This is not a review, but a brief and subjective first impression. (And, incidently my first post to a BGG forum).
I just played the first session of my recently purchased copy of Bonaparte at Marengo (BaM); the match was face-to-face against one of my regular gaming mates. What a game! I think the words I used after the session were, and here I ask you to excuse my Australian vernacular, "This game is bloody brilliant!".
Getting used to the rules in practice rather then theory, and my inexperience with the game, were probably key to my defeat as the French. I do admit to trying things out just to see the result, knowing full well that it might not be the best thing to do. Despite all my bad moves the exercise taught me a lot about the game, and it was a close finish in the end.
The options available to one are many, and at times the choices are agonising. For me, the heavy burden of choice is a positive that motivates my favourable opinion of a game experience. BaM has well defined and uncomplicated boundaries within its brief ruleset that frame ones actions, but they contain subtleties and intricacies that carry with them a multitude of possibilites and outcomes during play.
I can see why others on this forum have expressed a sense that the conscious mindset for BaM shares similarites with what one might find when playing chess. I feel that this game may well take me many sessions before I might even begin to feel some sense of mastery.
I am probably preaching to the converted here but the look of the physical game really gives the player a sense of making command decisions; the map and the coloured wooden pieces just scream wargame at me. I can see BaM being one of those life-long games - there is so much to think about - a real mental exercise in planning and manoeuvre. My head is just swimming with strategies and I hungrily await my next game session.
Mr Simmons; Sir, I raise my glass to toast you and your efforts which have provided gamers with a highly enjoyable and rewarding gaming experience.
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