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I know this list has been done a bazillion times but I think it's always good fun and helps promote some otherwise lesser known games. I know that in previous lists there are a lot of "is this game actually a wargame?" type debates but this particular list is intended to be liberally interpreted.

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Triumph & Tragedy
Newest game on my list. There aren't too many fun 3 player games out there, but Triumph and Tragedy pulls it off. Fun sandbox WW2 game with interesting diplomacy mechanisms. It's a very easy game to learn but there are a lot of ways to approach each power and there seems to be multiple viable winning strategies per faction.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/130960/triumph-tragedy

Game 4
Napoleon's Triumph
Not an easy game to learn, but one that's worth the effort. It sort of plays halfway between an abstract and purely tactical wargame, but every mechanic is elegantly integrated. I know most wargamers typically don't care very much about components but this game is game is exceptionally pretty.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/18098/napoleons-triumph

Game 3
Maria
I must have played this game nearly 20 times. It's a wargame with very little luck, and there is a lot of strategy in every move you make, every card you play and intriguingly every card you don't play.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/40354/maria

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Fire in the Lake
I was never a huge fan of the coin series until this game came out. This is the first of the coin series where I enjoy every faction. The random events are well crafted in that it's important to adapt to them but they alone won't determine the victor.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/144189/fire-lake

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Virgin Queen
My favorite game ever. I was always felt Here I Stand was a great game as long as you weren't playing one of the two religious powers in which case it was merely a very good game. This takes everything I love about here I stand and fixes the few things I wasn't so crazy about, ie the protestant player is actually really fun to play as.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/41066/virgin-queen
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5. The Struggle of Nations -- I owned this thing for years. Once a year, I'd read through the rules, set up the game and try to figure out how to play even one turn. Never figured it out. Never got to play against an experienced opponent. In 2004, when I moved into my new house, this was on top of the pile of games that I took to Goodwill. I loved this game because it represented everything I wanted to do in wargaming. It still represents the increasing number of unplayed games that sit on my shelves today.

4. War of 1812 -- I like blockgames and this is the first one I ever played. I love it because it's easy to teach and play. You can play it in a bit over an hour. I could play it over and over, switching sides after each play.

3. Up Front -- only recently obtained and played three times, but it's so good that it made my top five instantly.

2. Napoleon's Triumph -- it's giving my number one a challenge, the more I play it. Love this game.

1. Rommel in the Desert -- yes, I'm sentimental about this game, but when I played it again a couple of weeks ago I remembered that there is substance to my hyperbole. Don't believe me? My opponent: "I forgot how much I love this game."
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5. Paths of Glory
4. Empire of the Sun
3. Breakout Normandy
2. Fields of Fire
1. Advanced Squad Leader
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In no particular order:

Up Front
Washington's War/We the People
A House Divided
Hannibal:Rome vs. Carthage
Rommel in the Desert

Though EastFront looks like I may like it enough to go up here, but haven't had a chance to push its blocks yet.
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In no order

Ambush
Up Front
Wings of War\Glory
Fields of Fire
Warbirds:Canvas Falcons
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5) Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage
4) Commands and Colors: Napoleonics
3) Julius Caesar
2) Combat Commander
1) Commands and Colors: Ancients
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5. Julius Caesar. My entry point into wargaming.
4. Paths of Glory. The longest wargame I've attempted so far. Turns out it's not actually that complex, just long. And incredibly engaging.
3. Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage. Just edges out PoG, due to the setting and its more practical length.
2. Commands & Colors: Ancients. There may be a slight pro-ancients bias in my list. Possibly not the most accurate simulation even devised, but great fun.
1. Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan. A brilliant, elegant design that produces an incredibly tense game.
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My top 5 as of today:

5. Shifting Sands: Mike Rinella is known for Area-Impulse, but he sure made a doozy of a CDG.

4. Band of Brothers: Screaming Eagles (or Ghost Panzer): Ever since I played Squad Leader some 30+ years ago, I have been looking for this game.

3. Hands in the Sea: No, it is not out yet, but I do own my play test copy and my Vassal module, so that's good enough for me. Love this game.

2. Empire of the Sun: A brain burner that transcends gaming.

1. Washington's War: Mark Herman, George Washington, and the Card Driven Mechanism. Throw in K-State season football tickets and it would be the greatest thing ever.
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5) Guns of Gettysburg
4) Here I Stand
3) Napoleon's Triumph
2) Maria
1) ASL
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Wilderness War
Successors III
The Caucasus Campaign
Storm Over Normandy
A Distant Plain
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mine keep shifting;

5 Empire of the Sun
4 OCS Burma
3 The Korean War
2 Tide of Fortune (not a hipster pick, i do actually love this game despite its crap development).
1 Sekigahara
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1. Ambush!
2. Fire in the Lake
3. Combat Commander
4. Normandy '44
5. Barbarossa to Berlin
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5. For the People
4. Paths of Glory
3. Maria
2. Here I Stand
1. Virgin Queen

Diplomatic wargames are basically my favorite things ever, and as my picks reflect I tend to prefer grand strategic.
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1 - Advanced Squad Leader

2 - Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage

3 - Napoleon's Triumph

4 - D-Day at Omaha Beach

5 - Waterloo
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1. Napoleon's Triumph
2. Empire of the Sun
3. Twilight Struggle
4. Maria
5. Clash of Monarchs

Lots of CDG's and at the strategic level. I am expecting PoG to make the list just haven't gotten the chance to playing it. I own FtP but not sure I will like it, I prefer split decks and one of my major knocks against WW. The first 3 are super close while 4/5 are place holders till I get more games played.
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Ultimos604 wrote:
I know this list has been done a bazillion times but I think it's always good fun and helps promote some otherwise lesser known games. I know that in previous lists there are a lot of "is this game actually a wargame?" type debates but this particular list is intended to be liberally interpreted.

Game 5.
Triumph & Tragedy
Newest game on my list. There aren't too many fun 3 player games out there, but Triumph and Tragedy pulls it off. Fun sandbox WW2 game with interesting diplomacy mechanisms. It's a very easy game to learn but there are a lot of ways to approach each power and there seems to be multiple viable winning strategies per faction.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/130960/triumph-tragedy

Game 4
Napoleon's Triumph
Not an easy game to learn, but one that's worth the effort. It sort of plays halfway between an abstract and purely tactical wargame, but every mechanic is elegantly integrated. I know most wargamers typically don't care very much about components but this game is game is exceptionally pretty.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/18098/napoleons-triumph

Game 3
Maria
I must have played this game nearly 20 times. It's a wargame with very little luck, and there is a lot of strategy in every move you make, every card you play and intriguingly every card you don't play.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/40354/maria

Game 2
Fire in the Lake
I was never a huge fan of the coin series until this game came out. This is the first of the coin series where I enjoy every faction. The random events are well crafted in that it's important to adapt to them but they alone won't determine the victor.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/144189/fire-lake

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Virgin Queen
My favorite game ever. I was always felt Here I Stand was a great game as long as you weren't playing one of the two religious powers in which case it was merely a very good game. This takes everything I love about here I stand and fixes the few things I wasn't so crazy about, ie the protestant player is actually really fun to play as.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/41066/virgin-queen


You sir have good taste.
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5- Full métal planète
4- Napoleon's triumph
3- Série La bataille
2- OCS
1- Vol de l'aigle
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My top five:

5-I Will Fight No More... Forever
4-Commands & Colors: Ancients
3-Cruel Necessity
2-Warriors of God
1-The Peloponnesian War, 431-404 BC



Cheers,
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5) Nothing Gained But Glory (GMT)
4) Battles With the Gringos (GMT)
3) Adobe Walls (Legion)
2) Brandywine & Germantown (Clash of Arms)
1) This Terrible Sound (Gamers/MMP)

Honorable Mention: Bloody Ridge (Gamers/MMP), Matanikau (Gamers/MMP), Heroes of the Pacific (LNL), This Hallowed Ground (Gamers/MMP)
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From my VERY limited experience:

1. Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! (second edition)
2. Warfighter: The Tactical Special Forces Card Game
3. Operation Battleaxe: Wavell vs. Rommel, 1941
4. Field Commander: Rommel
5. Panzer Grenadier or Combat Commander: Europe

I've not played either of those enough to tell which I'm going to like more.
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In no particular order, and answer may change by tomorrow...

Twilight Struggle
Combat Commander
Here I Stand
Maria/Friedrich
Napoleon's Triumph
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I like these threads because they display how varied out tastes are--far more interesting than the overall BGG preferences.

5. Whatever Santa Grogs (my first) brings me.

4. Manoeuvre - my introduction to the genre, and still great hand-management fun

3. Baduk/Go - likely my future #1

2. 1989: Dawn of Freedom - geopolitical bliss

1. Cruel Necessity - history steeping like an Irish tea bag
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1. Desert Fox

2. Advanced Pacific Theater of Operations

3. Struggle for Europe

4. Barbarossa: Army Group North

5. Anzio
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5. Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan. The best example I've seen of capturing a conflict through mechanics rather than bolted-on chrome.
4. Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ?. The best of the games to examine counterinsurgency, and the pinnacle of CDG design.
3. Up Front. Would probably benefit from some judicious streamlining to take out some of its 1980s tendencies, but still the best at capturing the uncertainty of tactical combat, with an emphasis on sound fire and movement tactics.
2. Band of Brothers: Ghost Panzer. This is a stand in for the series. The best ratio of simulation to rules overhead you can find.
1. Napoleon's Triumph. It takes a few plays to grok, but I don't think there has ever been a better wargame.
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There are many that vie for this particular appellation, but the ones that consistently make it back to the table are these:

1) Advanced Squad Leader: Beyond Valor: ASL Module 1. Because I'm always teaching somebody how to play the full game and this is where we always start!

2) Advanced Squad Leader Starter Kit: Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #1. For those that aren't ready for the full game, we start here. The scenarios are really pretty decent for this entry game. So we keep coming back to it!

3) Grand Tactical Series: The Devil's Cauldron: The Battles for Arnhem and Nijmegen. My "go to" monster game. Never seem to get tired of it and every time I play it, I want to immediately play it again!

4) Fighting Wings: Whistling Death. I admit it--we tend to play with the "Quick Start Rules" more than anything. Not for everyone, given the heavy plotting involved, but this game still draws me in. By now everyone probably is thinking all I play are tactical games....

5) Turning Point: Stalingrad. I am lucky to have plenty of opponents for this one. Was a play tester for it and still love the psychological aspect for both sides in this game! Time may have passed this one by, but not for me!
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