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Looking for something that covers the whole world and has nice components. I have Memoir 44 to scratch the individual squad based battle itch, but I do not have anything (other than Risk) that covers the whole world. Is Axis and Allies 1942 my best bet? Or a different Axis and Allies? Or even a different game altogether?
 
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Sean Shaw
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It depends on how deep you want to go, and how complex the rules you want for a WW2 Game.

World in Flames Deluxe Edition could be considered the ULTIMATE WW2 game, but it is far too much for many people.

For a step up from Risk, Axis and Allies is probably a great place to start

For versions currently in print, you have a few choices.

Axis & Allies 1941 is probably the cheapest, fastest, and least complex of the A&A game as well as the most available.

Axis & Allies: 1942 2nd edition (make absolutely sure it's 2nd edition) is probably the best overall comprehensive version that is currently available.

Axis & Allies Europe 1940 can be combined with Axis & Allies Pacific 1940 to create the biggest and largest A&A game thus far. It's not as complex as many wargames, but offers a depth which is far greater than any of the two listed above.

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John Di Ponio
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The War Game: World War II

This game is like Axis and Allies on steroids. The designer has made tons of extra stuff to make this game massive and dynamic.
 
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Or, instead of drowning in the deep end you could get something that's actually playable Quartermaster General
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David Brain
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panzer6 wrote:
Or, instead of drowning in the deep end you could get something that's actually playable Quartermaster General
+1 to this. It's amazing - especially with six.
 
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Carel Teijgeler
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Perhaps 2WW - The War in Europe. It is available at Noble Knight.
 
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Jesse Rockwell
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Sort of on topic, but is there a board game similar to Matrix Games War in the Pacific or War in the East? I saw a 1976 version of War in the East, but just wondering if there is anything more current with similar mechanics?
 
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Rob Hart
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If you really want to go down the Axis & Allies rabbit hole and see how deep it goes, get Axis & Allies Europe 1940 combined with Axis & Allies Pacific 1940. That's the most ridiculously epic global-spanning version.

If you want a more... reasonable... experience, get 1941 or 1942.
 
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Claudio Hornblower
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Sure, World in Flames or A World at War are probably the best answers (personally, I prefer AWAW), with the understanding that to complete one full game it tooks something like one year of real time, and it's not a hyperbole.


Axis Empires is another monster game, in 2 boxes (Europe and Pacific, Totaler Krieg and Dai Senso), with the twist that it starts in the pre-WW2 era (1937).


Europe Engulfed and Asia Engulfed are wonderful block games, more on a human lifespan playtime scale.


Something similar is another block serie, Blocks in the East, Blocks in the West and Blocks in Africa. They can be played splitted or jointed in a monster campaign.


Edit: ninja'd by Gary while editing the photos
 
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