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The best military boardgames!

In Military History

Wow, somehow Friday has crept up on us once again. Naturally we have another list for you to eviscerate, dispute or concur with as you see fit!


This one is a bit of a departure from what we usually do, and it ties in to the recent and joyous birth of Osprey Games. Phil Smith, the Saruman of Osprey Games, has furnished me with a list of his favourite military boardgames.


He was anxious to point out that these are his favourite boardgames, and are by no means objectively 'The Best'. But as Dark Overlord and supreme Games Master, I would dispute whether there is any difference!


So without further ado, please check out:


Phil’s Top 5


1.) Diplomacy


Forget Risk, this one has it all – sweeping military conquest, negotiation and backstabbing. It’s one of those rare games that’s almost as fun to play by (e)mail as it is in person (which also caters to its somewhat exhausting duration).


Check it out!


 2.) Escape From Colditz


Definitely military-themed, if not a war game per se, this was the game of choice for rainy lunchtimes at school. Running around hunting for forged papers and wire cutters, while avoiding German patrols was far more fun than it should have been!


More here


 3.) Battleship


Got a spare 15 minutes? Want to blow up stuff? Battleship is the game for you! A staple of gamer shelves and pub collections alike, this simple game has deceptively high replay value. Over a long period, if not in the same evening…


Take a look


4.) Britannia


As a rule of thumb, gaming a battle is good, gaming a whole war is better, and gaming a thousand years of invasions, conquests and fierce defences is the best. Such is the case with Britannia, which takes players through the military history of Britain from the Romans to the Normans.


More info on Britannia here


 5.) Chess


It really has to be included, doesn’t it? The daddy of them all.


On the very off chance that you are unfamiliar with Chess, click here.


 Honourable Mentions


Axis and Allies


Risk


Junta (if you can make it through the rules…)


 


So there you have it ladies and gentlemen, the choices of the Games Master himself! What are you favourite military boardgames?

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hobbe62 posted on 21 Mar 2014 22:23:00
I start with the naval classics Jutland and Wooden Ships & Iron Men (both by Avalon Hill). And I too like Britannia (as well as The Peloponnesian War) by Victory Games).
Although not a proper military game, it was always fun to throw a canister of Zgwortz aboard spaceship Znutar in The Awful Green Things from Outer Space.
hobbe62 posted on 21 Mar 2014 22:20:00
I start with the naval classics Jutland and Wooden Ships & Iron Men (both by Avalon Hill). And I too like Britannia (as well as The Peloponnesian War) by Victory Games).
Although not a proper military game, it was always fun to throw a canister of Zgwortz aboard spaceship Znutar in The Awful Green Things from Outer Space.
Paintybeard posted on 21 Mar 2014 11:43:00
Diplomacy is wonderful, but never play with your wife, she just will not understand that after you have made a treaty with you that she may still get invaded...

I used to play a number of the \'Strategy and Tactics\' games. \'Seelowe\' and \'Winterwar\' were both good, but best of all is \'Highway to the Reich\'. A huge, sprawling map, hundreds of units and ideally you need at least 4 players and a fortnight of spare time, but it\'s a great, well balanced game.

And for a bit of fun: \'Kings and Things\'. There\'s nothing quite as satisfying as defeating the enemies units with killer penguins.
ShalimarTroy posted on 21 Mar 2014 11:26:00
My picks are old school:

My picks are old school:
1) Panzer Leader (Avalon Hill)
2) Gladiator (Avalon Hill)
3) Ogre (Steve Jackson Games)
4) Circus Maximus (Avalon Hill)
5) Axis & Allies (Milton Bradley)

Honorable Mentions: Chess & Risk

Because we are talking boardgames, I left out card games and computer games which would massively change the list.

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