Berg’s Basic Library c. 1976
Since a couple of people have asked, I thought I’d post Berg’s list from Moves no. 26. If you can locate a copy, it’s worth it for Berg’s comments regarding each game. Just too much fun!

Tactical Games:
Soldiers (SPI)
Manassas (GDW)
Frigate (SPI) and Wooden Ships and Iron men (AH)
Panzer ’44/Mech War ’77 (SPI)
Panzerblitz (AH)
La Bataille de la Moskowa (Martial Enterprises)
Sniper (SPI)

Operational Games
Borodino (SPI)
Chickamauga (SPI)
Quebec (Gamma Two)
Kasserine Pass (Conflict)
Arnhem (SPI)
Lee Moves North (SPI)
La Grande Armee (SPI)
The Moscow Campaign (SPI)
PanzerArmee Afrika (SPI)
Ardennes Offensive (SPI)
Crimea (GDW)
Desert Fox (Cavalier)
Sinai (SPI)
Fredrick the Great (SPI)
Narvik (GDW)
Anzio II (AH)
Fast carriers (SPI)
Drang Nach Osten (GDW)
USN (SPI)

Strategic Games
The Russian Campaign (Jedco)
Chaco (GDW)
Stellar conquest (Metagamming)
The American Civil war (SPI)
The Rise and Decline of the 3rd Reich (AH)

Multi-player Games
Diplomacy (AH)
Kingmaker (AH)

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Comment by Dave Smith on October 14, 2013 at 9:45pm
I think I need to add AH's game Caesar (Alesia). That should have been included on the list. Berg had it on there under its original title.
Comment by Dave Smith on October 14, 2013 at 9:42pm
Actually, I'd like to hear what he has to say re: the 1976 list. Are there any on the list he'd still include today.
Paper Wars once did a couple of articles about which five games you'd rescue from the house in event of a fire (or something like that...).
What can I say? I'm a sucker for lists....

Dave
Comment by Eric Walters on October 14, 2013 at 6:22pm

Roger, you have the correct game--it was the S&T version (which was more interesting to me than even NAPOLEON AT WATERLOO!).  You bring up a good point about what Berg would say these days--I guess I'll just have to ask him!  Wayne, I'm sure you've seen Herr (Dave) Dockter's recounting of his game of SIEGE OF JERUSALEM--does a great job of illustrating why the game is as incredible as it sounds!  Dave, I had a great time with WIE for a few years when it came out, but I think the DG revision is far better (but still not as great as the potential of the game could be--and with DG's promise of yet another update, I remain hopeful).

Comment by Wayne Rotella on October 14, 2013 at 3:52pm

First, Dave thanks for posting this list. Now I have another dream list for my wife to use on birthdays and Christmas. Yea I know some will be hard to find at this date but that is the glory of a "dream list"...right?

Second, thanks to you and Eric for mentioning Siege of Jerusalem. It is sitting on my shelf waiting for me to pull out (yup almost mint) and after reading this and reading reviews on BGG I believe it has moved to the front of the list for Thanksgiving weekend 2013.

Comment by Roger Morley on October 14, 2013 at 2:17pm

Out of that list, I have played about 10 of them.

Would the BORODINO game which is mentioned, is this the one published in S&T issue 32?

Comment by Roger Morley on October 14, 2013 at 2:14pm

I wonder if Berg's opinions have changed about these games since 1976 when this article was published. I guess they would have, with hundreds of games published since this article was printed has probably made some of them seem dated and a little limited.

I have this issue on my PC, so I had a wee look, and was quite pleasantly surprised by it.

He was quite nice and generous towards them

Comment by Dave Smith on October 13, 2013 at 10:28pm
Agreed on all counts, though WIE is enjoyable... Siege of Jerusalem is high on my "must find" list, and I'm sorry I didn't pick up a copy when AH went under.... They were insanely cheap at $20 a copy.

Dave
Comment by Eric Walters on October 13, 2013 at 7:58pm

Can't say I am a fan of TERRIBLE SWIFT SWORD, WELLINGTON'S VICTORY, or WAR IN EUROPE as originally published these days.  They were great to explore when they first came out, but then after repeated playing all their limitations came home to roost.  Now, SIEGE OF JERUSALEM...that's an entirely different kettle of fish!

Comment by Dave Smith on October 13, 2013 at 1:45pm
Also added was War in Europe....
Comment by Dave Smith on October 13, 2013 at 1:44pm
In the SPI book Wargame Design, Siege of Jerusalam, Terrible Swift Sword, and Wellington's Victory was added.

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