The Franco-Prussian War is an historical simulation of the conflict between the French Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia, with its German Allies. The game covers only the period of the defeat of the French Imperial Armies, from August 1 through September 2, 1870. The map on which the game is played covers the important areas of Germany and eastern France.
There are two main versions of the Franco-Prussian War game. The first version, the Basic Game, familiarizes the Players with the map and forces involved, as well as the basic strategy and tactics of the game. The Standard Game introduces the use of dummy counters and hidden forces. There are two independent Optional Rules introducing strategic limited intelligence, and the use of Formation status for all Combat units.