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Alec Chapman
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I am hoping to move up in the world from Memoir and C&C:A and wondered what people's favourite "next step" wargame was?

Thing is, my age old adversary Chris has moved away so will be spending more time playing on my own, and many other friends already own Wargames they like, so what would you recommend as meeting the following criteria:

1. Medium Weight
2. Solo Playability
3. Modern, WW2 or Ancients warfare
4. I don't mind lots of text on counters, but I hate looking up exceptions in rulebooks - avoid this if possible

So what do we think?

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Silent War is excellent. Others have also raved about A Victory Lost solo.
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CDRodeffer wrote:
Silent War is excellent. Others have also raved about A Victory Lost solo.


Thanks for the quick response - will check them out.

Any others guys and gals?

Plus - another criteria is for it to be readily available. Forgot to add that.

Keep them coming!

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A Victory Lost is a great choice for no other reason than it is easy to get into and has great rules. I think Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 works well solo on certain senarios, although there aren't any real solo rules.

Ambush! is an obvious choice, but you might want to start with AVL as the rules for Ambush can be a little dense.

That is kind of the path I took coming from Memoir and C&C:A
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I'm about to try Totensonntag myself. Just arrived in the mail last week, and it looks pretty cool at first glance.

For ancients, I recommend Ancient Battles Deluxe. It's small, light, and reasonably well suited to pseudo-solitaire. And with the expansions, you get lots and lots of historical battles to try out.

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Rome At War I: Hannibal at Bay
Panzer Grenadier: Eastern Front

Both games have variable activation systems, so that you're never sure which side will activate. That should bring some tension to solo play.

Rome at War basics: http://www.avalanchepress.com/pdf/RAW5.pdf
Panzer Grenadier Rules: http://www.avalanchepress.com/PlayPG.php
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Have you looked at fields of fire and field commander rommel?
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I'll second Fields of Fire, an excellent and innovative new solo game.
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Silent War
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Depends on whether you want a designed-for-solitaire game (one with a manual AI "robot" to play against) or to just play both sides against each other.

Most wargamers do the latter (at least sometimes, if only for lack of an opponent). Not everybody likes playing against an AI, but some prefer that.

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Patrick Carroll wrote:
Depends on whether you want a designed-for-solitaire game (one with a manual AI "robot" to play against) or to just play both sides against each other.

Most wargamers do the latter (at least sometimes, if only for lack of an opponent). Not everybody likes playing against an AI, but some prefer that.



Hmm... I'm happy with either really, but don't want to "imagine" fog of war or hidden info (like cards) since I can't put them out of my mind when playing the other side.

AI always feels like it will be interesting, but I'm yet to find a good one, but as I say I've not experienced it in many solo wargames.

Keep the ideas coming!

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This may well not fit in your required periods but it works very well solo:Men of Iron - Volume I : The Rebirth of Infantry
There are several battles, 5 or 6 I think, and due to the historical outcomes they tend to be rather one sided. Perfect for the solo gamer!

As has been said before on other lists most wargames CAN be played solo. It depends how interested you are in making them solo friendly

Hope you find some good advice, I`ve had a great deal of pleasure playing wargames solo and face to face.

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