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Anders Isaksen
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This year I fell in love with Liberty or Death. And while my wife likes it its a tad to complex (ie it has to many options and rules exceptions) and the gamelength is too long for her.
Still I love it solo and it has made me very interested in Consims.

But I want a wargames that I can play with the wife and she is very interested in it aswell.
Here is what I am searching for.

Playtime: max 2 hours
Complexity: Around the level of Twilight Struggle is perfectly fine. The main thing that throws her of in LoD is rules exceptions, so a wargames with a lower amount of these would be prefered
Count: Should work well with two players. I dont mind it beeing designed for more but having to control multiple factions might be an issue for her, unless their actions are the same/close to the same.
Theme: She really likes the tudor era and the stories about Henry VIII. Ancient history and rome is fine aswell. No fantasy or Scifi. We want historical games.

Thanks in advance
 
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Alexandre Santos
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You could check out the Commands & Colors: Ancients franchise, for the Antiquity period.
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AlexFS wrote:
You could check out the Commands & Colors: Ancients franchise, for the Antiquity period.


How does it differ from Memoir?
We felt setup and tear down was way to much for how little game in Memoir.
 
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Michael Debije
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Not the right era, but I quite like Days of Ire: Budapest 1956.
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The timeframe isn't right, but everything else is. You might look at Battles of the Bulge: Celles which is a great two player game that is complex enough to be interesting but not overwhelming. I believe it is on sale from the publishers website right now.
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My favorite light war games are 1775: Rebellion and 1812: The Invasion of Canada. I love the system, simple but strategic. They are coming out with a couple more in the series: 878: Vikings – Invasions of England and 1754: Conquest – The French and Indian War.
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So after more talk with the wife and you guys suggestions I think we are going for a block game.

Now which one to get?

Ancients vs Crusader Rex vs Richard III?
 
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Sephakay wrote:
So after more talk with the wife and you guys suggestions I think we are going for a block game.

Now which one to get?

Ancients vs Crusader Rex vs Richard III?


Command & Colors: Ancients isn't a block game. While the stickers are mounted on upright blocks, the information is on both sides, so it isn't hidden from the opponent -- the hallmark of a block game.

Crusader Rex and Richard III: The Wars of the Roses are true block games, but I haven't played either. I have played Hammer of the Scots, and it's excellent.
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Eldard wrote:
Sephakay wrote:
So after more talk with the wife and you guys suggestions I think we are going for a block game.

Now which one to get?

Ancients vs Crusader Rex vs Richard III?


Command & Colors: Ancients isn't a block game. While the stickers are mounted on upright blocks, the information is on both sides, so it isn't hidden from the opponent -- the hallmark of a block game.

Crusader Rex and Richard III: The Wars of the Roses are true block games, but I haven't played either. I have played Hammer of the Scots, and it's excellent.


Thanks a ton. That ruled out Ancients for me, since the main draw for my wife was the Fog of war aspect.

 
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Just a quick note to also check out Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan. It's not in your wife's preferred historical period, but it's a low-complexity block game that looks great, plays fairly quickly (expect your first games to go to 2.5-3 hours, but times should go down with experience), relates to its historical theme, and is excellent overall
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Caesar seconded. Great intro block wargame with lots of strategy, options, and very few exceptions.
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sixthecat wrote:
iadrianik wrote:


Caesar seconded. Great intro block wargame with lots of strategy, options, and very few exceptions.


We are abit scared by the luck factor
 
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mi_de wrote:
Not the right era, but I quite like Days of Ire: Budapest 1956.


I came here to shamelessly plug my own, but I'm pleasantly surprised
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Four Battles of the Ancient World,
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