This is the time of the year that many in the boardgame community start their “challenges” for the coming year. The classic is the 10 x 10 – pick 10 different games and play each ten times during the year. As a wargamer, I sort of like that thought but want something more applicable to my niche of the hobby.
The other night I was messing around with the Advanced Search function of BoardGameGeek and sorting my collection in different ways. For some reason I noticed certain games of mine are Charles S. Roberts Award winners. This drew my attention because wargamers know that Mr. Roberts is the father of modern wargaming:
Charles S. Roberts…invented the modern wargame industry virtually single-handedly. As a designer and original owner-operator of Avalon Hill, he was responsible for the creation of the first modern wargame, including many of the developments, such as the Combat Results Table (CRT), which were later to become commonplace. (grognard.com)
According to Wikipedia, the Charles S. Roberts Awards are:
The Charles S. Roberts Awards (or CSR Awards) was an annual award for excellence in the historical wargaming hobby. It was named in honor of Charles S. Roberts the “Father of Wargaming” who founded Avalon Hill. The award was informally called a “Charlie” and officially called a “Charles S. Roberts Award”….Created at the first Origins Game Convention in 1975….The last year the awards were given was 2012.
After sorting my game collection, I discovered I own 20 CSR Awards winners. The challenge I am giving myself is to play all 20 games at least once by the end of calendar year 2019.
My 2019 CSR Challenge games are:
- Squad Leader – 1977 Best Tactical Game
- Victory in the Pacific – 1977 Best Strategic Game
- Mayday – 1978 Best Science-Fiction Board Game
- The Ironclads – 1979 Best Initial Release Wargame
- Azhanti High Lightning – 1980 Best Science-Fiction Board Game
- Wings – 1981 Best Twentieth Century Game
- Car Wars – 1981 Best Science-Fiction Board Game
- Ironbottom Sound – 1981 Best Initial Release Wargame
- Illuminati – 1982 Best Science-Fiction Board Game*
- World in Flames – 1985 Best Twentieth Century Game
- 7th Fleet – 1987 Best Modern Era Boardgame
- Tokyo Express – 1988 Best World War II Boardgame
- Tac Air – 1988 Best Modern Era Boardgame
- Operation Shoestring: The Guadalcanal Campaign – 1990 Best World War II Board Game
- For the People – 1998 Best Pre-World War II Boardgame
- Silver Bayonet: The First Team in Vietnam, 1965 – 1990 Best Modern Era Boardgame
- Crisis: Korea 1995 – 1993 Best Modern Era Boardgame
- Paths of Glory – 1999 Best Pre-World War II Boardgame
- Downtown: The Air War Over Hanoi, 1965-1972 – 2004 Best Modern Era Boardgame
- Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear – 2008 Best World War II Boardgame
A nice perk of making my own challenge is that I get to make the rules. For instance, since I don’t always own the edition that won substituting a later edition or version that I own is acceptable. For instance, I own Silver Bayonet: The First Team in Vietnam, 1965 (25th Anniversary Edition) – that is a legal substitute.
I will keep this blog and a GeekList over on BoardGameGeek updated with my progress throughout the year.
So, what is your 2019 Wargame Challenge?
* Yes, I know Illuminati is NOT a wargame, but it is the only non-wargame CSR winner on my list. Besides, the RockyMountainNavy Boys may like it, so it stays!
Feature image courtesy BoardGameGeek. Afrika Korps was a 1964 design by Charles S. Roberts.
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