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I would like to continue with the series of articles presenting some of my favorite boardgames.

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Today there will be a special article — let me explain why. The second type of games was a complete novelty to me and I think to many other players these days — these were called Card Driven Games CDGs. I think this would be fair to bring the CDGs definition as it can vary from interpretation to interpretation. Let me thus stipulate cdg games characteristics — they sometimes are pretty broad but gives good understanding what we talk about:.

And you can probably stipulate many more characteristics, but I hope that above set gives more or less comprehensive picture of that type of wargames.

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Such positions — called Card-Assisted — are also valuable titles but will not be presented here although some might be mentioned. A very special title for me. I had opportunity to introduce it to new players multiple times, had a blast with full, turn campaign and even played the variant. I remember in our initial sessions we treated this position more like a traditional wargame, spending almost all points on operations and bleeding each other to death, until somebody broke the front and encircled the enemy With the time there come experience and appreciation for events with long-lasting effects, importance of replacement points or need to fuel reinforcements to the front.

While World War I or The Great War, as it was called is not such a popular game theme in comparison to its much bigger successor, it is nevertheless worth our attention. Such boardgames like presented here allows us also to replay the historical events, and see cdg games the Bolshevik Revolution was slowly, slowly kindling within the Russia or how prolonged and difficult was the process of bringing US to the war.

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Should you consider starting your journey with that type of games, you will for sure not do wrong with Paths of Glory. It is such a thematic, deep and engrossing title that even many years after my first plays I am gladly coming back to it. Highly recommended!

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This is an asymmetric, 2 player wargame which depicts the largest conflicts of the ancient history — Punic Wars. Let me focus on some more details.

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Great theme — the rules, the elements, the mechanics — all makes you feel like you moved in time over two millennia and immersed in Roman Republic period. The components, especially plastics figures, are really well cdg games nicely made. The game has tons of scenarios plus three introductory campaigns — that definitely extends the replayability of the position.

Events give a nice touch to the game and the battle resolution is a game within the game. Still, the challenge stays — how to play with Hannibal and win? It is really tough nut to crack but with every defeat you just want to try from the start other strategy! I spent many hours playing that game and I am never tired to try it one more time. A really breath-taking scale, with comprehensive campaign and — in my opinion — much more digestible and accessible scenarios, be it from the base game or GMT C3i magazine.

To be quite honest, I have not found better game with that theme. It is true that in order to cover whole 4 years of Pacific War, including main theaters as India, Burma, China, Japan, Australia and all the Islands a really comprehensive rulebook was needed.

Still, with every session played the game become more and more accessible and joy from it grows! In my experience, if you would like to start the wonderful cdg games with EotSstart small. The good entry points will be scenario or C3i South Pacific set-up.

They both limit the scale and timeline of campaign, providing for good training gameplays. Well, I have to admit — it was so hard to choose the top 3 CDGs, that I need couple of word of comment for the runners-ups. It is great that our hobby — wargaming — comes in such a variety of mechanics and titles. That allows each of us to find his proffered niche and pursue it.

Top 5 non-cdg wargames (hamtag)

I will not deny, CDGs are such games for cdg games — the choice of what to do each turn limited by your cards and trade-offs connected to this are the thrill I am yearning for! And while it seemed that golden years of that game type are long gone, I am still finding them as one of the most engrossing positions. Like Liked by 1 person. Like Like. Twilight Struggle is my thing, actually playing it online with the Playdek version. I am falling into Labyrinth The War on Terror and learning how to deal with the two turns you play in a row.

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Notify me of new posts via. Search for: Search. Some games provide multi-use cards see Paths of Glory while other have specific cards for particular action see We the PeopleJulius Caesar.

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This is in stark contrast to hexagonal board of traditional wargames. Do not be misled by the hexagonal map of Empire of the Sun — you anyhow can move only between some points on it! While cardboard counters are still used, often they represent generic strength points rather than specific units.

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It varies from game to game, but it seems scale is higher in CDGs strategic level usually. Beautiful mounted map, thick counters as well as thematic cards While World War I or The Great War, as it was called is not such a popular game theme in comparison to its much bigger successor, it is nevertheless worth our attention. Situation at the beginning of the Second Punic War The components, especially plastics figures, are really well and nicely made. The cards allow for nasty surprises during the battle… Still, cdg games challenge stays — how to play with Hannibal and win?

A congestion in the Solomon Sea — Guadalcanal battles will soon ensue!

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The scale of game is cdg games breath-taking In my experience, if you would like to start the wonderful journey with EotSstart small. With growing of new titles to play, it started to hit the table less often unfortunately.

However, when the new de of Ananda Gupta and Jason Matthews was recently published — Imperial Struggle — my interest immediately came back. I already had a chance to play it couple of times and with time, it might hit the top three of my list. Falling Sky — Creation of wargames with asymmetric sides was for a long time a very difficult endeavor and there were very few titles on the market doing it pretty well.

The game in wonderful way describes story of last year of Julius Caesar conquest of Gallia — culminating in great revolt in 52 BC. Here I Stand — truly large and thorough story of the Europe during the time of Reformation. In full version allows six players to lead key political and religious powers of 16th century Europe.

Card driven games (cdgs) – my 3 favorite

Great replayability value — each faction plays completely differently, so you have at least couple of games before you would be able to experience all the subtleties of this title. Summary It is great that our hobby — wargaming — comes in such a variety of mechanics and titles. Like this: Like Loading Thank you!

Never played cdg games might be the reason. But I will gladly check! I have it, even my wife is glad to play it! I also have the Playdek TS version — really great application! Leave a Reply Cancel reply comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:.

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