Hi, I´m interested in Napoleonic wargames (I own Borodino from GMT and Bonaparte at Marengo) and I´d like to know which of the games of OSG is more suitable for a non-veteran wargamer like me. There isn´t much info about Kevin Zucker´s games here in BGG (apart from the outstanding graphics of his games and some comments and ratings) so I´m looking for help to choose a game.
Playing time and complexity are really critical (specially playing time, better if there are shorter scenarios) so I appeal to experienced wargamers to guide me.
Thanks in advance
(Mr.) Kim Beattie
Embrace your inner geek!
In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.
Really depends on what type of Napoleonic game you are looking for. OSG games tend to cover campaigns rather than individual battles. There is the 1X series and the newer 2X series. These are the quintessential Napoleonic games. The later 2X series seems be a good mix of strategic scope melded with playability (in terms of complexity and space required). Napoleon at the Crossroads is the latest game in this series and has been well received by the Napoleonic board game community.
On the other hand, I highly recommend Four Lost Battles. An off-shoot of the "Quad Game" concept, 4LB contains four games which can be played individually or linked in a quasi-campaign game. The scale is smaller than the X series of games as each game covers a single battle rather than a campaign. The came is "card-assisted" -- cards are used to produce events as well as determine movement rates from turn to turn. There is a command & control element and of course it wouldn't be a Zucker game without Vedettes.
While I prefer the more recent titles, you can't really go wrong with any of the OSG titles. I certainly recommend the two titles mentioned above.
Gotthard Heinrici (prev. Graf Strachwitz)
Hi, in my opinion you can't go wrong with any of the OSG games but this doesn't help much of course.
Nowadays, with OSG you can go two ways: card assisted games or normal.
Card assisted are Four Lost Battles and The Habit of Victory (brand new).
I can highly recommend Four Lost Battles too as the battles are relatively small, low counter densitiy and the battles play relatively quick.
(getting into it takes some time and energy as you should take your time in learning the system and going through the rules booklet (very good). Once you have played through, you won't find any better game with Napoleonic historical feel).
Other than FLB, most OSG games are Campaigns (excellent ones) and my Campaign game choice would be The seven days of 1809 although you can't go wrong with any of them.
In fact you might consider their offer Four Lost Battles in combination with Napoleon at the Crossroads! The last game puts FLB in perspective and a magnificant way to have the best of both worlds!!
(Keep in mind that the campaign games are longer than the individual Four Lost Battles).
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