napoleon at the crossroads
the highways to leipzig
(from now NAC) designed by Kevin Zucker of
Operational Studies Group (OSG), was released
in 2006 and is the perfect companion for Four Lost Battles (FLB).
are present and clealy differentiated. The leaders are from Corps
commanders upwards and are the only counters present in the game map (exception
made of vedettes, unemployed leaders, garrison and dummies). The emphasis is on the
strategical side but obvioulsy there is a system to simulate battles... (people
buy boardgames for it!
OSG launched in 2007 OSG the booklet 'The Companion to NAC and FLB' with a lot of information about the campaign and the design of NAC and FLB games. The last issues of OSG's "Wargame Design" journal also contain material related to both boardgames.
The characteristics of NAC makes it very adequate to use it as a frame into which the battles could be accomodated and played using miniatures, Napoleon's Battles (a 2x1.6 square meters table-top contains a full hex) and the FLB mechanics for solo-play.
napoleon at the crossroads and the
The 1813 campaign in Germany is one of my favourites. After the disaster of
Russia, the breach between the tactical abilities of the French Army and
its enemies practically disppeared, whereas the Emperor's genius was not
the same than before. All those facts lead to more equilibrate
In tha past I have played some of the battles (see the PREVIOUS NB SCENARIOS' at right) with variable results generally following the real world ones. Now (April 21, 2006) I want to replay, practically from scratch, the 1813 autumn campaign starting with the 'Four Lost Battles': Gross-Beeren, Katzbach, Kulm and Dennewitz. I will use the previously designed Scenarios as a starting basis, modifying the OOB's when necessary and adding the fog of war using chance cards ā la FLB.
In the long run, a mechanism to simulate the full autumn Campaign of Leipzig must be provided, and NAC could be used for it.
The long awaited 'The Habit of Victory' (HOV) adding Cards for attrition, movement, fog of war.... will be a welcome addition
This is my 'Leipzig Project'....