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The wargames subdomain and its participants is an invaluable resource for the budding and veteran wargamer. This thread is an attempt to reference some of the resources on the BGG site and point them out to the new wargames subdomain participants. This list is far from complete, so feel free to add new things of interest.
So What’s a Wargame?
How do I know which one will fit my taste? How do I go from trading sheep to slugging it out on the eastern front?You might be asking yourself, "hmmm, but What is your definition of a Wargame? Or, to rephrase it So... what is a wargame?
Now be advised that asking this question might result in some grumbling, the occasional death threats and obscure references to the enjoyment of repetition. Someone might even yell out Case Blue!! You’ve been warned…
For a complete overview and wargames 101, this is mandatory reading: Wargames??? YES YOU CAN!
Here is a great post discussing Different Scales in Wargaming
The blog post "Strategic, Operational, and Tactical Wargames" sums up the differences in scale nicely.An excellent geeklist to help make sense out of the different Wargame series and systems
Another great geeklist highlighting certain aspects of wargaming:Ten things that make a great wargame
Still don't know where to start? Try out the Starter Wargames starter wargames geeklist.
Want to know what to avoid? Try the The Dogs of War: Wargames That Stink, Ancients Edition series of geeklists.
Wanna try out a personality test for wargamers? POLL: Are You a Neo-Grog? (NEW POLL, Pg. 5)
So, now you want to conquer the world? Ok, why not try one of the Top 10 Strategic WWII Games
Not sure if you should trust a wargamer on this? Check out: How hard are some of these popular wargames? Written from a Eurogamer perspective.
The (in)famous counter-clipping
Another issue that can raise the blood-pressure of the wargaming crowd. Those who do, do and those who don't, don't and never the twain shall meet. But if you want to know the why, take a look at Counter Clipping - Why? and How?
For an-depth "how-to" there is the How to clip your counters
It might be hard to believe, but one of the longest-running and totally unkillable threads is the « war and peace » length Implementing the Perfect Solution... to counter clipping Psychologists and social workers await your call.
There is a ton of resources for specific game systems
Here are a few that have a cult following on the geek:
These threads are places to consort with like-minded individuals:
The P500 subscription threads
These alert you to the latest news on the preorder lists for upcoming games, here are a few:
I’m all alone...
We all know finding, and keeping wargame buddies is tough work. Here’s a list of Solitaire War Games for those lonely winter nights.Chit-pull activation is a mechanic that plays very well solo. Want to know more, go check out Pull My Chit! - or - Good Chit-Pull Wargames for the *sometimes* lonely General
I’m alone, but I got a computer
Play by Email (PBEM) is a great way to play for those wargamers who aren’t blessed with a local group of players.
Looking for an online opponent? Subscribe to the INVALID OBJECT ID=115364, type=geeklist
We were supposed to be 2, but then Bill showed up...
I love arts and crafts!
Well, why not try out some of the Best Print & Play Historical Wargames and show off your creative side!
Investing back to the community
I have a lot of free time...
Well, why not No wargame left behind: Wargames that need written reviews 2.
Speaking of reviews and reviewers...
You have a favorite wargame? Let us know all about it
Monthly geeklists and topics
Some monthly threads (December 2020 editions; is there a meta-thread to subscribe to for new monthly threads?):
"Wargames on your table" geeklist
Subscribe to this thread to get news of the latest edition: *** SUBSCRIPTION THREAD - Wargames On Your Table This MonthSpending more time reading rules than playing games? Subcribe to the Rulebooks on your Table Subscription Thread
"Wargame Designer of the month" thread
I'm looking for...
...the wargame forum
...a wargame convention
Game Convention Calendar - Not strictly wargames, but a usefull resource.
...a FLGS selling wargames
...a wargame on a specific campaign or war
Wargames on the Russian Civil War (1917-1922)
Other interesting topics and lists
United by a love of History...
I have a feeling I started coming here for the games, but kept coming back for the history. Here are some very interesting and insightful geeklists that go beyond the games that we play:
The Hitler Mistakes
...and a love for our hobby
My Four Years at Avalon Hill
Want to develop a little war room envy?
Or just convince the significant other that, in comparison, you don’t really have that many games:
It’s movie night!
Other interesting geeklists and threads worth visiting
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Paper Map
This list is far from complete as new content is appearing every day. There are also some subdomain fixtures that don't have a subscription thread: create-a-caption contest, BOOK CLUB, Military History bookshelf. So grab a seat, pour yourself a drink, contribute and enjoy the place.
Game Magazines - Wiki page on game magazines, with full listing of currently published wargaming magazines. Some have a wargame in each issue, other just have articles - variants (different ways to play your favourite games), strategy articles (tips on gameplay), analysis (why was the game designed the way it was), history, interviews, and other information designed to enhance your enjoyment of the hobby.
I hear a lot of negative things about magazine games
Well, don’t buy a dog, check out the Best Magazine Wargames
Other websites of interest to wargamers
Now, I would't actively encourage anyone to leave BGG for some of the other gaming websites but here are a few links:
Special thanks to sxmpxr for his awesome work putting this FAQ together!
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