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Eric Burden
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Hello,
What wargame would you nominate for wargame of the year so far in 2017? I would select Time of Crisis by GMT for my selection. Please try to keep your selection to games that were offered for sale starting in 2017.


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I never get to participate in these threads! I've played seven different wargames this year, plus two 'quasi-wargames' (Star Wars Armada and Star Wars Rebellion), and not a single one was published or made available for sale this year. This is almost always my situation.

The years of publication of the wargames I've played so far this year are:
2009 The Caucasus Campaign
1977 Yalu: The Chinese Counteroffensive in Korea, November 1950 to May 1951
1968 1914
1975 Caesar's Legions
2010 The Tide at Sunrise: The Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905
2011 Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan
2016 Warriors of Japan

I kind of suck at this whole 'cult of the new' thing!

*edited to add the names of the games in the list, for those interested.
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Todd Hughes
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My nomination would be for Target for Today. It is extremely immersive and a blast to play.
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I would second Time of Crisis and also nominate Fields of Despair. Having played a few WW1 era games recently, Fields of Despair stands out as having some very clever mechanics to simulate the unknown of going over the top to engage an unseen enemy and the changing goals and state of warfare in each chapter of the campaign.

Both are fantastic!
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Where the heck did this interest in WW1 come from?
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I don't think I have had a stand out wargame this year. My spending did go down quite a lot from a high in 2014.

I'm hoping Holland '44: Operation Market-Garden will be the one, but it hasn't arrived yet.
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It is a shame the CSR (Charles S. Roberts) awards have fallen. Consim games need some kind of official awards recognition.
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The best 2017 release I've played is Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars.
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My vote would be for Colonial Twilight from GMT.

A two player COIN system game that is very fun and immersive.

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Michael Rinella wrote:
It is a shame the CSR (Charles S. Roberts) awards have fallen. Consim games need some kind of official awards recognition.


True. Why has it dissapeared?
 
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I have four candidates (the four games I've purchased this year). They are:

Band of Brothers: Battle Pack 1 (not yet received)
Baptism By Fire: The Battle of Kasserine (received and played)
Fields of Fire (not yet received)
Patton's Vanguard (received, not yet played)

And the winner (current winner) is:

Baptism By Fire: The Battle of Kasserine!

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I'm hoping it will be South China Sea, which is due this month.
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Baptism By Fire: The Battle of Kasserine is the only game I played so far that was released in 2017. Going to give Saipan: The Bloody Rock a spin next week. So far I like what I'm seeing but it is to soon to make any conclusions yet.

I'm still have 3 games on preorder that should be released this year. Big question will be if I find the time to play them before the end of 2017
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Fantastic thread! Thanks for starting. I haven't played any of the games released this year. Looking forward to what grogs think about them.
 
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The Cousins' War.

It's a good fun very light/casual wargame. I'm sure it's not really the best wargame published in 2017. But it's the only one I've played.
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My vote would be for MMP's Operation Mercury for a number of reasons. First, it is a tough topic to do right and many other games have definitely tried. You also get introductory scenarios, some larger ones with the drops on the airfields, then several large campaigns, so there is something for everyone. Not the cheapest game by far, but there is a ton of stuff in the box that will keep you busy for quite some time.
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I've only played one from 2017 so Baptism By Fire: The Battle of Kasserine wins by default

Although that's not to say it's not a fine game - it certainly is
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So far, I've only purchased Fields of Despair: France 1914-1918 this year. However, I would definitely consider it "Game of the Year" material as it's the first wargame that has ever successfully peaked my curiosity about WWI.

That being said, I should be receiving Time of Crisis within the next few days.
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Count me as another vote for Baptism by Fire.
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Not thrilled with the one 2017 title I've played thus far, but like Jim F, counting on Holland '44: Operation Market-Garden to rock my world, or at least send the table tremblin'. I plan to put the Simonitch out as soon as it lands on the porch.

[Five other published-in-2017 games are here, but haven't migrated from on the shelf to under the plexiglass yet.]
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I haven't bought or played much that has come out this year, but I'm pretty impressed with Seven Pines; or, Fair Oaks. It really gets the pacing of a battle right, which is rare.
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Another vote for Time of Crisis, but it's the only 2017 wargame I've played.

But I'm hoping my top 2017 wargame will be Pendragon: The Fall of Roman Britain, when it hopefully:
1) arrives in my hands
2) rules are learned
3) game day arranged
4) gets played
5) mind blown
all before January 1. wow
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I've purchased and played 4 new releases this year, as follows:

1866: The Struggle for Supremacy in Germany
Nine Years: The War of the Grand Alliance 1688-1697
N: The Napoleonic Wars and
Sovereign Of The Seas


Technically, 1866: The Struggle for Supremacy in Germany is a 2016 release, but it didn't start arriving in purchasers' mail boxes until 2017, so I'm including it here.

Anyway, it's pretty obvious to me that Nine Years: The War of the Grand Alliance 1688-1697 takes top honours. It's the second game in an excellent series (No Peace Without Spain!) and it's every bit as fun to play as it's predecessor. That number one ranking won't change either, because I don't have any more games on pre-order that will be shipped this year. Congratulations designers Sean Chick and Kris van Beurden. thumbsup
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In my experience, 2017 has been the Year of the Dogs, with one howler after another. The games I have enjoyed come from other years.

However, I am also on the Holland '44 bandwagon.

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patton1138 wrote:
Count me as another vote for Baptism by Fire.


Me too. The BCS system is brilliant and this game is just a really fun game to play.
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Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars is my top pick for 2017. A big box of awesome that got me interested in learning more about ancient history.
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