Napoleon-Columbia Games-A block game.

Three of us have been giving Napoleon from Columbia Games a go. It’s a block game. Instead of counters one plays with 4-sided blocks which allows units to deplete step by step as they take casualties. The latest revised version was played. Boardgamegeek sums up the Historical scenario: “On June 18, 1815, one of the most decisive battles in military history was fought in Belgian fields twenty miles southeast of Brussels. Within a short 100 days, Napoleon, former emperor of France, had returned from exile on the island of Elba, again seized power, quickly assembled an army, and marched to defeat the dispersed British and Prussian armies now preparing to invade France.

Napoleon invaded Belgium on June 15th, defeated the Prussians at the Battle of Ligny on the 16th and after a day of pursuit, faced the British and Dutch army commanded by Wellington. Aided by superb defensive tactics and the timely arrival of Prussian reinforcements, Wellington defeated the French in the great Battle of Waterloo, ending forever the military ambitions of the great Napoleon.”

We enjoyed the game as operational and grand tactical play is allowed. Unfortunately Napoleon lost all three games.

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De Bellis Antiquitatis (DBA) by Wargames research in 15mm

We are reviving our interest in this games system by Wargames Research Group. De Bellis Antiquitatis (DBA) by Wargames Research Group in 15mm. n army consists of 12 units (called “elements”), classified as Blades, Warband, Knights and so forth. The rules are very simple (and can actually fit on one sheet of paper) but nevertheless pretty effective. We tend to use the earlier versions of the rule set 1990 or 1995. Its quick and fast and there are about 300 armies from 3000 AD to 1450 AD to choose from.

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Britannia-New and older versions

This is one of our old favourites. There two games on tonight. We have been playing since the 1980’s. We will be playing the older version without Ireland. It is so highly rated by Boardgamegeek which says:

Britannia is a historical board game that broadly depicts the millennia-long struggle for control of England, Scotland, and Wales. The game begins with the Roman invasion of 43 A.D., continues through the many struggles between Angles, Saxons, Picts, Norsemen, Scots, Irish, and other tribes, and ends with the Norman invasion of 1066.

Britannia allows players to re-create this epic history, re-enacting important battles in some cases, altering the course of history in others. The game rules discourage players from making historically unrealistic moves, but also give players the freedom to alter Great Britain’s history in important ways, creating countless interesting “what if?” scenarios. What if Boudicca’s Revolt against the Romans had been more successful? What if the Romans and the Romano-British had repelled the Saxon invasions of the 5th and 6th centuries? What if William the Conqueror had died during the Norman invasion of 1066?

In Britannia, the players will determine the destiny of a kingdom.

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London on Board-If you are in the big smoke it looks like a worthwhile visit

London on Board-If you are in the big smoke it looks like a worthwhile visit. London on Board. You can find details on: http://www.londononboard.com/.

About London on Board

London on Board is a board game club that meets a couple of times a week in central London to play board and card games.

We’re a mixed bag of game players. Some of us have been playing board games for aaaaaages, some of us have only just begun to discover the wealth of board games out there. Some of us prefer Euros, others are more interested in the American style, dripping with theme board games. Some of us like abstracts. Some of us just like everything. All of us like to play games and just having a good time. We live all over London have been gathering players from all over Europe and beyond! They seem to meet 3 0r 4 times a week.

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DBMM-De Bellis Magistrorum Militus 15mm Patrician Romans poncing about before collapsing.

DBMM-De Bellis Magistrorum Militus 15mm  Patrician Romans poncing about before collapsing – back to the drawing board. The armies in the Patrician Roman list cover the period from the rise to power of Aetius as Patrician in the West to the overthrow of the Italian Kingdom of the general Odoacer by the Ostrogoths in the West and the accession of Zeno in the East

Last Thursday’s game of DBMM was about to end for the Romans. dbm We still have a substantial team of 15mm ancients players who follow the family of games of De Bellis Magistrorum Militus or DBMM II. It all started long ago with the brilliant De Bellis Antiquitatis (DBA) Ancients Wargame Rules 1.1 and then came the evolution……of Wargames of ancient battles 3000BC to 1550 AD. Dacians with Sarmatian allies march out against another army…lots of light horse

Bolt Action 28mm WW2 skirmish wargame by Warlord Games

            Bolt Action 28mm WW II skirmish wargame by Warlord Games

“Dragging most of the known world into its brutal and devastating clutches, the Second World War was a conflict the scale of which the world has never seen. From Blitzkrieg to North Africa, from the Russian Front to the D-Day landings, World War II remains arguably the most popular period for wargamers.”

The Headingley Games Club has acquired a starter set from Warlord Games. Dean Heathcote will be putting on introductory sessions on Thursdays by request. Use the the Headingley Games Club facebook page to contact him to set up a session…or contact him via the best Wargames Blog the Web: too much lead. 

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The House Divided

Two cracking games of the “House Divided” this afternoon. This excellent ACW board game was published in 1981 by GDW and is a strategic view of the events. The Confederates won both games. Several players at the club can play this and will gladly put on a game for those interested.

The Boardgame geek review says “the game depicts the war between North and South from the First Battle of Bull Run (or Manassas Junction) to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse – or Grant’s surrender at Harrisburg… Each player leads one of these two nations and makes the strategic decisions which determine the outcome of the war.

The game board represents the United States, north and south and from the Atlantic coast to just west of the Mississippi. […] The play map contains a number of boxes, each representing a city, town or locations important to the war. These boxes are connected by transportation lines – blue for rivers, tan for roads and black for railroads – which provide the paths to victory or defeat.”

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