Favorite Operational/Strategic Wargames by Historical Period
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I spend the vast majority of my gaming time playing operational/strategic level wargames. My current favorites below; feel free to add to.
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1. Board Game: Polis: Fight for the Hegemony [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:536]
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ANCIENTS - GREECE: Slim pickings for the Pel War - and this is VERY abstracted, but, a LOTS of fun. And, it does give you some of the operational tension between Sparta and Athens: Prancing in Peloponnese: 1st MN Gives Polis a Punt: Some Gopher Thumbs Up: March 19, 2016
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2. Board Game: Carthage: The First Punic War [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:2922]
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ANCIENTS - ROME: Berg really hit the mark with this game and its sister Rise of Roman Republic. One of my many Carthage AARs here: 1st MN Returns to Carthage: 1st Punic War: Turns 258 BC > 257 BC: Carthaginians Victorious

Waiting for the 3rd game in the series: Thunderbolt (2nd Punic war in all its glory). Berg says it may be out in 2017.
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3. Board Game: Pax Romana [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:1760]
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ANCIENTS - ROME: A multiplayer game using some of the same elements as the title above. Haven't played in a couple of years, but, a game is in the offing. May most recent AAR here: St Pat Day Madness and Legend of the Sacred Band of Iconium

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4. Board Game: Kingdom of Heaven: The Crusader States 1097-1291 [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:2659]
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CRUSADES: Have only managed to get this title on the table one time, but, was really impressed with it. It's not that complex (something I usually shy away from), but, still beefy.

AAR: Debacle at Tiberias, but deliverance at Jerusalem
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5. Board Game: Here I Stand [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:181]
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Period: Reformation.

Great game has 6 powers locked in a struggle for political and religious domination of Europe. All the big personalities (Martin Luther, Henry VIII, Loyola, Calvin, Anne Boleyn, to name but a few) are in the game. Plus you can do a ton of stuff on your bucket list like:
-Host a debate (and maybe have a fire pit)
-Siege a fort
-Engage in piracy
-Get married like 6 times
-Explore the New World
-Paint at the Chateau
-Publish The Bible in three languages
-Ride with the Ottoman Cavalry
-Build St. Paul's cathedral
-Hang out with Copernicus
-Visit Ireland or Persia (and take an army with you!)

Good stuff!
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6. Board Game: No Peace Without Spain! [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:3263] [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked]
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GUNPOWDER: REALLY like this game. Need to get it back on the table sooner than later.
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7. Board Game: Clash of Monarchs [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:3040]
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GUNPOWDER: Played a few sessions: impressive game. My two AARs:

Crossing the Moat to the Good Game on the Other Side: 1st MN Bootcamps Clash of Monarchs: May 29, 2015

Take 2...Still Thumbs Up: 1st MN Revisits Clash of Monarchs: June 5, 2015: 1756 > 1758 Summer
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8. Board Game: Wilderness War [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:612]
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GUNPOWDER: Somewhat of misfit with this list: a non-monster. However, the game has great flavor, tough choices, a few splashes of politics and an operational model that feels just right for the conflict modeled.
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9. Board Game: 1776 [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2748]
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AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR: Still the king of the hill after being published 40 years ago.
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10. Board Game: Empires in Arms [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:1015]
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NAPOLEONIC: Still waiting for some game to displace this masterpiece. Our current game here: EiA Sawatdee: OCT 4, 2014: Game III: Coalition Turkish War: Of Coffins & Georgia
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11. Board Game: Amateurs to Arms! [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:3386]
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WAR OF 1812: Great mix of naval and land combat. Lots of flavor.
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12. Board Game: For the People [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:727]
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AMERICAN CIVIL WAR: Still really enjoy this gem after playing it for a decade. Planning to finally try Victory Games The Civil War this winter.
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13. Board Game: The U.S. Civil War [Average Rating:8.36 Overall Rank:1529]
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...and the most recent ACW op war entry: See my numerous AARs/session reports regarding this game.
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14. Board Game: La Grande Guerre 14-18 [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:4966]
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WWI: Embarked on learning this beast of beast this summer. Our current game:

LGG Sawatdee: 100 Year Anniversary Campaign: OCT 18, 2014: Turn 0 & Pre-turn
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15. Board Game: Paths of Glory [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:108]
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A masterpiece of wargaming.
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16. Board Game: Triumph of Chaos [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:2455]
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RUSSIAN CIVIL WAR: I'm biased. Working on v2.0 now.
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17. Board Game: Empire of the Sun [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:768]
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WWII PACIFIC: Damm smart design. I'm following the current staff game on the CSW EotS board trying to improve my play. Some real sharks play this title.
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18. Board Game: Bataan! [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:7085]
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WWII PACIFIC: Decent early Pacific War operational land game: Battling Bastards, the 31st, 194th: 1st MN gives BATAAN! a toss...and concludes "HIGH CRAFT": Oct 9, 2015
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19. Board Game: Liberty Roads [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:1602]
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WWII EUROPE: WESTERN FRONT: Whip smart design. AAR here: 1st Mn Does Liberty Roads..and, Is Pleased.

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20. Board Game: Britain Stands Alone [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:6426]
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WW2 HYPOTHETICAL: Had a lot of fun with this combined land/sea/air when it came out. May have to give it a spin again.
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21. Board Game: The Korean War [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:2255]
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KOREAN WAR: Hope designers borrow some of Balkoski's ideas and magic baked into this design. Our AAR here: 1st Mn Returns to Korea: The Glory of the Red Bulls, But the Sweet Taste of Red Victory: Oct 24, 2014

I don't think any game at this scale has ever got the logistic trade-offs as correct as The Korean War.
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22. Board Game: In Country: Vietnam 1965-75 [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:8146]
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Vietnam War

Okay, way too early to make this call, but I am enjoying the heck out of this game. It has a lot to offer and plays relatively cleanly.

The rules are not as tight as I would like and you have to do some homework. And frankly, the time scale is a bit of a challenge (10 year war in weekly turns.... yikes!). That said, it does do a nice job of portraying the challenges faced by both sides with some rather efficient mechanics. It reminds me a bit of how Combat Commander adds chrome with a couple of easy rules. IC does that with Firebases, Cadres, SOG's, Dummies, Special Forces Camps, etc.
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23. Board Game: The Third World War [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:2021]
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POTENTIAL: Plan to play the whole four module series. We pushed counters on the Persian Gulf: Battle for the Middle East module not long ago: The Day Before: 1st MN Bootcamps Third World War Series: The Persian Gulf AAR: Nov 14, 2014

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