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Another 25 Wargames Played and Rated
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These are the last 25 wargames I've played, both solo and aganist others. This will probably be the last list of this type for sometime, as my wargame buying and trading frenzy is very much over.

I've made three others lists like this:
http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/33545
http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/35350
http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/37170
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1. Board Game: The Last Days of the Grande Armee [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:5170]
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Good game supported by one of the best chit-pull mechanics I've yet seen. Decisions are always tense for both players, which is a good sign. Very underrated, although I think the map is a bit of an eye-sore.
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2. Board Game: Wilderness War [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:363]
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This is a superb way to understand this forgotten but dramatic war. Few games balance history and playability as well as this one. I love the different units included and how they interact within the game system; it really illustrates the strengths and weaknesses of each type of soldier. The cards lack a bit of variety, and I wish there was a card for Washington, but these are minor quibbles.

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http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/400985
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3. Board Game: Unhappy King Charles! [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:780]
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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A quality CDG that simulates the period and the warfare with little fuss. If you want a fast and furious game look elsewhere; this is a battle of position in which the real objective is the capture of positions.

My Review:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/404353

My Session Report:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/364375
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4. Board Game: Waterloo [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:6833]
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Could also be titled "Battle of the Bulge Napoleonic Edition." Okay game, but many of the Avalon Hill classics have aged much better than this one.
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5. Board Game: Texas Glory: 1835-36 [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:2945]
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Very balanced and enjoyable game on a topic rarely covered and one I'm not very interested in (all that don't mess with Texas stuff annoys me). Options are a bit limited in terms of maneuver, and I think there are better block games, but this one stacks up admirably to its brothers because it has an interesting mix of units and some good supply rules. This is probably the Columbia Game that comes closet to being a CDG in the We the People tradition, although it really isn't one.
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6. Board Game: Napoleon: The Waterloo Campaign, 1815 [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:658]
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A tense and interesting operational treatment of the Waterloo Campaign. I actually prefer the third edition, because it seems more balanced, but the second edition is still good and a faster game for sure.

My Session Report:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/367512
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7. Board Game: Biafra! [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:7504]
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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Dice heavy, but this small game actually packs quite a few options and does a good job of modeling the conflict. Rules, however, have holes and the subject doesn't interest me enough.

My Session Report:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/368757
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8. Board Game: For the People [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:495]
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I think the politics of the war is superbly captured. The problems though are too much for me to completely accept this game. The naval rules are clunky and I think they could use a good streamlining. The deck offers great card options, but given the complexity, I'd like to see the decks separated the way they are in Paths of Glory. Worst part though is the CRT. It is perpetually stuck in 1861-63. If this were a simpler game then I wouldn't hold some of these points against For the People, but by being so complex (for a CDG at least) I require greater attention to accuracy or at least the chaos that makes Paths of Glory eternally amusing although not a hyper-accurate simulation. I'll stay with Eric Lee Smith's classic, but hopefully this game will one day rise above its shortcomings because if it does then it will rocket straight to my top 10.

My Review:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/407946
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9. Board Game: Monmouth [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:2084]
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Another superb offering from my favorite wargame series.

My Review:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/382934

My Session Report:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/369695
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10. Board Game: Tet Offensive [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:7689]
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This is a tough battle to game and that being said Chadwick mostly succeeded in pinning down the essence of the Tet Offensive and the Vietnam War. It lacks panache though. There are not enough tough decisions to make and I'm not sure I like the combat system. The worst part is the hideous map. It looks like someone vomited colors and geometric shapes. It isn't even functional.
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11. Board Game: 1806: Rossbach Avenged [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:4552]
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Zucker's achievement here is impressive: he has created an interesting game on Napoleon's most lopsided victory while remaining true to the strengths and weaknesses of each side. I highly recommend this for those interested in the Napoleonic Wars.

My Review:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/380796
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12. Board Game: The War for the Union [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:3911]
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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There is a lot to like in the game, especially how leaders, fatigue, and supplies are handled. However, there are some grave holes in the history and the gameplay. First Bull Run cannot occur as it did historically because of the rigid IGU-UGO system. Naval rules are way too complicated and the blockade is not well handled at all. Worst part is Confederate manpower: it isn't too hard too see the Rebels field large armies that can stop anything the Yanks put up. Also according to the game the war ended in a draw. That is very silly. What is surprising is that adherents to this game argue that it has more historical value than The Civil War. I must firmly disagree, while conceding that it does have some merit. This game needs a second edition.

My Review:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/407950
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13. Board Game: Kutuzov [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:2886]
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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A very involved game and a strong simulation with a lot of nuance once you get passed the complicated rules that can be a real pain up front. I'd like to see a more streamlined version of this applied to other Napoleonic campaigns like the defensive phase of the Peninsular War, the first Italian Campaign, and the Danube Campaign.

My Review:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/384576

My Session Report:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/372244
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14. Board Game: Clash of the Eagles: Borodino & Friedland [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:6284]
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My first exposure to the Napoleon's Last Battles system and I feel mixed about it because while it includes rules for leaders and demoralization you have a ridiculous CRT. I don't mind it in simple games, but when you include things like leaders and multiple special rules, the CRT looks like a lazy afterthought. Use either my variant or Markus Stumptner's Last Battles of Napoleon which includes chit-pull and orders.

My Review:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/394171

My Session Reports:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/372981
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/378310

My Variant:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/372655
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15. Board Game: Caesar in Alexandria [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:3848]
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Fast playing and beautiful game on a somewhat obscure subject. Egyptians barely have a prayer and the naval battle has no bearing on the land battle. Not a classic, but worth a play if you love ancient warfare or the GBOH series.
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16. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:69]
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The 1st Punic War variant is fast to play and maybe good as a change of pace, but it is shoe-horned into the base game. Try it yourself but don't expect anything as good as the original.

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http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/392190
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17. Board Game: 1918: Storm in the West [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:3271]
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This is essentially a what-if game as Raicer correctly believes that the German plan for victory in 1918 was doomed to failure. Options are wide open and both sides have major difficulties to overcome. However, I think a tactical treatment of any of the battles that occurred in 1918 would be a more fun game.

My Review:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/406839
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18. Board Game: Rommel in the Desert [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:627]
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This is a quality game and a good simulation. I found the rules very easy to read and understand. Rules for supply and disruption add excellent touches. The actual game involves a lot of bluffing, supply management, and the proper use of combined arms. My only grip is that the large hexes negate grand maneuvering and it can be easy for either side to set up a strong defensive position. Fortunately the victory conditions encourage offensive action.
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19. Board Game: Devil's Horsemen [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:2423]
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This game is a lot of fun if you use the excellent Simple GBoH. The battles are a whirling contest of cavalry. Mongols are understandably favored, but Berg and Herman thankfully decided to cover the battles that the Mongols almost lost, like Indus, and the great Mamluk victory at Ayn Jalut.
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20. Board Game: Risk 2210 A.D. [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:745]
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An interesting variant on Risk, but the theme isn't something that excites my interest. Further plays might see a higher rating.
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21. Board Game: Guadalcanal [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:4404]
Sean Chick (Formerly Paul O'Sullivan)
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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I like just about everything in this game save air search: it strikes me as a little too fiddly and unrealistic. I think it fails as an introductory wargame, but for an experienced wargamer this is easy to play.

My Review:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/387004

My Session Report:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/381964
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22. Board Game: The Battle of the Bulge [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:4240]
Sean Chick (Formerly Paul O'Sullivan)
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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Plays fast, is a lot of fun, and doesn't insult history. I don't know why this game isn't rated a high as Midway, Afrika Korps, and Jutland.

My Review:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/398727

My Session Report:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/381572
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23. Board Game: Modern Naval Battles: Global Warfare [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:3807]
Sean Chick (Formerly Paul O'Sullivan)
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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A fast and fun card game. Cards decide a lot of the strategy, but this one still requires enough skill to make it a good game.
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24. Board Game: Risk: Star Wars Original Trilogy Edition [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1289]
Sean Chick (Formerly Paul O'Sullivan)
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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This is a fun game with some interesting options. Envokes the theme without being too clunky. Something like War of the Ring (first edition) would be nice although it will probably never happen.
 
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25. Board Game: History of the World [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:390]
Sean Chick (Formerly Paul O'Sullivan)
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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Few games have a truly epic feel but this one certainly does. The sweep of history is conveyed within a simple system, making it play relatively fast while being rarely boring.

Session Report by Leo Zappa:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/407640

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