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Author:  Christian Hecht [ Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:07 pm ]
Post subject:  Worthy Napoleonic boardgame series?

Gentlemen, does anyone know a worthy series of Napoleonic boardgames?
The only one that caught my attention was the "La Bataille" series of Marshal Enterprises.
http://www.labataille.me/Home_Page.php
It seems rather detailed for a boardgame.
Besides infos about the games there are also many interesting articles spread over the webpage regarding many aspects of the Napoleonic period, surely worth to read.

Author:  Paul Synnott [ Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:47 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Worthy Napoleonic boardgame series?

Christian Hecht wrote:
Gentlemen, does anyone know a worthy series of Napoleonic boardgames?
The only one that caught my attention was the "La Bataille" series of Marshal Enterprises.
http://www.labataille.me/Home_Page.php
It seems rather detailed for a boardgame.
Besides infos about the games there are also many interesting articles spread over the webpage regarding many aspects of the Napoleonic period, surely worth to read.


It depends what level you're looking for...tactical, grand-tactical or operational. I've never played the La Bataille series, but I've looked at it and it seems to be the best fit in the tactical/grand tactical space, outside of miniatures rules.

There are others such as Napoleon's Last Battles, I think. Boardgamegeek would probably be the best place to look: https://boardgamegeek.com/ .

If I was in the market for a Napoleonic grand tactical baordgame, though, I'd be looking at Simmons Games' "Bonaparte at Marengo" and "Napoleon's Triumph" (Austerlitz). It's a real departure from the hex-based factor-counting and column-shifting traditionally associated with board wargames and is well worth a look, particularly since the map and if I remember correctly, the rules, can be viewed before purchasing.

Avalon Hill also produced "Napoleon's Battles" which would be the nearest thing I've seen to Squad Leader for Napoleonics, (but without the mind-crushing complexity) Although it came with sample cardboard counters it's a miniatures rules set, but if you're into solo play it can played out in the JTS NBs editor (with a few tweaks), thanks to its 1" = 100 meters scale (as can the similarly-scaled "Age of Eagles" rules). Both use the brigade (or "brigade equivalent" e.g. small division, large regiment) as the basic manoeuvre unit, so the big battles can play out surprisingly quickly.

Hope this helps...

Author:  Christian Hecht [ Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Worthy Napoleonic boardgame series?

Thanks for the replay, the Simmons Games' seem to be an unusual but interesting approach.

Author:  Bill Peters [ Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:38 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Worthy Napoleonic boardgame series?

Here you go:

Vae Victis publishes good Napoleonic battle games. Rivoli 1797, 2nd Zurich 1799, etc. You have to hunt for the issue and then see if its still in print. if not check Ebay. You can get the rules in English.

https://www.vaevictismag.fr/en/

Enrico Acerbi designed a board game on the Battle of Loano, 1795.

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/108 ... sena-loano

I used a lot of his info for the Loano scenario in Campaign Marengo.

He also designed a game about the Battle of the Trebia 1799:

http://www.aciesedizioni.it/Giochi/trebbia-eng.htm

Enrico is an excellent historian/designer. I wouldn't hesitate to buy anything that has his name on it. He was very helpful during the production of Marengo sharing a lot of good information on the battles. His help with the "Neapolitan Chasseurs" which turned out to be heavy cavalry (at Lodi) was a big help. He wrote some excellent articles on the 1799 campaign in Italy. Much more accurate than the Duffy book on the topic.

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