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Severus Snape
Canada
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As Maxim 168 says: "L'espérance, toute trompeuse qu'elle est, sert au moins à nous mener à la fin de la vie par un chemin agréable."
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"I'm not allowed to say how many planes joined the raid, but I counted them all out and I counted them all back." Brian Hanrahan
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Jan 2007*
Too bad Randy Heller does not seem to do much these days except gripe about other designers on CSW. I wish he would get back in the game and give us other great games.
2013-09-28
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brian coyne
Canada
etobicoke
ontario
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8.5
Aug 2011
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William Lisi
United States
Fort Collins
Colorado
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8.5
Dec 2013
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Greg Blanchett
United States
Lewisville
Texas
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Mar 2008*
Another graphical update to the same basic game...
2012-12-23
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Mark W. Johnson
United States
Casper
Wyoming
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May 2010
Components are the best I've seen for a game of this scale. A superb rendition of a game that must be considered the "classic" of the field.
2007-03-10*
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Gene Dickens
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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Oct 2009*
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Clément CHAILLOU
France
CLAMART
Other (Non U.S.)
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Nov 2012
Une partie jouée, règles simples à prendre en main. Situation assez difficile pour l'américain.
2012-09-29
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Christian S.
Germany
Berlin
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Feb 2011
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Dave Y
United States
San Antonio
Texas
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Dec 2011
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Paul O'Connor
United States
San Marcos
California
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Jun 2008*
Right up there with the Russian Campaign as the best of the classic Avalon Hill panzer pushers.
2008-06-30*
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Jens Kaufmann
Germany
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Oct 2011
Pretty good Bulge-game which seems to be an improved version of the old 81'-Bulge game. Fine game for beginners - also the best-looking L2-game so far.
2005-10-03*
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Kenneth Wofford
United States
Bethesda
Maryland
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Jul 2009*
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Francesc Estelles
Spain
VALENCIA
SPAIN
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May 2009*
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Alberto Fugazza
Italy
Gorla Minore (VA)
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Sep 2009*
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Bob Nash
United States
North Chesterfield
Virginia
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May 2014
Best balance of paybility and historical realism of any game I have played on Battle of the Bulge, and I have played almost every one there is. Only 2 or 3 others match it for historical accuracy and none are as playable, One of best wargame designs I have tried. Have owned and played evey professionaly published version of it from its initial release. This production is the masterpeice.. the best of the lot. The subject, for which so much is noneand written,is the only thing keepinig it from being a 10.
2009-09-30
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Mike Brown
United States
Owatonna
Minnesota
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Oct 2012
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B Orr
United States
Southlake
Texas
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Galactus wants to know if you have been Naughty or Nice
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6.5
May 2009*
maybe the best looking 'chit' wargame on the market.
2009-05-06
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Ken Feldman
United States
Seattle
Washington
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Sep 2011
The basic game rules are very easy, almost suitable for an introductory wargame. Yet the combat results table (CRT) and the optional rules add enough flavor and detail to make this a very interesting game. The graphics are exceptional. Like most Battle of the Bulge games, it covers only the period of the German offensive, but there is an expansion availabe that allows for the Allied counterattack to reduce the Bulge.

This rating could go up if repeat play shows that it produces tight, balanced results.
2014-03-06
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Dan Owsen
United States
Redmond
Washington
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May 2013
A fun game with easy mechanics and interesting chrome. Feels like just the right amount of detail, with the map and force pools creating the unique situation. It's a game of maneuver and not head-to-head combat. Make sure to guard the critical villages as the US in the early game, even if it's just one unit, as once the Germans clear a path it can be difficult to plug the hole. Game components are top notch.
2009-04-23
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Alex Milner
Australia
Brunswick
Victoria
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Nov 2009*
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Daniel Berger
United States
Littleton
Colorado
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Jun 2013
After one abbreviated game, my initial impressions were not great. It definitely seems like a chess game for the Americans, who must move certain units into certain hexes and perform specific actions early in the game.

And that's only if the Germans don't get an ENG result, or knock you past that one chateux. Otherwise, you can get the Germans flying across the board at break neck speed because there aren't any supply restrictions at all in the first four turns.

The end result is what feels very much like a game, but not a simulation. The good news is that the rules are pretty easy to grasp, the exceptions minimal and the game is good looking. So, a game I might play again from time to time, but would generally prefer one of the other Bulge games over this.
2013-06-28
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Myk Deans
United States
Hillsboro
Oregon
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May 2013
[2013/05/25] Beautiful production, but a fairly straight-forward old-school style game. Some chrome, but overall it suffers in comparison with Ardennes '44.
2013-05-25
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John Clifford
United Kingdom
Bolton
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Jul 2012
Just another Bulge game
2007-07-28*
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Nigel Wright
United Kingdom
Ruddington, Nottingham
England
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Herge's Adventures of Tintin!
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Oct 2009*
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Chad Marlett
United States
Plymouth
Michigan
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Wherever You Go, There You Are
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With no certain future, and no purpose other than to prevail
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Feb 2015
Deluxe Edition with expansion.

Several plays confirm that BW is too chess-like for my taste. In particular, a wrong move by the US player on turn 1 or 2 and it is all over. A few 'Engaged' or D3 results on the turn 1 German attacks can also be very bad.

I think I prefer more of a simulation, and even FAB:The Bulge is a more realistic account of the battle.
2013-06-28
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Joao Pedro Cruz
Portugal
Coimbra
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Oct 2014
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Kev.
United States
Austin
Texas
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Dec 2012
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Greg Teemer
United States
Prosper
Texas
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Dec 2008*
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Pete Atack
United States
Round Rock
Texas
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Dec 2007*
Components look great & it's easy to learn, but play was lacking in all respects for me. I'd play Iron Tide or Ardennes '44 anyday before this.

If you want a game that is a chess-like experience in the Bulge this is perfect, but beyond that it does not feel like a Ardennes simulation to me. I can see how this is popular in tournaments especially if you sit around ahead of time and game out every move and countermove to some level of perfection, but this is the one Bulge game where one poor turn will literally doom the rest of play.
2007-12-31*
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Bill Topritzhofer
United States
Chippewa Falls
Wisconsin
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David Glenn
United States
Cambridge
Massachusetts
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Roberto Zaghis
Italy
Sesto San Giovanni
Milano
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TOO MANY GAMES FOR A SINGLE LIFE.. I'll have to consider undeath...
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Robert Hawkins
United States
Mooresville
North Carolina
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Alan Kaiser
United States
Aurora
Colorado
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Gorgeous art on the box, counters and map. Also, the box is huge (bigger than Europe Engulfed!), almost unnessarily so. The rules are pretty easy and not all that long (about 12 pages or so without optional rules) so this isn't one of those games with a huge learning curve.
2007-01-15*
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Robert Choi
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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Jeffrey D Myers
United States
Los Ranchos
New Mexico
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"Always rely upon a happy mind alone." Geshe Chekhawa.
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Plus expansion.
2006-06-07*
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Seth Owen
United States
Norwich
Connecticut
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Mario Pawlowski
Germany
Datteln
Unspecified
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Germany
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Traded away.
2009-06-26
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Jonny Lawless
United States
Bountiful
Utah
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Love my girls!
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My name is Glenn! Long have I carried Cyrus's hopes and dreams, and now I bear the Masamune as well! Henceforth, I claim them as my own! I shall slay the Fiendlord Magus and restore our honor!
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Thomas Granvold
United States
Santa Clara
California
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Tom Wells

Gilbert
Arizona
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Darrell Hanning
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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Mark Hatfield
United States
Mt. Vernon
Ohio
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James Crosfield
United Kingdom
Gillingham
Dorset
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William Hay
United States
Dallas
Texas
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Steven Mitchell
United States
New York
New York
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Fco. Javier Moreno
Spain
Huelva
Andalucia
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Juan Siso
Spain
barcelona
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Mark Kalina
United States
Vernon
Connecticut
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