Beautiful Wargames
Steve Hope
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Woodside
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I know that the title of the list is a bit of an oxymoron for some, both because of the theme and because the wargames of our childhood were, by and large, aesthetically unappealing.

BUT...

I find myself more interested in the presentation of the wargames I'm playing as I get older. I'm looking for opinions on which games wargamers find really attractive visually.
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1. Board Game: Triumph of Chaos [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:1515]
Steve Hope
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Woodside
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I'll start with this one, which has a nice (understated) map and very detailed counters with appealing counter art.

As an aside, one fun thing about entering game numbers with the cool new GameID system is seeing the other games which flash by as you key in the number.
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2. Board Game: Bonaparte at Marengo [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:686]
 
Mark Christopher
United States
Salem
Massachusetts
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Ooooh, do I get to be the first to add Bonaparte at Marengo?

The ordered lines, the blue and red, the wonderfully subtle map. BaM is a visual joy, as far as I'm concerned. One of many things this game does right.
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3. Board Game: Friedrich [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:275]
Mark Christopher
United States
Salem
Massachusetts
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Another wargame with a beutiful map. I almost feel like I'm playing on one of those "world history" atlases.
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4. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (first edition) [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:191]
Mark Christopher
United States
Salem
Massachusetts
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Is A Game of Thrones a true wargame? My euro friends say it is, my gut isn't sure, and I've heard some say no. It does have a gorgeous map, though, that's a pleasure to just look at (which leads to other players telling me to finish placing my orders).
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5. Board Game: Prussia's Glory [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:3691]
Mark Christopher
United States
Salem
Massachusetts
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There's something about the maps in both Prussia's Glory and most of Ben Hull's Musket & Pike games that really appeal to me and draw me in.
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6. Board Game: Summer Storm: The Battle of Gettysburg [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:4563]
Jay Stainbrook
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Seattle
Washington
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Just got this one. Map is fantastic.
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7. Board Game: Manassas [Average Rating:8.33 Unranked]
M King
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Wilder
Kentucky
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Gorgeous map done in a very period style, with counters that gave a feeling of "the look" of historical battle maps. Though recent games have more color, this game accomplished a lot within the limitations of game production of its time. Though long OOP, I couldn't resist adding it to this list.
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8. Board Game: Bitter Woods (fourth edition) [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:1607]
Alan Kaiser
United States
Aurora
Colorado
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This one is a beauty. The big box makes you want to open it up and see what's inside. The cover art is great and what's inside doesn't disapoint either. The map is large and very well done. The counters are large as well and they are also very attractive. Great package. And the game is very good as well.
 
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9. Board Game: Guilford [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:2244]
L Myrick
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Pasadena
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The whole American Revolutionary War series from GMT has beautiful Mark Simonitch maps and clean, attractive Rodger MacGowan counters. Nice to look at, nice to play.
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10. Board Game: Von Manstein's Backhand Blow [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:2430]
Jeffrey D Myers
United States
Los Ranchos
New Mexico
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I found this game incredibly clean and attractive. Picture shows start positions, the Soviets poised to punch through....
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11. Board Game: Britannia [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:352]
Justin
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the ffg production of britannia is amazing
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12. Board Game: The Last Days of the Grande Armee [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:5240]
Robert Wesley
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Aberdeen
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Check this out as it ought to get some 'props' from folks with its excellent graphics, superb gaming innovations, and especially at the 'scale' portrayed with it all!
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robot<--approved BY the "Imperial Guards" no less!
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13. Board Game: The Next War [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:2745]
Dan Stueber
United States
Vernon Hills
Illinois
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I really like the look of the old SPI wargames, especially the large multi map games like The Next War. The pieces were suttle but very easily read, the maps are very nicely done in nice colors. All in all I like the old stuff.
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14. Board Game: Nobunaga: A Dangerous Time [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
 
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Texas
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This is turning out to be a real beauty. I hope it ends up just as attractive as these early examples.
So what are you waiting for? Preorder it, and we'll see for sure.
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15. Board Game: Age of Napoleon [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1131]
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Nebraska
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Phalanx does a great job with their components. I had to try out Age of Napoleon from the pictures alone. The gameplay was great, but I'm hoping the second edition will make the diplomacy cards a little less powerful and army movement and maneuver a little more so.
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16. Board Game: A House Divided [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:629]
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Nebraska
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Another Phalanx gem, this one a reprint--the 3rd edition of A House Divided and by far and away the best graphically. A great game that gets deservedly great treatment (aside from some minor, if annoying quirks, such as the wrong number of stripes on the american flag and a map background that can lead to vertigo).
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17. Board Game: Raid on St. Nazaire [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:1340]
Doug Iverson
United States
Ripon
Wisconsin
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The photos in the database dont really show the full mapboard in the best light. I very beautiful mapboard IMHO.
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18. Board Game: Paths of Glory [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:45]
Dan Poole
United States
Goldsboro
North Carolina
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I always thought this was a very pretty war game
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19. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:69]
David Brown
United Kingdom
STOCKPORT
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I'm one of the few who didn't like this game (my copy is in excellent condition) but it's a stunning looking game
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20. Board Game: Fifth Corps [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:3830]
Dave Rubin
United States
Trenton
New Jersey
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I was always partial to the Central Front series, at least while it was being done by Simonsen at SPI.
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21. Board Game: Lock 'N Load: ANZAC Attack [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked]
Jason Lewandowski
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Lincoln
Nebraska
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I still love the art work on the Lock N Load counters. I know some don't care for the maps, but overall, very pleasing to the eye when I sit down to play!
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22. Board Game: The Killing Ground [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:3005]
Ken Feldman
United States
Seattle
Washington
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When I look at the map and counters for this game, I think this is what it would look like if SPI were still publishing games today. It combines the best features of the old SPI graphics (clear, easy to understand information on the maps and counters) with beautiful artwork on the map. The counters especially look like the old ones from SPI, but with much higher quality (well centered and good die-cutting).
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23. Board Game: Quebec 1759 [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:1438]
Matthew Vantries
United States
Woodbury
Minnesota
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I bought this game just because I love the map. One of the most beautiful game boards I've ever seen.
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24. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:995]
Mark the Legendary
Hong Kong
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All of different kind of weapons/soliders have different outlook according to history. It is attractive to non-wargamers as well.
 
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25. Board Game: Napoleon in Europe [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:2026]
Mr. B @ Rockin' B
United States
Batavia
Ohio
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I have always thought this game had a gorgeous map along with some of Eagle's other war games. I probably either need to play it, sell it, or trade it rather than keep holding on to it for the map.
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