Grand Empires Series
Board gaming in the Napoleonic period of European history could not be simpler, it’s all contained within a book.
This series of books each depicts a famous large scale battle that was fought within this era. Each contains a brief history, gameplay rules, game board, counters and bound tracking accessories. All you need are a few six sided dice and a tabletop.
Designed on the principles of wargaming, these multifaceted historic games are based on a single set of battle rules that are deliberately engineered to give an astonishing impression and taste of the Napoleonic period of warfare for a tabletop board game. Once you’ve mastered the rules they are the same throughout the whole series.
Incorporating a basic and advanced level of gameplay, it can be enjoyed by beginners and seasoned gamers alike.
Sunday 18th June 1815, the British Allies are defending the escarpment of Mont St.Jean, a position that their commander, the Duke of Wellington had seen some years previously. Against him marches the Monster of Europe, Napoleon Bonaparte and his Grande Armée. Recently escaped from Elba, he now quickly pushes to defeat the Allies before they can combine forces with the rest of Europe.
Field Marshal Blücher is marching with his Prussian army to come to the aid of Wellington, but will he arrive in time, or can Napoleon win the battle outright before they reach the field.
This is Napoleon’s final hours of conflict, can history be changed and the Allies defeated, or was it always meant to be, only you can decide.
Gaming Time: 3-4 hours
Monday 7th September 1812, the French Grande Armée has chased the Russian army back towards Moscow, they have stopped with their right flank defended by the River Kolocha, just outside the little unknown village of Borodino. Great redoubts and fleches have been constructed for defence, allowing artillery emplacement to fire across a wide open field.
Napoleon Bonaparte has lost vast amounts of troops to attrition and minor battles, but his main army remains still intact. This is going to be the bloodiest day in Napoleonic history.
The board game includes an optional rear guard action fought on the 5th and a continuance night time phase that links the two day battle together.
Gaming Time: 6-8 hours
Monday 2nd December 1805, the night had been freezing and a fog now lingered across the battlefield. Napoleon Bonaparte had purposely drawn the enemy, the Austro-Russian army towards him, even giving up the most favourable high ground of the Pratzen Heights, in a ruse to gain battle. His only command to his Marshals was “to study this ground, for you will fight upon it” and they did just that.
Appearing weak, the Austro-Russian army attacked rolling down from the heights, but overnight new French reserves had forced marched to swell their numbers. This was one of Napoleon’s finest hours, the battle of the three emperors, a great tactical victory.
It all started with the French suddenly appearing out of the fog…
Gaming Time: 3-4 hours
Friday 16th June 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte not waiting for the Allies to group against him, has launched an all out assault into Belgium. He is now looking at the vista of hamlets from the windmill on the hill above the town of Fleurus. At their centre is the village of Ligny and the Prussian army commanded by Field Marshal Blücher.
Napoleon must engage the Prussians before the British Allies send reserves. These promised reserves will never arrive, since Marshal Nay has been despatched to Quatre Bras to stop them, so the Prussians must stand alone against the French.
At the sound of the guns Napoleon issues forth around two o’clock in the afternoon, is there time for a decisive victory or has he left it to late in the day.
Gaming Time: 3-4 hours
The Battle of the Nations had over half a million combatants. Napoleon is cornered at Leipzig and Allied armies march across Europe to defeat him. There is just a small window of opportunity to beat the Allied armies that are already at Leipzig, tomorrow may be too late.
This is a mammoth battle for experienced board gamers, it starts with the largest cavalry battle of the Napoleonic era at Liebertwolkwitz and continues with two full days of major conflict at the Battle of Leipzig. Attacked from all around Napoleon must use his superior generalship to take control of the battle before the Allies gain a foothold.
Can you win, where Napoleon failed and rewrite history…
Gaming Time: 8-12 hours