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Johannes Blank
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I'm asking for a relative of mine obsessed with everything Napoleanic: Does anyone know if there are german rules (official or unofficial) out there? I couldn't find any on GMTs website or in the file section here, so I assume I'm out of luck?
 
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Randy Smith
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The closest you will get for now is the Prussian rules.
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Johannes Blank
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hpgeek wrote:
The closest you will get for now is the Prussian rules.


I should probably clarify that I meant rules in the german language, not rules for the germans as playable faction. I'm not a wargamer myself and only now realize how confusing the question really is.
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Jörn Mang
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Hi Johannes,

I've now taken a look as well. It seems there are no German rules. I guess it's because most German wargamers are happy with the English rules, but I understand that's not an option for everyone.

I have previously taught games with English rules to people who wouldn't have understood them in writing. I can only suggest that you act as an intermediary and teach the game to your relative yourself. You could also translate one of the available rules summaries and/or reference sheets. After a few plays you only really need the reference sheets anyway. The playing cards might be a problem, since they sometimes are a bit text-heavy.

Being married to a translator and having translated a couple of contracts and legal texts myself as well, I wouldn't recommend having them professionally translated. Translation services are expensive...

Viel Glück noch, ich würde echt an deiner Stelle probieren, dem Verwandten das Spiel persönlich beizubringen. Die Einheiten- und Geländereferenzkarten können mit einigen wenigen Übersetzungen (z.B. range = Reichweite) zugänglich gemacht werden. Die Karten sind zur Hälfte auch ohne Englischkenntnisse verständlich (links ein Pfeil mit einer 3 = auf der linken Flanke drei Einheiten aktivieren), die andere Hälfte (ich tippe auf etwa 10 verschiedene Karten) könntest du sonst durch eine kurze Erklärung auf eine Word-Seite bringen.

I hope to have been of some help.

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Jörn
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Johannes Blank
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Sir_Fortesque wrote:
Hi Johannes,

I've now taken a look as well. It seems there are no German rules. I guess it's because most German wargamers are happy with the English rules, but I understand that's not an option for everyone.

I have previously taught games with English rules to people who wouldn't have understood them in writing. I can only suggest that you act as an intermediary and teach the game to your relative yourself. You could also translate one of the available rules summaries and/or reference sheets. After a few plays you only really need the reference sheets anyway. The playing cards might be a problem, since they sometimes are a bit text-heavy.

Being married to a translator and having translated a couple of contracts and legal texts myself as well, I wouldn't recommend having them professionally translated. Translation services are expensive...

Viel Glück noch, ich würde echt an deiner Stelle probieren, dem Verwandten das Spiel persönlich beizubringen. Die Einheiten- und Geländereferenzkarten können mit einigen wenigen Übersetzungen (z.B. range = Reichweite) zugänglich gemacht werden. Die Karten sind zur Hälfte auch ohne Englischkenntnisse verständlich (links ein Pfeil mit einer 3 = auf der linken Flanke drei Einheiten aktivieren), die andere Hälfte (ich tippe auf etwa 10 verschiedene Karten) könntest du sonst durch eine kurze Erklärung auf eine Word-Seite bringen.

I hope to have been of some help.

Regards,
Jörn



Hi,

thanks, this was very helpful. I have no problem with english myself, as basically everything I read and write is in english (harder for me to write/read sth. in german by now), I just don't know how keen I am on learning the rules for the game. As I said, I'm not really a wargamer myself, but probably curious enough to try (I really enjoyed Twilight Struggle, also from GMT). Well I guess I'll learn the rules so I can teach my relative how to play.
 
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