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Whats the best turn based strategy game ever?

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I love Magic: The Gathering - I'm sure you can recreate card games somewhat based on that with your computer pretty easily (one of the benefits being there is no spatial location you have to keep track).
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If you haven't played JA2 in awhile, you should check out the Bear's Pit Forum. Somehow the players got the source code and have been modding it. The latest JA2 is a very different (and better, in my opinion) game from the original.

JA2 is more of a squad tactics game than a strategy game.

For grand strategy games, you've got old 4X favorites like master of orion.

For more traditional TBS games you could look at the HOMM series, or Disciples. I also very much enjoyed Master of Magic when I was younger. Actually, its still a great, intricate game even now. I bought a strategy guide for MOM that contained a great deal of its formulas and charts for each faction and spell. The sheer number of strategies available to overcome those cheating impossible AIs was impressive.
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Risk, Monopoly, Checkers, Chinese Checkers, a few more from the distant (although right next door) land of table-top gaming - a very good source to draw inspiration from.
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Would XCOM count? Chess is also very good. And all Total War games are excellent turn based strategy with real-time tactics.
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Valkyria Chronicles (also named Battlefield Valkyria or Valkyrie Of The Battlefield: Gallian Chronicles)

most amazing turn based game ive seen so far. somewhat simalar to jagged alliance but on a whole different level.
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Go and Civilization 3.

The only problem with Computer Go is that it can't be bruteforced as can chess be. But AI is getting better and better. Personally, as a fan of monte carlo based ray tracing, I would go with the monte carlo simulation.
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1. Chess (Oldest Strategy Game known to man; invented the overall genre)
2. Risk (Inspired many games from the Wargame and Complex Turn-Based genre)
3. Checkers (Fun to play with family and a game you can practise for ages and still lose to people in the park)
4. Civilisation - The computer game (Revolutionised the whole Strategy genre with accessible and complex gameplay, which promoted its lifespan with the hardcore and regular gamers alike)
5. W40K: Chaos Gate (Got me into turn-based stategy in the "space-world" sense)

Pretty much nothing else after that.

[Edited by - Dex Jackson on April 23, 2009 7:42:50 AM]
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Conquest of the new world
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conquest_of_the_New_World
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1. Chess (Oldest Strategy Game known to man; invented the overall genre)


ENNNH! Go beat it by 2 millennium, and is a vastly superior game.

All of the games suggested are good candidates though.

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Isn't there a sticky post to answer this question...

Anyway, for me it is Civilization or maybe Alpha Centauri. You may also considering checking out Armageddon Empires as it introduces quite a few neat mechanics whilst being relatively low tech (it's an indie title than ended up being well recognised (I think PC gamer gave it like 95%).
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Master of Orion II

What he said.

Seriously, any game without a Black Hole Generator feels like a letdown.
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I loved the Fantasy/Panzer General series games except the 3d one. Played Civ alot, Master of magic and Master Orion series, if you like civilization type games.

-ddn
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1. Chess (Oldest Strategy Game known to man; invented the overall genre)


Tafl predates Chess by over 1000 years, but isn't nearly as popular. Other forms predate it, too.

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Final Fantasy Tactics is another of my favorites on console, especially in the beginning of the game (later in the game some things get pretty cheap for your benefit).
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Conquest of the new world
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conquest_of_the_New_World


I remember that game, I loved that game. Wish I could find a reliable method to play it on modern systems. Last time I tried DosBox for it, it didn't work out that well.
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Conquest of the new world
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conquest_of_the_New_World


I remember that game, I loved that game. Wish I could find a reliable method to play it on modern systems. Last time I tried DosBox for it, it didn't work out that well.


Yeah it was a great game.

I've been thinking of making a clone of it for a while now, just never managed to get around to it. Maybe in a month of so once the university semester is over and i've got some time on my hands, i might have a go at creating it.
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