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As I was looking at this thread Not Everybody Wants Avalon Hill ADULT Games, I noticed several people mention that Avalon Hill's Gettysburg was their entry point to wargaming. It was mine as well, in 1968, when I received it as a gift for my 10th birthday.

SO -- what game was your entry point to a lifetime of wargaming goodness? Was it a gift? Something you bought for yourself at your FLGS? Something a friend introduced you to? At what age did the flash of inspiration hit you?

And, most importantly, do you still own that puppy?
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/16398/war

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My first wargame was MBT (first edition). I got it in 1988 I believe after reading Red Storm Rising. A buddy bought NATO: The Next War in Europeand I wanted a game that was more tactical in nature. Couldn't figure out how to play it for a few weeks but enjoyed it after that. I still have the beat up copy of it in my collection.

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It was 1979. A friend and I each bought a game from a store catalog. No pictures. No descriptions. Just the name and a price. He got Gettysburg 77 and I got this. Man, have I got my money's worth out of this one!
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Memoir '44 was my first wargame but it didn't particularly grab me. Julius Caesar however did. It opened my eyes to gaming that could be both fun and based on an historical subject of interest to me.

I still play it but prefer games a little (really just a little) more complex / historical. Rome is still a favourite subject; I've been enjoying Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage recently (even though Carthage keeps ahistorically winning).
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Strike Force One. My brother taught me. I was five.

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Strike Force One. My brother taught me. I was five.



Impressive! I'm embarrassed to say at 5 I was playing

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It was 1973 and my friend and I came upon a copy of AH's Stalingrad. The rules said 12 and up. He was 12 I was 10. We reasoned that since he was 12 he could read the rules and teach me to play. My friend enjoyed gaming and we played a bit over the years but that game had a profound effect on me and I sought out more and more wargames. Apparently I am still searching
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If you include AT style war games as wargames, at 7 or 8 I played my first game of
after my brother got it for Christmas.

If you want to only count hex/counter games as wargames my first game was
when I was 10 or 11. Looking back I am surprised that the gridlock and pace of this game didn't scare me away from wargames forever.
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I think it was Richthofen's War. If not that, then it was PanzerBlitz. I still have both games. I acquired them in the early 1970's.
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My first game was TSR's purple-cover Dungeon. That one is long gone.



But my first wargame was 1776. Christmas of '82 or '83, don't remember exactly. Yep, still have it.

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AH's Starship Trooper around 1980. I still have it.
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My Dad got me interested in WWII through model airplanes when I was 9. When I was 10, he brought this home and opened my eyes to a whole new world.
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My dad was so desperate for an opponent, he had me calling the shots in Richthofen's War when I was way to young to have any clue what was going on.

Edit: We still have it.
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[q="charlieturtle"]If you include AT style war games as wargames, at 7 or 8 I played my first game of
after my brother got it for Christmas.

This is me too, though I first played a bit older.

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First one I owned was Bismarck. I got it for Christmas. First one I played was a friend's copy of Tactics II.

Edit: I don't have Bismarck any more, wish I still did.
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First wargame? Tactics II, which I still have.
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Not counting some of the American Heritage series games I played with my buddies (e.g. Broadside), the first "real" wargame I ever played was Avalon Hill's Waterloo. My friend Karl introduced me to this world of wargaming via this classic, which was owned by his brother. I believe the year was 1973 and I was 10 years old. Amazingly, I now own that very same copy, as I traded for it with Karl for some other game I owned way back when.

The first wargame I ever bought for myself was another AH game, Tactics II, later that same year. I no longer have that game, as I traded it away to someone for something - I can't even remember what or when!
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The Russian Campaign



Played at a friend's house in 1979, aged eleven. He taught me the rules and we played while our parents chatted.

Hooked me straight away. It was even better once I realised that stacking was in fact not unlimited in city hexes (which came after pestering my parents to buy me a copy, then reading the rules).


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The African Campaign
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Star Fleet Battles

A friend sold me on it, and my original copy is long gone.

Now replaced by Federation Commander and Federation & Empire.
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Mine was Avalon Hill's War At Sea, I was in Grade 9, woulda been about 13 or 14 then. New nothing about wargames then, just saw the box, with the ships and planes and the "You can change history" and was hooked. Still have it!
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PanzerBlitz

My dad had Blitzkrieg but wouldn't play it with me so I got Panzerblitz ...

Played it to death ... RIP
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Blitzkrieg was my first true wargame even before I got more juvenile games like Admirals, Sub Search and Tank Battle. I was eleven when I saw it in a Christmas catalogue (Sears or Eatons) and I really had no idea what I was getting into when I told my parents that was the one gift I really wanted.

Decades later, I still have it.
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Blitzkrieg was my first game also, in 1976.
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