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Over the past year, I've occasionally run across reviews for Minden Games, from the likes of

Marco Arnaudo
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Minden is a small outfit with unmounted counters--not typically my bag--but the reviews seem uniformly positive, especially for the solo gamer--which is my bag. However, there's not a ton of info out there about their games. Could fans suggest one or two of their games to help along curious folk like me?
 
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I think overall they are very small games that you don't play again and again, but if you buy enough of them you will always have a few to play that have not seen the table for a while. Many have lists of random events to make them slightly different each time. Some are really clever, and they really shows how fun it can be to play a game that is so simple (and with so simple artwork).

Some favorites:
Cold Harbor II
Madagascar 1942
1914: Opening Moves

I think that First Day of the Somme can be good and has nice artwork. I have had it for probably at least 10 years. Just never got around to actually play. Tried to set up, ran into some rules questions, asked for help, got lazy with drawing a plan etc, just never got to the point where I started moving and rolling dice as far as I can remember. Need to do something about that some day.

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I really love these. When they work, they are an amazing example of high-level design, with important aspects of a military situation boiled down to a very tight core model. They're almost always short, so you can play multiple times and think you're learning something. At least, I think I'm learning something. Like you pointed out, most of them are very easy to solo, if they aren't explictly designed as a solo.

I've really enjoyed 1914: Opening Moves and Fall of Berlin (I see that the latter will now be reissued by One Small Step in a spiffier version). I'm about to explore Destruction of Force Z, Battle for Bataan, and Fall of the Philippines: MacArthur's Defeat, 1941 as part of my next Wargames To Go episode.

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They have a Facebook page, but it's listed under their magazine "Panzer Digest":

https://www.facebook.com/Panzer-Digest-Magazine-137311326311...
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Some of their games have counters that aren't really necessary to cut out or mount in order to play, like the Salvo games, the Battle of Britain dogfight games, and Eindekker.

 
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