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Gary Bacchus
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Hey all,

I've weighed in on a few recommendations in the past and am hoping the community at large has got one for me.

I've had a great time thus far with Where There Is Discord: War in the South Atlantic. It ensconces one in the period and recreates the engagement with a minimum amount of fiddlyness. It seemed to me a transition game for someone who normally plays Euros to solo wargaming.

Now, I'm looking for another foray a little deeper into solo wargaming. I'm not particularly bound to any specific period of history (so any era from Ancient to Modern will work for me), but I would like a historical setting. The catch is that I'm not used to the extra chrome that a wargame normally imparts. I'm not opposed to it (I don't think I'd be asking around for a wargame if I wasn't ready to accept that). But, I will say I would like an easy transition.

So, there's my tale. What would you suggest?

EDIT - Spit and polish grammar. (maybe)
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If you don't mind a print-and-play, you can buy Solitaire Caesar (it's inexpensive), which gets good nods.


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Tim Korchnoi
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Not sure how you are defining "deeper" but you might want to look at Field Commander: Rommel and/or Field Commander: Alexander the Great. Both games have some chrome and have some of the basics in terms of structure as regards how wargames usually function.

RAF: The Battle of Britain 1940 has a similar feel to WTID in terms of game play and you can play either the British or Germans.
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Fields of Fire
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catosulla wrote:
Both games have some chrome and have some of the basics in terms of structure as regards how wargames usually function.


This is a good description for what I mean by "deeper." I have no experience in real wargaming and am inching my way into those waters.
 
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B-17 is good, although it is not as much a game as it is a simulation. Very enjoyable, though. Also, Catherine the Great seems like a good one, and also has options for competitive play. Although a little rules heavy, the card-driven aspect seems like it might make a good bridging game.
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jakal323 wrote:
catosulla wrote:
Both games have some chrome and have some of the basics in terms of structure as regards how wargames usually function.


This is a good description for what I mean by "deeper." I have no experience in real wargaming and am inching my way into those waters.


That being the case, then I would try one of the Field Commander games first(Alexander is eaier to grasp than Rommel, IMO) and then maybe try the RAF game. RAF has some rules (nothing of ridiculous length) but they are well organized and presented.
 
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I second the recommendation for B-17: Queen of the Skies and would add Patton's Best for a similar game in which you are a Sherman tank commander fighting the Wehrmacht across France and Germany.
 
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D-Day at Omaha Beach

Or

RAF: The Battle of Britian 1940


both are excellent
 
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Is Patton's Best easy to get?
 
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Second the Field Commander series.

Also, Silent War by Compass Games.

OOP,
1. Patton's Best
2. RAF by WEG (also Decision Games recently released an updated RAF)
3. Ambush series
4. Carrier, Tokyo Express and Peloponnesian War by VG
5. Thunderbolt by DVG
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milandoug wrote:
Second the Field Commander series.

Also, Silent War by Compass Games.

OOP,
1. Patton's Best
2. RAF by WEG (also Decision Games recently released an updated RAF)
3. Ambush series
4. Carrier, Tokyo Express and Peloponnesian War by VG
5. Thunderbolt by DVG


Thanks for the OOP list. That'll direct my search. I'm still ruminating over the choices. Keep 'em coming if you have them.
 
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I've enjoyed the following OOP solo wargames:

Raid on St. Nazaire (AH)
London's Burning (AH)
Hornet Leader (GMT)

All have tension and good decision-making aspects.
 
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Hornet Leader II is available as a print & play for $14 from DVG: very easy to play and lots of fun.
I have a copy of WestEnd RAF for sale.

I second the recommendations of Fields of Fire and DDay Omaha Beach
 
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Another vote for Patton's Best and London's Burning.
 
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I first started playing (mostly Avalon Hill) wargames in the late 70's and early 80's. When there were no opponents to be found, I tried B-17. A fun, but possibly dated experience. One of my gaming buddies got into the Ambush series. I believe either would be a great place to move on to. And both are relative easy to find and affordable either here on BGG or ebay. Good luck, and please update us on what you decide to do and how it works out.
 
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Will do. I'm still ruminating a bit over the options presented. I didn't think of the "system simulators" (like B-17). I have Luftschiff, but haven't had much time to get it going.
 
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I've been playing D-Day at Omaha Beach. Fantastic game!
I've just ordered Fields of Fire. More difficulty for sure but from what I've read here on the forums a very immersive and rewarding game.
 
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