Friday, January 04, 2019

Board Game Wishlist

I'm a sucker for grand strategy board games where players control armies fighting each other for supreme control of the world/galaxy/universe.

It started with the grand daddy of all military board games, Risk.
I owned this version.
I got me addicted at a young age to the concept. Then as a teenager I got the original Axis and Allies followed quickly by two other Gamemaster series games, Fortress America and Shogun.
With the foundations set for a love of grans strategy board games in my formative years, you'd think I'd spend the years of my adulthood enjoying board games, right? Well, no. I got into Warhammer 40K and once I had free time again after university I fell hard for the minitature wargaming scene, no time for board games.

Once I was cured of that addiction, I started to regain my love of board games and just in time the golden age of board games started to dawn. Since then I've come to own and love Battlestar Galactica, Game of Thrones, Scythe, and Twilight Imperium.

I realize that Battlestar Galactic is not exactly "grand strategy" game but its so amazing it bears mentioning.

With all that said, here are the two grand strategy board games on my current wishlist.

War of the Ring 2nd Edition

This one appeals to me on so many levels: Lord of the Rings? check. Controlling Armies? Check. Asymmetric gameplay? Check. Amazing detail? Check. Great Reviews? Check.

Its a little intimidating in the "might be too complex for fun" but you are talking to someone who played multiple times Twilight Imperium 3rd edition... with expansions.

Star Wars Rebellion

Its another game with asymmetric gameplay set in a universe I love and filled with lots of armies and ships and flavour. I played the computer game Rebellion to death (and bought it again on for good measure) so I'm pretty sure I'm going to like this one too.

Sadly these games are wicked expensive so its doubtful I'll get them, but I can dream.


  1. Those two games look interesting. Thank you for bringing them to my attention. I am wondering how well they play with 4 players instead of 2 though.
    Pretty sure the SW fan in our gaming group would buy this game if I mentioned it's existence so maybe I should save up for the LOTR game.

    1. Mentioned SW rebellion to this friend and they already have it but they say it's basically a 2 player game despite the box claiming otherwise.