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Recommended with 1–5 players
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12 and up
Playing Time
240 minutes
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From the autumn of 1805 through the climactic summer of 1815, the entire 10 year conflict between France, England, Austria, Prussia, Russia, and Spain, is re-created in 10 separate scenarios. Each historical scenario is presented as a separate 2-player game with an average playing time of 2-3 hours.

Avalon Hill Complexity rating - 5


Included are the following scenarios: I. Austerlitz, 1805; II. Jena to Friedland, 1806-07; III. Wagram, 1809; IV. Napoleon in Russia, 1812; V. The War of Liberation, 1813; VI. Napoleon at Bay, 1814; VII. Waterloo, 1815 VIII. The Peninsular War, 1808-1814; IX. Spain: 1811-1814; X. War and Peace: 1805-1815 Grand Campaign Game.

New Scenarios

XI: The Final Glory Rules to Link the 1812, 1813 and 1814 Scenarios of WAR and PEACE- Originally provided as an article in General Vol. 17 Issue 1 it provides rules to link the original 1812, 1813, and 1814 scenarios. Was also included in the 2nd Edition of the rules, released in 1981, and is incorporated in to the 3rd Edition Rulebook.

XII: Marengo The Italian Campaign of 1800. This, the 12th official scenario, was released in General Vol. 26 Issue 6. It is incorporated in to the 3rd Edition Rulebook

XIII: From Montenotte to Rivoli - Bonaparte's First Command: The Italian Campaign of 1796-97 A Scenario By Tom Cundiff. This scenario was included in Fire & Movement Issue No. 146

XIV: The Army of the Orient - Bonaparte in Egypt 1798-99 A Scenario By John Gant. **Development Now Complete. To be included in the Sequel to War and Peace**

Campaign Game

The Campaign Game had Naval Rules, and Diplomatic rules that deviated from and altered the structure used for the other scenarios. Some players complained of ambiguities in these rules and the Campaign Game became known as difficult to play, and unbalanced for 2 players to play. Some commented that the Campaign Game felt "tacked on" to an otherwise excellent collection of scenarios. General Vol. 23 Issue 4 provided official rules to help with the 2 player Campaign Game. However, regarding the Naval Rules, an official correction (2nd Edition Rules of '81) would further complicate matters until the game designer released his own update in General Vol. 19. Issue 5. The Campaign Game was further altered for "more realism" by an article in General Vol. 31 Issue 2.

3rd Edition Game

This Unofficial 3rd Edition of the Rules compiles and reconciles all of the differences in the rules, as published by Avalon Hill over the years. Comprised from the 1st Edition Rulebook, Errata, 2nd Edition Rulebook, 3rd Edition Naval Rules (Official), Q&A, and Misc. released by Avalon Hill through the years, the 3rd Edition Rulebook is the definitive edition. Also included are all official variants and optional rules. Available now for download in the 'Files' section of this page. This effort embraced the official work almost exclusively. The 4th Edition will attempt to fix some of the issues in the official work.

4th Edition Game Available Now

The Unofficial Mapboard, in support of the comprehensive rulebook and titled the 4th Edition Mapboard, is now available. 1st Edition Mapboard was the initial release. Some suggestions for updates were made so that is considered the 2nd Edition (for those who used whiteout on the 4th river of Kiev). The brand new map was the 3rd Edition. The 4.0 version, where unofficial work is involved, is available now on the VASSAL web site as part of the module and as a PDF for printing.

The 4th Edition Rulebook is specific to the 4th Edition Mapboard and has significant unofficial work to fix various issues. The primary focus of the 4th Edition was the new map and the Grand Campaign Game.

The Sequel to War and Peace

The sequel is in rough finished form, but publication is permanently on hold. Visit ConsimWorld for 'Struggle Between England and France, The'

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More Information Edit | History

From "The Avalon Hill General Index and Company History, 1952-1980":

War & Peace (1980), Revised 1980
Freelance design revised by Avalon Hill
Designed by Mark McLaughlin
Development by Frank Davis
Our first Grand Strategic Napoleonic game has had widely divergent initial reviews. A slight correction was made to the first edition mapboard. Rulebook revisions are pending.

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15 Tactical Matrix Cards
Cards for the replacement of the matrix counters.
14 New map
Work in progress
18 Event Cards
Graphic event cards for the variant in the 4th edition rules.
13 War and Peace XII scenario card
Marengo scenario set up card
10 War and Peace XI scenario card
updated file, corrected missing rules section. Let me know if you find any issues with this, it was a bit tough getting the conversion rules sorted out.
16 War and Peace IX scenario card
Spain 1811-1814 scenario set up card
15 War and Peace VIII scenario card
The Peninsular War scenario set up card
18 War and Peace VII scenario card
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