Category: Complex Gateway Wargames

I do not subscribe to the dogma that wargames for beginners have to be low complexity wargames. Here is a selection of such games.

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Tunisia II

Beginner’s Wargames = Low Complexity Wargames?

Really? Do all wargames for beginners lack complexity? Is complexity the only discriminating factor? What if a beginner is looking for something with more depth? Are there wargames on the market that do not fit the stereotypical bill of low complexity and yet can still be considered as gateway wargames?

In this column I’d like to introduce games that I think are suitable for beginners but have enough depth that even non-beginners won’t get bored too quickly.

Disclaimer: This post is not a review. Plenty of excellent reviews have been already written elsewhere.

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Colonial Twilight

Beginner’s Wargames = Low Complexity Wargames?

This is definitely an oversimplification. I’m sure that every once in a while even advanced players who usually spend their time huddled around giant game tables, like to indulge themselves for a couple of hours in some conflict simulation that’s a little less of a brain burner.

But is the opposite true as well? Are there wargames on the market that do not fit the stereotypical bill of low complexity and yet can still be considered as gateway wargames?

In this column I’d like to introduce games that I think are suitable for beginners but have enough depth that even non-beginners won’t get bored too quickly.

Disclaimer: This post is not a review. Plenty of excellent reviews have been already written elsewhere.