Napoleonic Battles

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Costs: 4 GB pounds
Email: [ok]
Frequency: one per two weeks
URL: [ dead link ]
Type: wargame
Last-Update: 2007Nov05
Keywords: commercial, closed-ended, snail, mixed, historical, wargame


Napoleonic Battles is an established and long running map-based wargame which does just what is says - puts in command of an army in a battle of the Napoleonic Wars!

Nearly 3,000 game turns have been processed, so the game is well tested! You play a game of between 5 and 15 game turns, and on completion get entered into the league table, with your military rank improving as you get more victories.

The game is purely a battle recreation, with no diplomacy. You choose your army from historical lists, and to a points system. The battleground is chosen, an opponent found and then you play by following the rules and drawing on the map what you want your units to do. It's a simple concept but works really well and is popular.

The newest version has full colour lasered battle maps printed on to card maps, and we've added in the option to take part in large battles involving lots of players, which adds in communication between players of the same side. At the moment the Battle of Borodino is being hammered out by two teams of players, with the French looking like they were certain of defeat but are now on the verge of success! Russian commanders have been screaming for Constantine and the Russian Guard to get forward quick! Every battalion, squadron and battery of this, the largest battle of the Napoleonic Wars, has been represented by a unit, with each player controlling a corps, so as you can imagine its been chaotically good fun! The previous large battle was Talavera...

This game is quick to do, so you won't be making a great commitment in time (although seasoned players tell us they do have to spend quite a bit of time working out what they should do next!).


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Greg Lindahl