Wargames that take 3 hours or less (Please add to the list!)
True Blue Jon
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I grew up on AH wargames such as Civilization, Diplomacy, and Kingmaker and love them. The problem is finding the time when you have a wife and child. What are the best wargames out there now that can be played in 3 hours or less? Please add to the list!
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51. Board Game: Red Storm Rising [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:4206]
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I have this game and I think I've only played the basic version once and was pretty let down by the game. Is the advanced version any good?
 
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52. Board Game: Napoleon: The Waterloo Campaign, 1815 [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:665]
Alan Richbourg
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Arlington
Texas
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I bought this game due to its short playing time (hours average around 2 hours so far). Quite nice, perhaps a little dry to some people though.
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53. Board Game: Napoleon at Waterloo [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2527]
Gary Christiansen
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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You'll only find this second hand, ebay or from a used games shop, but SPI generated thousands of this dog eared game. It was a good short title, learnable in about 10 minutes and playable in under 30. There was a lot of replay to it as well, being one of the simplest titles on the topic ever with a balance close enough either side could win.
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54. Board Game: Assault on Hoth: The Empire Strikes Back [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1708]
Mike Rinehart
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Woodstock
Georgia
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This is an extremly entertaining boardgame. Action cards control who gets to move, fire, etc. Event cards come into play and provide random events, reinforcements and such. Very playable in under 3 hours.
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55. Board Game: Star Wars: Battle for Endor [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:5285]
Mike Rinehart
United States
Woodstock
Georgia
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I like Star Wars games (can ya tell!!?) This game is definitely playable in under 3 hours. It is a Solitaire game with the same kind of Action/Event card system. A series of "directives" control enemy (Imperial) behavior against the player (Rebels). I've played this game once on Saturday not too long ago. It was a blast.
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56. Board Game: Leningrad [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:3531]
Steve Malton
United States
Pleasant HIll
California
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Leningrad is a traditional hex and counter wargame based on the same rules used in Panzergruppe Guderian. It can be played in 90 minutes.
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57. Board Game: Bulge [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:6455]
Steve Malton
United States
Pleasant HIll
California
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Bulge and The Big Red One (same game) is a traditional hex and counter game that can be played in an hour.
 
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58. Board Game: Advanced Tobruk [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
Ken Feldman
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Seattle
Washington
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Most scenarios in the Advanced Tobruk System (other games include: Arnhem: Defiant Stand, Scottish Corridor, Against All Odds, Santa Maria Infante and Panther Line) take less than 3 hours. The boxed games come with a basic game that only has 4 pages of rules, so you can begin playing within a few minutes after opening the box.
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59. Board Game: Friedrich [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:275]
True Blue Jon
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The comparisons to Condottierre have me very intrigued about this one.
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60. Board Game: World in War: Combined Arms 1939-1945 [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:4253]
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Another recent game that looks interesting.
 
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61. Board Game: Bonaparte at Marengo [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:686]
Mark Christopher
United States
Salem
Massachusetts
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In the wonderful game, Bonaparte at Marengo, this is how to get nasty Frenchies out of a village.
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62. Board Game: Prussia's Glory [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:3695]
Mark Christopher
United States
Salem
Massachusetts
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This game was designed by a father of, I believe, seven, who wanted a wargame that could be played on a busy weekend. The Battle scenarios can probably be played in 60-90 minutes, double that if you play the main scenarios (and playing the main, with the approaches, is the meat of the game). Excellent, relatively light, traditional wargame.
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63. Board Game: Target Arnhem: Across 6 Bridges [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2328]
Jeffrey D Myers
United States
Los Ranchos
New Mexico
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Pretty good beer-and-pretzels introductory wargame, now available from MultiMan Publishing (MMP). For balancing as appropriate, use two (rules as written), one, or zero extra paratroop actions in the first impulse.
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64. Board Game: Hordes of the Things [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:2164]
James Murphy
United States
Dallas
Texas
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A very fun set of miniature wargame rules, standard HoTT games play out in less than an hour. The rules are simple, yet convincingly portray regiment based battles. The army creation system is quick and easy, allowing for everything from goblin hordes to spacemen fleets. And unlike another popular fantasy wargame, no need to worry about tremendous rules disparities, conflicts or unchecked heroes and wizards defeating an entire army ;-)
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65. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:226]
Robert Martin
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Atlanta
Georgia
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A great multiplayer wargame that lasts about 60 - 90 minutes. No turtling here, conflict is built right into the system!
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66. Board Game: Conquest of the Empire [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:2244]
David Voderberg
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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I love this game, and you can get in a good game at right about three hours.
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67. Board Game: De Bellis Antiquitatis [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:1250]
Kayl
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Seal Beach
California
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Seems if you're going to include Hordes of the Things...
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68. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1]
Julien Bonnard
France
Lyon
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Quite playable in less than 3 hours. The question remains : is Twilight Struggle a Wargame or a boardgame ? However, this is a hugely enjoyable game, with excellent replayability.
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69. Board Game: Viktory II [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1784]
Ryan Bowling
United States
Unspecified
Texas
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Some games will go over 3 hours, but in general, games should take 3 hours or less. It varies depending on how many players are playing, and how large of a map you setup (it can vary in size).
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70. Board Game: Guilford [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:2245]
 
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The historical scenario in Guilford and Eutaw Springs are both to be played in 3 hours...
 
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71. Board Game: Napoleon's Triumph [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:193]
Joe Hill
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Milwaukee
Wisconsin
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2 December Scenario takes 2 hours according to the rules.

1 December scenario takes 3 hours according to the rules.
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72. Board Game: World at War: Eisenbach Gap [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:978]
Elwyn Darden
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Richmond
Virginia
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Surprised this has not already been added to the list. Very quick game to learn and play. Recently played four games in a single day with enough time to learn and play a different game after dinner. All four games were tense, and the one scenario that we repeated played and felt entirely different between the two playings due to different plans and different activiation sequences.
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73. Board Game: June '44 [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:5054]
Danny Holte
United States
Fullerton
California
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Takes 3 hours after you've played a few times.

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74. Board Game: Drive on Kursk: July 1943 [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:5324]
Bill Lawson
United States
Rutland
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New S&T game. Solid game for a magazine game. I played a solo in 2 1/2 hours my first time. I don't see this taking much longer for 2 players or experienced players.
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75. Board Game: The Drive On Metz (second edition) [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:4254]
Seth Owen
United States
Norwich
Connecticut
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Plays in an hour or so.
 
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