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Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2021 8:25 p.m. PST

Must have a 2021 release date.

A 2021 addition or supplement to an earlier released game may be selected.

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2021 11:10 p.m. PST

Interesting poll on a miniatures form. I haven't had the time to read the rules let alone play a board game. The last board game I purchased was "Quatre Bras 1815" Part of Hexasims' Last Eagles series. I bought it as part of research I am doing for a Quatre Bras, battalion level scenario. But alas copyright 2019. I might even play it one day.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP14 Oct 2021 3:02 p.m. PST

I thought with the pandemic & all it would have been a good year for games!

Squash at home14 Oct 2021 11:42 p.m. PST

Actually I think this is a worthy question. Tabletop miniatures gaming is a small niche part of a larger hobby that includes games of all kinds. Military themed board games are themselves a small part of the larger board games world, but that world has boomed in recent times. There has been a lot of crosspollination of ideas and rules across the board games hobby. I have found modern board games to have very tight and refined mechanics and give a very enjoyable game "out of the box".

My favourite in recent times is Root. A worthy "war game" although published in 2018

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2021 7:40 p.m. PST

We are definitely in a second golden age of Historical Board Wargames. I have two issues with playing them. One, I cannot find very many opponents. Two, the time it takes to read and learn the rules. More importantly, both players need to read and learn the rules and then play some practice turns or at least that's how we used to do it back in first golden age.

The pandemic was good for solo gaming or PBM or over Zoom. But was a disaster for face to face gaming. I spent a good part of the pandemic painting figures and planning the next miniatures project. Also Spent a lot of time reading books in my home library. Which is not the same as reading game rules, especially if you don't have an opponent eager to read them to. I don't read wargame rules for relaxation and enjoyment.

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