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Rich Payne
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Hi folks

I was wondering if any of you have some recommendations for games for those of us with very limited gaming space? My regular gaming space will just hold a 17x22 map oriented 'landscape'-wise, or two Panzer Grenadier mapboards in 'portrait' orientation. It's difficult to get access to a bigger table that will accommodate 22x34 maps, so with that in mind, can you recommend any games on 17x22 maps?

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I think Victory Point Games may be your best bet. They have plenty of games covering many topics on 17x11 maps.
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Corps Command: Totensonntag- a "fast playing game on the First Battle of Sidi Rezegh, running from November 19 to 24, 1941", has a 17x22" map. I've not played my copy yet, but it's one of those games which will sit on the shelf until it gets its moment; ie. a keeper.
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I agree with the suggestion of Victory Point Games. They have a wide selection of games that are small in footprint.

Another suggestion I have is LNL's World at War: They Untold Stories or Nations at War: White Star Rising. They both use geo=morphic maps and most scenarios use only one or two mapboards that would fit in your space.

GDW also produced the Series 120 games that would fit and had a variety of subjects.

An important consideration though is what subject matter do you prefer? That wsould narrow down the choices.
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Recently several issues GMT's C3i magazine has included a small stand alone game - The Drive On Metz (second edition), Battle for Moscow (second edition), Jena 20 all of which has a very small footprint.

MMP also published Target Arnhem: Across 6 Bridges, a small game about Operation Market Garden.

A lot of scenarios in the SL/ASL/ASLSK family only uses one or two mapboards (8"x22").

Valor & Victory, a print-n-play Squad Leader like game uses map boards that can be printed on a single sheet of legal sized paper (8.5"x14"), and most scenarios available uses only one map (some needs two).

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you might try Field Commander: Rommel, or Field Commander: Alexander.

but that's a killer limitation, leaves out a lot of great games.
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Hi folks

I was wondering if any of you have some recommendations for games for those of us with very limited gaming space? My regular gaming space will just hold a 17x22 map oriented 'landscape'-wise, or two Panzer Grenadier mapboards in 'portrait' orientation. It's difficult to get access to a bigger table that will accommodate 22x34 maps, so with that in mind, can you recommend any games on 17x22 maps?

Thanks in advance

Rich


Old SPI folio games (and the DG Remakes) are exactly the form factor you seek.
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Here is a review of a game that fits perfectly, (2) 11 x 17 maps, low counter density, lots and lots of nail biting action, and tactical.

http://wargamer.com/article/3148/board-game-review-death-rid...

It has a sister game called Hafid Ridge which is the same size and even smaller in counter density. You will like them.

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Thanks for all the suggestions guys. VPG and WaW are already on the radar, and I've also shortlisted GMT's Ran and Saints in Armor as they use 'half-maps', and the subject matter is interesting. I will be checking out all your other suggestions too - I was looking at the Folio series a while back, I hadn't realised they were on smaller maps

The restriction is a real pain, but to circumvent it I would need to totally rearrange my (very small)'den' and buy a large new table/pc desk - it's really more grief than I can be doing with at the moment, with a baby on the way and plenty of baby stuff to buy. It does help that smaller games are usually a little cheaper too

Thanks again for all the suggestions, a few of these will be appearing on my (very small) table soon!

EDIT: Forgot to mention, I'm open-minded on subject matter and system, although I tend to play on the tactical/grand tactical scale most often, I'm open to strategic stuff as well
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Taskforce 58 wrote:
A lot of scenarios in the SL/ASL/ASLSK family only uses one or two mapboards (8"x22").


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you might try Decision Games (I) folio series. Also they can be harder to find but magnetic counter holders, plus a paper map and a sheet of metal lets you go vertical! they work well with counter stacks up to about 5 high.

Just a couple off off the top of my head.

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May I suggest a laptop and VASSAL? You can play Fire in the East on your lap.
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I've been thinking about VASSAL. It's something I need to look into a bit further
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Does anybody own GBoH Chariots of Fire? By my estimation, if there are 3 mapsheets and 3 full-map battles, the other six scenarios are half-map. Is that correct? And is it any good?
 
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I suggest you try and find these: Arcola: The Battle for Italy, 1796 and Hundred Days Battles. They were originally published by OSG, then re-published by Avalon Hill. The AH maps were mounted, and measured only 11" x 16.5". Very good Kevin Zucker designs, too.

Another excellent title in that same AH small format series was The Legend of Robin Hood. Not a wargame per se, but definitely a great game and worth seeking out, especially for somebody trying to play in close quarters.

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Target Arnhem: Across 6 Bridges

Edit: Also, print-n-plays are often (sometimes?) on smaller maps. You like or have a passing interest in the Napoleonic era?

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Fiery Dragon has a line of wargames, called Counterstrike, that have a small footprint. I believe the maps are mostly 11 x 17 inches.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/19704/counterstike-war...
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Rich, a little thinking out of the box how about wall space? I have a corkboard wall and have a metal board & have the magnetic clips.


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sherron wrote:
Rich, a little thinking out of the box how about wall space? I have a corkboard wall and have a metal board & have the magnetic clips.



That Galicia setup looks very cool.

But posting something like that without providing a link to shops is just cruel.

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One of the nice things about the games in Vae Victis was their small form factor, all 17x22. Of course now they're even smaller....
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ad79 wrote:
sherron wrote:
Rich, a little thinking out of the box how about wall space? I have a corkboard wall and have a metal board & have the magnetic clips.



That Galicia setup looks very cool.

But posting something like that without providing a link to shops is just cruel.



This is interesting, although again I would need to furniture shuffle - I can't even begin to describe how small this room is. Who sells the counter holders?
 
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