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Index of games by order of preference

This is a very rough order of how much I subjectively liked every game.

  • Good
  1. Reach for the Stars (1983/1985/1988) – Standard AAR, Advanced AAR, R&R
  2. Wreck of the B.S.M. Pandora (the) (1982) – AAR, R&R
  3. Eastern Front 1941 (1981) – AAR1, AAR2, R&R

    Still interesting
  4. VC (1982) – AAR + R&R
  5. Close Assault (1983) – AAR & R&R
  6. Bomb Alley (1982) – AAR Malta North Africa, R&R
  7. Southern Command (1981) – AAR part 1, part 2, R&R
  8. Germany 1985 (1982) AAR, R&R
  9. Baltic 1985 (1984) AAR, R&R
  10. Starbase Hyperion (1980) – AAR + R&R
  11. Space Station Zulu (1983) – AAR + R&R
  12. Star Trek (1973+) – AAR + R&R

    Well-designed but obsolete
  13. Galactic Gladiators (1982) – AAR + R&R
  14. RDF 1985 (1983) – AAR, R&R
  15. Operation Whirlwind (1982) – AAR + R&R
  16. Shattered Alliance (the) (1981) – AAR, R&R
  17. Computer Ambush (1980) – AAR, R&R
  18. Operation Apocalypse (1981) – AAR, R&R
  19. Norway 1985 (1985) AAR, R&R
  20. Cytron Masters (1982) – AAR + R&R
  21. Invasion Orion / Starfleet Orion (1979) – AAR part 1, part 2, R&R
  22. Cosmic Balance (the) (1982) – AAR + R&R

    Obsolete
  23. Computer Conflict [aka Conflict] (1980) – AAR + R&R
  24. Computer Bismarck (1980) – AAR, R&R
  25. Final Conflict (the) (1982) – AAR + R&R
  26. Across the Rubicon / Rubicon II (1982/1983) – AAR+R&R
  27. Road to Gettysburg (the) (1982) – AAR + R&R
  28. North Atlantic ’86 (1983) – AAR : Early November, Late November, Finale ; R&R
  29. Pursuit of the Graf Spee (1982) – AAR + R&R
  30. Empire / Empire, Wargame of the Century (1987) – AAR + R&R
  31. Epidemic! (1982) – AAR + R&R
  32. Geopolitique 1990 (1983) – AAR : Peace, War ; R&R
  33. Guadalcanal Campaign (1982) – AAR Coral Sea Guadalcanal Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec ; R&R
  34. NukeWar (1980) – AAR + R&R
  35. Knights of the Desert (1983) – AAR + R&R
  36. Parsector V (1980) – AAR + R&R
  37. Saratoga (1983) – AAR + R&R
  38. Space Ace 21 (1981) – AAR + R&R
  39. Andromeda Conquest (1982) – AAR + R&R, Multiplayer AAR
  40. Galactic Empire (1979) – AAR + R&R
  41. King Arthur (1981) – AAR + R&R

    Flawed and obsolete
  42. Tawala’s Last Redoubt (1981) – AAR + R&R
  43. Computer Napoleonics (1980) – AAR, R&R
  44. Tanktics (1978) – AAR, R&R
  45. Warp Factor (the) (1981) – AAR, R&R
  46. Broadsides (1983) – AAR + R&R
  47. Computer Air Combat (1980) – AAR, R&R
  48. Combat Leader (1983) – AAR + R&R
  49. Emperor (1980) – AAR + R&R
  50. Battle for Normandy (1982) – AAR + R&R
  51. Nobunaga’s Ambition (1983) – AAR + R&R
  52. Supreme Ruler (1982) – AAR + R&R
  53. Legionnaire (1982) – AAR + R&R

    Totally obsoleteat this point the ranking is extremely theoretical
  54. North Atlantic Convoy Raider (1980) – AAR + R&R
  55. Tactical Armor Command – TAC (1983) – AAR
  56. Armor Assault (1982) – AAR+R&R
  57. Galactic Revolution (1980) – AAR + R&R
  58. Dnieper River Line (1982) – AAR + R&R
  59. The Alien (1983) – AAR + R&R
  60. Shoot ‘Em Up in Space (1982) – AAR + R&R
  61. Squadron Leader Games (1980/1982) – AAR + R&R
  62. Midway Campaign (1980) – AAR + R&R
  63. Kamikaze (1983) – AAR + R&R
  64. Cosmic Balance II (1983) – AAR Part 1, Part 2, R&R
  65. Ants!!! (1979) – AAR + R&R
  66. Starclash (1980) / Starclash II (1984) – AAR + R&R
  67. Max-Command (1982) – AAR + R&R
  68. Battle of Shiloh (the) (1981) – AAR + R&R
  69. Tigers in the Snow (1981) – AAR + R&R
  70. Kawanakajima na Kassen (1981) – AAR + R&R
  71. Trek73 (1981) – AAR + R&R
  72. Torpedo Fire (1981) – AAR, R&R
  73. Battle of Britain [Microgame Simulations] (1982) – AAR + R&R
  74. Centurion (1981) – AAR + R&R
  75. B-1 Nuclear Bomber (1980) – AAR + R&R
  76. Domination (1981) – AAR + R&R
  77. Cosmic Conquest (1982) – AAR + R&R
  78. Battle of Zeighty (the) (1982) – AAR + R&R
  79. Napoleon (1982) – AAR + R&R
  80. Conflict 2500 (1981) – AAR + R&R
  81. Dragonriders of Pern (1983) – AAR + R&R
  82. Zendar (1982) – AAR + R&R
  83. New World (1982) – AAR + R&R
  84. Battle of Gettysburg (1982) – AAR + R&R

Could not rank

Those are games that I covered but that I cannot rank :

  • Galactic Trader (1979) – AAR + R&R (not a wargame)
  • Galaxy [Galactic Empires] (1981) – AAR + R&R (designed for multiplayer)
  • Napoleon’s Campaigns : 1813, 1815 (1981) – AAR, R&R (the only available version has a critical bug)

BRIEF

The BRIEF are not ranked, but for completion sake here is the list :

  • Assault IV (1981) – BRIEF (sessions last less than 5 minutes, more puzzle than strategy)
  • A World at War (1983) – BRIEF (sessions last less than 5 minutes, simple)
  • Battle of Britain [Molimerx] (1981) – BRIEF (arcade game pretending there is a strategy layer)
  • Bomber Command (1983) – BRIEF (arcade, no strategic layer)
  • Civil War (1968) – BRIEF (an arch-precursor on mainframe, a resource allocation game)
  • Deepspace (1975) – BRIEF (a variant of Don Daglow’s Star Trek, itself a precursor to Trek73)
  • Galactic Attack (1980) – BRIEF (no strategy but skill with calculating angle quickly)
  • Godzilla (1980) – BRIEF (sessions last less than 5 minutes, no strategy)
  • Highnoon (1970) – BRIEF (an arch-precursor on mainframe, luck driven)
  • Land Battle (1982/1998) – BRIEF (multiplayer only)
  • Mission Empire (1982) – BRIEF (inferior copy of Galactic Empire)
  • Roman Empire (1982) – BRIEF (part of Lothlorien’s early “almost wargames”)
  • Peloponnesian War (1982) – BRIEF (part of Lothlorien’s early “almost wargames”)
  • Sahara Warriors (1979) – BRIEF (one part of the game is multiplayer only, the other is not a wargame)
  • Samurai Warrior (1982) – BRIEF (Lothlorien early game. Not even wargame-adjacent)
  • Starbase Zero (1979) – BRIEF (early Trek73-like)
  • Star Trek [Peterson/Don Daglow] (1971) – BRIEF (a simpler precursor to Trek73)
  • Sea Battle (1980) – BRIEF (multiplayer only)
  • Takeover (1982/1998) – BRIEF (multiplayer only)
  • Tank Command (1980) – BRIEF (not a wargame)
  • Tyrant of Athens (1982) – BRIEF (part of Lothlorien’s early “almost wargames”)
  • Utopia (1981) – BRIEF (designed for multiplayer)
  • War (1973) – BRIEF (luck driven)
  • Warlord (1982) – BRIEF (part of Lothlorien’s early “almost wargames”)
  • War of Nerves (1979) – BRIEF (arcade & multiplayer only)
  • World Power (1978) – BRIEF (no strategy at all)