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Solitaire Wargame Rules
By William Clarke, eHow Contributor

(Pictured a Danish castle)

I want to do this! What’s This?

Solitaire wargames are board games typically based on historical conflicts–most often, World War II, though some deal with other wars, like the Napoleonic, Peloponnesian and Persian Gulf conflicts.

The rules of these games are varied, but they do share some elements, including die rolls, sequences that must be followed and random events that substitute for a second human player.

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Solitaire War Games

(Photo of Hirosaki Castle Turret by Ian Griffin)

(Compiled by Simon Mueller)

There’s a bunch of geeklists about solitaire games around already, but none is strictly about solitaire WAR games. Since users more frequently specifically ask for recommendations of solitaire war games than solitaire games in general, and having responded to at least five of such prompts, I decided to create this geeklist. I hope it will serve as a reference. Expansions are included in the base game entry only when they have separate BGG entries.

How this list is ordered:

1) Boxed games. In chronological order, but games which use the same or similar systems are listed in sequence.

2) Magazine games. Ordered alphabetically and by publisher.

3) Print’n’Play games. Disorder.

Since I virtually have no experience with Print’n’Play or Magazine games, I only list them without providing comments. I would be glad, if another user with more experience in PnP or Mag games added more entries or singled out a particular game listing it as an separate entry, but unfortunately the best I can do to express my gratitude for this is by giving a single lousy thumb-up.
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Please also note that this list is strictly about war games which are primarily meant to be played solitaire. For example Up Front, although containing a few rules (or hints) on solitaire play, should not be on this list.

I also want to restrict this game on games about real or hypothetical wars (conflict simulations), so
please leave fantasy or science fiction games off this list!

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Why are the Lego Starwars theme sets rather unusual? It’s because the Lego founder – Ole Kirk Christiansen – did not approve of military-related games being introduced as child’s play. Learn more about the popular Starwars sets here…

The Lego Starwars themed sets are amazingly popular Worldwide. But, they’re also rather unusual. Why’s that?… Well, it’s because they have a military tone.

Did you ever wonder why, with so many different Lego sets on the market, you’ll find it exceedingly hard to discover any directly military-related themes? The reason for this is that the Group’s Danish founder – Ole Kirk Christiansen – preferred it that way. He was very much opposed to the idea of war being introduced into kiddies’ games, and disapproved of it being considered child’s play. Consequently, you’ll discover that the majority of themes which Lego licenses from cartoon and film franchises – for example, Sponge Bob, Harry Potter, Toy Story, Batman, Spiderman etc – tend not to be military related.

The Company also now states that, in spite of the superbly successful sales achieved with its themed sets, it would prefer to return to its own characters and themes, and rely more on these in the future. So, if you’re a Star Wars fanatic, now might be an excellent time to consider purchasing and collecting this popular Lego theme – before they’re all discontinued, hard-to-get, and expensive!

After identifying that there would be a high market demand, the Lego Group designed and developed sets for each of the Star Wars films – from The Phantom Menace through to The Clone Wars -, sets which represented scenes, items, and characters from the actual films. Vehicles and weapons would be constructed out of the famous interlocking plastic bricks, plus other parts. And, mini-figures would be included to represent the well-known characters, such as Jango Fett.

As with anything that comes from the Lego Group, you can rest assured that your children will not only be playing with safe, durable toys. They’ll also be developing important creative skills through hours of enjoyable play, building the likes of Starfighters complete with ejection seats, Superweapons, bomb droppers, attack cruisers, pirate tanks, and shuttles… to name but a few fascinating objects!

What’s more, kiddies can play with them alone or along with friends… as long as Mom and Dad haven’t pinched the sets first to amuse themselves with!

As well as being thoroughly tested for safety and good play value, you’ll also find that most ranges are compatible with each other. What’s more, being made out of strong, resilient plastic means they’re extremely easy-to-clean, and will last for ages. You’ll even be able to pass them on to the next generation.

As with numerous of their other themes, the Star Was Lego sets became so popular that the Company branched out and introduced related videogames as well. You can even download wallpaper and screensavers for your computer.

So, start searching local shops, the Internet, or eBay, and enjoy some serious family fun with Lego Starwars!

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Lego Instructions – Isn’t It Time You Invented Your Own?

Lego Instructions – Isn’t It Time You Invented Your Own?
By Kevin R Burns

You’ll find full Lego instructions included in most of the Group’s theme sets – be they Lego’s own classic themes, or themes which the Company has licensed from well-known cartoon and film franchises.

Lego’s long-running classic themes include such greats as the Company’s Space, Castle, City and Pirates sets, all of which boast several sub-themes. Whilst licensed themes include extremely popular kits such as the Star Wars, Sponge Bob, Toy Story, Harry Potter, and Spider Man sets, not to mention numerous others.

However, these famous little plastic building bricks are renowned for their durability so, what happens if the instructions for the kits get lost along the way? Well, that’s no problem really, for you’ll discover plenty of sites on the Internet where you can download instructions for free, not to mention the Company’s own website.

But, as well as being durable, versatile and good value-for-money, it shouldn’t be forgotten that the main beauty of these colorful building bricks is that they’re a tremendously fun way of developing children’s creative skills.

So yes, Lego sets and kits are a wonderful way of first getting kids interested in the plastic construction game but, once this interest has been aroused, why not purchase the more affordable buckets of bricks and invent and develop your own constructions?

Because the plastic blocks are so durable and easy-to-clean, you could even buy them resale by placing adverts under the “Wanted” section of local press, or by checking out what’s on offer online at eBay. Just make sure the bricks are the right size and in the proper Lego colors of red, blue, yellow, green, tan, black, white or grey. Invest a bit of time, and you’re sure to unearth some fabulous bargains which will lead to hours of affordable family fun.

Once you and your family have the hang of inventing and building your own constructions, why not write instructions for these? That way, friends and other family members can try them out.

Remember that your plastic bricks will last a long time, and could well end up being passed on to consequent generations. Wouldn’t it be great for these future generations to have photos and instructions of their family’s own, unique Lego inventions?

Not only that… you’ll also discover heaps of sites online where you can upload photos and instructions of your own inventive constructions, so that you can share them with other Lego fans.

So, put your thinking caps on and get inventive! It’s time to start building your own constructions and writing your own Lego instructions!

Kevin Burns is creator of Burns-Brick-Country.com, where you can read about and share your Lego instructions.

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Lego Blocks – Why Have They Successfully Endured The Test Of Time

Lego Blocks – Why Have They Successfully Endured The Test Of Time
By Kevin R Burns

Lego blocks were originally patented on January 28th 1958 – that’s more than 50 years’ ago. Yet, did you know that you could still use any Lego building bricks you might have bought from that year with the company’s current-day bricks?

In to-day’s throw-away society, very few products can boast such a remarkably long shelf-life, and the durability of these attractive, colourful blocks is just one reason out of many for their outstanding popularity. But, before we consider the other reasons, let’s take a brief look at the beginnings of this renowned plastic brick…

Origins Of Lego

The original founder of today’s colourful plastic building brick was a Danish carpenter named Ole Kirk Christiansen who, at first, concentrated on making wooden toys.

In 1934, the carpenter named his company “Lego”, from the Danish “leg godt” which, roughly translated, means “play well”. However, it wouldn’t be until the year 1940 that the company started to offer plastic toys. And, it wasn’t until nearly 10 years’ later – in 1949 – that interlocking bricks were introduced, sporting the now-famous round studs on one side, and rectangular hollow on the other.

Reasons For Their Success

When originally introduced, the little building bricks were not particularly versatile. Also, plastic was not considered in a particularly favorable light when compared to wood. However, the Company, with its motto of: “Kun det bedste er godt nok”, or: “Only the best is good enough”, continually worked on and improved its toy.

Nowadays, it’s renowned Worldwide, perhaps being fairly unique in the fact that it pleases both children and their parents: kids derive hour upon hour of fun from it; whilst Mom and Dad recognize that playing with the toy is developing their offspring’s creativity, dexterity, as well as problem-solving faculties.

Here are just a handful of other reasons for the never-ending popularity of the bright little bricks:

• Safe, suitable, and fun for children of all ages… adults too!

• Versatile – most ranges are compatible with each other.

• Durable – you can even pass them on from one generation to another.

• Value-for-money – once purchased, they could last longer than you!

• Easy-to-clean – just wash in warm, soapy water.

• Easily-obtainable – from local stores, the Internet, or eBay.

• Environmentally-friendly production and marketing.

• Many different styles – from the ordinary building bricks through to boxed, up-to-date themes such as Harry Potter, Star Wars and Space Police, which include all people and items to fit the particular theme.

The Company continually strives to improve its product. Nowadays, you’ll even find Lego Education Centers, complete with qualified instructors, and fun, Legoland Parks, where you and your family can enjoy castles, dinosaurs, pirates, wild animals, and even water parks.

Fads come and go but, one thing’s for sure… Lego blocks are definitely here to stay!

Kevin Burns is creator of Burns-Brick-Country.com, where you can read about and share your stories of the famous Lego blocks.

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