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My home is in California, but I'm living in France for a year due to my job.

The kind of wargames I like best are so slim that I was able to bring quite a few with me. I even purchased a few more while I'm over here. Almost all of these are meant to tie into some wargame podcast episode, or another.

Almost all of my wargame opportunities will be solo. That's true back home, and it's even more true now. That's ok--I get a lot of enjoyment and learning out of solo'ing wargames. I love it. The rare occasions I get to play with an opponent are a special treat.

These may not all relate to current or upcoming Wargames To Go podcast episodes...but that was the intent when I brought them. I took my best guess at topics I'd cover during this year abroad, aiming for famous battles at locations I could visit myself. That's still the plan, but I have to be flexible.

Podcast schedule
September - Battle of Britain
October - Dunkirk
November - Alesia
December - Bulge
January - Wars of Scottish Ind
February - FP War
March - Rocroi
April - 100YW
May - D-Day
June - Tours


Other ideas:
Fall of France
French Wars of Religion
Agincourt (100YW?)
Valmy or something else Napoleonic
Trafalgar or something naval?
WW1 air on the western front
WW1 western front
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1. Board Game: 1940 [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:8849]
Board Game: 1940
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Left the box and home and only brought the innards. And old school design about the fall of France. (A topic I may not get to now!)
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2. Board Game: Airborne Commander [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:4487]
Board Game: Airborne Commander
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An acquisition from Essen! For D-day episode
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3. Board Game: Alesia 52 B.C.: The Jurassian Hypothesis [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
Board Game: Alesia 52 B.C.: The Jurassian Hypothesis
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I visited the primary (believed) site of the battle of Alesia...this game is about an archeological alternative. Uses the same rules as designer Bey's other Alesia game, below.
 
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4. Board Game: Alésia, 52 Av. J.-C.: César contre Vercingétorix [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:13346]
Board Game: Alésia, 52 Av. J.-C.: César contre Vercingétorix
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This is the from the earlier era for Vae Victis, when the counters had to be cut out and mounted. I'm getting better at that, and don't avoid it. This is Bey's original design about Alesia.
 
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5. Board Game: Bulge 20 [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:7329]
Board Game: Bulge 20
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I don't think this solos especially well, but it's a game I wanted to acquire anyway. Got it shortly before coming over here, knowing I'd want to explore the Bulge.

Inc. expansion kit, I think
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6. Board Game: Caesar XL [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:6952]
Board Game: Caesar XL
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Brought this, but didn't really think through how it's about the Roman Civil Wars--not really a war or sites I'm going to visit. I played it a couple years ago and was just lukewarm on it.
 
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7. Board Game: Caesar's War: The Conquest of Gaul, 58-52 BC [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:9245]
Board Game: Caesar's War: The Conquest of Gaul, 58-52 BC
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Bought this on a lark a few years ago to bring some online order past the "free shipping threshold." Now it turns out to be a great match to the Alesia episode. It's such a minimal design, lots of grognards won't like it. I'm not sure how much I love it, but want to explore further. A short game lets you do that.
 
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8. Board Game: Deathride: Mars-la-Tour 1870 [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:7778]
Board Game: Deathride: Mars-la-Tour 1870
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Got this because of a good reputation for the game and its designer. Maybe I can get him on my podcast again when I get to this topic.
 
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9. Board Game: Destination: Normandy [Average Rating:6.53 Unranked]
Board Game: Destination: Normandy
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Crazy. The first of several D-Day games on this list, which I started buying in early 2014, knowing I would be visiting Normandy that year and planning to record a podcast about it. It'll end up being almost three years for me to get to it from that start...
 
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10. Board Game: Dynamo: Dunkirk, 1940 [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:10326]
Board Game: Dynamo: Dunkirk, 1940
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For a good price, I'll go for almost any magazine wargame. Even if the game isn't great, I love that it will have a direct tie-in to a feature magazine article, with maps & diagrams. (Most of the time, at least.) I have no recollection when I bought this, but I know it was way before I had any idea I'd be visiting Dunkirk's beach on a hot summer day in France.
 
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11. Board Game: The Franco-Prussian War [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:8400]
Board Game: The Franco-Prussian War
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Unfortunately, it looks like I forgot to bring Franco-Prussian War 40: August 1870 - March 1871, which I also own. This is a conflict I know little about. Looking forward to it.
 
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12. Board Game: June '44: The Struggle for Normandy, 1944 [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:9798]
Board Game: June '44: The Struggle for Normandy, 1944
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Another light D-Day treatment by Danny Holte.

Also have the Aug '44 expansion/sequel.
 
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13. Board Game: Kido Butai: Japan's Carriers at Midway [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:8641]
Board Game: Kido Butai: Japan's Carriers at Midway
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This was a review copy--I hardly ever get those (maybe because I don't ask). It arrived after my PacWar 1941 episode, and of course it's not the right fit for that anyway. Eventually I'm going to do a Midway episode, after I get back to California. Nonetheless, I brought this & played it one weekend. Enjoyed it! Just now I can't recall if I ever talked about that or not. Probably I should just write a review and post it here.
 
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14. Board Game: Marlborough's Battles: Ramillies and Malplaquet [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:14901]
Board Game: Marlborough's Battles: Ramillies and Malplaquet
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If I don't know much about the Franco-Prussian war or the 100YW, I know even less about the conflicts in between.
 
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15. Board Game: Night Drop: 6 June 44 [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:8540] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
Board Game: Night Drop: 6 June 44
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I'd wanted this for a long time, then jumped (ha!) on the opportunity to order it separately from Battles. I've been rewatching Band of Brothers, and the Day of Days episode is an incredible tie-in.
 
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16. Board Game: No Retreat 3: The French Front, May/June 1940 [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:10580]
Board Game: No Retreat 3: The French Front, May/June 1940
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I think I now own three or four of the No Retreat games, both in VPG and GMT editions. This one I got even after I knew I might not get to the Fall of France as a topic this year. That's ok--I'll get to it eventually.
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17. Board Game: Normandie 1944 [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:11350]
Board Game: Normandie 1944
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Yet another Normandie game. I think I picked up two from Vae Victis alone in 2014.
 
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18. Board Game: One-Page Bulge [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:11239]
Board Game: One-Page Bulge
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I've been in the hobby long enough to remember when Steve Jackson (yes, the Munchkin/Car Wars/GURPS/Ogre guy) designed this little bulge game as sort of a dare/challenge...from Redmond Simonsen. It illustrates how the design discussion about whether you can squeeze enough "historicity" into a deliberately smaller wargame was going on before 1980. (In fact, I'd guess this was a reaction to the way wargames grew in the 1970s.) I've played it a time or two over the years. Now I have a special reason to revisit it.
 
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19. Board Game: Operation Sea Lion [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:14438]
Board Game: Operation Sea Lion
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I've been collecting Command Mags in fits & starts. This was one I didn't already own, so I tracked down a used copy. (BGG marketplace and Consimworld's for-sale message board are my best sources.) My Battle of Britain series wrapped up with a couple Sea Lion games.
 
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20. Board Game: Operation Sea Lion [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Operation Sea Lion
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The other magazine game about Seelöwe, this one a much smaller print & play option in what's normally a miniatures magazine. Inexpensive online, and easy to make. Interesting options and appropriate chrome.
 
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21. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:3520]
Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG
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Not outside the scope, just not listed yet. I've been enjoying getting the Vae Victis games as they come out. I think they're 15€ with free shipping, even when I was in California. That must be a preorder special or something. But you don't have to wait forever between your order and when it shows up in your mailbox. Less than two months. True, the game and magazine is in French, but the game will have an English translation right away, and you can always look at the photos.

I don't know much of anything about the Crimean war, so this purchase is an investment in my wargaming future.

 
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22. Board Game: Paul Koenig's D-Day: The American Beaches [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:10297]
Board Game: Paul Koenig's D-Day: The American Beaches
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Koenig puts his name in the title of his games, just like Knizia does with the digital versions of his euros. Since this list is sorted alphabetically, it looks like I've got a ton from him. Of course the D-Day games are all linked.
 
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23. Board Game: Paul Koenig's D-Day: The British Beaches [Average Rating:6.91 Unranked]
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I think I played one of these, but I don't remember which.
 
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24. Board Game: Paul Koenig's D-Day: The Canadian Beach [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:11107]
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Too bad they're OOP, though that just means you have to be patient to find a used copy...then pounce on it.
 
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25. Board Game: Paul Koenig's Market Garden: Arnhem Bridge [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:10617]
Board Game: Paul Koenig's Market Garden: Arnhem Bridge
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Another one from PK. I don't even know if I like his designs, but I know I like the form factor. Right now that's a big deal for me.
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