Napoleon's Quagmire

The Campaign in Extramadura

The Year 1809 began with Napoleon’s departure from the Iberian Peninsula, to face the Austrian threat on the Danube. He left his brother, Joseph, in nominal command of his armies in Spain, as puppet king in Madrid. Fighting flared on several fronts simultaneously, and the French occupation had some successes, notably at the siege of Saragossa, concluded by Marshal Lannes just before his departure to join the Emperor.

Napoleon's Last Gamble

16 - 18 June, 1815

Napoleon's Last Gamble contains five battles from the Waterloo Campaign, which Napoleon began by seizing the central position between the Prussian and British Armies. On June 15th the Grande Armee was unleashed across the Sambre River. Allied screening forces sent out the warning to headquarters. The Allies executed a forward concentration behind the cover of their screens. As the 16th dawned, troops of both sides still converged on the battlefields.

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Napoleon Against Russia

15 August - 24 October, 1812

Napoleon Against Russia contains five battles from the critical phase of the Campaign, when the Russian Army finally gave Napoleon the decisive battles he so greatly desired. His first maneuver starts out well - with the French poised to slip into Smolensk behind the Russians. However, the opportunity to bring an end to the campaign will remain unfulfilled. After that, Moscow became the default destination of the Grande Armée. As Napoleon stated, "The wine has been poured and must now be drunk."

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La Patrie en Danger 1814-
The Campaign in France, Part I - 29 January - 14 February, 1814

La Patrie en Danger contains five battles from the opening phase of the Campaign in France. Napoleon has just arrived at the front. At their first encounter the French surprised Blucher's Prussians and Russians during a snowstorm. The Battle of Brienne was a short-lived success, however, for just two days later the Prussians triumphed at La Rothiere and wrote-off the enemy as a spent force, advancing hell-for-leather across the Marne and onto the highway to Paris. Ten days later Napoleon seized his opportunity when Marshal Vorwarts allowed his advancing columns to get dispersed and defeated in detail, in rapid succession in three short sharp combats. 

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Napoleon at Leipzig-
The Battle of Nations - October 13 - 19, 1813

Napoleon at Leipzig is a comprehensive game with a proven track record of excellent re-playability, among the most popular Napoleonic wargames of all time with 20,000 copies in print across the first 4 editions. Now it has a bigger playing area and more manpower for both sides, all working within a smooth and efficient engine of 19th-century warfare.

Eleven additional hexrows of terrain added to the top of the north and bottom of the south maps - provides 25% additional maneuver room for the armies...

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The Last Success -
Quadrigame of the War Against Austria
April - July 1809

These four games explore the major battles of 1809, where Napoleon and his Army of Germany met their first setback in the shadow of Vienna, against a modernized Austrian Army under Archduke Charles . Each game shows the approach to the battlefield on the day before battle. The Wagram and Aspern-Essling games share one and the same battlefield on one map. Set at the scale of Napoleon's Last Battles-525 yards per hex and one hour turns-the game retains the Command System of Commanders and Corps Officers. .... 

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The Coming Storm -
Quadrigame of the Fourth Coalition
October 1806 - June 1807

These four games explore the major battles of 1806-07, where the French Army encountered two different opponents with different capabilities, from the leadership-challenged Prussians in Saxony to the chaotic battle conditions in winter against the Russians. Based on OSG's Special Studies, which provide a turn by turn narrative of the four battles. Each game shows the approach to the battlefield on the day before battle. The Jena-Auerstadt game has both battlefields on one map and allows both sides to re-deploy before battle. Set at the scale of Napoleon's Last Battles-525 yards per hex and one hour turns-the game retains the Command System of Commanders and Corps Officers. ....  Click the bar below to read on.


Habit of Victory -
Napoleon's Campaign in Poland, 1807

COMPONENTS: One 22 x 34" map and 280 two-sided units; 56 pages of rules (Standard and Exclusive) including campaign analysis, designers notes and more; deck of 100 cards, one game box. Introducing cards into the Campaigns of Napoleon System. Each card represents a Movement Command specifying attrition, administration, etc., and allows for one-time events: political, military, officer feuds, and guerilla war .... 

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Napoleon at the Crossroads -
The Highways to Leipzig

Campaigns of Napoleon System "2X." Very similar to the "1X" Series, 6 km (3.75 miles) per hex, 3 days per turn, 3,000 men per strength point. The full Autumn campaign lasts just 24 turns. Scenarios cover the decisive start of the campaign in August 1813, the Crossing of the Elbe at Wartenburg in mid-Sept., and the approach to Leipzig starting on October 8th.....

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Four Lost Battles -

The Battles of Grossbeeren, Katzbach, Kulm and Dennewitz

These four French offensives all occurred within a single fortnight minus an important ingredient: the Emperor himself. After winning two major battles in the Spring of 1813, Napoleon agreed to an Armistice, ostensibly to prepare a path for peace, but actually as a cover for further war preparations.....

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Seven Days of 1809 - The Battles of Abensberg, Eckmuhl, and Ratisbon
THE TIME IS: 0500 hours., 17 April 1809

At the end of a 96-hour journey from Paris, as the Emperor stepped out of his carriage in Donauworth, Bavaria, his army was in an extremely hazardous position. Even if Davout and Massena had concentrated, the position would have been bad enough. But, thanks to Berthier's misunderstandings, they are ninety miles apart. The Archduke Charles, with nearly 90,000 men, is moving across the Isar River at Landshut. Two very easy marches will take his main body to the Danube at Kelheim or Ratisbon, whilst between Massena, in Augsburg, and Davout, in Ratisbon, were four days march. In this space there was nothing to oppose the Austrians except 27,000 Bavarian troops....

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Napoleon At Bay- Defend the Gates of Paris, 1814.

Napoleon at Bay, an operational simulation of the 1814 campaign in France, is the flagship of OSG's Campaigns of Napoleon series. The identities and strength of unengaged enemy forces are hidden and the rules allow cavalry to play its historical scouting role. Outnumbered more than two to one, Napoleon won several brilliant victories before the Allies entered Paris and sent him into his first exile.

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1806: Rossbach Avenged
The Jena-Auerstadt Campaign

"First impressions ... sometimes can deceive. ... I had fallen into a classic reviewer's error: looking at individual rules in isolation from how they interact during play. And the apparent simplicity of the rules contributed to the problem because they concealed the intricacy of those interactions." Click the bar below to read on.

La Guerre de l'Empereur- The Emperor's War, 1805 - 1815

La Guerre de l'Empereur is OSG's strategic game of the Napoleonic Wars. Suitable for 2-7 players, the heart of the game is an elegant and intuitive political system, simulating the fluctuating alliances that marked the years 1800-1815. Easy to learn but difficult to master, La Guerre de l'Empereur is the perfect way to introduce new gamers to the OSG family of games. Click the bar below to read on.

The Last Days of the Grande Armée- The Four Days of Waterloo, June 15-18, 1815

The time is: 1630 hrs., 15 June 1815...The Imperial Guard light cavalry of Lefebvre-Desnottes encountered the Nassau infantry of Bernhard, Duke of Saxe-Weimar. The Duke had taken the initiative to move one of his two regiments south from the vital crossroads of Quatre-Bras, in the rolling countryside of Flanders, to delay the lead elements of the French advance. The French horsemen found the village of Frasnes occupied by a regiment of 1500 Orange-Nassau infantry. The Guard troopers began to ride around the town on both sides, threatening a double envelopment. Observing this, the Nassauers started to withdraw back up... Click the bar below to read on.


Bonaparte in Italy- The Defense of Mantua & the Quadrilateral,

July 29, 1796 - January 30, 1797

Like a thunderstorm from out of the Alpine foothills, Marshal Wurmser's Austrian army jolted the French advanced guard of General Massena from their entrenched heights on Monte Baldo. Bonaparte summarized the bleak situation: "The enemy have broken through our line in three places; they are masters of La Corona and Rivoli. Massena has been compelled to yield to superior forces; Sauret has begun his retreat to Desenzano, and the enemy has captured Brescia and the bridge of Ponte San Marco. You see that our...

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Highway to the Kremlin- Napoleon's March on Moscow, June 24 - December 13, 1812
The time is: 0130 hrs., 23 June 1812

Napoleon rode upstream from Kovno to select a crossing place over the Niemen River. Removing his familiar colonel's coat he put on the jacket and black-silk kalpak of a Polish lancer. His companions who all advised against this invasion, Berthier, Davout, Caulaincourt, and the engineer Haxo-did the same. The Emperor was in a pensive, somber mood. Galloping back... Click the bar below to read on.


The Sun of 'Austerlitz'- Napoleon's Campain in Moravia, 1805
THE TIME IS: 1400 hours., 30 November 1805

Napoleon arrived from headquarters to meet with his key Marshals on the Pratzen Plateau. The Pratzen commanded a wide view of the whole region, and he was determined to fight here. Standing on the summit near a feature called the "Stari Vinohrady" and gazing eastward, Napoleon and his marshals beheld an amazing sight: the entire enemy army, some 72,000 strong, emerging from the village of Austerlitz and marching straight toward the heights on which they stood... Click the bar below to read on.