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Ed Konstant
United States
North Redington
Florida
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10
Dec 2002*
The original version with its innovative combat results table is my favorite. Optional strategic air bombing rule gives U.S. player an unrealistic edge. Otherwise, a great game.
2002-12-28*
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Derek Wilmott
United States
Clemson
South Carolina
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10
Jan 2007*
Great simulation for veteran gamers.
2007-01-23*
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Alexander A Person
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10
Dec 2010
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Dò the Clef
France
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10
Jan 2012
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Matthew Rauh
United States
St. Peter
Minnesota
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9.5
Dec 2010
This game produces a lot of tension for both sides. The way retreats and losses and especially the engages work in the combat results table just keeps the players on edge. And the four possible victory conditions will keep you interested the whole time.
2010-12-14
Owned
Mark Taylor
United Kingdom
Gainsborough
Lincolnshire
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9
Mar 2005*
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Wade Hyett
United States
West Virginia
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9
May 2012
BB '81 is one of my all time favorite games. Bruno Sinigaglio did a great job with it. It's also one of the few games that I played literally dozens of times. Never got tired of it, either playing the Allies or the Germans. Two completely different play styles/strategies depending on the side. I just got too busy. Would definitely play again if I found the right time and an opponent.
2006-12-22*
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Paul Schwarzenbart
United States
Reedsburg
Wisconsin
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9
Dec 2008*
You can never have too many Battle of the Bulge games, and this one is very solid and playable. If you want a detailed simulation, look elsewhere. This medium complexity game provides flavor of the campaign and can be played to a finish during your lifetime. Good enough to merit owning two copies.
2008-12-21*
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Argeleb
Spain
Laguna de Duero
Valladolid
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Jan 2009*
Solo he jugado una vez hace muchos muchos años, pero fue tan intensa que aun la recuerdo, y fue de los primeros juegos que compre en Ebay. Soberbia simulacion con el sello de calidad en reglas clasicas y componentes suntuosos de Avalon Hill.
2009-01-03*
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Andrew Cooper
England
Gilberdyke
East Yorkshire
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Jul 2010
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R Runnels
United States
Castaic
California
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Sep 2010
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Jim Brown
United States
Quincy
Illinois
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9
Dec 2010
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Brian Zaugg
United States
Lehi
Utah
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Feb 2014
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Matthew Nicolai
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Apr 2015
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David Insley
United States
Cambridge
Maryland
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8.5
Jan 2005*
Probably the best game overall made on this battle.
2005-01-30*
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Anthony Terrana
United States
LaGrange
Georgia
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8.5
Feb 2012
Still good today. Better than 65 version. x2 copies.
2014-02-05
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E Butler
United States
Hughesville
Pennsylvania
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Oct 2001*
get Bulge 1980 version if you can find it. Smithsonian edition is a stripped down version of the classic, but also good - especially if time is a major concern.
2001-10-27*
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Paul Denhup
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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Dec 2009*
Classic game, reproduced many times.
2002-01-25*
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Diarmid Gibson
United Kingdom
Newcastle-under-Lyme
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Aug 2002*
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Cees Fisser
Netherlands
Leidschendam
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Nov 2003*
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June Hwang Wah
Singapore
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Apr 2010
These are actually 3 completely different games, one simple "classic" version in the 60s (never played), the vintage version from 1981 (highly recommended) and the Smithsonian version (never played). The rating is for the 1981 version. Cool game!

Nostalgia probably get it 0.5 points more than it should.
2010-04-21
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Brian Blad
United States
Mesa
AZ - Arizona
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May 2004*
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Richard Seeley
United States
Columbus
Indiana
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Dec 2004*
This upgrade of the '65 version added just the right amount of complexity. Glad to see it now has it's own listing here.
2004-12-05*
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Peter Mc
United States
Dunkirk
New York
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Aug 2010
1981 Ed. The Second Edition rules changes are a must (a few new counters were printed in the general, and I think later put into the boxes).

I think this is probably my all time sentimental favorite Bulge game. It has its own foibles but it is fast and fun, and I still really dig the map and counters after all these years.

(not sure why some people are mentioning the Smithsonian edition...it has a different box and game, and is listed separately on BGG...1991 edition).
2008-03-12*
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Tim Chandler
United States
Unspecified
Unspecified
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Jan 2007*
This is one of the best wargame designs I have owned and played, and I own hundreds of them. Many have argued for certain rules changes, but when you study the designer's reasons for each rule, it is hard to argue against him.
2007-01-01*
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Sergio B
Spain
Calatayud
Zaragoza
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Feb 2008*
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Merrill Wright
United States
Florida
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8
Mar 2008*
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Gerardo Peinador
Spain
Madrid
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Apr 2008*
Con traduccion
2008-04-26*
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Bob Christie
United States
Pembroke
Massachusetts
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May 2008*
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Roderick Chapman
England
Birmingham
West Midlands
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Jul 2008*
3 copies
2008-07-05*
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Phil Adams
United States
Cambria
California
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Dec 2008*
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John Bandettini
United Kingdom
London
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8
Feb 2009*
I read in a thread on here some time ago that there are more games about the Battle of the Bulge than any other battle. So if I was to claim this is the best, it would be very hard to justfy as I have only played a few. But I will say it's the best Bulge game I have played, make of that what you may.

This game is a second generation Avalon Hill classic. It has a fairly simple game structure with just enough chrome to make it interesting and suitable for it's subject.

If you don't have time to try all the Bulge games, you could do far worse than try this one.
2009-12-01
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United Kingdom
London
London
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Dec 2010
This is one of my favourite Bulge games, and one I have played a lot.

In my opinion the first edition is actually better balanced than the second, which I think was altered, strengthening the Americans and weakening the Germans, more to make up for inept American defensive play than for the alleged additional historical accuracy.

2010-12-09
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Lewis Goldberg
United States
Arnold
Missouri
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Apr 2014
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Gene Dickens
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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Oct 2009*
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Finster Dexter
United States
Orem
UTAH
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Jun 2011
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Steve Carter
United States
Woodbury
Minnesota
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Jun 2014
This version has more chrome than the '65 version, but it still plays well
2014-06-14
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Gary Barr
United Kingdom
Ballyclare N.Ireland
Co Antrim
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Sep 2010
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Doug Cooley
United States
Portland
Oregon
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8
Feb 2011
Thirty years old and still a classic. Surprisingly good production values for an AH game of this era.
2011-02-03
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Tom Baranowski

Oak Park
Illinois
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Jul 2011
I own Wacht am Rhein, and the original AH Bulge. This game was a definate improvement over the original game. The game was still kept simple but remained fun to play.
2011-07-29
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Brett W
United States
Grand Rapids
Michigan
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Nov 2011
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Roger Hobden
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
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Dec 2011
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Dave Y
United States
San Antonio
Texas
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Dec 2011
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Patrick Gale
United Kingdom
Bucks
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Mar 2012
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Maréchal de Camp
Sweden
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Jan 2013
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Richard Partin
United States
Urbana
Illinois
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Jan 2015
Purchased a complete used copy, January 2013. Very glad to have a copy of this game back in my collection (have owned the 1965 and 1991 versions), especially this particular edition. A "7" was my initial rating while playing the basic version, with some variants and advanced rules thrown in. After playing the basic scenario again in early 2015 I bumped my rating up to 8, as it's a very fun GAME to play (I'm not anal about historical detail), effectively recreating the feel of the bulge the Germans carve out, hampered by the geography of rough ground, dense forest, multiple rivers, and choke points at bridge locations, plus resultant traffic jams. In addition, all the advanced or optional rules take together give it more layers of depth to game play. And, for the Allies, the challenge of deciding how to use limited forces and reinforcements to block German advances at key points, or fall back and realign at crucial junctures. Throughout it requires a lot of thought and consideration, but plays quickly--really a nice balance of both.
2015-01-28
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Tom Boeche
United States
Nebraska City
68410
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Feb 2013
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Ron Largusa
United States
Eureka
California
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Apr 2013
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SteelVictory
United States
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Sep 2013
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Jeff Clay
United States
Salt Lake City
Utah
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Apr 2014
Played solo. A well deserved classic. Lots of ways for germans to win which means of course many ways for the germans to lose. Can be quite tense and just as equally enjoyable.
2014-04-06
Owned

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