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The VASSAL Engine is a game engine for building and playing online adaptations of board games, tabletop games and card games. It allows users to play in real time over a live Internet connection, and also by email (PbeM). It runs on all platforms, and is free, open-source software. For example, there is a Star Wars Miniatures module, where players can play with up to three others in a digital replica of the table-top game.
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1. Board Game: Ogre [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:1241] [Average Rating:6.95 Unranked]
Board Game: Ogre
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Microbadge: Citizenship Recognition - Level VI -  Is six any more shiny? ... Well, it's one shinier isn't it? ... Okay, why don't you just make five a bit more shiny and then that would be the most shiny? ... Because these go to six.
10/10: I actually did get to this one! Some cool things include: CRT chart as a window, distance measure drag-and-drop. Of course the usual pros for digital versions of board games are effective here, the best (for me) which is quick setup and breakdown.

I've contributed a couple templates for scenarios from the main book.

I do have the physical reprint of the 1977 small package and the gigantic Designer's Edition of the game.
 
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2. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.30 Overall Rank:9] [Average Rating:8.30 Unranked]
Board Game: Twilight Struggle
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Microbadge: Citizenship Recognition - Level VI -  Is six any more shiny? ... Well, it's one shinier isn't it? ... Okay, why don't you just make five a bit more shiny and then that would be the most shiny? ... Because these go to six.
This is one where I own the physical copy and am VERY hopeful to actually play it someday. Need to find the perfect storm of willing opponent and opportunity. In the meantime maybe VASSAL can scratch the itch.
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3. Board Game: Revolt on Antares [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:7149]
Board Game: Revolt on Antares
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Microbadge: Citizenship Recognition - Level VI -  Is six any more shiny? ... Well, it's one shinier isn't it? ... Okay, why don't you just make five a bit more shiny and then that would be the most shiny? ... Because these go to six.
OMG I had the physical copy of this from back in the day and have lost it to the ages. Maybe in a move. Maybe to a wife-cleanup-wipeout.

Thanks to VASSAL I can still at least ogle at the art for some nostalgia. Hope to play it again someday too.
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4. Board Game: Saga [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:12457]
Board Game: Saga
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Microbadge: Citizenship Recognition - Level VI -  Is six any more shiny? ... Well, it's one shinier isn't it? ... Okay, why don't you just make five a bit more shiny and then that would be the most shiny? ... Because these go to six.
See Revolt on Antares. Ditto to all the above.
 
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5. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:103] [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked]
Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game
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Microbadge: Citizenship Recognition - Level VI -  Is six any more shiny? ... Well, it's one shinier isn't it? ... Okay, why don't you just make five a bit more shiny and then that would be the most shiny? ... Because these go to six.
This is one I probably won't *need* to play on VASSAL. The kids are making great opponents for the physical version.
 
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6. Board Game: Star Wars: Armada [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:255]
Board Game: Star Wars: Armada
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Microbadge: Citizenship Recognition - Level VI -  Is six any more shiny? ... Well, it's one shinier isn't it? ... Okay, why don't you just make five a bit more shiny and then that would be the most shiny? ... Because these go to six.
See X-Wing. Ditto to all the above. The physical miniatures are just so cool to mess with (although I wish the little fighters came painted as the capital ships do) that I think playing the digital version won't be needed. Still, I might just to see some alternate opponents.
 
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7. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:145]
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Microbadge: Citizenship Recognition - Level VI -  Is six any more shiny? ... Well, it's one shinier isn't it? ... Okay, why don't you just make five a bit more shiny and then that would be the most shiny? ... Because these go to six.
Read some reviews about this game but unsure. VASSAL is a great platform for this type of thing where I want to try the gameplay first.
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8. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:298] [Average Rating:7.98 Unranked]
Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader
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Microbadge: Citizenship Recognition - Level VI -  Is six any more shiny? ... Well, it's one shinier isn't it? ... Okay, why don't you just make five a bit more shiny and then that would be the most shiny? ... Because these go to six.
The namesake of VASSAL and why it was created in the first place.
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9. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:24]
Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game
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Microbadge: Citizenship Recognition - Level VI -  Is six any more shiny? ... Well, it's one shinier isn't it? ... Okay, why don't you just make five a bit more shiny and then that would be the most shiny? ... Because these go to six.
Another one where I don't own the physical game (yet) but wanna try out the mechanics.

It should be noted that VASSAL requires you to read and know the rules, and "physically" move the pieces around. I think this is the key to why it's legal. It's not a digital version of the games, just a representation to allow players to manually push bits and bytes around themselves.
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