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Jamie Vantries
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What I'm looking for is some wargames that:

-aren't too heavy (Paths of Glory is probably my limit for how complex of a game I can handle, so preferably nothing heavier (or that much heavier than it)).
-aren't too light (I want something heavier than Axis & Allies)
-preferably historical, but probably not ancient (American Revolution, ACW, WWI, WWII, possibly Vietnam, possibly Medieval). As long as it's a good game, I guess I'm not too picky on the war/era
-I would hope this is already assumed, but it has to be fun.
-Definitely not a requirement but if it's good/decent at being played solo, that's definitely a plus.

A couple games that I'm currently looking at are:
-Ambush! (sounds great but not sure if it's too complex)
-Warriors of God (I could be completely off base but it sounds like it might be too simple/abstract?)
-Fire in the Sky: The Great Pacific War 1941-1945 (I don't have a clue about how complex/simple this game is. Does it fit my ideal heaviness range?)
-Combat Commander series (since Tide of Iron wasn't quite what I was hoping for, I'm looking at CC again. Is it too complex? Is it fun?)
-Fields of Fire (too abstract?)

Anyway, I'd love to hear your recommendations.
 
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Tide of Iron and/or Conflict of Heroes.....

ToI also has nice plastic minis, while CoH has among the best counters ever...
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What scale(s) do you like? Also, saying "no heavier than PoG" doesn't rule out a lot (ASL, OCS, etc).
 
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+1 Confluct of Heroes
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I think Combat Commander could be a good choice. The card driven nature puts some randomness into the game that frustrates people, but to me it makes the solo aspect quite fun.
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If you can find a copy of Warriors of God, buy it immediately.

It kinda looks like you're interested in World War II theme so I would say go with Combat Commander. You get a lot of scenario options and though it's got a rulebook that you'll need a good sit to get through, it's pretty intuitive and not to hard to teach.

The big thing is find out what era of history you're into and bite into a game that has a lot of replay value (often a lot of scenarios).
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Scale doesn't matter. Perhaps I should have said no more difficult than Paths of Glory, not heavier.
 
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Hadik wrote:
I think Combat Commander could be a good choice. The card driven nature puts some randomness into the game that frustrates people, but to me it makes the solo aspect quite fun.

My main forte is ameritrash, so I most definitely don't mind some randomness.laugh
 
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garygarison wrote:

Tried it, didn't like it. Just personal preference.
 
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Washington's War and Labyrinth are two great Card Driven Games. Try GMT's American Revolution Series as well.
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Burnham wrote:
garygarison wrote:

Tried it, didn't like it. Just personal preference.


Same here. Out of curiosity: In a perfect world what era of history would you like to be wargaming in?
 
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Burnham wrote:
My main forte is ameritrash, so I most definitely don't mind some randomness.

Then I will second Combat Commander for the lighter side, then maybe Hannibal: Rome v Carthage (ancients, but operational+). You might also enjoy block games like Hammer of the Scots.
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baymonkey wrote:
Washington's War and Labyrinth are two great Card Driven Games. Try GMT's American Revolution Series as well.


Labyrinth+1 if you can get past the theme. Some people can not, myself included but I've looked at the solo play and it looks like a very well developed and fun system.
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jheaney wrote:
Burnham wrote:
garygarison wrote:

Tried it, didn't like it. Just personal preference.


Same here. Out of curiosity: In a perfect world what era of history would you like to be wargaming in?

World War 2 first, followed by American Civil War
 
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Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42

Or any of the CoH sets.
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I just ordered Combat Commander: Europe. I'd still love to hear more recommendations.
 
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Hadik wrote:
I think Combat Commander could be a good choice. The card driven nature puts some randomness into the game that frustrates people, but to me it makes the solo aspect quite fun.

Is there an actual solo mode or are you just talking about playing both sides?
 
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Don't knock playing both sides till you try it. I was surprised how much i liked it. I actually prefer it to simulated ai board opponents.
 
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jheaney wrote:
Don't knock playing both sides till you try it. I was surprised how much i liked it. I actually prefer it to simulated ai board opponents.

I didn't mean to knock it, I was just curious.
 
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I also ordered Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel! – Kursk 1943, No Retreat! The Russian Front, and Monmouth (though I didn't realize till afterwards that according to GMT, Monmouth is rated as one step higher in difficulty than Paths of Glory, oh well. I'll still give it a shot).
 
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I just wanted to thank everybody who made suggestions. I've received the games in the mail already, and just looking over them (haven't read the rules yet), they all look absolutely amazing and I can't wait to play them!
 
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