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The drinks are already flowing, except for the 10-yo who has already mastered the rules and is keeping everyone else straight. Watch our guys double, and even triple, their combat factors as they hold their ridgelines.
That whole 5 (FIVE!) pages of rules have pretty much been memorized at this point, as our disorganized tercios start taking over underfunding artillery pieces.
With a whole 5 (FIVE!) pages of rules in the standard rules for the entire quad of games, our guys take on an entire war at once, proving that playability and elegance are not recent inventions of wargaming.
Jim Owczarski, 30 August 2019
I made my way back from the larger battlefields of Napoleon’s 1809 campaign in Bavaria and Austria to find the wargame community caught up in furball, conducted in the manner of the internet, about whether we all ought to call ourselves “wargamers”.
Moving briskly by all this as one does a traffic accident or somebody else being arrested, what did I learn about these battles and this campaign that might be of use to a fellow hobbyist? I will neglect the details of the campaign, most of which are well-rehearsed in several books, the most notable being Professor John Gill’s three-volume magnum opus, Thunder on the Danube. It is deservedly the normative treatment of the subject for both historians and gamers. While I have an autographed copy of the first volume, I blush to confess that I purchased all three volumes in the Kindle edition for well below market price during a recent sale. I cannot commend them highly enough.
This is a remarkably popular campaign for Napoleonic gamers. Some of this can be attributed to the presence of a commander who gave Napoleon absolute fits (the Archduke Charles) and which featured an army that, under Charles’ leadership, dealt Napoleon his first significant defeat (Aspern-Essling). It is also a bit Janus-like in that it was Napoleon’s last successful campaign while simultaneously pointing out to the attentive the cracks in his military machine that would shatter open wide in the cold of Russia three years later. Despite this, it also featured Napoleon at his resilient best, recovering from Marshal Berthier’s blundering in the Spring to achieve his victory at Wagram a few months later, so even the most Francophilic has something to love.
Concluding? Continuing? Tune in to find out!
With commentary from our host, based on his recent (like, within the last 10 days) visit to the battlefield.