Wargames To Go 10 - Bulge
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The usual geeklist where I can record the games I play for the next podcast episode, others I won't make it to (but are interesting to consider), and so on.

With the holidays (and some end-of-the-year crunch at work), this month is racing by. Rather than stretch this out, I'm going to stick with my Bulge schedule for December, even though this episode will be smaller than others. I've played a few games, and I have a great interview. That makes it all worthwhile.

Update! The episode has just been posted. Go check it out. That also means I'm about to start diving into the next topic, the Spanish Civil War.



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1. Board Game: One-Page Bulge [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:7836]
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Judd again made a comment before I was able to add this text. Yes, I know this was started as sort of a gimmick or dare between Steve Jackson and Redmond Simonsen. My entry to the hobby was microgames (back when that meant small hexmap games, not 16-card euros), so I was eager to get this one. My recollection was that it had some good design ideas and simplifications...but also that it scrubbed away some of the stuff historic wargamers care about (e.g. unit designations, an evocative map).
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2. Board Game: Paul Koenig's The Bulge: 6th Panzer Army [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:6787]
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I actually bought this when I was already in Europe, after wanting it for a while. My wargame Skype buddy has a copy, too, so you never know...
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3. Video Game: Battle of the Bulge [Average Rating:8.33 Overall Rank:493]
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I've had & loved this one since it was a glimmer in Butterfield & Eric Lee Smith's eyes. I normally avoid Kickstarter, but this was one I backed from the get-go. I'm sure I'll play some more this month. Really enjoy it.

In fact, if you want to play a game against me, drop me a geekmail. Easy to do against WGTG listeners using this app.
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4. Board Game: Bulge [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:8199]
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Played this a year or two ago, and I think I liked it. I hope I have some comments saved somewhere.

Edit: Nope. Turns out it was 3.5 years ago, which was before I was doing the wargame podcast or posting weekly/monthly "games played" lists. No comments, and dim memories. Hmm.
 
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5. Board Game: Also Ran [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Games below this one are titles I won't get to play (for one reason or another), but wanted to list anyway.
 
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6. Board Game: Bulge 20 [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:5195]
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As Judd pointed out, this is a lousy pick for someone that's nearly restricted to solo wargaming right now. Nonetheless, it's a game I wanted to obtain for a while, so I jumped when I had the chance. If I don't get to it for this podcast, I can always play with a friend back home for NEXT December. Right, Brian? That's one of the good things about Bulge--not hard to drum up interest.
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7. Board Game: Winter Thunder [Average Rating:6.71 Unranked]
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In looking for little games about the Bulge, I found this title from Brian Train. He normally specializes in UNconventional topics, but did tackle this one on a tried & true subject. I couldn't find a physical copy that I could get in France so easily, but the PDF was available on WargameVault for me to print & play.
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8. Board Game: Ardennes Petite: A Battle of the Bulge, Ardennes 1944, Minigame [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
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Unless I run out of time due to too much PNP (that happened last month), I plan to give this a shot.

Update: Yep, I'm out of time. I'll give this a shot another time (maybe Dec 2017)
 
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9. Board Game: One-Minute Bulge [Average Rating:5.33 Unranked]
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I played & enjoyed Pete Belli's One-Minute Waterloo for my Waterloo episode (interviewed him, too). I'm looking forward to trying & thinking about this one.
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10. Board Game: Major Battles and Campaigns of General George S. Patton [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:7613]
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The other Sid Sackson wargame. I tried the MacArthur one when I explored the Fall of the Philippines last year. I would've liked to try this one, too, which I also own. A decent one to try with eurogamers, perhaps.
 
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11. Board Game: America Triumphant: The Battle of the Bulge [Average Rating:5.51 Overall Rank:11943]
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I'm pretty sure I own this...back home in California. Won't get to it this time around.
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12. Board Game: Attack in the Ardennes [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:10694]
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You know how when you get back into wargaming after a long absence (or for the first time if you're older) you buy all kinds of things because you MIGHT play them? That's how I got this one, 2-3 years ago. I'm definitely interested, but it's so ugly that I think I'll have an uphill battle to get any friends to try it. Anyway, it's back in Calif, so not this year.
 
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13. Board Game: FAB: The Bulge [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:1306]
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Played "recently" with my wargame buddy Brian. That counts.
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14. Board Game: Axis & Allies: Battle of the Bulge [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:2072]
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Played once, back when it came out. I remember liking the "moving front" system, and being less impressed with the rest. Wish I could try it again.
 
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15. Board Game: The Battle of the Bulge [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:4920] [Average Rating:6.07 Unranked]
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First wargame for a lot of oldtimers, but not for me. I picked up a battered, old copy not long ago just to see what it's like. Haven't played.
 
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16. Board Game: Battle of the Bulge [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:6237]
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After first discovering the Smithsonian series with Gettysburg 88 (which I love, especially with the optional rules from The General), I sought out the rest in the series. It sounded like such a perfect fit for me--nice productions of small (in scope) wargames. But I haven't found too many others that I enjoy. I tried this version of Bulge once and didn't like it, but it was so long ago I don't remember. If I were back at home I'd use this episode as an opportunity to try again. Alas, that also waits for another year.
 
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17. Board Game: Ardennes 1944 [Average Rating:6.85 Unranked]
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I noticed that this game is in your collection as well.
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