Wargames » General » War of 1812: Suggestions of Games, Books and DVDs?

Author: Mallet
I already own War of 1812, an excellent introductory wargame published by Columbia Games I still play and replay since the seventies.

And I have just purchased 1812: The Invasion of Canada, published by Academy Games, and will soon be bringing it to the table.

What other GOOD games would be recommended on the same topic ?

I would also be interested in a selection of enjoyable and readable books on the subject. The only books I have read in the past on this topic are Pierre Berton's "The Invasion of Canada" and "Flames Across the Border" when they came out in the '80s.

Just noticed that there are also a few DVDs on this war. Any suggestions ?




EDIT: added a question about DVDs.
Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:10 pm
Author: mcszarka
Hi Mallet: I think we're all really just waiting for Mr. Madison's War: The Incredible War of 1812 for anything much better that the venerable CG title.

I also have For Honor and Glory: War of 1812 Land and Naval Battles which I wanted to like but really just seemed like a die-rolling exercise, not much simulation value although the scenario set-ups give some flavour. Also played Twilight's Last Gleaming II which again is very light and not much of a simulation but does give some flavour of the battles.

There is an old S&T game War of 1812 which a couple of my friends played and were not too impressed.
Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:30 pm
Author: mcszarka
Oh and another book I highly recommend is Gil Collins's Guidebook to Historical Sites of the War of 1812. If you live in Eastern Canada you are close to at least some of the sites in the book. It is incredibly detailed.
Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:32 pm
Author: alfredhw
Jon Latimer's 1812: War with America is a good book--and you can tell its perspective from its subtitle! Might avoid the US-centric approach of most books, for a Canadian audience...

The best monograph on the war I've read is C. Edward Skeen's Citizen Soldiers in the War of 1812, on the US's militia system: How it worked in the various states, how militiamen were trained and how they fought, etc. One for the library, though; it's a little pricey.
Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:49 pm
Author: zuludawn
If you're interested in miniatures at all, Cousin Jonathan by the Perfect Captain is a nice set of rules and is available for free.

Also, for the record:

Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:54 pm
Author: jpr755
Games: I have none -- a hole in my repertoire to be filled later this year by Mr. Madison's War: The Incredible War of 1812.

Books: In honor of President's Day tomorrow (apologies to all the non-US Geeks), I submit that The Naval War of 1812 by Theodore Roosevelt is a great read. Published when he was only 23 years old, it is still considered one of the definitive accounts on the subject.
Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:36 pm
Author: jpr755
zuludawn wrote:
If you're interested in miniatures at all, Cousin Jonathan by the Perfect Captain is a nice set of rules and is available for free.

Also, for the record:



We've long ago forgiven you for that. But we can't forgive you for this:

Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:38 pm
Author: kentreuber
The Napoleon's Wars series has a set of battles from 1812. You need the base game to play, which might be an impediment: Napoleon's War: Battle Pack II – America's War
Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:55 pm
Author: sbconstant
For me, Amateurs to Arms! looks like the be all, end all. In pre-order from Clash of Arms.
Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:34 am
Author: leroy43
I think the upcoming Amateurs to Arms! should be very good too!

I'm not a miniatures gamer, but I still highly recommend Rocket's Red Glare.
Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:35 am
Author: Cantatta
History Channel Presents The War Of 1812 is a great DVD documentary, which I own and have watched many times. It includes several shorter, related documentaries on the second DVD, one about President Madison, one about the Battle of New Orleans, one about Old Hickory, Andrew Jackson, and one about the Star Spangled Banner.

The meat of the DVD set is the 2+ hour documentary on the war itself. There may be better out there, but this is a very well done set, if you are looking for good video content.
Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:36 am
Author: Sidewynnder
PBS had a show on this subject late last year. I liked it quite a bit. Recorded it on my dvr. You might look into that. Sadly, I don't have any other details ATM. I will look into it!
Mon Feb 20, 2012 4:16 am
Author: Thlayli
Looks like a new movie coming out

http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6583679/the-war-of-1812-th...
Mon Feb 20, 2012 4:26 am
Author: mcszarka
Oh and I also recently came into possession of A Mere Matter of Marching which looks excellent but have not played it yet.
Mon Feb 20, 2012 5:10 am
Author: barteus
A buddy and I recenty played War of 1812 block game. Simple rules, fun to play.

In preparation, I went to my local library and checked out the PBS documentary on the war. Nothing heavy, but it provided a good introduction to the conflict.
http://www.pbs.org/wned/war-of-1812/
Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:49 pm
Author: mcszarka
jpr755 wrote:
zuludawn wrote:
If you're interested in miniatures at all, Cousin Jonathan by the Perfect Captain is a nice set of rules and is available for free.

Also, for the record:



We've long ago forgiven you for that. But we can't forgive you for this:



Compensated for by Tricia Helfer (a.k.a. "Six" in BSG).

http://www.google.ca/search?tbm=isch&hl=en&source=hp&biw=128...

Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:42 pm
Author: Mallet
leroy43 wrote:

I'm not a miniatures gamer, but I still highly recommend Rocket's Red Glare.


Seems out of print.
Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:55 pm
Author: Mallet

Any opinions on this game:

Mayhem: Muskets and Mohawks ?
Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:56 pm
Author: mcszarka
There is another game Rockets Red Glare (note the lack of apostrophe). This is a long OOP hex and counter game which treats the land and naval conflict as essentially separate theatres. It was OK for the naval part, not so great for the land aspects.

BTW apparently the original score penned by Francis Scott Key did not have the apostrophe in "Rockets Red Glare" which is why it does not appear in the game title (as I recall from reading the designer's notes).
Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:09 pm
Author: Mallet
mcszarka wrote:
There is another game Rockets Red Glare (note the lack of apostrophe).


Omega Games claims to have the intention of re-publishing this Simulations Canada wargame. Checking up on this reminded me of another game by the same company, Seapower & the State, which I still own and as I recall was quite enjoyable.
Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:40 pm
Author: The Grinch
zuludawn wrote:

Also, for the record:



Actually the British did that and it was in 1814...whistle
Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:00 pm
Author: Sidewynnder
Found the details of the PBS special:

http://www.pbs.org/wned/war-of-1812/

It was very easy, first link actually. I just forgot about this thread for a few days...blush
Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:05 pm
Author: Sidewynnder
The Grinch wrote:
zuludawn wrote:

Also, for the record:



Actually the British did that and it was in 1814...whistle


Sounds like those silly Canadians need to get their facts straight...
Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:06 pm