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Here is a quick question for you - What miniature wargame have you played that is the most tactical?
In other words, you win most often because of your strategy, not because of your dice rolls or army composition (although those would still factor in).
I would also like to hear people's thoughts on this. I have heard that Battlefleet Gothic is fairly high in the tactics but it would be nice to hear of some non-GW games as well.
Epic and BFG
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BFG and Infinity. Both place extreme importance in positioning and using sound tactics over having the most powerful troops and rolling like a god (although that certainly helps! ). In Infinity, even the most common gun is absolutely lethal to most things so provoking unnecessary shots towards your troops because you believe in their high armour can result in total disaster. I've seen many a games where a player with a disadvantaged army set-up has won over a "superior" force because he used better tactics and planning.
I'd have to say Epic. Not too familiar with non-GW games, mind you.
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Necromunda is pretty tactical - considering that, like BFG, almost anything on the table is capable of crippling your big guns. And unlike most of the other games mentioned, there is a campaign part to it so any catastrophes you suffer stick with you for a while!
Chess? You've got to be kidding. Try Go. It's also a deterministic, total information strategy board game, but it's vastly more complicated and difficult than chess, and its more balanced (since they've gone and worked out an appropriate handicap for playing white).
As for actual wargames, the answer is certainly not 40k or Fantasy. Warmachine had more to it, but I'm still not sure I would call it 'tactical'. Classic Battletech was pretty good and involved something that resembled actual tactics, but it was still fairly simply on the decision-making front.
I've played Aerotech, which certainly doesn't cut it; BFG, which is better, and ACTA, which is better still. ACTA might win out, but it's so poorly balanced that it's hard to really say.
Honestly, I've been working on my own tactical scale wargame, Arena, and I think that it wins, mechanics-wise, over every other game I've seen. Now if only I could get around to finishing it so I could actually try it out...
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