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Catrina Boar
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my brother wants to buy my boyfriend a Christmas present, but doesn't want to spend more then $20. My boyfriend is a major wargamer. He really doesn't have any limits, but seems to prefer civil war era games. Any ideas in that price range?
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https://boardgamegeek.com/search/boardgame?sort=rank&advsear... is an advanced search for all games in the civil war era. I see a few that fall within your price range.
Test of Fire: Bull Run 1861 is $19.50-21
Victory & Honor is $18
Pocket Battles: Confederacy vs Union is $9-14, and probably considered light.

Disclaimer: I don't know much about these games. You'll need to research further.

Adv search on Print aNd Play (PNP) and civil war for options that are free, except for the crafting. https://boardgamegeek.com/geeksearch.php?action=search&advse...
If the average rating is above 6 and more than 5 people ranked it, it might be worth a look. I see 5 games that fit those 2 criteria, but only 2 could I find easy files for:
ACW Solitaire $5
1861: Hoke's Run free?

You might look at some of the recent GeekBay auctions, as there might be a civel war game in there for cheap (although shipping tends to drive costs up).

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If you open the range up to ALL wargames, then you should definately be able to find something via advanced search. You might also ask in the wargames forum, or look at some of the geeklists linked at the above game pages for things like https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/18923/best-print-play-his...?
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ThroughTheDeckGlass wrote:

Pocket Battles: Confederacy vs Union is $9-14, and probably considered light.
This is likely a "light" in terms of what a wargamer would probably think, but it's a fun one. Easy to setup, quick to play. We have a couple old business cards in our version with preset armies written down for each side to play games during lunch, etc.
 
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What sort of wargames dose he like, I would advise not to buy a game since he knows what he likes, it might be better to buy him a history book on the period he likes (or a gaming aid like a counter box or a coffee Mug with your own choise of image on the side, for example; "The Greatist Wargamer of the World").
 
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Have you considered an accessory instead of a game?

Silicone muffin cups are great for sorting bits (not as useful in war games)

A corner clipper?

A dice tower?

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Or even neat dice. Chessex has dice with designs. If you can figure out his favorite (or two or three) games, and what kind of dice they use (if any), find some dice he'd like, or order some custom dice.

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http://www.chessex.com/Dice/Custom_Dice_Home.htm
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If he does miniature battles he might like scenery as well. You can try something like a bridge for the battle field.

https://miniatureworldmaker.com.au/products/id-6411/productl...

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Catrina Boar
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Thanks for the idea. I have already bought him a counter clipper, dice tower, multiple dice sets, a lot of counter trays and even a mug with a saying. He doesn't do the miniature battles. He really doesn't like simple games, the more complex the better. I can usually tell if he'll like a game based on a brief dicription, I myself have bought him at least 20 games in the five years we've been dating. I really appreciate the ideas though. My brother will probably just get him a gif card or something.
 
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