So you used to play Avalon Hill games and are interested in hex and counter wargames but don’t know where to begin? First a little history:
“Avalon Hill was sold to Hasbro on August 4, 1998 for $6 million. Coinciding with the purchase, Hasbro laid off AH’s entire staff. Hasbro, seeking popular board games that could be converted to computer versions, purchased the rights to the Avalon Hill trademarks, copyrights, inventory, tooling and divisions, Avalon Hill Software and Victory Games, and placed them under its video game subsidiary, Hasbro Interactive. Avalon Hill Games, Inc. was incorporated by Hasbro on March 2, 1998. In 2001, Hasbro Interactive was sold to Infogrames; Avalon Hill was not included in the sale and Hasbro later transferred control of the company to its subsidiary, Wizards of the Coast, in 2004. Hasbro has released new titles under the Avalon Hill name, and added the Avalon Hill imprint to older titles such as Axis and Allies that were not originally made by Avalon Hill. On September 8, 2020, Hasbro announced that it would take Avalon Hill management back under its own control from Wizards of the Coast beginning in January 2021.“
It’s important to mention that MMP also produces a lot of other games such as:
- Operational Combat Series (OCS)
- Standard Combat Series (SCS)
- Battalion Combat Series
- and a bunch of others
Another really big hex and counter wargame company is GMT
They make like, a bajillion games, all different scales and time periods. Here are a few standouts:
Compass Games is the next company I can think of when I think of big hex and counter wargame companies. Some standout games they publish are:
- World In Flames Collector’s DELUXE Edition
- Bar-Lev: The 1973 Arab-Israeli War, Deluxe Edition
- Raiders Of The Deep: U-Boats Of The Great War, 1914-18
- Fall Blau: Army Group South, June To December 1942
- A Las Barricadas!
A lot of companies offer incentives for purchasing direct from them and/or have a robust pre-order system, but if you are looking for cheaper places to purchase I recommend the following:
There are TONS of other companies and games out there, way to many to try to list..
and one website that will be hard to navigate but will provide the most information is
Hopefully this is enough information to get you started on your journey back into the wonderful would of hex and counter wargames!