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Wargames To Go 12 - Hundred Years War
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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.

My schedule was thrown off by last "month's" challenging topic. I'm not yet certain how long the next episode will take me, though I'm aiming for just four weeks, to get back on-track. Living in modern Paris, the 100YW is distant in time, but not so far on the map. I had the chance to go to the Loire valley, where Joan of Arc campaigned. I'd like to go visit Crécy and Agincourt, as well, but may not get the opportunity. We'll see.


-Mark

P.S. So much for "one book, one movie, one game" huh?



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1. Board Game: Poitiers 1356 et Formigny 1450 [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:5569]
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I've owned this for some time, linking back to when I learned that the battle location of Formigny "overlaps" Omaha Beach. Not the beach itself, but quite nearby. I've heard that travelers visiting the famous WW2 sites sometimes stumble across the monument for Formigny and are perplexed what it's doing there. Well, this part of the world is prime territory for invading armies of either side, and the defenders that would throw them back.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Formigny



This magazine game includes two battles that "bookend" the entire war.
 
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2. Board Game: Miracle sur la Loire: Jeanne d'Arc à Orléans [Average Rating:5.62 Unranked]
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This one is actually a second, mini game that's within Vae Victis 30. It's a very small game that may be of a scale & scope that's perfect for me. I'm hopeful. It's one of the only games I found that concentrates on Joan's Loire campaign.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loire_Campaign_(1429)




Might deserve four stars for being a light, interesting treatment at the right scale/scope for me. But I'm getting a little worn out by PNP games or these early Vae Victis titles that require me to mount the counters myself. That shouldn't REALLY be a serious strike against, and once upon a time I kind of enjoyed the relaxing craftwork of it. Now, though, my work has gotten busy and I just wish I had more games that were ready-to-play. I'm sure I'll swing back to PNP in the future. It opens up many more choices.

As for the game, I solo'd it, which takes a little away from the interesting event chit system to add drama. My French forces got stomped in a hurry, losing Orleans early and then the game. I see now that they should spend a few turns building up a defense (especially of that linchpin, Orleans), waiting for Joan to arrive and turn the tide.

 
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3. Board Game: Right Fierce & Terrible: Sluys 1340 [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked]
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Once again, I'm not a naval wargamer. Yet some reading about the earliest stages of the long war--especially what set up the Battle of Crécy--led me to learning about the Battle of Sluys. When I found an affordable magazine wargame about it, I quickly sent my money...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Sluys
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4. Board Game: We Happy Few: The Battle of Agincourt [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked]
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I'm actually trying NOT to concentrate too much on Agincourt, since I think it's a battle that already gets plenty of attention. Nonethless, it's that famous for a reason, and there's still a chance I'll get to visit the battlefield. This light wargame (& system) on the subject caught my attention a little while ago, and it was easy to obtain a PNP version through WargameVault.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Agincourt



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5. Board Game: Ancient Battles Deluxe [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:4183]
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I've got a funny history with Ancients. I recently played it (or a slight variant) as part of the Alesia episode, and really appreciated it. Too bad I sold my 3W black box combined Ancients I and Ancients II set long ago. It was unpunched, and before my wargame renaissance. Alas. Now I can PNP just about anything from the original game, but I decided to re-acquire that set when a copy came up on Consimworld. (Purchased from designer Brian Train, no less, who designed ¡Arriba España! from my previous episode!) Then VPG announced their New Year's sale at the start of 2017, and I found myself ordering the new edition of the game. So I went from 1 copy of the game, to zero, to two copies! If I play it while living in France, I'll be using none of these since they're home in California. I'll have to rely on PNP.

It's a wargame system & kit that can cover many battles. In this case, I'm using it for the Battle of Crécy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Cr%C3%A9cy

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6. Board Game: Yeomen: The 9 Card Agincourt Game [Average Rating:7.90 Unranked]
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Designer Chris HandyHansen knows something about minimalist designs. Looking forward to this one.

Whoops! Got my Chris's mixed up.

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7. Board Game: Also Ran [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Games below this "line" are ones I'm including for reference/completeness, but have no plans to actually acquire or play.
 
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8. Board Game: Joan of Arc [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:3513]
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Never thought of it before, but now I'd really like to see how this plays.
 
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9. Board Game: Black Prince: Crecy & Navarette [Average Rating:6.65 Unranked]
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The scale & scope of the game probably isn't best for me, but a magazine wargame about the Black Prince is otherwise right up my alley. I'm kind of surprised I didn't buy it. Maybe I couldn't find an inexpensive one in France, or maybe I finally showed some restraint. Either way, I'll use my electronic subscription to S&T to read the article, at least.
 
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10. Board Game: The Black Prince [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:8296]
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Great collection of scenarios, but I think I already played a very similar game system from the same designer (when I was covering the English Civil War), and I didn't like it. Didn't like 3W's dated & uninspired graphics, either.
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11. Board Game: BattleLore: The Hundred Years' War – Crossbows & Polearms [Average Rating:7.59 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.59 Unranked]
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Oh! I didn't even know about this until I did a search here on BGG. Even though I like light games, I'm not a huge fan of the C&C system (it's the wide & shallow maps that bother me), and generally discount Battlelore as being filled with Tolkien-esque characters & creatures. This might be different, though.
 
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12. Board Game: The Hundred Years War [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:10360]
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The game isn't my kind of thing, but the magazine article from Miranda is outstanding.
 
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13. Board Game: Warriors of God [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:915]
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This is what the more serious wargamers are all playing, I take it.
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14. Board Game: Henry V [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:9573]
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Sister game to Black Prince (above). Same comments.
 
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15. Board Game: Agincourt [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:9272]
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I don't know much about this one, and didn't go out of my way to get it. An old classic? Or just old?
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16. Board Game: Havoc: The Hundred Years War [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1829]
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I know, I know, it's not a wargame. No argument. It's just a nice game I happen to own already. I like the designer, too. If it weren't thousands of miles away from me, I'd play it again.
 
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17. Board Game: Joan of Arc's Victory 1429 AD [Average Rating:5.76 Unranked]
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Ooh! Despite the lackluster ratings, comments about the map, and questionable solo play, I'd really like to get this one sometime.
 
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18. Board Game: Epées de France [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked]
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I won't get to this one, either, but I really wish I could play the Battle of Patay. I don't know of any other wargames that include this battle.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Patay
 
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