The First Battle Series games share common elements in rules and presentation. The series featured both quick-play rules for novice gamers, as well as advanced rules for more experienced wargamers. Frank Chadwick was the designer/co-designer for all games except Last Battle
The game "Stand & Die: The Battle of Borodino," 1941 was an outlying game in the First Battle system. Concepts were tried in it that were later developed in the last two games that were the most successful.