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The Invasion of Russia

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On 14th December 1812, a few thousand men, half-starved, frozen and riddled with disease staggered out of Imperial Russia and reached the relative safety of the West.

These were the remnants of Napoleon’s once magnificent Grande Armee of more than 500,000 men, the largest force ever assembled in Europe (possibly even in the World) at that time, which on 24 June had crossed the River Nieman and marched into the heart of Russia. So began what, by any standards, was one of the most catastrophic, dramatic, heroic, and significant in terms of both its short- and long-term consequences, military campaigns in history.

It was also Napoleon’s greatest gamble. A single throw of the dice on which he staked everything. And lost.

Now we give you an opportunity to see if you can succeed where the most famous general in history failed, and change the course of history.

The Game (designed by Steve Pole)

At the heart of TIR are innovative and simple mechanics intended to encapsulate key elements of campaign warfare during the Napoleonic period; sweeping manoeuvres, feints and deceptions, forced marches, the greater flexibility and cohesion of seasoned troops, and the crucial importance of logistics.

TIR is very much a wargame, with an emphasis is upon the challenges of leading and co-ordinating armies during the Napoleonic period. Victory will generally go to the player who is best able to formulate and implement a cogent strategy aimed at attaining well defined objectives, whilst allowing a margin of error for enemy action and ill-fortune.

Subject to how TIR is received by gamers, the intention is for this game to the the first in a new series of Europa Simulazioni publications under the title “The Campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars”. All of the major campaigns will be included using the same basic Rules and scale; and, the maps will fit together to cover all those areas of western Europe in which the armies of Napoleon were deployed.

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Blockade Runner

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Blockade Runner is a resource trading game in the Euro style, but with a dash of danger. In Blockade Runner, players take on the roles of entrepreneurs attempting to make the most money by shipping cargo in and out of the South during the American Civil War. Positioning is achieved by competing with each other for access to commodities, top market prices, and newly built ships. Hard decisions include whether to play safely to keep ships afloat or take potentially profitable risks. The crux of the play hinges upon whether to bring in vital war goods, which reduce the intensity of the growing blockade, or more profitable black market goods. This enables a potential for limited cooperation, but competition is the heart of the game.
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Triumph & Glory

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(from GMT site)

Triumph & Glory contains the following five battles:
Castiglione (1796), fought over exactly the same field as would see the massive destruction at Solferino 63 years later, this is considered the first great, truly Napoleonic-style battle. Here the unfortunate opponents are the Austrians.
Austerlitz (1805), perhaps the greatest Napoleonic victory of all time, presented here in a most playable version.
Raab (1809), while Napoleon was to the west, capturing Vienna, his son, Prince Eugene led a sizable army into Hungary, chasing Archduke John’s Austrians and attacking them across a river, with the Austrian position anchored by a farmhouse.
Aspern-Essling (1809), Napoleon, rather rashly, tries to cross the Danube to attack the Archduke Charles, just as the latter’s full army is marching out to meet him. The crossing is most difficult, and Napoleon, with only half the troops he thought he’d have, is lucky to escape with his army.
Wagram (1809), the massive, rolling battle on the plains NE of Vienna, and one of the most famous battles of the era.
The rules are similar to those in Glory, adjusted for the era. Best of all, the system has been tested to a fare-thee-well, as it is the basis for the French magazine, Vae Victis’, 200th Anniversary Series on Napoleon.

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