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Re: BGG Wargame Designer Of The Month: Tom Dalgliesh
Ben:

I have posted some info on K.I.S.S. on our website and forum. See:

www.columbiagames.com

Nothing too specific on the maps yet, but that is coming soon.


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Congratulations (belatedly) you two are great people to work with!
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Napoleon 3rd edition is almost sold out. I am seriously considering bring back a revised 1st edition as our 4th edition. You all following that?

Tom

Make it a deluxe edition with a nice big mounted map (plus ivory and jade blocks? too much?) and you can name your price, I'll buy it.

Thanks for all the wonderful games Tom, and don't you dare ever think of retiring!


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scotia61 wrote:
Napoleon 3rd edition is almost sold out. I am seriously considering bring back a revised 1st edition as our 4th edition. You all following that?

Following and looking forward, please!!! meeple

I made an "hybrid" between 3rd and 1st edition, but I would buy a "revised 1st edition" right now! Hoping that revised means staying veeeery close to 1st edition and only adding a few things for which there is an overall consensus among experienced players.
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Oh and one other comment: I can't be the only one who misses the tactical battles of earlier block games like NAPOLEON -- any chance they could be added back in as an optional ruleset for future games?
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scotia61 wrote:

We do indeed have further ancient/medieval games in development. These include Macbeth, 1066, Hammer of the Irish, Agincourt, and English Civil War.
Tom


They are already on my "to-buy" list. As I'm a Yorkshireman with Irish, Scottish and Welsh ancestry, they all "hit the mark" for me thematically. Of course, I would support the Vikings or Normans (frenchified Vikings) in any 1066 campaign rather than those southern Anglo-Saxons.

The English Civil War (nowadays more accurately called the War of the Three Kindgdoms) appeals most. But you MUST, MUST, MUST include a block for Sir Thomas Fairfax, the Yorkshire hero and commander of the New Model Army until he resigned in disgust at the political machinations of that young upstart called Cromwell.

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My own suggest for a way to celebrate EastFront's 20th Anniversary would be to release a version of the EastFront II map that only covers the EastFront map area


Even though I custom built a game table specifically sized for EuroFront (which sadly has yet to be used for that purpose), I'm on board with this idea. It's been difficult finding tables to accommodate the larger map at BGG.con the last several years.

Although I'd also be in favor of larger hexes - some areas get pretty dense with blocks.


Heh. Suggestion thirded. We ran into this problem at PrezCon this year, too. And it's a regular problem on my game table at home
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James:

Yes, I too loved those tactical battles. They appeared in BOBBY LEE and SAM GRANT for the last time, except we chromed it in our DIXIE and EAGLES card games.

With just a little thought I'm sure you could add the Right, Center, Left, and Reserve Tactical matrix to most of our strategic games. These basic battle formations have really never changed. The only difficulty might be the number of blocks involved. That was always the weakness in that you needed at least 3 blocks per side to fight a battle.

Anyway, the system will return in Napoleon 4e

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And what would "a few things for which there is an overall consensus among experienced players" actually mean to you. Opinions, I'm sure. But "consensus"?

I also have a very good design for Napoleon in Italy, 1796 which has road movement, tactical battles, the works. Also got designs for Austerlitz, Jena, and Leipzig campaigns (not battles) in same format.

I am actually busier than it sometimes appears...

Tom

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scotia61 wrote:
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And what would "a few things for which there is an overall consensus among experienced players" actually mean to you. Opinions, I'm sure. But "consensus"?

Hi Tom, my point was more on "experienced players" than on "consensus". I have read the rules of both editions, chosen what I thought were the best rules of each, and played a few games solo, but I would not trust my limited experience.

I guess that many people have played a lot of games face-to-face, and that you must have received the feedback from some of them. Together with your own experience, I'm sure you will find the best compromise between both editions. I only hope it will be closer to the 1st one!


And I'm glad to know that you have another good Napoleon game, this way we could change from one to the other when we are tired...
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scotia61 wrote:

I also have a very good design for Napoleon in Italy, 1796 which has road movement, tactical battles, the works. Also got designs for Austerlitz, Jena, and Leipzig campaigns (not battles) in same format.


Oh, MAN! Now I'm excited! Those would be great campaigns for blocks!
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scotia61 wrote:


I also have a very good design for Napoleon in Italy, 1796 which has road movement, tactical battles, the works. Also got designs for Austerlitz, Jena, and Leipzig campaigns (not battles) in same format.


Oooh those sound cool!
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scotia61 wrote:

We do indeed have further ancient/medieval games in development. These include Macbeth, 1066, Hammer of the Irish, Agincourt, and English Civil War.


Stoked to see this. There really aren't enough medieval games on the market and the ones you've put out so far are top of the heap. Who's the titular Hammer in Hammer of the Irish, Cromwell?
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scotia61 wrote:

We do indeed have further ancient/medieval games in development. These include Macbeth, 1066, Hammer of the Irish, Agincourt, and English Civil War.


Stoked to see this. There really aren't enough medieval games on the market and the ones you've put out so far are top of the heap. Who's the titular Hammer in Hammer of the Irish, Cromwell?


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Very good I did almost put "The English" instead, but it was actually a serious question that I wanted answered, so I thought better of it.
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scotia61 wrote:
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Yes, I too loved those tactical battles. They appeared in BOBBY LEE and SAM GRANT for the last time, except we chromed it in our DIXIE and EAGLES card games.

Tom, I just picked up BOBBY LEE last week and it's an amazing game -- it's astounding how much Civil War 'stuff' you packed into such a relatively light rule set, from the CSA's greater strategic mobility to the USA's naval dominance, from tactical differences to the war of production, everything just feels right. To me at least Bobby Lee seems like a real gem that hasn't gotten the attention it deserves.

(I also love the 'enhanced' battle board system, with rules for melee, outflanking, fortresses, etc. -- it really adds to the tactical depth without adding much rules complexity. I wonder if any of these concepts would work in Napoleon?)

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With just a little thought I'm sure you could add the Right, Center, Left, and Reserve Tactical matrix to most of our strategic games. These basic battle formations have really never changed. The only difficulty might be the number of blocks involved. That was always the weakness in that you needed at least 3 blocks per side to fight a battle.

I might try this -- I think Bobby Lee's system of only needing to hold the center to prevent a rout might work, requiring fewer blocks. Or, the Deer Valley block system of 'breaking down' blocks into constituent brigades/regiments on the battle board could do the trick (though that would require creating a bunch of new blocks -- but to create a tactical system for a gem like JULIUS CAESAR it might be worth it...)

scotia61 wrote:
I also have a very good design for Napoleon in Italy, 1796 which has road movement, tactical battles, the works. Also got designs for Austerlitz, Jena, and Leipzig campaigns (not battles) in same format.

These would be fabulous -- your operational block system has been stuck on Waterloo for too long... Release a stellar NAPOLEON 4th edition and then get these puppies out the door!



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scotia61 wrote:
I also have a very good design for Napoleon in Italy, 1796 which has road movement, tactical battles, the works. Also got designs for Austerlitz, Jena, and Leipzig campaigns (not battles) in same format.

Any news on those designs?

The 4th edition seems to have been a success, does this give those other campaigns a better chance to get published?
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