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Mike Toot
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Over in this thread about Ambush!, a gamer was asking for more information about how the soldier stats worked in the game, especially with regard to buying upgrade points. Other folks, myself included, said the story was more important than the stats. But the gamer gets a lot of enjoyment out of understanding the game mechanics and optimizing his experience. And, at this time, solo gaming is the only venue available.

Because I'm more about the narrative than the mechanics, I thought I'd throw out the question: what solo-able wargames are out there for people who like to geek out on the game's stats and mechanics? The game's interrelationships should be explainable and have a rational basis for how they work. Take a look at the thread for a better explanation, and any suggestions for the new gamer would be welcome. Cheers!
 
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Tobruk: Tank Battles in North Africa 1942 is a pretty zoomed-in view of mostly armoured combat on a one-counter-is-one-vehicle scale. Plenty of charts to consult, lots of dice to be rolled.
This was recently cleaned up & re-released as BRL 1192 (BRL = Ballistic Research Lab), but it doesn't seem to have an entry on BGG, yet.

Panzer and MBT (second edition) seem to work a similar angle, though I've not played them, only watched Hipshot's videos.
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Silent Victory, maybe, if I am understanding the question correctly
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Øivind Karlsrud
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There are few wargames which trigger the min-maxer in me. The Guns of Gettysburg at least triggers the puzzle solver in me. I guess that's not exactly the same as min-maxing, although it is related, and is often liked by the same kind of people (especially mathematicans, which I am). But this is not what I usually look for in wargames, because when I want min-maxing, eurogames are far superior to any wargame. As for solo games, I have tried a few, but the only one which is a really satisfying min-maxing/puzzle-solving experience is Mage Knight Board Game. It's not a wargame, but I think it is the only game which will give a satisfying solo experience for a true min-maxer/puzzle-solver.
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Andrew Kluck
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I would think any spec ops focused game would be the epitome of minmaxing.

Warfighter: The Tactical Special Forces Card Game really appeals to fans of the 'load out' portion of mission planning.
 
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Geoffrey Burrell
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You might want to try Fleet Commander: Nimitz.
 
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Full campaign of Enemy Coast Ahead, perhaps?
 
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