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This may have been discussed before so feel free to link.

I want to know what are the best tournament wargames or scenarios?

with the following criteria;

- HEX and COUNTER

- Single mapper.

- Play time max of 3 hours.

- set up time < 30mins.

- Good strategic depth.
 
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Napoleon: The Waterloo Campaign, 1815
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I believe AH's The Russian Campaign was always popular for tournament play.
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Up Front is ideal for tournaments in terms of quick setup and short playing time - the only difficulty might be in determining suitably balanced scenarios.
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In the CDG category, HRC, TS, 1989, Labyrinth, 1960, WW, and Wash War fit the criteria and either have or had WBC tour aments in the past.

For non-CDGs, MAN, C&C, CoH, UF, Seki, and JC fit the criteria and either have or had WBC tournaments in the past.
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Combat Commander: Europe

Advanced Squad Leader - I know that there are a lot of ASL tournaments.
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Among games played as tournaments at the 2015 WBC, here are my suggestions:

Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan

Titan (only this short as a 2-player game)

Combat Commander: Europe

Hammer of the Scots

Up Front

War at Sea

Any of the Commands & Colors family

A House Divided

Washington's War

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MD1616 wrote:
In the CDG category, HRC, TS, 1989, Labyrinth, 1960, WW, and Wash War fit the criteria and either have or had WBC tour aments in the past.

For non-CDGs, MAN, C&C, CoH, UF, Seki, and JC fit the criteria and either have or had WBC tournaments in the past.


How about an acronym translation PDQ, OK?
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swandive78 wrote:
MD1616 wrote:
In the CDG category, HRC, TS, 1989, Labyrinth, 1960, WW, and Wash War fit the criteria and either have or had WBC tour aments in the past.

For non-CDGs, MAN, C&C, CoH, UF, Seki, and JC fit the criteria and either have or had WBC tournaments in the past.


How about an acronym translation PDQ, OK?

Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage (I'm not sure 3 hours is enough, though.)
Twilight Struggle
Wilderness War (also not sure about 3 hours.)
Manoeuvre
Commands & Colors
Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42
Up Front
Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan
Julius Caesar

Oh; and World Boardgaming Championships.
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Eric Brosius wrote:
Among games played as tournaments at the 2015 WBC, here are my suggestions:

Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan

Titan (only this short as a 2-player game)

Combat Commander: Europe

Hammer of the Scots

Up Front

War at Sea

Any of the Commands & Colors family

A House Divided

Washington's War



Ah, I totally forgot about CCE and HotS. You're absolutely right.
 
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EotS's 1943 scenario is a pretty balanced, strategic game that should end in less than three hours.
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EotS 1943 scenario does fit within 3 hours, though the victory conditions are a little obtuse.

I was thinking more of Hex and counters, (should have put that in the original post, will edit it in), as I am aware that most columbia block games and CDGs can be played in an eve.
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Eric Brosius wrote:
Oh; and World Boardgaming Championships.


Yep, first place I'd consult is WBC. The 100 games constituting the WBC Century are all featured in tournaments over the course of the convention, many of which have been part of the Century for decades.
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Up Front is ideal for tournaments in terms of quick setup and short playing time - the only difficulty might be in determining suitably balanced scenarios.


Cityfight 501-in-four using all the troop types [and nationalities] is the way to go, but its not hex-and-counter.

Quatre Bras works very well across a range of abilities.
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to add some I haven't seen mentioned yet

Mr. Madison's War the scenario that starts in 1813.

Guilford I especially like the Eutaw Springs bonus game that comes with Guilford for a reasonable time, balanced game. Several of the other Battles of the American Revolution games would fit your criteria.
Most include shorter scenarios, if you do not have time for the full game.
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The U.S. Civil War is another option. It does use two maps but it doesn't require much additional table space. The campaign game would be too long but any of the three other scenarios will easily play in three hours.
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Advanced Squad Leader

Many of the otherwise understandable suggestions made in this thread are not hex and counter games.

ASL is. With one possible exception it meets (well, strictly speaking, it has lots of scenarios which meet) your criteria.

The possible exception is this: if, by "strategic depth", you mean that the game should be at strategic level (ie not operational or tactical), then ASL is obviously not suitable because it is a tactical game.

But if, by that phrase, you mean "lots of hard decisions for both players, which the game rewards or punishes largely according to the quality of those decisions, tempered by a dose of luck", then ASL is suitable (because that is what it mainly involves).

There are some barriers to entry - particularly the imposing rule book. I would say, though, that those barriers are not as high in reality as they may seem from the outside.

Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #1 will give you the basic idea (although without some of the depth that makes the game so good). If you don't like that, you won't like ASL. It is relatively cheap, and the rules are pretty straightforward.

As another poster said, if you are interested in face to face tournament play, or live VASL play, there are many opportunities in ASL. See for example: http://www.asltourneys.co.uk/

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No Retreat series is small low counter density.

No Retreat! The Russian Front
No Retreat! The North African Front
No Retreat! Italian Front: 1943-45
The Mini games of Sicily and Crete come to mind.
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DukeofChutney wrote:
This may have been discussed before so feel free to link.

I want to know what are the best tournament wargames or scenarios?

with the following criteria;

- HEX and COUNTER

- Single mapper.

- Play time max of 3 hours.

- set up time < 30mins.

- Good strategic depth.


"wargame" and "Under 3 hours" is an oxymoron.
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