Posts tagged napoleonics

Quatre Batailles en Espagne Playtest Replay

Game designer, Didier Rouy, deliver this playtest report on the Battle of Ocana — part of the upcoming quadrigame from the Vive l’Empereur series, Quatre Batailles en Espagne, available for preorder from Legion Wargames [related story]

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The Invasion of Russia (1812)

New from Europa Simulazioni. Napoleon’s Greatest Gamble: The Invasion of Russia (1812) is the first entry in a new series of games covering the Campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars at low to moderate level of complexity. It includes basic and advanced rules, event cards, a two years campaign scenario. Basic unit is the division, each turn represents 15 days. Price: 36 €.

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Legion of Honor Preorder

Now available for preorder from Clash of Arms. Legion of Honor is an innovative card game that recreates the personal drama of the Napoleonic Wars. Using a quick playing, card-driven game system, each player assumes the role of a French soldier — or grognard — starting out as a young sergeant or sous-lieutenant trying to make it in life starting in 1792. Fortunately for the enterprising grognard, he can look forward to over twenty years of continuous war provided courtesy of the Directory and Napoleon! Preorder Price: $65.

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La Bataille de Friedland 1807

New from Marshal Enterprises. La Bataille de Friedland 1807 recreates on a grand scale the classic contest between Imperial France and the Fourth Coalition fought on 14 June 1807.

Marshal Enterprises, which published La Bataille de Leipzig 1813 in October 2013 and designed La Bataille de Vauchamps published in ATO Magazine earlier in 2014, releases this latest in the series of the La Bataille system with a masterful recreation of one of Napoleon’s most misunderstood victories.

In 1807, Napoleon had just spent the last eight months fighting both the Prussians and the Russians throughout Prussia and Poland in the toughest fighting the French had faced up until that time during Napoleon’s rule. The Russians were led by General Levin August von Bennigsen, the crafty Hanoverian in Russian service, who had fought Napoleon virtually to a draw in February 1807 at Eylau; and then in June, just few days earlier prior to the climactic battle at Friedland, Bennigsen had punished the French with huge losses at Heilsberg, setting the stage for the major battle of 1807. The Russians had proven themselves to be the most stubborn foes Napoleon had faced. The battle at Friedland would only reinforce that perception.

La Bataille de Friedland 1807 includes 4 full color maps and over a 1000 counters. Along with the many organizational charts and player guides, the Premier Rules; the Special Game Rules; Orders of Battle; and many special editorial features will be on a CD for easy play and reference. The main battle is accompanied with multiple scenarios and features 4 maps. 4 countersheets, 2 informational counter sheets, organizational charts and instructional / informational CD. Also included is the revolutionary Le Siege de Danzig, a complete game in and of itself. Only 400 copies of this game are being printed, so get yours today! Price: $150 [order here].

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Waterloo – An Utter Waste of Time

Paul Comben @ The Boardgaming Life

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Several Ways with The Hundred Days

Paul Comben @ The Boardgaming Life

This is a  a light look at all the Waterloo campaign games I have owned and played over the years. I have tried to include just about anything with at least some campaign element to it, but pure recreations of the climatic battle are not present – so no Wellington’s Victory or The Thin Red Line etc.

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Walcheren 1809

New from ACIES EdizioneWalcheren 1809 is a stand-alone gamette covering the unfortunate British expedition in Holland during the Napoleonic Wars. The ill-fated British campaign resulted in the British losing more than 4,000 men to a disease called “Walcheren Fever”, thought to be a combination of malaria and typhus. Price: 10 Euros.

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Wise Bayonets

New from ACIES EdizioneWise Bayonets depicts the Battle of Trebbia, June 1799, in north Italy between French and Austro-Russian armies. The game features the same game system as Masséna at Loano, integrated with rules needed to reflect the different battle terrain and tactical situation (such as greater emphasis on cavalry). Price: 56 Euros.

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Napoleon At Waterloo

New from Decision GamesNapoleon at Waterloo is a simple game of the Battle of Waterloo. The system uses the most common and basic wargame principles, such as hexagon movement, firepower ratings, terrain benefits, and a combat results table to allow you to quickly and easily determine the outcome of battles. The game includes all the units present at the battle – French, British and the Prussian – as well as extra units representing other nearby forces that arrived too late to participate historically. Components include 11”x17” map, 74 die-cut counters, one 4-page rulebook. Price: $29.95.

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Le Vol de L’Aigle Replay

Our wargaming group in Long Island decided to play Le Vol de l’Aigle via email with myself as umpire. It was an extremely fascinating experience which gave trmendous insight into the difficulties 19th century commanders faced in an era of communication by horseback and limited ability to collect military intelligence. We chose the 1806 Prussian campaign that culminated in the famous dual battles of Jena- Auerstadt because the armies were fairly evenly matched in numbers and opposing forces were not so distant from each other that enemy contact would be unduly delayed.

Harvey Mossman @ The Boardgaming Life

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In Memoriam: Robert Coggins

Robert Coggins (seated with S. Craig Taylor, left), the co-creator of Napoleon’s Battles passed away on July 21, 2014. Robert was one of the original co-founders of HMGS and managed the Historicon convention for during the 1980s and 1990s, growing it to what it is today. Rest in peace.

Salamanca Playtest Replay

Read this test run of the battle of Salamanca as part of the upcoming quadrigame from the Vive l’Empereur series, “Quatre Batailles en Espagne” to be published by Legion Wargames.

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