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World War II (Century of German History, #6)

I’m doing a series on German history in the 20th century on my blog this year. In intervals of 10 years, I pick a crucial event and explore it – with the help of precisely one board game. You can find the previous posts here:

Today, we go back to September 1, 1939 and the German attack on Poland – the beginning of World War II. The game that accompanies us is Unconditional Surrender! (Salvatore Vasta, GMT Games). Now the events of World War II from the first shots to the final surrender of the Axis powers are well known (and covered by myriads of books, articles, and, yes, board games). Therefore, I’ll skip the narration of who conquered what when and instead focus on three crucial perspectives on the war and the board game: How was this war different from other great power wars before? How does the game balance between freedom of action of the players and recreating a historical outcome? And why does Unconditional Surrender capture an essential aspect of the war?
Finally, this post will also serve as the starting point of a new project: I’ll do a detailed Unconditional Surrender after action report. Follow my Twitter account for live updates (and vote on strategic decisions) and check out the larger narrative on the blog! Continue reading

How Not to Buy More Games (And Still Have Fun With Them) (Affordable Gaming, #3)

So far, we have discussed how board gaming can be a really affordable hobby (bottom line: Get few, but good games and replay the hell out of them). We’ve also had a look at how to find games you’ll like and replay (and which probably won’t fit that bill) with the help of the BGG main page of a game. This time, we’ll get to the practical matters on how to play new games (that is: games you haven’t tried yet, no matter when they were published) while limiting your spending on board games.

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