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Board Game: D-Day at Omaha Beach [Average Rating:8.27 Overall Rank:338]
Bobby Ramsey
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Columbus
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For some reason, this is sitting on my desk here at the office.
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Board Game: D-Day at Omaha Beach [Average Rating:8.27 Overall Rank:338]
Jonathan Jones
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Bellingham
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I'm in the middle of playing the second scenario at the moment so this is a bit preliminary, but...

This is a well fleshed out solitaire wargame, structured on the company level with an amazing level of historical detail/accuracy. I'll begin with the only negative I've discovered: The component quality (2nd printing 2013) leaves much to be desired. I swear, my copy of Ambush has better chits! The card stock is thin but the 57.5X89mm “Chimera” sleeves fixed that in short order.

This is one of the iconic designs for solitaire wargames (thank you John Butterfield), and as such came to my table with large shoes to fill. I will say that while I am still in the initial “best game ever” phase on this one, I think it's a solid design and serves to both educate the player on the historical and military aspects of the engagement and to keep them immersed as well. It's reputation for difficulty (to win, not to play) is well deserved.

The rule-book is straightforward and answered almost every question I had; save one regarding the fate of a 3 step unit and accumulated step loss, which was easily answered with a BGGforum query. That said, I wouldn't suggest a play-through without BGG user Jan Tuijp 's brilliant flip-book. I found BGG user AGKorson 's reference panel(s) to be very useful as well; once the mechanics become automatic it serves to avoid page flipping to reference US barrage Tables, German Fire tables and the like almost entirely.

Due to DdaOB's status in the (solitaire) wargaming pantheon, it's freakish historical accuracy and it's dead-brilliant randomizing mechanics this title will likely be on my shelf for many years to come.
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Board Game: D-Day at Omaha Beach [Average Rating:8.27 Overall Rank:338]
Rick Vinyard
United States
Las Cruces
New Mexico
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4th D-Day at Omaha Beach

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Board Game: D-Day at Omaha Beach [Average Rating:8.27 Overall Rank:338]
Cliff Riseborough
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Alberta
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And/or D-Day at Tarawa and/or D-Day at Peleliu
 
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Board Game: D-Day at Omaha Beach [Average Rating:8.27 Overall Rank:338]
Bob Hansen
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Menomonee Falls
Wisconsin
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Board Game: D-Day at Omaha Beach [Average Rating:8.27 Overall Rank:338]
Royce Reiss
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Brookeville
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One of the longer playing games on the list
 
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Board Game: D-Day at Omaha Beach [Average Rating:8.27 Overall Rank:338]
John Iverson
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Michigan
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Launched a full campaign invasion on January 1st at 2:12 p.m. EST.

Eight sections of DD tank units were to lead off the assault. High seas and enemy fire quickly claimed four before they even reached the beach. Three were either turned back or failed to even launch and would not be able to come in for at least another 30 minutes. The one unit that landed immediately lost half its tanks to intensive enemy fire. For the few soldiers in the next wave foolish enough to peak over the top of their Higgins LCVPs, it was a grim site. An auspicious start indeed.....
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Board Game: D-Day at Omaha Beach [Average Rating:8.27 Overall Rank:338]
Ron A
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Coronado
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There's a bit of soul searching going on over at the DDaOB home base, which got me thinking, and after I was done thinking I pulled out the game.

For those that don't click on the link, there's a guy who has been getting blasted. Lots of people are chiming in with various tips and strategies.

Even though I've played this game a few dozen times, I never get the feeling that I've got the game wired. Though I generally know what I am doing, many games you just get creamed by enemy fire, the Naval Gunfire support doesn't show up, there's plenty of ways to lose.

One strategy people are talking about is whether to hold your troops at the water line, or just rush the intensive fire zones right away.

Me, I always rush; if one of my guys has a survival and/or free move, I take it. There's a term that I learned from chess that also applies to gaming, tempo. Tempo is when you can gain a turn on your opponent. Not moving in DDaOB will lose you tempo. You'll have to move those units up the beach at some time, and while they are sitting at the water line they are not clearing WNs, securing draws, and/or moving to beach exit hexes.

OK, now that' I've made a simple solitaire play into a large essay, we get to the point of this play: although I've never sat units back, today was the day to try the strategy. Units would sit at the water until I started getting stacks of 5 or 6 steps in a hex, then everybody would rush at once, the theory being that not everybody would get hit, and overall losses would be less.

It was kinda weird, to tell the truth. I had stacks and stacks of troops at the water's edge, all the way until turn 6. My tanks, which usually just sit there, were firing like crazy, since I wasn't using 2 actions/turn to move or attack with infantry. The Rangers were creeping along the coastline, taking the lesser intense hexes to the cliffs. By turn 6 I had too many troops on the beach, almost every hex had 5+ steps and they become a fire magnet.

By T16 I had 6 wrecked companies in the 1st Division, and 7 wrecked 29ers. No draws cleared. No WNs secured, I occupied a few, but the Germans could still fire on there/had units adjacent. Zero points.

Still, it wasn't my WORST score ever. Actually, considering I usually play with the Effective Bombardment optional rule, it wasn't bad.

This is a strategy that I don't think will work, but will probably try again, just to see what happens.
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Board Game: D-Day at Omaha Beach [Average Rating:8.27 Overall Rank:338]
Andrew Taylor
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Kintore
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Had moderate success with last years goals so will try again in 2016.

Complete my 16 new games in 2016 challenge


Attempt to complete the 100 x 1 challenge











Print n Play

Finish last years goals and add some more

Maquis
Everything vs. Everything
Epic Solitaire Notebook Adventures

Complete the Pathfinder - Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path

Base Set - COMPLETE
Burnt Offerings - COMPLETE
The Skinshaw Murders COMPLETE
Hook Mountain Massacre
Fortress of the Stone Giants
Sins of the Saviours
Spires of Xin-Shalast

Complete / Progress the Decisive Battles Challenge

15 Decisive Battles (Sir Edward Creasy)

Game system / game in [brackets]

The Battle of Marathon, 490 BC [GBOH]
The Siege of Syracuse, 413 BC [?]
The Battle of Gaugamela, 331 BC [GBOH]
The Battle of the Metaurus, 207 BC [GBOH]
The Battle of Teutoburg Forest, AD 9 [C&C:A]
The Battle of Chalons, AD 451 [GBOH]
The Battle of Tours, AD 732 [?]
The Battle of Hastings, AD 1066 [S&T]
The Siege of Orleans, AD 1429 [?]
Defeat of the Spanish Armada, AD 1588 [S&T]
The Battle of Blenheim, AD 1704 [Wargamer mag]
The Battle of Poltava, AD 1709 [S&T]
The Battle of Saratoga, AD 1777 [?]
The Battle of Valmy, AD, 1792 [C&C:N]
The Battle of Waterloo, AD 1815 [Numerous options]

Possibly more to follow


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Board Game: D-Day at Omaha Beach [Average Rating:8.27 Overall Rank:338]
Josh Bodah
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Melrose
MA
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An oldie that was reprinted and I got cold feet on. I've considered settling for Tarawa or Pelilieu, but the third printing should be coming in 2016, and I'm going to pick it up immediately when it does
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Caley Roark
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Quarryville
Pennsylvania
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Like new condition. Most recent printing. Punched, but not played.
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Fuquay Varina
North Carolina
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Board Game: D-Day at Omaha Beach [Average Rating:8.27 Overall Rank:338]
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I limited my 2015 top 20 to games I actually played a lot this year (which justify many short-time playing games). My all time favorites would probably be different except for some indisputable.




1 - D-Day at Omaha Beach

Since 2010, my indisputable all time favorite.

Despite it requires many hours to play the full game (the only way it surpasses D-Day at Tarawa, would have been a high ranking last year, but didn't play it enough in 2015), I've been playing it more than 10 times this year, as every year.

It became a kind of obsession to me to win this specific battle (something I rarely do) after reading Balkoski's book and so many other books on the topic.
I can't help suffering when my guys are pushed under the cliffs by the tide, facing an unavoidable death.

Fascinating story-telling and splendid AI mechanics.


2 - Mage Knight Board Game

An oddity in my story-telling top-games... I don't care much about fantasy.

I've been fascinated by the gameplay when I discovered it 3 years ago; since, I've learned to like facing Orcs and Dragons (although, I'm having a hard time to really picture them...).

Should I march through the dark forest or should I stay here and dig in the red gem mine? The Journey is always worth it.


3 - Dawn of the Zeds (Second edition)


I don't like zombies. I watched 30' of "the walking dead" first season, first episode, before giving up.

Couldn't explain why it's always a blast to play DotZ, like watching a movie. It's intensively cinematographic. By the look of the cards, it's perfectly intentional, obviously. And it works very well for me.


I've been playtesting 3ed so much around April, May, that it generated a kind of overdose, though. Haven't played it, since. #3 this year. However, I don't know what will be its rank next year. I hope I will be able to go back to it. I'm missing the Zeds.


4 - Shadowrun: Crossfire

This game destroyed me 17 times in a row on our first contact. The fact that I didn't read the rules properly (on the pretext they were short, compared to other rules I was reading at the same time) contributed to the destruction....

After I realized my mistakes and that a strategy could be implemented, despite the apparent luck-fest, I had a crush on this game.

There is a very pleasant 'win-win' concept. The more you win, the more advantage you can acquire and the more you win.... Or is it that I'm becoming good at it? Anyway, very entertaining.


5 - Gears of War: The Board Game

At first, I had no interest in this game and didn't buy it when it was easily available. Then, after more than a year of brain washing by some of you (), I final hunted for a copy, when it had gone OOP and luckily found one at the beginning of the year.

Incredible what I had missed so far!
Easy rules, fun gameplay, challenging missions, immersive miniatures (I'm not a miniatures' fan, I prefer to imagine things by myself). I even painted them (I'm not a paintbrushes' fan).

Probably my most noisy game. Not for the dice rolls sounds, but when I yell at them for not rolling on my side... Excellent!


6 - Race! Formula 90

Not a surprise it didn't make it into the Top 100.
Formula one is not a major international sport. There is, currently, no solo version (although the designer promised one for the next expansion, which may be delayed) but it plays pretty well solo and I simulated part of this year championship several times.

The best Formula (and car, from what I know) simulation out there. Counterpart, the rules are dense for a race game.


7 - Space Infantry

This game is unforgiving. It destroys me 8 times out of 10. But the campaign mode shines. Each marine has his own card, each mission requires different Marines association when possible, different resources....

It's mainly a 'planning-ahead' game, something I don't have much, in my collection. It's brutal and very intense. Each mission plays fast and it's highly portable (for a game of its scale). Spent the entire summer with it and play it, from time to time, since.



8 - Enemy Action: Ardennes

I hesitated a lot where to put this one in my top 20.

It would certainly have been a lot higher IF I had been able to really play it.... I tried a lot. I didn't definitely give up.

That's the very first time I'm facing rules I just keep forgetting. Not that the rulebook is not extremely clear, but it's extremely dense.
I don't know why I keep forgetting things, knowing I've forgotten them. I was still looking into the rulebook, for reference, after 12 plays of the German solo....

The mechanics are purely brilliant. The AI variety is prodigious. I could sing so many praises of that game. But, I just can't play it without checking into the rulebook and it bothers me.


9 - Mistfall

Maybe slightly premature to put this so high, but I had a blast with the combos that are necessary to play the game. Since, I noticed some heroes associations don't work well together and I'm puzzled by some heroes abilities (too powerful, it seems).

Despite the previous concerns, this game certainly deserves to figure in my top 20, but probably not my top 10.

10 - Snowdonia

The only reason it's not higher in my list is that there is no story in that game (well, you're building stations on mountains, that's the full story). Furthermore, it's a beat your own score game. Therefore, it's a bit 'dry' for my tastes.
However, it's extremely pleasant to play. I did a travel version of it and it's my most played game of the past 2 years.


11 - Hoplomachus: Rise of Rome

Very small production and distribution. Not sure but I don't recall Hoplomachus made it to the top 100. Probably not.

New opus in my collection. However, I played a lot Hoplomachus: The Lost Cities - its older brother - PvP and solo.
Easy, noisy, funny games.
I like Rise Of Rome better in the solo mode. The Titans are challenging to fight and more diverse than the Beasts and Criminals of the first opus.


12 - Rallyman

Removed the dust on my copy to play the challenge.... We-solo-together


13 - Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game

The way the enemies stay unrevealved until you scan them (costly decision) or when they fall on you like plague (most of the time, it's already too late...) is extremely original.
I watched the quadrilogy (I had only seen the first movie, previously, which is much better than the other 3, IMO) and was amazed by how well they rendered the movies' atmosphere.

14 - Don't Tread On Me: The American Revolution Solitaire Board Game

Easy mechanics. Pretty complex rules, though, for what it is, on the surface. Very challenging.
My major complain is the length of the game. It takes around 4 hours to reach the deadline; most of the time, it's also a dead end for me... I wish I could find a better strategy.


15 - Hostage Negotiator

Made its way to my list, because I played it a lot when I received it. I'm waiting for abductors packs #3 and #4 to come to give it another go. However, I didn't feel like playing it again lately. May leave my collection next year.

16 - Maquis

My major revelation of the year. Exquisite little game.
It plays in less than 15 minutes which is why I didn't place it higher. It's like reading short-stories: when you get accustom to the characters, the story ends. I don't like short stories, I'd rather read a novel.


17 - Infection: Humanity's Last Gasp

A little gem, IMO. Very clever, brilliant and humorous flavor text on the cards. Very thematic.

Why so low in my ranking then? Well, I've got a personal reproach. I spent a month translating everything (rules and cards) in French for my father to play it and he didn't like it. Childish disappointment. Childish response. Dropped down the list... Will probably be forgiven next year.

18 - Space Hulk death Angel (card game)
19 - D Day Dice
20 - Roll for the Galaxy (solo variant)
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Board Game: D-Day at Omaha Beach [Average Rating:8.27 Overall Rank:338]
Chester
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I really need to play this soon. My interest is high, and there isn't much excuse. I suspect this is the best of the solitaire titles I own.
 
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Board Game: D-Day at Omaha Beach [Average Rating:8.27 Overall Rank:338]
Kevin Erskine
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Kentucky
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#48 S 26


2015
Score: 192
# of Votes: 14
Highest Vote: 1
Avg. Vote: 7.3
#1 Votes: 1

2014
Rank: 22
Score: 185
# of Votes: 13
Highest Vote: 1
Avg. Vote: 6.8
#1 Votes: 2

Note: Combined the D-Day at ... games would have been ranked 35th
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Board Game: D-Day at Omaha Beach [Average Rating:8.27 Overall Rank:338]
Mark Sautman
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This is my third game in a row from the D-Day Series. I'm a few turns into the game. It's been bloody, but I am enjoying this one the best so far.
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Board Game: D-Day at Omaha Beach [Average Rating:8.27 Overall Rank:338]
Adam Gastonguay
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I have* to play this 2 more times to complete my hardcore 10x10 this year, so I've been sneaking turns in on my covert Vassal game at work.ninja Strangely here I survived to turn 16.

End state:



Some commentary: You'll notice that there's a ton of reinforcements behind the WN's. After turn 11, I believe every event save 1 put one or more Mobile forces or even depth markers out there. Made it impossible to actually hold down a draw. Instead I focused on spreading out and keeping as much territory behind my lines as possible, trying to cut all the WN's off from communication. Some places were more successful than others. Playing at work made it hard to stick to a plan as I would often have to cut out in the middle of a turn, though Vassal made it easy not to lose my place as to which pieces activated, etc.


Man this game is just fun. Flat out fun.
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Board Game: D-Day at Omaha Beach [Average Rating:8.27 Overall Rank:338]
John Splittist
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... by buying this thing.

I had deliberately packed only Friday and Neanderthal to accompany me on my extended trip. But I popped into a game store intending to see if they had Shephy(?) - and came out with this. I will admit that:

1. I had always confused this with D-Day Dice.

2. I have virtually no interest in WW2 in general, D-Day in particular, and 7 hour wargames especially.

3. I have a problem.

But it was on the top 100 list! What could I do?

Now I'm wondering: assuming I can smuggle a single sheet of perspex/plexiglass into my house, what size do I go for?
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John Splittist
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I'm exhausted. One and a half games of the '2-hour' entry-level starter kindergarten scenario (Easy "Peasy" Fox) have taken all day, and all my energy.

And I couldn't be happier.

The half game came about because I forgot about the tide rising. shake I also managed to get wrong the types of losses going in the box clearly marked "Infantry Losses". shake shake

So I started again, and after 16 turns (having remembered to look at how victory points were awarded some time around turn 12...) I had just done it.
Well, maybe. Probably. Possibly?

Anyway - what fun!

One thing I found really helpful - in addition to the flipbook and charts recommended by my friends here - was this post comparing DDaOB to Mage Knight. No, really.

Now to frame the map...
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So I played Gidget Beyond the Waves (although I was half intending to play the full scenario). I lost, of course. But I'm still greatly enjoying this foray outside my normal gaming haunts. Only - I'm not sure when I'll get a chance to play something that takes such a long time again.

First world problems. (Not my cats, by the way - just a different BGG image to switch things up.)
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Cliff Riseborough
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Any of the three of D-Day at Omaha Beach/Tarawa/Peleliu
 
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Australia
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Reprint.
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Judd Vance
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WICHITA
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Amphibious Invasions!
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Santa grogs was very generous this year. I can't wait to get this to the table over the holidays, and proceed to get dismantled by the German Beachhead!
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