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Waterloo is a wargame. The army of Napoléon is facing the armies of Prussia and England.
This is an interesting game, requiring some experience to master movements and combats in formation.
This game is a part of a trilogy with similar rules (except some details): Austerlitz, Jena, Waterloo
The illustration is signed by Enea Riboldi (Enea79) and is very detailed: the triumphant style of Jena and Austerlitz has been replaced by a more pessimistic one. 2 "cuirassiers" are presented: one is wounded and the other has left his horse. This uniform is visible on the sites histofig and napoleonuniforme.free.fr.
Opening of the box
The box contains the rules, the map, a mini map for training, 2 dice, the counters, a calendar and a combat table.
The map represents the area of the two battles. The map is subdivided following a "little squares / big squares" grid.
The game includes 56 French counters, 52 English counters, 36 Prussian counters, 20 smoke counters. The counters are double sided. The second face represents the demoralized unit.
The rulebook contains 17 pages in four languages (Italian, English, German, French).
The game is divided into 16 turns (meaning 8 hours). The victory is achieved with the greatest amount of enemy units killed. Each turn is divided into 2 parts: one French and one English-Prussian. Each part is divided into 3 phases: Artillery, movement and combat. The Prussian army is entering only during the 9th turn. During the first turns, the cavalry and artillery are handicapped by an heavy terrain due to some rain the day before (!).
The attacks can be made in formation, increasing the attack force.
The leaders increase the attack force of the adjacent counters.
As an optional rule, some units may be demoralized after a retreat of more than 3 squares. This demoralization affects the unit and the different units crossed during the retreat. Such unit can recover moral after a victory by direct combat with an enemy retreat of at least 3 squares.
The game includes a small map representing different terrains and used to learn the rules. This is the same map as the one in Austerlitz. Each player has 5 infantry units, 1 light infantry, 2 cavalry at 1 artillery.
Game for 2/3 players from 15 years on
Time of game: 4 hours
Time of each move on scale: 1/2 hour
Difficulty: 4 (hard)
Authors: "Care of International Team planning department"
A home made Waterloo
Waterloo on boardgamegeek
and for the history, one of the first wargames ever published by Avalon Hill in 1962: Waterloo (AH) on boardgamegeek
Waterloo on trictrac
Other links ? Well, this is one the most famous battle and if you type in google: battle waterloo, you will have 846000 answers.
A museum ?
Les invalides of course, in Paris. You will see here the uniform of the illustration, in the middle of plenty of Napoleonic objects.
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