I was 12, bought my first copy in 1987 (must have been the 86 version)- also bought Shogun later- awesome game!!! I played it for about 3-4 summers with my baseball buddies after games/practices. We would always play with all 5 players, roll the dice on the pool table and battle. It brings back great memories. We had some legendary battles!!!
Played only a couple of times during high school, then put it down- played lots of sports then. After 10-11yrs I happen to see Europe and Pacifc at the store- talk about a revival!! I bought both games and read the instructions during my 2-week honeymoon in the Keys- pretty sad I know. My wife is very gracious though- not a big AA fan but loves Catan!!!
It doesn’t surprise me to see that most of the AA community is in their 30s- we all grew up with the game in the 80s. Its nice to see the 20’s and Teens players get involved and discover this classic series. I believe Axis and Allies will continue to rise as a classic like Monopoly, Risk and Catan! The Revisions this decade have been fantastic!!
One of my favorite games- I was Japan and holding on to the island of Japan (that’s all I had left after 15 rounds or so) but I had some 80 infantry, 40 tnks and about 25 ftrs and 10bmrs on it- we were playing total domination. My friend said “Give up already!!!”, I said “NO you haven’t beat me yet!!”- he finally quit and I claimed victory. I didn’t lose too many games in those days- very competitive.
At 34, I still love it and play when I can!!