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Kent Reuber
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There aren't many multiplayer historical wargames that I really enjoy. I'd probably limit my interest to the double-board Commands & Colors games such as Commands & Colors: Ancients Expansion Pack #5 – Epic Ancients II.

For non-historical wargames, I'd nominate: Dune and Titan
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Friedrich and Here I Stand are probably my two favorite multi-player games. I also really like Maria.
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The games you mentioned are all historical -- I'm not sure whether that was deliberate. If so, I'd certainly have to agree that Successors is right up there (not the S&T version!). If you include Diplomacy as a wargame then arguably Civ and its various derivatives are as well. Revolution: Dutch Revolt and Lords of the Sierra Madre are both well worth looking at (the latter in particular has rules issues IIRC) and are easily 3+ players.

For fantasy/SF you've got Dune, Chaos in the Old World and Succession Wars.

Edit: just in case it's not clear, these suggestions are based on my limited experience.
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God's Playground is sort of a odd euro / wargame / Martin Wallace hybrid for specifically 3 players about Polish history. I've played it a few times; it's interesting and different, so it might be worth checking out, if the "exactly 3 players" is not a problem.
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Multiplayers I like a lot are Successors (third edition) and The Napoleonic Wars (Second Edition).

My favorite at the moment is Sword of Rome. I like the seperate card decks for the Gauls, Romans, Greeks and Etruscans/Samnites. Each side plays very differently because of that and because of some interesting rules. Like the fact that the Romans can build colonies to get extra troops, the Gauls can plunder and loot to get VP and the Etruscans can bribe to avoid unfavorable battles. The cards offer a lot of interaction between players. You can hire Gallic mercenaries away from their leaders as the Greeks, other players can attack the Greeks with non-player power the Carthaginians, etc.
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EuroFront II is my favorite game that can be played multiplayer.

This game is excellent with 2 but just as excellent with 3 or 4 players.

By doing so the roleplaying aspect becomes increasingly interesting :-)

Great game!!

Pls note you must own WestFront II / EastFront II as well in order to play.
 
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That's a tough question to answer. There are now quite a few really good wargames that support 3 or more players. The obvious candidate is Here I Stand, but there are a number of others that are in my opinion on par with Here I Stand:

The Napoleonic Wars (Second Edition) is a great game, as is its sibling Wellington. My friends and I found Kutuzov a bit of a disappointment, largely because of the less than elegant (or convincing) rules for Morale and Attrition, and some of the other game specific features.

Clash of Monarchs is also outstanding, although it took me a few plays to really appreciate the design.

One little known card driven wargame that I really like is Assyrian Wars. It supports 1-5 players (although I find the claim that it can be played solo a little unconvincing) and has some nice featues not found in other card driven games.

Some others that I think are less good, but still a lot of fun include:

Sword of Rome, which also has a fifth player expansion
Successors (third edition)
Zero! (part of the Down in Flames)

One final game that I have yet to play, but looks like it could be a lot of fun (and has relatively simple looking rules) is The Campaigns of King David.

Cheers,

Matt

Edit: spelling.
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I love many of those listed. Another that's amongst my favorite games is Star Fleet Battles. Wooden Ships & Iron Men, while I haven't played it in ages, was great for multiplayer sessions in high school and college.
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Britannia. Been my favorite game for 20 years and likely that will never change. Sword of Rome and Here I Stand rate very highly as well but unfortunately I rarely get to play those.
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My euro gaming group is going to play Junta



next month. You can play up to 7 players.
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I really like the new Attack! Deluxe.
Its not historic, its an any-war, but my group which has a mix of hard-core and recreational gamers can all get into it.
Its light enough but has lots of options to strengthen your army's capabilities. It lends itself well to 5-7 players
 
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It's not even out yet but it looks like my dream game, The Supreme Commander. 2-5 players. It'll be summer of 2011 at the earliest I fear.
 
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Pax Romana would be my favourite multisided wargame. For team games I like anything from the OCS series. Also while not a wargame, I think the Republic is a pretty good multiplayer game and certainly a political sim.
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Starcraft: The Board Game, but only with the expansion!
 
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Successors (3rd Ed.)
Here I Stand
Britannia
7 Ages

Probably in that order.
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Three player games are tough, they always become a 2 on 1 affair.

There are several decent 4 player games, but my favorite is Sword of Rome. It's not great with 3, and the jury is still out for me if 5 is any good.

I like Here I stand and Nappy Wars with 5 or more.

Revolution is also a great multi-player war game.



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THIRD REICH !!!



3 player is great !!!

One is Germany / Italy

Second is Britian / US

Third is Russia / France
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I had no idea that Stephen Hawking played third reich!
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TonyClifton wrote:
I had no idea that Stephen Hawking played third reich!

I am confused! Does one of the guys in the previous comment's photo look like Stephen Hawking or something? Which one? What am I missing?
 
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DorianGray wrote:
I also enjoy Here I Stand but I don't have a copy and its impossible to purchase one now so all the more reason people should pre-order. (Please... for the love of god do so)


I know the feeling. I lucked out and found an OOP GMT Game to trade for Here I Stand. I hope that GMT will get another edition made. It is a very enjoyable game to play.
 
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Kingmaker. I feel like I push this game on a thread at least once a week. But it deserves it.
 
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Pax Romana

Honourable mention:

Europe Engulfed
Friedrich
Here I Stand

 
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russ wrote:
Does one of the guys in the previous comment's photo look like Stephen Hawking or something? Which one? What am I missing?


the multi-disciplinary entourage, probably.

A Brief History of the World is looking better with every play. Then there's War of the Ring (First Edition) with two teams of two, and Liberty Roads in the same format, though there team members work more harmoniously together, i shouldn't wonder.
 
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No question about it, my favorite multi-player wargame is World in Flames. Played many times with 3 and even some games with 4,5 and once with 6 players.

Prior to that my most often played multi-player games were with Rise and Decline of the Third Reich.

I've even played War between the States (first edition) with 4 players. Two on a side with the mountains dividing commands.
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So, to steal the thread a bit, what are the best 3 player only/capable games? Right now I'm looking at Angola, but that seems to be a 4 player game. I've gotten in a strange situation where there are two other wargamers available to play and usually both of them are there, making most 2 player experiences pretty limited. Also, we usually only get together for on long session, maybe a game up to 10 hours is the max.

Any ideas?

Oh, and Here I Stand is totally awesome. It looks like Virgin Queen will also be spectacular! (I'm in the playtest group).

Edit: clarify
 
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