Wargames To Go 14 - French & Indian War
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As always, I keep a geeklist to organize the games I plan to play (or sometimes merely mention) for my next Wargames To Go podcast. Comments & suggestions from listeners and everyone else are welcome!

After a year spent focusing mostly on the military history of France itself (coinciding with my time spent living there), my next topic will transition me over to the rest of the world. The New World, in this case, because I'm exploring the French & Indian War. I realize that this is part of the Seven Years War, fought in Europe and around the globe. Some have even nicknamed it World War Zero. However, I'm going to try to stick to the North American theater, which is to say the French & Indian War.

This time around, I think there are quite a few games on the topic, including a number of light wargames like I prefer. You'll see several of them below. With the chance to attend both GMT's Weekend at the Warehouse and BGGcon during the upcoming quarter, I'll even have the chance to play some of these face-to-face.

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1. Board Game: Empires in America (second edition) [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:4757]
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I like the States of Siege series well enough, and have to admit they do a great job giving you a sense of the overall arc of the war. For my birthday my son gave me this game, but he doesn't yet know the REAL gift I'll insist on is having him play it with me. As a solo/co-op type of game, that should be easy.
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I've had this a long while, probably acquired a decade ago when I thought I'd teach my kids some US History through wargames. That never happened, but now I'm happy to have this game on my shelf. It should have a few F&I War battles, using its scale & system that looks like (but is different from) Commands & Colors.
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3. Board Game: A Few Acres of Snow [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:211]
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Never mind those who say it isn't a wargame, or complain about the Halifax Hammer strategy. Neither of those has ever bothered me at all, and I've played this game countless times. Happy to play it again.
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4. Board Game: Wilderness War [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:528]
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I suppose this is main title wargamers think of when they consider the French & Indian War. I've never played, but have two face-to-face games scheduled at GMT and BGG's upcoming events.
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5. Board Game: Quebec 1759 [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:1870]
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The very first block wargame happens to be an outstanding treatment of Wolfe's assault on Quebec. That's because it includes the naval as well as army aspects, and bluff is an important part of how this battle was fought. I haven't played my copy in many years, and am looking forward to busting it out again.
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6. Board Game: 1754: Conquest – The French and Indian War [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:2287]
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Oooh! I've enjoyed Academy's previous games in this series, and they are ones I can get my eurogame buddies to play. Not only play, they have a good time with them. Very much looking forward to this one.
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7. Board Game: Also Ran [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Not a wargame, just a marker for the geeklist. Games below this point are ones I don't think I'll get to the table, but want to list anyway.
 
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8. Board Game: End of Empire: The French and Indian War and the American Revolution [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:10637]
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I don't recall if I own this already or not. If so, I'll at least read the articles and look it over. If not, for once I hope to show some restraint and not go out & buy it.
 
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9. Board Game: Death Or Victory: The French and Indian War [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked]
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One of those little games you find once you start digging around the BGG database and geeklists. I didn't know about it before, but it seems easy enough to try.
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10. Board Game: Whigs & Scalps [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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One of those classroom games developed by Phil Sabine's students, I think. Worth a shot?
 
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11. Board Game: The French & Indian War [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:9484]
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As with the Command game, it all depends on whether I already own this or not. I like S&T's accompanying articles so much, I'd be tempted by this one.
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12. Board Game: Batailles pour le Canada [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:10281]
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Shoot, I think I actually DID buy this one before I realized I need to stop buying more games than I can play! But that's ok, I'd definitely like to look over a treatment of the war from a French designer/publisher's perspective.
 
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13. Board Game: Battles for a Continent [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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It depends on whether I can locate a copy or not. Reviews aren't great, and I think this is in indefinite redevelopment.
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14. Board Game: Mohawk [Average Rating:7.34 Unranked]
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I wish! Impossible to find, and too pricey for what it is.
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15. Board Game: Quelques Arpents de Neige: The Seven Years War in North America [Average Rating:6.91 Unranked]
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No, but look at that map!

http://ww.threehundredeight.com/qadn/board.html

Try this

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/122630/quelques-arpents-...
 
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16. Board Game: French and Indian War Battle Collection [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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Sure, why not? Actually, that will depend on my readthru of the rules, and whether I want to do more PNP wargaming. The collection of battles is nice, though, and you can't beat the price.

I also liked the designer's game on Wake Island, which is a good sign.
 
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17. Board Game: The Struggle For New France (1754-1762) [Average Rating:6.71 Unranked]
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If I didn't already have a bunch of good choices for lighter wargames on this subject, I'd be looking for this one.
 
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18. Board Game: Hold the Line: The French & Indian War [Average Rating:7.99 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.99 Unranked]
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The French and Indian War expansion for the Hold the Line system.
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19. Board Game: Montcalm & Wolfe [Average Rating:6.22 Unranked]
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A sentimental listing, because it was the first & only time I was part of a wargame playtest team. This is another from the early days of DTP professional wargames, coming from designer Rob Markham. I bet I agreed to playtest after seeing the call go out on consim-l. Not ConSimWorld, I mean the mailing list that predated it. I'm sure I would find the design dated now, but at the time it was an eye-opener about a war I knew little about.
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20. Board Game: Bayonets & Tomahawks [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Upcoming game on GMT Games P500. Don't know much else about the game, but it is scheduled to be printed Q2 2018.
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