Yorktown is one of the first wargames published by International Team. The battle of Yorktown is a decisive battle that finished the independence war of the United States. This victory was achieved by a French-American cooperation. the king of France had sent an army conducted by le Comte de Rochambeau, following a request of le Marquis de La Fayette. This army joined the army of George Washington. La Fayette himself, 24 years old, was actively involved in the battle, conducting American rebels. A significant help was also given by l'Amiral de Grasse in Chesapeake bay.
This battle was in fact a siege from the 18th of September until the 19th of October 1781.
The illustration is signed with an "Enea78" (Enea Riboldi). 4 soldiers represent I think the 4 armies: in blue an American officer, in red an English officer, in white a French officer, and in the background in blue, a Prussian soldier.
Opening of the box
This is a first generation box, with the white plastic tray. The box contains the map, the counters, the rules, a booklet that includes the "playing forces", a wheel to resolve the combats.
The map represents the territory around Yorktown. This is a first generation International Team map, very rigid, printed on a glossy paper, with the puzzle cut that follows the hexagons.
Thank you Sergio for the high quality scan of the map.
The rulebook indicates 79 counters but in my box, there are 80 counters (including 2 ships) + 10 white counters for fortification and 25 little counters for explosions. The "playing forces" booklet confirms the number of 80.
The rulebook includes 15 pages in four languages (Italian, English, German, French).
The game sequence is very simple: French-American movement, French-American combats, English-Prussian movement, English-Prussian combats. The French-American player wins if he is able to put 10 counters in Yorktown and/or Gloucester. The English-Prussian player wins if he can resist or if he can exit 10 counters from the map. A command counter can be stacked on an army counter, adding 20 points to the initial value. But when he is eliminated, every counter of his army are reduced by 10 points. The artillery is used to reduce by 50% the counters attacked. To be efficient, a successful artillery fire has to be followed by some infantry attack. The 2 English frigates can be used as artillery or as a transportation service for 2 counters. To cross a fortification, the counters have to stop, wait for the next turn, and attack (or pass through if the way is open)
Some price (2004-2006):
Game for 2/4 adults over 15
Real playing time: from 2 to 4 hours
Difficulty: 2 (easy)
Authors: "Care of International Team planning department"
Yorktown on boardgamegeek
Yorktown on "le grognard": English rules
Yorktown on TricTrac
Pictures of le Maréchal de Rochambeau. AIt includes a picture of his wife with the legend "It appears that Yorktown was not the comte de Rochambeau's only great 'victory'. This site also includes a long description of the French expedition history.
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