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I counted up and realized that I learned 25 titles this year, however I only liked 8 of them, not sure how I feel about that.

Disliked
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AH France 1940
France 1944
Frederick the Great
1776
Richtofens War
Luftwaffe
War & Peace
Wooden Ships
Across 5 Aprils
Paukenschlag
Conquistador
Russian Campaign
Divine Wind
Stellar Conquest
USN
Hitlers War
Federation Empire

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Wilderness War
Londons Burning
Ambush
Stalin's War
Victory in the Pacific
Supreme Commander
Fire in the Sky

I am looking over my results and feel that perhaps I am too picky enjoying only about 1/3 tried (or perhaps I tried to learn a lot of old dogs?). These were played probably 1/2 solo and half ftf but I don't think that factors as much as the game on its own merits.

How many new games have you tried this year? Which ones? Did you have similar mixed results or did you enjoy most that you tried?
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Chinese Civil War
Cruel Necessity
D-Day at Omaha Beach
Empires in America
Field Commander: Alexander
Gettysburg 150
Hapsburg Eclipse
Hold the Line
Iwo: Bloodbath in the Bonins 19 Feb – 17 Mar 1945
Meuse Argonne: The Final Offensive
Neuschwabenland
Ottoman Sunset
RAF: The Battle of Britain 1940
Reichstag: The Fall of Berlin
Space Empires: 4X
A Victory Lost
W1815


Really enjoyed:
the VPG games
D-Day and RAF
FC: Alexander
W1815

Enjoyed:
Gettysburg & HtL

Most of the others were played only once, so I want to reserve judgement on them. I didn't hate any of them, just didn't fall in love with them right away.

Edit: Welcome to BGG!
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Ancient Battles Deluxe - Very good game but too simplistic for me to really get that serious about. If it was another step up in complexity I think it would have grabbed me better!

Battle for Basra - Incredibly easy Frank Chadwick design.

Clash of Giants II - I like it but it will probably run it's course rather quickly. I can't see this staying in my collection forever.

The Great Battles of Alexander: Deluxe Edition - One of the best ancients games out there!

Crusader Rex - Very disappointing through imbalance block game. This was traded off.

Dawn of the Dead - Fun game based on the horror movie. With all the zombie games out there it is hard to get enthusiastic about a zombie game at all!

The Drive On Metz (second edition) - Stellar mini game that has taken the slot that used to be filled by Battle for Moscow (second edition).

ElfQuest Adventure Game - Not so great game. go see me rather scathing review here:A Wargamer's Perspective Review: Elfquest - Never Meet Your Heroes.

Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia - Actually a decent worker placement Euro.

Frag - Fast paced kill 'em all kind of game.

Gangsters - Good mobster sim. Not a movie shoot 'em up but a covert criminal business mobster game. If you start shooting everyone that draws the police which is bad for business. Good game!

Gettysburg (125th Anniversary edition) - So-so low complexity ACW game.

Globbo! - Old Steve Jackson pile of crap game. Fun enough for what it is.

Jena 20 - Very underwhelming entry from the Nappy 20 series. Quite disappointing.

Lemmings in Space - Meh

Men of Iron - Recently learned and I am enjoying it so far.

Nuclear War - Super simple silly card game. Nothing to write home about but good enough for a not too serious game.

Snit's Revenge - One of the better goofy games I learned this year.

Storm over Arnhem - Lives up to its hype! Great game that will be played extensively in 2016.

Tannhäuser - With no help from the rule book I learned this and it is a fun fast playing game that is a good short term distraction from other things.

Wooden Ships & Iron Men - Moderately disappointing game that had too much book keeping for me the first couple times I played it. May give it a few more shots in the future.

I was a little shocked I have learned this many games this year (and I may be leaving of a few!). I learned 11 wargames; 2 Euro games; 3 Ameri-trash games and 5 games I have to classify as "other".

I keep track of my new games and the games I need to learn on this geeklist: Zigihogan's Unplayed Games 2015 (and now, 2016, 2017, etc.). It is going to (obviously) spill over into a 2016 list in the coming weeks.
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20 altogether:

W1815
Fading Glory
Danube 20
Malta Besieged
Austerlitz 20
Quartermaster General
No Retreat! The Russian Front
Prussia 20
Red Dragon/Green Crescent
Leipzig 20
Churchill
Confederate Rebellion
Panzers East Solitaire
Berezina 20
No Retreat 3
No Retreat The North African Front
Soldier Kings
Triumph and Tragedy
Don't Tread on Me
Enemy Action Ardennes

I really enjoyed all the No Retreat games but Russia was my favorite

The Napoleonic 20 games were all quite good too.

Malta Besieged was a blast! thumbsup

Panzer East Solitaire I am still digesting gulp

Churchill and Triumph and Tragedy have a lot of potential especially as regard getting my wife to play them

Soldier Kings was ok

Enemy Action: Ardennes was okay too. I haven't had the desire to pull it out again which is leading me to one inevitable conclusion: I just don't like Bulge games. I think this has to be the answer as I love John Butterfield's other designs and I really enjoy solitaire games.

Quartermaster General
is probably the game I have enjoyed the least this year. It is way too dependent on what cards each power draws which can either let you hammer people or stand around with your finger up your nose while everyone else goes wild.

Don't Tread on Me! was impressive in that it took the Vietnam Solitaire system and kicked it up a notch.

W1815 is the first set piece battle game that I have enjoyed in ages.

Red Dragon/Green Crescent was also a good, fun, breezy game.

So overall I would say this year has been good in that I learned two new systems (No Retreat and Napoleonic 20) that have been tons of fun.

Of course, years not over yet. And I have the rules to Unconditional Surrender! Case Blue ready to roll tomorrow
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Axis & Allies WWI: 1914
Crusader Rex
W1815
Viktory II
Mound Builders
No Retreat!
Ottoman Sunset
Quartermaster General
Russo-Japanese War
The Struggle for New France
Molino del Rey
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At this moment I'm at 12 new wargames that I played for the first time. I'm sure that I will add one more though and that might even become 2

Burma
The Blitzkrieg Legend: The Battle for France, 1940
Reluctant Enemies
Tunisia
Baltic Gap
Korea: The Forgotten War
Heights of Courage
France '40
Fire in the Lake
Crusade and Revolution: The Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939
Crusader Rex
Conquest of Paradise

Discovered OCS this year and played a lot of them. Took most of my gaming time. There are 1 or 2 games that still might make it to this list (Triumph & Tragedy and Next War: Korea )

The games I liked the least although I wouldn't call them bad either:
Conquest of Paradise
Fire in the lake
Heights of courage

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I learned and played for the first time...
Atlanta is ours
Auf den Spuren von Marco Polo
Unconditional Surrender Europe
Mage Knight the boardgame
Quartermaster General
Onward to Venus
Roll for the Galaxy
Patchwork
Elysium
Zhanguo
Kraftwagen
Pax Pamir
Agricola: All Creatures
Arler Erde
Churchill
Deap Sea Adventure
Isle of Skye
Epic
Sheep & Thief
Tides of Time
Samara
7 Wonders: Duel

The winners: USE, Roll for the Galaxy, Pax Pamir, Fields of Arle, Churchill, Deep Sea Adv, Isle of Skye, Epic, 7 Wonders Duel

Honorable mentions: Atlanta is ours, Marco Polo, Mage Knight, Quartermaster General, Patchwork

In addition I read about the same amount of rulesets but didn't play the game (yet).
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25: a record for me (usually, only a handful of new games in a year) - only possible due to our great local club: listed here: Wargames Played in 2015: One 1st MNer

Would play again NOW:

Clash of Monarchs

The Rise of the Roman Republic

Bataan!

Imperial Stars II

Balance of Powers

The U.S. Civil War ...and I am playing in 20 minutes! arrrh


Would play again SOON:

Washington's Crossing

Iron Tide: Panzers in the Ardennes

Combat Commander: Europe

Genesis: Empires and Kingdoms of the Ancient Middle East

Founding Fathers

Triumph & Tragedy

Boudicca: The Warrior Queen

25% "let's play NOW!" + 33% "yeah, let's play again SOON" rate.. been a great year! plus Blitz! A World in Conflict on Saturday.
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HHmm, let's see if I can do this from memory...

W1815 must be on 1/2 the lists here

Churchill another game on a lot of lists

Liberty or Death: The American Insurrection playtest session at a couple local cons

Cuba Libre Vassal/skype group working thru the COINs

Andean Abyss see entry for Cuba Libre

Patton's Best Cult of the old!

Enemy Coast Ahead: The Dambuster Raid Had this over a year, just got around to playing it

Washington's War I know its been out forever, just got to it this year, courtesy FTF buddy

Up Front Cult of the old! CotO is my new secret club

Fleet Admiral actually, learned from a playtest copy of Jutland: Fleet Admiral II, an upcoming release

In Magnificent Style beautiful map

Tank Duel pre-P500 demo of new game. Think mash up of Up Front, Panzer and Patton's Best. I predict this will be huge.

left 3 out

Legion of Honor I would classify this as RPG rather than war game.

NATO Division Commander Not really a monster, Dunnigan's (in)famous look at possible WWIII in Germany.

Battle of the Atlantic Reprinted this year, operational take on WWII UBoats. Reminds me of SPI's Wolfpack.

NON war games

Splendor Meh, OK, nothing to seek out

Yardmaster Express quick little filler game

Cyclades Never again if I can help it, bad 1st experience

Dune: The Dice Game very stylish mash up by noted artist/designer Heiko Gunther.
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There are some very fine games in your disliked list. I'd suggest that if you stuck with a title for at least 2-3 plays before rushing off to learn another, you'd get better return from the time you invested in learning.

If you were playing games like Yahtzee and Clue it would be a different story, but wargames are deeper, more complex, and don't always reveal their merits immediately. There are no points awarded for the number learned per year. Something led you to try those titles; give them a fair chance and you may yet come to appreciate them.
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Only 9 new wargames on my list this year.

Wing Leader: Victories 1940-1942

W1815

Infidel

Quartermaster General

The U.S. Civil War

Enemy Action: Ardennes

HoldFast: Korea 1950-1951

Kharkov

Cruel Necessity

Not sure if I count

Wings for the Baron (second edition) as a wargame, but also played that title.

Out of the above list, even though I may have sold some of them, or don't own them, there is really only one title I would probably not play again.
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Wargames that I learnt this year:
1. Wings of glory
2. Age of Napoleon
3. Empire of the Sun
4. Maria
5. Napoleon's Triumph
6. Triumph and tragedy
7. Clash of Monarchs

I had a really slow first half of the year but since summer have been playing weekly to bi-weekly.

While I don't play a high number of games I go for volume. The last 2 weeks have seen 4 games of Napoleons Triumph and the month before that was 5 tournament games of EotS.

Only game I disliked was AoN. The CDG aspect was not very fun and every hand felt the same.
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I play a variety of games including wargames. The new games I played fell into 3 categories: 1) series games where I wanted to see if I liked the series, 2) games I played over at my friends or at a convention, and 3) games I played with the intention of trading afterwards.

A House Divided
Sword of Rome
Pax Romana
Siege (liked a lot)
Red Winter
FAB Sicily (enjoyed)
Thunderbolt/Apache Leader (the only DVG game I have enjoyed)
Silent Death
Federation Commander
Dragon Pass (loved, played every scenario)
Patton's 3rd Army: The Lorraine Campaign
Kharkov
Next War Korea
The Siege of Minas Tirith (enjoyed)
Battle of the Slag Hills
U-Boat Leader
The Guns of Gettysburg
Space Infantry
Solitaire Caesar
War Stories: Liberty Road
Wing Leader: Victories 1940-1942
Days of Battle: Golan Heights
Swords of Sovereignty: Bouvines 1214 – Worringen 1288
D-Day at Tarawa
Operation Jubilee: Dieppe, August 1942
D-Day at Omaha Beach
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I would have to say I'm on a hot streak of trying out some terrific games.

Great Games (would play anytime):
U.S. Civil War
Mare Nostrum
Don't Tread on Me
Hundred Days 20
Churchill
Clash of Cultures
Victory in Europe
Triumph & Tragedy
Roll for the Galaxy

Good (would play again):
Republic of Rome
War and Peace
On to Richmond!

Okay (Wouldn't pick myself, but if the group did then I would play):
Warrior Knights
Venetia
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Not as many as I thought, though I still have another month! The only wargames I played for the first time this year were:

Kursk: History's Greatest Tank Battle, July 1943 - good simulation, but somewhat of a tedious playing experience.

Breaking the Chains: War in the South China Sea - neat game, and if the model is at all accurate, a sobering experience for any fan of the U.S. navy.

Paths of Glory - yeah, I know - what took me so long? I quite enjoyed playing the short game and look forward to giving it another go next year.

If I broadened my personal definition of "wargame", I might add first plays of:

The Battle of Five Armies - a lot of fun and a decent "model" of the famous battle between orcs, elves, dwarves, and men!

Forbidden Stars - a cool strategic level game of space conquest set in the 40K universe. We didn't finish our first game, but I definitely want to give it another go.

Risk: Star Wars Edition - hey, don't tell me the Battle of Endor wasn't real!
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Churchill. Not sure I'd term it a wargame, but the war theme is so strong in this cooperative negotiation title that I feel like I can include it in this category. What an amazing game! There's so much depth despite the deceptive simplicity to it!

1944: Race to the Rhine. A Euro-game that is so heavily war themed that one can be forgiven for thinking it is a wargame. Great fun trying to figure out the right strategies for Monty, Brad, and Patton. Lots of friction players can throw at each other. Between experienced gamers, it's very much up in the air until the very last turns. Love it!

Hakkaa Päälle!: ASL Module 14. The Finns finally come into their own in the Advanced Squad Leader system. Only something the ASL grognard can love, however!

Bomber Command. It's been out for a while, but it's only recently I got into this game. A lot of bluff/deception for the Allied player, trying to throw the German aerial defenses off. I got immediately hooked on this title and want to play a lot more of it!

Wing Leader: Victories 1940-1942. Who would have thought that such a design as this one would be so wildly innovative and successful? Here we have groups of planes fighting along the "y" axis of height--very different that what we're used to seeing in air combat maneuvering games. Quite addictive!

Dien Bien Phu: The Final Gamble. My favorite Dien Bien Phu game of all time. Simply engrossing. Blows the competition away! Enough detail for the grognard, but not so complex that it scares away players. The logistical model is exceptional!
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1775: Rebellion
Ardennes '44 (sort of, read rules but haven't played)
Arnhem
C&C: Napoleonics
Conflict of Heroes
Conquest of Paradise
Frank Chadwick's Campaigns in Russia
Great Campaigns of the Civil War
Manoeuvre
Ran (GBOH)
Red Winter
Savage Streets
Standard Combat Series: Mighty Endeavor, Yom Kippur
Storm Over Arnhem (sort of, read rules but haven't played)
Tactical Combat Series: Screaming Eagles in Holland
Twilight Struggle
Wellington
Wilderness War
Victory in the Pacific (sort of, read rules but haven't played)

and a few eurogames/non-wargames

Enjoyed
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1775: Rebellion
Arnhem
C&C: Napoleonics
Conflict of Heroes
Great Campaigns of the Civil War
Manoeuvre
Savage Streets
Standard Combat Series
Wellington
Wilderness War

Unsure
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Ardennes '44 -- seems really complex, with a lot of exceptions to remember
Ran (GBOH) -- great system, but a little tedious and fiddly with all those hit markers about
Victory in the Pacific -- read rules, but haven't played solo or FtF. Seems easy to play, but worried about all those die rolls

Disliked
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Red Winter
Twilight Struggle




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Wing Leader
Churchill
Victory in Europe
Blocks in the West
Day of Days
Fallen Eagles
Triumph and Tragedy
Achtung Spitfire
World in Flames
Clash of Monarchs
Pursuit of Glory
Wooden Ships and Iron Men
Bloody April
Blitz: World in Conflict

Those are the ones I remember. I have enjoyed them all in their own way. Or maybe I have just erased the ones I didn't enjoy from my memory.






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Everything I've played plus two I'm just about to (Normandy '44 and Breaking the Chains: War in the South China Sea).

These are listed in very rough order with most enjoyed at the top.

Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan
The Last Success: Napoleon's March to Vienna, 1809
Angola
Grant Takes Command
Light Division
Patton's 3rd Army: The Lorraine Campaign
Frederick the Great
Operation Battleaxe: Wavell vs. Rommel, 1941
Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ?
Ottoman Sunset
Hundred Days 20
Tigers in the Mist
Warfighter: The Tactical Special Forces Card Game
Meuse Argonne: The Final Offensive
Field Commander: Alexander
W1815
Angola
Dien Bien Phu
Khe Sanh '68
Bellum Gallicum II
Ancients I
Setting Sun, Rising Sun

So I learnt 35 and added about 300... tricky ratio...
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Shockingly thin list compared to the total number of games of all types that I have played this year. I have bought virtually no new wargames, however, so I have shortened my unplayed stack a little.

1941 (GDW)
Ardennes '44 (GMT)
Great Pacific War (Avalanche)
Labyrinth (GMT)
Men of Iron (GMT)
OCS: Reluctant Enemies (MMP)
Quartermaster General (Griggling Games)
Wellington (GMT)

The deepest experience, and most worthy, was playing Ardennes 44. The most annoying was OCS because I was winning but made a stupid, unnecessary blunder. I was glad to have played OCS but it did not win my heart - armoured penetration seemed too easy. Quartermaster General has given me a ton of easy fun. Great Pacific War was dreck and we abandoned it during the first turn (no special rules for a Pearl Harbour strike)... 1941 is a blast but is too hard for the Axis without some tweaks (which I have now developed). With tweaks it is a bit of a rival for my affections with Russian Campaign.
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Enjoyed:
Advanced Squad Leader
Airborne Commander
Autumn of Glory
Bulge 20
Corsair Leader
Cruel Necessity
Don't Tread On Me
Fighting Formations: Grossdeutschland Motorized Infantry Division
First Team: Vietnam
Glory
Glory II: Across the Rhappohanick
Hell's Highway
Holdfast: Korea
Keep Up the Fire
Lee Takes Command
Lilliburlero: The Battle of the Boyne
Marching Through Georgia
Mississippi Fortress
Paul Koenig's The Bulge: 6th Panzer Army
Objective: Kiev
Ottoman Sunset
Quartermaster General
Soviet Dawn
Stonewall's Sword
Sword of Rome
The American Revolution: Decision in North America
The Dark Valley
Tobruk
Vietnam: Solitiare
Wilderness Empires

Meh:
Blood of Noble Men: The Alamo
Bobby Lee
Submarine
Guadalcanal (Avalon Hill Smithsonian Edition)
Morgan's A'Comin'!
Paul Koenig's Market Garden: Nijmegen Bridge
Showtime Hanoi
The Peiper Dream
Paying the Peiper
A Dash of Peiper
Just a Peiper Dream
The Bagged Peiper

Note: Most of the "Mehs" were free postcard games. What did you expect?
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Played 32 so far, which got me to look a little deeper at this year... but bought 80...traded away /sold 20... how did this happen?
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