and includes two different battles. Is a classic hex and counter, but is both simple and elegant, but strategically deep.

Savannah is a hybrid that can be played two or three player, and includes the "siege" leading to the assault on the city.
 
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