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Subject: Making a Napoleonic game library rss

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Adam Siler
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Let's assume that you are an experienced wargamer who prefers to play games in series, but you have no Napoleonic titles. I have this problem, and the bad thing is that there really aren't a lot of tactical Napoleonic games that follow a common rulebook. I've considered the following series:

La Bataille
Reasons for:
Covers wide variety of battles.
Best looking wargame, period.
Very complex with lots of difference between units. (this appears a good thing)

Reasons against:
Little chance of getting most games in series.
Learning curve.
Bad things I've heard around here (gamey rules loopholes)
Price is really high, even for in stock games.
Most in stock/buyable games are Peninsular War.

Triumph & Glory
Reasons for:
Wide variety of battles.
Vae Victus support covers every major battle, making this the most attractive from a gameplayer's standpoint.
Simple rules.

Reasons against:
Vae Victus back-issues probably hard to come by.
Is there a future for it? Official module for the last campaigns?
Simple rules.

Napoleonic Brigade Series
Reasons for:
Just getting started, so a good chance to get the games as they come out.
I enjoy the Civil War Brigade Series.
Operations article made it sound like the game has been playtested a lot since it's first volume, and the results sound great.

Reasons against:
Again, an emphasis on the Peninsular War.
It's a pretty big wait for game to game, and what are the odds it'll get to my favorites (1809) any time soon?


Anyway I think that these are valid reasons. If I'm totally overlooking a great series out there then, by all means, set me right.
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So far, the NBS only has put out ONE non-free Peninsular game.
I'm not at all convinced there will be a lot of games to
follow it up though. Still, if you like the CBS, the simplified
and cleaned up rules of the third edition rules for NBS will be
a joy. I'd grab the third edition rules, and use them for the
earlier games in the series.
 
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Sadly, the Napoleonic Brigade Series is no more. It may morph into something new - La Belle Alliance

Have you looked at Eagles of the Empire?

La Batt is great if you like that kind of thing. You could always grab a copy of Quatre Bras and see if it floats your boat. It's obviously a series, but new stuff does not come along very often. In saying that, though, the long awaited Regs XXX seem to be getting closer, and a new version of Borodino with quick play rules is promised soon.
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The latest Operations issues had previews for NBS. I know that Bailen is due eventually, and Salamanca I think. I'm not looking at the issue now but that's what memory serves.

As for La Bataille, do they get good scenario sizes? Borodino sounds great but there's no way I'm doing the whole battle or even half of it at that scale.
 
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What about the Kevin Zucker operational series. It seems as though you are just looking at battle games.
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meward wrote:
What about the Kevin Zucker operational series. It seems as though you are just looking at battle games.


Do you have anything to say about them other than that they exist?

I'm all ears. Operational does appeal to me but it's the same problem, at least with Clash of Arms.

As far as strategic, I have heard great things about Empires in Arms.
 
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Everything you ever wanted to know about Zucker's Operational series can be found here: Marching to Glory – Napoleon at Bay (and the Campaigns of Napoleon system)

It's an excellent series.
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Kevin Zucker did not publish any tactical napoleonic games to my knowledge, however, what comes close is Four Lost Battles.

This Fall he will realease a similar game about 4 battles in 1807, of which Friedland, Eylau: The Coming Storm
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