7 July 2010

Napoleon Has Invaded Your Local Game Store

Battles of Napoleon is now on sale

“When you have resolved to fight a battle, collect your whole force. Dispense with nothing. A single battalion sometimes decides the day.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

For twenty years, from 1796 until the final defeat at Waterloo in 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte and his generals fought on the battlefields of all Europe. Now, you can recreate the excitement and danger of the Napoleonic Wars on your tabletop. Battles of Napoleon, a board game of realistic battlefield tactics for two players, is now on sale at your local retailer and on our webstore!

Battles of Napoleon is a war simulation system that pits the forces of the French against the forces of the British, and this first game in the series, The Eagle and the Lion, includes ten gripping scenarios.

The Battles of Napoleon system is easy to learn, but it offers a wealth of strategic options; this gives you a fast and challenging game while at the same time pitting you against the same tactical problems that commanders of the Napoleonic age had to face. Well-coordinated use of infantry, cavalry and artillery, skillful maneuvering of your units and use of your formations, and knowledge of the strong and weak points of your troops, will all be essential in leading your army to victory.

Armies are divided into unit groups of infantry, cavalry or artillery, led by their respective unit group commanders. Every unit group comprises one or more units, and a unit corresponds to the figures contained in a single hex. Every unit has its own characteristics, shown on its unit card through icons and numbers. During play, units can take different formations (line, column, square, etc.) that affect their ability to move and fight. This wealth of options ensures a satisfying strategic experience!

Battles of Napoleon achieves an immersive sense of realism, due chiefly to two mechanics. First, during the game, you'll need to send dispatches to your unit group commanders and issue your orders to unit groups through them. The orders you give determine the general behavior of each unit group, that will be partially restricted by the order itself. Like in reality, the orderly geometry of a battle can be affected by random factors and by unpredictable dashes of the troops. This is represented in the game by drawing Event/Reaction cards, which can be used in your turn or in the opponent's turn. The degree of uncertainty created by these cards means that you’ll have to stay adaptable if you hope to claim victory.

In short, Battles of Napoleon provides an accessible introduction to players wishing to enjoy realistic battle simulation, while at the same time offering a depth that will appeal to long-time wargamers.

Head to your local retailer and grab your copy, then prepare for war!

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