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Sean Chick (Formerly Paul O'Sullivan)
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach! Erin go Bragh! Remember Limerick! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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For some reason I like this game and cannot explain why. I think the raw stupidity of it amuses me. Yet why return to war? Why ever throw minutes of precious life away? Maybe because it is so dumb and thoughtless that I can tune everything out, not concentrate and leave it all to fate. All the while making dumb jokes at the expense of this game and even cursing as my queen is taken by an ace or laugh as my opponent claims one of my threes with his king.

You see we gamers need to play good games. Promote them and exalt them. Yet in between negotiating for salt in Genoa or attempting to stabilize the Eastern Front in Paths of Glory we all have on occasion tune out.

What is war good for? Ironically relaxation and a few laughs.
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Eric Brosius
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My favorite 18xx game for six players is two games of 1846 with three players each.
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You might try Egyptian Ratscrew, which also has no strategy, but does have an enjoyable live action aspect.
 
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My favorite 18xx game for six players is two games of 1846 with three players each.
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According to BGG, people who enjoy War might also enjoy Successors (second edition), Ikusa, Magic: The Gathering, Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage, Age of Renaissance, Twilight Struggle and Betrayal at House on the Hill.

Hmmm. Some of them aren't even wargames!
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