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Roger Hobden
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As December comes around, it is a tradition to ponder as the year comes to a close and reflect on past experiences.

What are the best wargames that were new to you that you played in 2016 ?
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I haven't played many new wargames in 2016.

I would say my best new wargame of 2016 would be MBT (second edition).

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Desert Fox Deluxe

I always loved the original. When Decision announced they were doing a remake, I was afraid they might change it. They did, and much for the better. This is one of the best games I have ever seen in many years of wargaming.
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It's been a good year for me. Some of my favorites...

Labyrinth: The Awakening, 2010 – ?
Yanks: ASL Module 3
Operational Matters: An OCS Guide (w/ Sicily II game)
Poland in Flames





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Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar - COIN goodness, but in a much more manageable package than Fire in the Lake, which I also highly enjoy.

Sicily II - Got to play Reluctant Enemies, which is a very nice introductory game, but I wanted more, but not Case Blue or GBII more. Sicily II is excellent in that regard, a bit more detail, options, chrome without choking on it all.

Star Wars: Rebellion - OK, suck it haters. Probably my favorite game of the year. Oozes theme, and its just so fun trying to play whack-a-mole / hide and seek and working to foil your opponent's plans at the same time.
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The U.S. Civil War

I played the old VG version and remember the fondness of the generals, promoting and cursing when I shook a casualty, but when I compared the counter artwork between the two, wow and the gameplay is very very tight in the new version. My game of 2016. I've also enjoyed the videos of the campaign put out by mic slipko (sp?) very helpful.


Overall games I've enjoyed in 2016=Age of Napoleon,For the People, The Halls of Montezuma and No Retreat! The Russian Front

Games not really enjoyed= Blackbeard, Rebel Raiders on the High Seas, Washington's War and The Great Patriotic War
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Such a great year for wargaming (again).

I'd have to go with Last Blitzkrieg though.
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Not new exactly, but new to my gaming table.



The Training Scenario's this First of all OCS games comes with are exceptional.



Getting a handle on using the Original Ruleset has been a blast. Looking forward to starting the real scenario's this month and then the Campaign game in the new year.
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Mallet wrote:

As December comes around, it is a tradition to ponder as the year comes to a close and reflect on past experiences.

What are the best wargames that were new to you that you played in 2016 ?



Second for Last Blitzkrieg, fascinating new mechanics have brought me back to The Battle of Bluge (willingly)
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Here's my List for 2016







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They were all new to me, as I only started playing wargames this year! The ones I liked the most were:








(you can see I'm more on the "weuro" side of things meeple)
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2016 was an interesting year for me, with a move away from the traditional hex and counter games I've been playing since I was a kid.

The games that made the biggest impression on me this year were (in order):

Napoleon's Triumph



A fantastic game I played pretty regularly for the last half of this year. This one just blew me away. Took my gaming world and shook it all around.

Washington's War



A CDG I actually enjoyed a lot, and look forward to playing again.

Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe



A bit more traditional. Really enjoyed this one a lot.
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This has been the best game I have played in years.
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Ashiefan wrote:



This has been the best game I have played in years.


This will also be my winner for the best game of 2016.


Most games I played for the first time this year were not 2016 releases. In this category the next game left the biggest impression on me:



Battle Above the Clouds was my first game ever in the GCACW serie. Although it is a lot of work (big counterstacks) it all made perfect sense and I enjoyed the details very much. Looking forward to play more games in this series.
I also would like to mention Empire of the Sun. A very clever designed game. I would not go as far as calling it one of my favorite games (I wish they had divided the deck in a early, mid and late war phase), I'm quite enjoying it and I'm really looking foward to giving it another try.
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Best game I played - warts and all :

Triumph & Tragedy



Best upcoming publication I played

Nine Years: The War of the Grand Alliance 1688-1697



Most nail-biting game / closest fought victory

Breakout: Normandy



Most inglorious defeat

Angola



Most innovative / quirky wargame

W1815




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I tend to play older/smaller stuff, including oddball titles like PNP and magazine games. Looking back over the blog/podcast, the ones that stood out for being the most engaging & enjoyable were

A Spoiled Victory - Such good chrome in a lean design, a real feeling for the topic

Fading Glory - I already liked Nap20, and this deluxe version facilitated playing with a newly converted wargame buddy

London's Burning - Even with its weird scale and some design choices, I had a great time with this one

Fall of the Philippines - What Minden does best: boil down a wargame so far that you can try many what-ifs

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eddy_sterckx wrote:

Most inglorious defeat

Angola





Angola??? Never played or even heard from that game whistle

At least you didn't had to suffer that inglorious defeat alone.
Thanks for reminding me again. soblue
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Not exactly new, but a pleaseant surprise has been:

Eagles & Missiles
A very accessible CDG that plays fast and is also quite enjoyable solo.

Of this year's releases, or at least it was this year by the time I got them, probably my fovourites have been (no particular order):



But it is still December 2nd and I have plenty of stuff incoming gulp
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Im having trouble absorbing the rules in NT, any good aides you know of to smooth things out?

Thx!
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One for the miniatures gamers:

Bloody Big Battles!

Play big battles of the 19th century.



See my recent session report: Gettysburg

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No contest, it's Federation and Empire.



I actually bought this late last year, but didn't get around to trying it until a few months ago.

I feel like this game has everything I like, but dialed up to 11. It might just be my new favorite game.

We're going to make an attempt at the full campaign in January and I can't wait to get started.
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by far:

Close second:

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In no particular order...


Pacific Fury: Guadalcanal, 1942




Crete 1941




Fields of Battle Volume 1, The Great Northern War




Thunder in the East
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Without competition.

Only problem with it is that now we have to double up on our gaming sessions as if we countinue with the same amount of gaming time we will only be playing this and nothing else would come to the table.
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Really launched in 2016:

The Lamps Are Going Out

More so because I discovered Downton Abbey on Netflix and the game fits perfectly with the video series of 1912-1924...

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Personal (old) surprises for me in 2016: 1775: Rebellion (ok not a real wargame) and almost all Victory Point Games I played...

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In the non wargaming department: Star Wars: The Card Game (too late to the party) and Arkham Horror: The Card Game (too early to the party).


------ The never ending story of my life and...

Deception of 2016 in wargames: too many new games not played...

Latest expansion of Labyrinth, COINS and a few others...


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