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Top 5 DoaM Games
Truthfully, the genre has come a very long way in the last fifteen years or so. Nexus Ops is kind of my platonic ideal, because it is just so straightforward. No faffing around building troops, no turtling, just all offense all the time for about 90 minutes. My other two games are much more elaborate affairs. Dune works really well for me because I just get such a charge out of seeing the special powers interact, and by how it embraces hidden information and creative solutions to problems. Clash of Cultures is just a lot of fun. I like the amount of conflict it has, it almost feels like a more aggro version of Catan to me. The expansion really pushed it over the top in my book.
I can think of a lot of other examples that I like, but either I haven't played in a long time (Cyclades, War of the Ring) or that I only played once (Runewars, Eclipse, TI3). I would be disingenuous if I put them on my list, because they really aren't on my radar that much.
1. Ascending Empires
2. Dirk Heinn Shogun - i never expected to rate this so high, but it is just sort of satisfying. I've found it always delivers, where as Dune can really misfire
3. Chaos in the Old World
5. Falling Sky - Gaelic Revolt
Uba, while our Mare Nostrum games have conflict, we all tend to focus more on the trading. It just doesn't tend to spin out that way usually. That's fine with me, because, as I've said numerous times about Clash of Cultures, I don't want to sit down to play a game about one thing and then some other player decides we're playing Nexus Ops instead because that's all he ever wants to do.
Shellhead wrote: I don't see El Grande as a DoaM game. No map really, just boxes on top of an image of a map. Also, I feel that one of the core elements of a DoaM is attacking an area to take it over, not moving dudes in to obtain a majority.
It's absolutely a map, and the geography definitely matters.
Made the Top 5
Twilight Imperium 3/4
Some how didn't make the Top 5
Mare Nostrum & Expansion
Age Of Conan
A Game Of Thrones 2e
Risk: Star Wars - Original Trilogy
Warrior Knights (FFG)
I've only picked ones that own, I couldn't really face going this process for all the games I've ever played (but Dune is probably the only one that may have made the list).
1. Nexus Ops (17 votes)
2. Dune (13 votes)
3. Chaos in the Old World (8 votes)
4. Cthulhu Wars (6 votes)
5. Twilight Imperium 3/4 (6 votes)
Votes for Twilight Imperium sometimes specified an edition, and sometimes said 3/4, and they are functionally the same game, so I lumped them together, but left them one rank below Cthulhu Wars because of the edition issue. I didn't include Pete's vote for TI2, because that is functionally a different game from TI 3 or TI 4.
6. (tie) War of the Ring (5 votes)
6.(tie) Cyclades (5 votes)
8. (tie) Blood Rage (4 votes)
8. (tie) Risk: Legacy (4 votes)
10. A massive tie with 3 votes each for: Clash of Cultures, Eclipse, Forbidden Stars, Fortress America, History of the World, Kemet, Mare Nostrum, Runewars, Struggle of Empires, and Warrior Knight.