Board wargames?

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  1. BombTaxi

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    Just a random thought that popped into my head - does anyone here play board wargames? I have a small collection of Avalanche Press games, naval games are my favorite but I have land-based ones covering several eras as well.

    So, does anyone play them , and if so, what do you play :?:
     
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    I play design nd review games as a second job. Currently working for L-2 on their new Victory at Sea Games, which will be a combination of VITP and WAS. Helping with the playtesting and rules reviews.

    I usually work with ADG (Australian Design Group) which was responsible for WIF (World In Flames). A number of others from that group and myself are playtesting a successor to WIF. Covers the whole of the war at Corps/Div level, individual ships down to cruiser, with two ship counters for destroyers and four ship and ten ship for smaller warships. weekly GTs, takes about a year to play. I would rate it as a mid sized game with 6500 counters and 8 maps

    Small games I really like the "A House Divided". Have played Campaign For North Africa (a monster, but very satisfying" as well as Atlantic Wall
     
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    some exaples of the plane and ship counters for our experimental WWII game
     

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    I have never been into board games. I just don't know too much about them. What game is the best strategy game for naval warfare?
     
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    Wow, this beings back memories. I used to play a lot of Avalon Hill board games, Squad Leader being one of the biggest. They also had Richthofen's War (WWI Air Combat) , a WWII Air Combat, War at Sea (Atlantic Naval), and Victory in the Pacific (Pacific Naval).

    The computer and PS2 have really spoiled me now a days, but I have to admit they were a lot of fun.
     
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    I forgot aboiut that earlier thread. It would be great to reatart the discussion I think
     
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    Parsifal,

    Very cool, that is a great second job to have 8) I must confess that I have never played the classics, other than Risk, which was a bit of a ritual with my university housemates, but was renowned for becoming rather heated when things got tough :lol: I used to play quite a lot of chess when I was young, although I wasn't much good. My grandfather taught me and he was very good, so I didn't win much!

    Most of the Avalanche games I own are more tactical than strategic, although I have a corps-level simulation of the Battle of Verdun, and two WWI naval games which manage to combine strategic and tactical command into one game. Other than that, I have a tactical sim of the Eastern front in the last year of WWII and a game on Constantine's wars against the Germans and Persians. I'm not really sure what scale you would call it - each counter equates to an infantry regiment I think?

    I also play Steel Panthers MBT and WW2 on PC, although again I consider these to be tactical rather than strategic.
     
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    Only boardgame I ever played was "Dogfight" years ago as a kid. Still have the game, sitting in my room at the moment. But nothing like the strategy games you guys are talking about. Any similar to D&D?
     

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    I played some of the Milton Bradley games like Axis and Allies, Broadsides and Boarding Parties, and Shogun. there is another one, but I can't remember the name of it.
     
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    Played Axis and Allies miniatures. Really great game.
     
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    I must confess I played Games Workshop's miniatures-based systems as a kid - mainly Epic, WH40K and Space Hulk. I grew out of the hobby though, partly because I discovered alcohol and females, and partly because the games and miniatures became insanely expensive. Having said that, I still buy paints from GWs Citadel line for some of my modeling needs - but they are about twice the price of any other manufacturers products.

    The first map and counter based wargame I ever played was based on Arnhem, I cant remeber the name now or who published it, I then forgot about the hobby until a few years back when I stumbled across the Avalanche Press website and bought a game on Plan Gold, the US Rainbow Plan to fight the French in the Carribean. That soon got me hooked again!
     
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