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Napoleonic Chess. Large chess variant with the `spirit of the Armies of the Napoleonic period'. (14x14, Cells: 196) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Anonymous wrote on 2009-12-12 UTCGood ★★★★
It is a reasonable take on the Napoleonic period. Once chess adds
battlefield terrain effects to the game it is much more like a traditional
wargame. Wellington brought an inferior army to a superior battlefield at
Waterloo. Much of the Dutch were deployed toword the flanks because
Wellington did not believe that they could hold against the French. He also
deployed his main force on the reverse slope of the ridge to keep it clear
of French artillery.

Chess can become unbalanced when a terrain advantage is the force
multiplier. The Best game that is chess like that I have seen factor in all
these variations is Battle: The Napoleonic Wars. It was developed by S.
Craig Taylor, Jr. one of the master game designers of the twentieth
century. It is much like chess however the play balance is adjusted for in
the battlefield system.

Overall the designs are interesting and Game Play seems simple enough to
teach to new players.