Top 10 Battle of Waterloo Games
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Below is my Top 10 list of games covering one of the most simulated battles of the Napoleonic Wars (or any war for that matter)-Waterloo. These are games that meet substantially all of the following criteria: (1) focuses on battle(s) of Waterloo; (2) a wargame that focuses on one battle and series of battles leading up to Waterloo, including the Emperor's return and 100 days; (3) addresses the "theme" in an interesting or compelling manner that leaves the player with a better understanding of Waterloo (and its various aspects); and (4) fun to play (understanding that this can be very subjective, especially for wargames). This is a list of the BEST! As always, your mileage may vary and some entries may be "controversial." As such, please feel free to comment, debate, or just express your own point of view. Feel free to thumbsup this list (to draw attention and more comments) or any pleasing, interesting or thought provoking entries. If I missed one that you feel is essential or I am "insane for not listing" (trust me, it has been said before), then by all means let the comments fly . . . just be civil. FYI - I am a sucker for comments and discussion and usually thumbsup most if not all of them.

I find that these lists sometimes are helpful for others seeking similar games and the more rich the discussion for more useful the list.

For a complete listing of my Top 10 lists, see--MetaList: Nap's Top 10 Lists.

As always, thanks for reading and participating!
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1. Board Game: Napoleon's Last Battles [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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My absolute favorite! Not too small in size (tactical level like Wellington's Victory or La Bataille-Series) nor too big (like strategic games of the Waterloo campaign) - just the right size to get the feeling of Napoleonic Warfare as its best! Very good to instruct newbies to the Napoleonic-gameworld - especially the Quatre-Bras-scenario. Kevin Zucker has designed an absolutly genious product which engaged lots of other designers to adopt its rules and framework (480m/hex, 500-800 men/SP, 1 hour/GT) setting to complete a whole series, also called "NLB-series".
A strongly recommended MUST for every Napoleonic buff and Grognard!

--Andreas E. Gebhardt (521tiger)
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2. Board Game: Napoleon: The Waterloo Campaign, 1815 [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:1212]
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A tense operational treatment of the Waterloo Campaign, that captures the situation without much fuss. I prefer this edition since it looks better and includes more blocks, and thus gives you the margin of error Wellington and Blucher needed in order to win. I'll gladly take the clutter of the map to have this option.

By the way, the old one is still good!

--Sean Chick (gittes)
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3. Board Game: Wellington's Victory: Battle of Waterloo Game – June 18th, 1815 [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:3874]
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For me this is THE game for Waterloo. Not easy, though. For simplier game I would go for Napoleon's Last Battles, but if you want to feel what it was felt that June 18, go for this one.

--Francisco ARITIO (Bargle)
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4. Board Game: The Emperor Returns [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:5463]
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Waterloo campaign with *real* choices for the French player, and therefore a non-trivial problem for the Allied player. Allows for drive at Brussels via Mons instead of Charleroi, or French can have at Anglo-Allied communications via Ghent. (A mashochistic French player can even focus on Prussian communications.) Allies must identify French axis as quickly as possible. Critical decisions are thus front-loaded, but its still good fun playing out the consequences.

--Dave Rubin (dirubin)
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5. Board Game: The Last Days of the Grande Armee [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:8441]
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One of the best Napoleonic game about 100 days!

--Mikolaj Lenczewski (nicoavenger)
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6. Board Game: The Battles of Waterloo [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:6485]
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Richard Berg accumulates his wealth of knowledge on this campaign and put it into pen and paper. A nicely cooked main course. System and sub-system knitted in a fine delicate piece. It offers a depth of study which merits returning to the game every time.

--Lawrence Hung (Lawrence Hung)
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7. Board Game: Napoleon's War: The 100 Days [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:4370]
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A colorful and compact game that gives you the "feel" of Napoleonic Warfare without massive chits or a crowded board of plastic men. Excellently crafted, rules are understandable and artwork is excellent. Well worth it!

--Michael Ziegler (Trelane)
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8. Board Game: Waterloo 20 [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:4456]
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A surprisingly meaty and simple - but not simplistic - system that holds your interest via a variety of quality decision-trees, the friction of war, and fast gameplay.

The Army Morale track is the key, and it very nicely represents various game functions (committing the Guard, pouring reserves into battle, force marching your troops, etc.). Indeed, it's quite disconcerting as a commander to see your Army Morale sag as the troops march, fight and fatigue. You then start thinking towards recovery via a lull turn or at night.

Has numerous intriguing nuances, some neat optional rules, and the fun just never stops. I really like the crisp and functional graphical presentation, as well.

Very well thought out, often clever at times, and almost seamlessly executed. Having spawned a whole series of games, Waterloo 20 should herald the flagship line for VPG for quite some time!

--Steve Carey (Steve Carey)
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9. Board Game: The Thin Red Line [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:9482]
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Finally, a Waterloo game with some meat to it and can be played inside of a decade. The game has many subtle nuances in it in regards to formations to make it very nice. The game is on the brigade level, and this allows players to worry about the situation of the battle as a whole, rather than where to move individual battalions. A fun, straight forward treatment overall.

--Kirk Allton (kirko)
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10. Board Game: Napoleon at Waterloo [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:3792]
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Does exactly what it was designed to do: it's an excellent solid introductory game.

--Robert Ridgeway (AnalogGamer)


Still a great game after all these decades

--Kim Meints (jackiesavon)
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