I wrote this awhile ago, prior to the storm in tea cup over Tom Vasels snippy anti wargamer comments. All that aside these guys do a good job with the videos. Just stay off the Morals of wargames ok fellas. 😉
TOP 5 War Games, Dice Tower-Greg Schmittgens /Judd Vance /”Chief” I only know who Judd is and I’m not super familiar with Tom Vasel’s site but the selection interested me. The #5 scared me…
CDG interesting choice…no, see that is me being polite. I respect Gregs choice here, it is HIS choice but coming from a Grognard that just does not gel. IT also is definitively NOT the first ‘real multi player wargame’
– trick taking.? Please, this a wargame in a very abstract sense.
Hold the Line
Introductory war game good choice. Not sure if this is in print or not, as it came out in 2008. focussed on the American Revolution.
The game provides some good choices for new players to come to grips with war gaming, you could easily swap in Command and Color Ancients, or VPG’s Napoleon 20 series here.
Conflict of Heroes, great tactical level combat at the squad level.
Paths of Glory, I probably should play this one day, but WWI does nothing for me.
[Update, I played a few turns. I like it, however it has some issues with physical components that are frustrating, the rules are a hot stinking mess and Judds re write goes a long way to helping but I’m switching my play to the VASSAL screen where Judds work there is OUTSTANDING.]
The war gamers non war game is in here……but first
Band of Brothers
I think we all know this little hottie. “Smokin'”
Battle Hymn!! A surprise choice! In fact 3 solo titles make it into the mix.
My sense of this game and my limited play is it feels very similar in style to Wellingtons War, swap era, and add thematic cards, same game play. I just did not enjoy it much.
The guys raise a great point here, this game is meaty in the rule book, however once you play, its all charts and dice. This means if you do want to just ‘play a turn’ either on VASSAL or on your board you can very easily. A very convenient game to play. But I feel you are playing the system…or rather it plays you vis a vie The Hunters
Empire of the Sun
A serious war game. Meaty, deep, robust and full of goodness. I slaver at the prospect of playing this soon! – BUT… a CDG! I have not played yet but I hope to.
Greg chose ASL, as a long time player no doubt ASL would be a love of his. What surprised me was that he had no OCS titles. I think he is a regular player of the series. In fact this was the only MMP title to make the scene. Every other game in print was a GMT title bar CoH I think.