Christo Lockxxx
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I just purchased 2nd Edition of this game. Now, I saw some reviews for 4th edition and see it listed for 4 times the price as what I paid today for a used copy. I appreciate that things get refined over time. Are the differences between the versions of the game merely cosmetic or is there value in putting 4th edition on my "wish list"?
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Mark Benson
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There is enough difference to make it annoying to some that the two versions have a single BGG entry. Cosmetic differences, yes... the labels, a matter of taste. More substantial differences - those too... the number of blocks, fewest in ed 2, too many (?) in ed 3 and, some think, just right in ed 4. Also, ed 4 has command unit pieces and a modified battle module (including terrain blocks).

Having played both and purchased ed 4, I think ed 2 represents good value for a very good game. I don’t think the changes are worth the extra money, and not worth buying a copy of ed 4 as well. Nonetheless, ed 4 is just as enjoyable.
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Thanks for your response. I am convinced not to purchase 4th Edition unless I find a deal. The Terrain Blocks seem like a good edition to the game adding replay-ability. Any feedback on what those actually bring to the experience and tactical decision making? How many different types of terrain are there? Is they a component that can be "modded" easily? I have extra blocks from my C&CN game that I could adapt.
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Terrain blocks do make the battles even more of a mini-wargame and the rules give a nod in the direction of defender advantage in choosing ground.

You could probably improv the ed 4 battle mode. Try finding the ed 4 rules and see what you think. I suspect you’d need to adopt the ed 4 battle mat format too, as that is slightly different (a simple thing to do). I found a picture of the terrain blocks here... https://boardgamegeek.com/image/1837002/napoleon-waterloo-ca...

And the battle board can be seen here...

https://boardgamegeek.com/image/1988941
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On the Columbia website you can download a free pdf of the 4th edition rules.
I use the terrain blocks only to draw from to determine which terrain will be in use. Then I place corresponding cut out felt pieces on the Battleboard : green for woods, brown for hills, red for farm house, and a blue strip for stream etc. Immediately identifies the terrain and the units that are in it. Makes a nice visual. Keeps the green blocks off the the Battleboard.
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Just played second edition last night. What a great game!

I haven't played 4th, but wanted to throw in my 2 cents that the old '77 AH second edition still makes for a nail-bitingly great game where you spend your time agonizing over every strategic decision; only to finish your move and watch your opponent agonize over his strategic decisions

2nd Ed. is one of the best board-games ever made ( that's a mighty claim for me to make, but) it captures the essence of the Waterloo campaign, AND the rules are simple enough you can read them in a few minutes and just start playing. (not many war-games these days can make that claim).
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