Wargames with TOP quality components
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There are so many threads that discuss the shortcomings of wargame components as compared to euros. The quality of some recent titles is vastly improved but the genre as a whole has a long way to go. I thought I'd start a geeklist of games that have the type of quality components that you wish all your wargames had...
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1. Board Game: Napoleon's Triumph [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:194]
Michael Tan
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When this one is all setup, you really feel like a general formulating a battle plan at your HQ camp...
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2. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:205]
 
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Mounted maps. Textured paper. Full color EVERYTHING.
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3. Board Game: Friedrich [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:277]
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Mounted board, lovely wooden pieces for the armies, nice playing cards.
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4. Board Game: Successors (third edition) [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:550]
Brad Miller
United States
Seattle
Washington
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GMT gives us a mounted board, for this updated reprint of a CDG classic.
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5. Board Game: A House Divided [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:630]
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Phalanx did a good job with this old GDW game.
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6. Board Game: The Devil's Cauldron: The Battles for Arnhem and Nijmegen [Average Rating:8.17 Overall Rank:1028]
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Bautiful maps.
Wonderful artwork.
Great counters.
Comprehensive play aids.
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7. Board Game: Age of Napoleon [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1130]
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You'd expect nothing less from Mayfair Games...
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8. Board Game: Britannia [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:354]
Brian Morris
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Raytown
Missouri
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One of my favorite games with some of the nicest components in the Fantasy Flight edition.Big thick counters, large mounted mapboard with artwork that is top notch.
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9. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:71]
Daniel Harrison
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Sydney
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A top quality remake. Lots of drama around the promotional plastic generals and 'jigsaw' map but regardless this is top notch.
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10. Board Game: Warriors of God [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:706]
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Beautiful map by Mark Mahaffey and counters by Niko Eskubi.
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11. Board Game: Fire in the Sky: The Great Pacific War 1941-1945 [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:1214]
Jack Defevers
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Fort Thomas
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Gorgeous box art, gorgeous (and unusual) map, gorgeous (and large) counters.



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Nevin Ball
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Dallas
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12. Board Game: Axis & Allies Anniversary Edition [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:518]
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This is the "collector's edtion" of A&A so you'd figure it has first rate components throughout.
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13. Board Game: Bitter Woods (fourth edition) [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:1610]
Dan Owsen
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Redmond
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Big counters and card stock map-- both with nice, simple, functional design-- make this a better than average war game production in my book. The game play is pretty good too. The box is a little big though...
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14. Board Game: Streets of Stalingrad (third edition) [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:2769]
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But don't forget what got L2DG started.
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15. Board Game: Napoleon in Europe [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:2026]
 
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While it's not really the greatest game in the world, I think the board and components for this one are breathtaking.
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16. Board Game: The Burning Blue [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:1535]
Robert Wilson
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Riverview
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This game to me for some reason really hits the spot, the graphics work by LBW is excellent , especially on the map that is very indicative of the plotter boards they used in Fighter Command HQ.

The counters and cards arent too shabby either!

It also has probably the best written rulebook of any wargame I own
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17. Board Game: España 1936 [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:1103]
Colin Hunter
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This should have been on earlier. Nice quality counters, mounted board and if art is up for consideration, nice art too.
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18. Board Game: Waterloo: Napoleon's Last Battle [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:3739]
Jon Badolato
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Another Phalanx production. Similar to Age of Napoleon in quality of components. Full color cards, nice thick counters, mounted board with pleasing colors, etc...



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19. Board Game: The Russian Campaign (fourth edition) [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:1822]
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L2DG did the 4th edition of a favorite.
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20. Board Game: Bitter End: Attack to Budapest, 1945 [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:3190]
Michael Taylor
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This is the game that I thought of with this list. It has a really great map that pictorally really looks like a winter scene. The hex grid blends into the background of the map, but not so much that you can't see it. The grid is still there, and it is noticable, but it doesn't detract from the rest of the map.

The counters look very nice, especially the armor counters that have the pictures of the AFV on them. The different color of the counters make them easy to find.

The organizational charts look good, and have pictures of the actual fighting on them. They make a nice backdrop for the set up charts.

This is a very pretty game.

Mike
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21. Board Game: The Seven Days of 1809 [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:3357]
Jason Roach
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Although it may not have plastic, hard mounted boards or oversized counters, the box art, map and counter art are outstanding and they all come together very well in this game. I think it is also one of the best of OSG's "Days series."


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22. Board Game: The First World War [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:3292]
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Then Phalanx printed this.
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23. Board Game: Russia Besieged [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:2997]
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Then L2DG came up with their own design for the Eastern Front.
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San Diego
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Okay, I know this one's old... but I still believe that the graphics on this game are absolutely beautiful. The grayish blue Luftwaffe units, the field gray Germans, the New Zealanders, the two tones of orange/yellow for the Brits / Americans, the purple (!) Poles, and of course, the black SS units... not to mention the first, IMHO, truly beautiful mapboard.
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25. Board Game: Lock 'n Load: Band of Heroes [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:1042]
Robert Ramirez
United States
San Antonio
Texas
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The whole Lock 'N Load series came to mind, specially now that they are putting out V2 of Lock 'N Load Band of Heroes with the NICE haloless maps (which basically make the already great maps look even better.....the look great AND they are functional). The counters look pretty amazing too with nice sharp and clear art.
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