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Greg r
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I am starting to get interested in war games.

Where do you go to buy them? Any dealer that carries a good selection and great prices on line? Or is it very specialised and you are pretty much only going to get the game from the same group that designed / printed it? Any game that you would recommend for a newbie?
Really interested in games that play well with 1 player.
But mostly where you buy your games!

Well thanks for your info, do not be shy to reply or to answer at length, if I did not want info then I wouldn't have posted.

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO ANSWERED IN ADVANCE!!
As I know I will get some great advice!
 
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I buy many straight from the publisher (mostly on pre-order)

www.gmtgames.com
www.columbiagames.com
www.multimanpublishing.com

www.Thoughthammer.com has a pretty good selection and great prices.

www.Wargamedepot.com looks very good but I only recently discovered them and haven't ordered from their yet.

And I get quite a few from ebay. Landswehr games on ebay has a good selection and pricing, and is generally fast. But I and a few others have had delayed shipments and the communication from them is pretty much zero.

Also, check the banners near the top of the main BGG page. Most of those companies have a pretty good selection of wargames, certainly more than enough to get you started!

Some game suggestions from the biggest wargame publishers to get you started-

Columbia: Hammer of the Scots or its brethren Liberty: The American Revolution 1775-83 and Crusader Rex.
MMP: A Victory Lost
GMT: Combat Commander: Europe or Commands & Colors: Ancients

EDIT: sorry missed the preference for solo games.

For inprint, check out Silent War. For out of print (i.e. look on ebay):

Ambush!
B-17: Queen of the Skies
Patton's Best
Raid on St. Nazaire
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I think www.wargamedepot.com is a good spot to shop. Don't really play wargames so I can't help you on the rest.
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Welcome to your new obsession!

eBay -- but always check the seller's Feedback Rating first!
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Cleitus the Black wrote:
Landswehr games on ebay has a good selection and pricing, and is generally fast. But I and a few others have had delayed shipments and the communication from them is pretty much zero.


I would strengthen that caution to don't consider buying form them despite the good selection and pricing. The pricing, to me, isn't so good as to be worth having to deal with the potential headaches.

I get mine form the manufactures via preorders. It's how I help ensure the games I want get made. When I had a local store that was my other main choice even though it cost more (these would sometimes be combined by preordering through the store depending on how the publisher in question handled preorders). The store was very wargames friendly (we had a back room we could leave them setup in that got locked when not in use) and so they got my money.

Now that I do not have such a store, I tend to go online. My wargames are often tacked onto other game orders so they tend to be form the less specialized online stores. I am however hoping to get an order put in with wargamedepot in the near future (largely because of thee ability to bundle with osprey books).

I have also gotten them via ebay, usually older out of print stuff that's tough to get any other way.

As far as solo suitability I have three pieces of advice.

-Look for games with limited hidden information
-Take publishers solitaire suitability ratings with a big grain of salt
-When in doubt ask first
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As a new wargamer you might also be interested in:

www.consimworld.com

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Ashitaka wrote:
As a new wargamer you might also be interested in:

www.consimworld.com

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Though it's a bit difficult to navigate at times.

And before anyone jumps on that post as if I'm a BGG fanatic try8ing to ignite the which is easier/harder to use: I was using consimworld long before discovering BGG (probably long before BGG existed, but I'm not familiar enough with BGG history to definitively make such a claim)

It *is* an excellent resource though. And as above in my game sol game choosing blurb, my best advice is "when in doubt about how to find something there (or here for that matter) ask"
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Cleitus the Black wrote:

For inprint, check out Silent War.


Is it back in print? I thought the Atlantic one was next, then a reprint. But am far from positive.

EDIT: It has in fact been reprinted. If you have the ability to leave it setup for extended periods of time (it's a long, long game in campaign form) I highly recommend it.
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Good point Ryan. It does have loads of info to scan through. But once you get used to the layout, things should be fine.

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I buy my wargames from rsolow here on the geek. He has most popular titles and can special order some games.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geekstore.php3?action=viewuser&...

And may I recomend A Victory Lost. For some reason, I just love this game.
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All the above is good information - I usually look at Wargame Depot and Boulder Games first. Boulder seems to have a bigger selection of wargames than most of the other places.

That being said, through the publishers is a good place and e-bay is nice if you know what you are looking for, but I usually only use e-bay for OOP titles.

As for good titles? No idea, I just started out myself. Picked up the Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #1, waiting for #2 to be reprinted and will get that and #3.

Also, picked up Not War But Murder from Against the Odds. Very nice production on that one, looks well liked too. Also went to wargamedownloads and picked up some of the cheaper, higher rated pnp games to 'test the waters'.

Might want to take a look at Target Arnhem: Across 6 Bridges from MMP it's a nice little game and free (except for shipping).

Of course you could always start out with Case Blue or The Devil's Cauldron: The Battles for Arnhem and Nijmegen or Advanced Squad Leader and make it your only wargame.
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if you end up on e-bay look for these out of print games from avalon hill
Ambush and expansions,B-17 queen of the skies,Pattons Best and Raid on st nazire all are good solo games and shouldn't be to expensive.Depending on where you are consider going to Origins gamming convention this summer alot of the above titles are usally avaible in the auction for resonable (less than $20.00) prices

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keethrax wrote:
Cleitus the Black wrote:

For inprint, check out Silent War.


Is it back in print? I thought the Atlantic one was next, then a reprint. But am far from positive.

EDIT: It has in fact been reprinted. If you have the ability to leave it setup for extended periods of time (it's a long, long game in campaign form) I highly recommend it.


Bah, long... Compass Games only lists the campaign as taking 125 hours. I suggest setting it up on the coffee table and putting up baby gates all around the living room to keep the wife and kids out.

What?

Not like I really did that. (with this game)
 
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Welcome to wargaming, Greg! I'll second someone who mentioned going direct to the publisher for PRE-ORDERS. GMT's P500 program is a great example. After the game's out, the publisher prices go up to suggested retail SO, for stuff that's in-print already, I normally go to Thoughthammer or Boulder Games.

Someone mentioned Ambush! as a great solitaire experience and I'll second THAT notion as well! It was published by Victory Games and should be readily available on eBay at a decent price. I've invested a goodly number of hours in that one and always enjoyed it!

Best wishes as you get up and running!
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cmchavis wrote:


Not like I really did that. (with this game)


And here I am trying to "justify" a second (and maybe third) ping pong table... (the third would be some we could actually *gasp* play ping pong every now and then) Did I mention I have a 6'x4' table as well as the current ping pong table...?

No kids makes it easier though.
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I have had good luck with eBay seller daniel_j_grasse73ts. Bought from him 3 times.

Check out my webstore www.wargamedownloads.com for Print-n-Play wargames.
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Azzarc wrote:

Check out my webstore www.wargamedownloads.com for Print-n-Play wargames.


An excellent suggestion. Learn the techniques to make print and play games and you can keep yourself occupied for a long, long time. Not just the ones from the above site either.
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Azzarc wrote:
I have had good luck with eBay seller daniel_j_grasse73ts. Bought from him 3 times.

Check out my webstore www.wargamedownloads.com for Print-n-Play wargames.


Wow nice site thanks
 
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HEY YOU ARE ALL GREAT!!

Thanks for the terrific advice I could not have asked for more, and I doubt I could have gotten better!

Greg
 
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http://www.runestoneit.com/~dseagraves/wargames.html

Has a bunch more, for free. Lots I'm sure won't be what you're looking for, but if you figure it out before printing them it's not like it cost anything.

(The same site has plenty of other games too.)
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Try some of the FREE "Wargames" here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/6177 and in that manner, then you might figure out which direction to proceed from these.
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Hey I like Free!

When I joined I was going to be either PepperHead or Cheapass, but my love for peppers won out.

Thanks again for all the replies.

Che....er Pepperhead
 
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