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Eddy Bee
United States
Marin County
California
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10
Jun 2007*
(AH edition) Not only is this one of the best block wargames, but it's one of the best wargames period! The rules are straightforward and streamlined, the combination of strategic movement and tactical battles is extremely satisfying, and the game maintains a high level of tension and excitement throughout. This is truly a classic!
2007-06-18*
Owned
Taco van Vliet
Netherlands
Zoetermeer
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10
Feb 2004*
As good as it gets. both 2nd and 3rd edition
2004-02-13*
Owned
Charles Sherrange
United States
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Unspecified
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10
Dec 2004*
Great game, great for camping because the wooden pieces don't blow away in the wind
2004-12-20*
Owned
John Ferryman
United States
Beachwood
Ohio
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10
Jun 2005*
Great block game.
2010-01-24
Owned
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Erik
United States
San Marcos
California
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10
May 2009*
"Can he do it? Can the allies stop him? Set the clock back to 3am, Thursday June 15th, 1815 and see!"

An extremely fun and attractive wargame. The map is bound with excellent muted colors. The wooden block pieces are in bold red, blue and green which look spectacular on the board. The unit symbols and strengths are embossed in gold directly on the painted surface. I prefer this original set over the later busier map and pieces with stickers.

Gameplay is relatively simple - 4 pages of rules. The combat is CRT-less, a method of rolling dice equivalent to strength levels. Movement is point to point among the various towns with the road and bridge traffic limits factoring in heaviliy.

The hardest decisions and questions are the ones faced by real commanders: when to force march your troops for maximum effect - when and where to concentrate for the decisive battle - where is the enemy's main body? - can he concentrate in time?

In short, a brilliant combination of simplicity and and what feels like real command decisions.

The Gamma 2 edition has an important rule that later block games dont have: a unit that retreats from battle gets marked (usually with a penny) and CANNOT MOVE during the next turn.
2012-01-03
Owned
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Thomas Heaney
United States
Quincy
California
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10
Aug 2006*
Based upon the AH edition. I loved this game, and its quickness allowed my friends and I to play several times during one game night. The rules were a little cranky, and we never did feel we were playing the battle board (left, center, right) correctly. But who cares?
2006-08-05*
Owned
Christophe Sancy
Belgium
Zaventem
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10
Nov 2006*
More than 30 years later, still one of the best (light) wargames ever.
2006-11-06*
Ray Hosler
United States
Santa Clara
California
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10
Jun 2007*
I purchased the AH version around 2000 and felt I got the right one. Later editions gave the French cavalry too much power. On par with 1812. Developed and sold by Columbia Games originally. The Allies have to play a great game to win.
2007-06-28*
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Mark T. Edwards
United States
Unspecified
Connecticut
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10
Apr 2015
You look at the rules, and think "this is supposed to be historical?"
And then you play -- and it works. Best of the light-rule block games, and a great feel for the operational and tactical problems of the times.
The first edition has half the units of the 2nd and 3rd editions, and has less flexibility and replay value.
The most recent update on the third edition rules is the best set for play.
2015-04-12
Seth Owen
United States
Norwich
Connecticut
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10
Mar 2015
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2009-06-19
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Jeff
United States
Brooklyn
New York
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10
May 2015
I really like this game. It's a little less intuitive than the other Columbia games I've played, but it's quick, it's tense, and the tactical battles are an awesome element that needs to be included in more games.
2009-02-22
Owned
Rick Maxey
United States
Utah
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10
Jan 2013
This is one of my all time favs except the rules take a decade to decipher because they are missing some clarifications and errata is imposible to find. Epic!
2013-01-06
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Ron Draker
United States
McLean
Virginia
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10
Apr 2015
I love this game, easy to learn, easy to play, and lots of fun. And one of the best parts is that one can play in an hour or so. This was my second Columbia block game purchase many years ago. Upgraded my rating based on 4th Edition. The revised art, slightly larger map, smaller number of blocks and terrain all add up to a better game. This classic is still one of my favorites.
2015-04-22
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Will Miner
United States
Germantown
Tennessee
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10
May 2014
Just a solid game , good with 2, great with 3 , A classic.
2014-05-26
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patrick stevens
United States
Los Angeles
California
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10
Aug 2009*
My favorite block game, by far. And I've played all the GMT's and Columbia's. This elegant game has everything you need for 3 players. A masterpiece which I have been playing for more than 25 years. You can usually balance in a new player with no problem. Though the rules are not long, there are hundreds of nuances here and the learning keeps me coming back. We often play three games in a row. The finest example of the almost seemless streamlining of tactics and strategy that I know. No wonder there are 3 editions, but the second is definitely the best!
2010-03-07
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Roger Brandon
United States
North Bend
Oregon
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10
Sep 2009*
Another favorite. I played this so many times with my brother and friends!
2009-09-16
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Philip Jelley
United Kingdom
Hungerford
Berkshire
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10
Jun 2013
My first true wargame which I bought while at college in Waterloo, just a mile north of the battlefield and I played a lot of this in lunchbreaks as it can be finished in under an hour. One of the very few wargames to successfully combine strategy and tactical systems as you manoeuvre blocks on the campaign map and fight out combat on battlesheets with three columns, a reserve and reinforcements. One player controls the French army and the other 1-2 players the Anglo-Dutch and Prussians. There are a variety of strategies, thanks to a free set up by both sides and the French decision as to advance on the left against Wellington, right against Blucher or straight done the middle.
2014-03-03
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Mark T. Edwards
United States
Unspecified
Connecticut
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10
Mar 2010
You look at the rules, and think, "this is supposed to be historical"?

Then you play -- and it works BRILLIANTLY.

Best of the light-rule block games, and a great feel for the operational and tactical problems of the times. The most recent update on the third edition rules is the best set for play.
2015-04-12
chet carmody
United States
Florida
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10
Mar 2010
Elegant game. Rules are quite miserably written though.
2010-03-09
Owned
eric hogan
United States
Salem
Oregon
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10
Jun 2010
This game blends tactics with strategy better than any other war game I have played. Elegant is the only way to describe it.
2010-06-06
Owned
jacob simon
United States
California
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10
Aug 2010
fast pace with strategic and tactical depth.
2010-08-21
Owned
Stephen Newton
United States
California
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10
Dec 2010
The best three player wargame I've played. It warrants replaying over and over again.
2010-12-31
Owned
Jonathan Price
United States
Dover
New Jersey
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10
Feb 2011
I can't decide which version I prefer the most: 2nd edition (Avalon Hill) or 3rd edition (Columbia Games), both are great. AAAAAAH, someone please make the decision for me, UGH!
2011-02-20
Owned
Jonathan Price
United States
Dover
New Jersey
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10
Feb 2011
I can't decide which version I prefer the most: 2nd edition (Avalon Hill) or 3rd edition (Columbia Games), both are great. AAAAAAH, someone please make the decision for me, UGH!
2011-02-20
Roderick Chapman
England
Birmingham
West Midlands
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10
Dec 2012
I have the Avalon Hill and the Columbia editions. The 3rd edition, has the edge with the named units.
2012-12-06
Owned
Mark Kwasny
United States
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10
Dec 2012
The 2nd edition (published by Avalon Hill) is perhaps the best wargame I have ever owned. After 34 years, I still play it. In fact, I just played it 6 times in the last 3 weeks and it is as good as ever.
2012-12-08
D Bryant
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10
Aug 2013
See my review here on BGG. Outstanding game of Napoleon's attempt to defeat the Prussian and Anglo-Allied armies in June of 1815. Chess like in the need to think ahead two moves and visualize how the Main Board might look at that point. Plays very quickly. Very easy to learn, but deep enough that it will challenge you to master the nuances of road movement, force concentration, and deception.
2013-08-07
Owned
Matthew Looby
United States
Wadhams
New York
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10
Aug 2013
Columbia Games 4th Edition:

I can't stop playing this one! Best block game ever, extremely challenging, low block count, very very deep play!

I much prefer this game over all the previous version, and that says it all!
2015-04-22
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Rich Levinski
United States
Seattle
Washington
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10
May 2014
My favorite block game! Fun and thoughtful with interesting choices as there is limited movement and road capacity each turn. Great for 3 players.

Love the look of the AH version with painted blocks and muted colors on mounted board.

Plays moderately quick with potential for some lengthy play as battles get transfered to a battle board and these can take a bit to finish depending on # of units involved and d. rolls.

Interested in seeing what the new edition of the game adds to the fun. Glad they brought back the horse artillery!
2014-05-31
Owned
Jim O'Neill (Established 1949)
Scotland
Motherwell
I aten't dead yet...
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10
Oct 2013
This is the latest one and the best so far in both production values and gameplay. Mr Dalgleish has taken the game back to its roots whilst keeping the best mechanisms from its many iterations.
2014-02-14
Owned
Kevin Ryan
United States
Westminster
California
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10
May 2015
This game has blown me away. This is game design of a very high calibre. It is hard imagine a better war game. I can imagine folks liking this game. Then suddenly they "get" it! That is what happened to me. Wow! The game is magnificent and brilliant.
2015-05-01
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Greg Nichols
United States
Ann Arbor
Michigan
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9.9
Feb 2007*
A terrific, fluid game with different problems on both sides. The block fog of war is used nicely. I love the point- to-point system and the tactical battles are a sub-game that is just as fun as the strategic game. I'd give it a 10 but the map is too small for the number of blocks in the 3rd edition.
2007-02-06*
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Jason Koskey
United States
Kahului
Hawaii
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9.8
Mar 2014
Kickstarter
2014-03-24
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jeff miller
United States
West Jefferson
North Carolina
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9.5
Jan 2011
Supurb game, wish all of them were this good!
2011-01-04
Owned
Robert Stuart
United States
Los Alamos
New Mexico
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9.5
Aug 2014
An absolute gem. Infinite replayability.
2014-08-25
Owned
E Butler
United States
Hughesville
Pennsylvania
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9
Oct 2001*
This is a really well designed game. The wooden counters are a big +! Combat is well done (right center left flanks, reserves). An innovative and simple hidden unit system. There are many innovative elements to this game - it's a must buy if you can find a copy.
2001-10-27*
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Reno Thompson
United States
Louisville KY
Kentucky
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Nov 2001*
Still the best of the block games. Good beginer game.
2001-11-19*
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Dan Fox
United States
Pembroke Pines
Florida
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9
Jul 2014
my first "block" game; elegant and fun; some tweaking is needed to stop the PAA "perfect plan" of withdrawing to Brussels...otherwise a great game; 4th ed
2013-05-17
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Jerry Taylor
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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9
Jul 2003*
The 2nd edition of this game - published in the late 1970s by Avalon Hill - was my first exposure to block games and I was completely hooked ever since. This game uses simple, elegant mechanics and the fog of war engendered by the blocks to full effect. Plays quickly with a lot of rich strategic decision-making and equally rich tactical play. While a far "lighter" treatment of the campaign than many other wargamers, the game scale and theater represented by the mapboard does the Waterloo campaign better justice than most of the game's competitors. And what this game does that none of the others do is really put you in the general's tent. A battleboard is used to resolve major battles and it provides a satisfying finale to the big shoot-out that almost always comes in this game. I would give it a 10 except (1) the mapboard is simply too small given the number of blocks, and (2) the 2nd edition of the game is perhaps a better "game" but somewhat less better a simulation than this one. I'd give 2nd edition that "10"
2003-07-03*
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Daniel Ryan
United States
Austin
Texas
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9
Jan 2004*
A great classic. Still pull this one out to play every so often.
2004-01-14*
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martin grundherr
Germany
griesstaett
bavaria
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Feb 2004*
First edition; easy rules, fast to play and very clever game mechanics. Buy it if you can.
2004-02-17*
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Karl Newmann
Switzerland
Unspecified
Unspecified
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9
Sep 2004*
Simple but very realistic wargame.
2004-09-14*
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Tim Moore
United States
Wesley Chapel
FL
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9
Dec 2010
I grew up playing Avalon Hill wargames and bookshelf classics. This AH edition game got (and still gets) a lot of play. One of my first experiences with a "lighter" wargame. In it's time, this was the first "block" game and was unique. It is a 9 for me because of my memories playing it, and because many who still play it with me enjoy wargames as well as "German" style games. Unless I am mistaken, this was the first "block" game with hidden unit capabilities and turn the block for step reduction. It is a dice fest to some degree, and my rating is influenced by my fond memories. But what better reason for a 9?
2011-01-12
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Ido Magal
United States
Seattle
Washington
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9
Mar 2005*
played twice. Fantastic game!
2005-03-06*
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S. Copeland
United States
Houston
Texas
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9
Apr 2005*
For a game that has such a simple set of rules, the game play is very elegant. A superb game that is lots of fun with two or three people.
2005-04-08*
Owned
Champion Eternal
Malaysia
Unspecified
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9
Oct 2005*
The perfect game for 3 players.
2005-10-11*
Owned
Roy Patchell
United States
Unspecified
Unspecified
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9
Feb 2006*
Classic 3 player game.
2006-02-18*
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Matthew Webster
United Kingdom
Winchester
Hampshire
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9
Mar 2006*
A beautiful looking game that can be played in under 2 hours. I have the 1977 AH version.

Update: after 3 games playing the French (2-1) I am increasing my rating. Yes the map-level game is a little chess-like but there is huge variety. Battle-level is fun if a dice-fest.
2006-03-14*
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Jeff Barrett
United States
Irvine
California
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9
Mar 2006*
A great block game. The rules concerning engagement, artillery, and such are, I think, a bit muddled. I had to think through period warfare in order to reconstruct what they must be.
2006-03-18*
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Clay Hagblom
United States
West Valley City
Utah
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9
Mar 2006*
Intense, can give heartburn. Love the battle board (what is in his reserves, can I punch through his column with my cavalry, what if he throws his reserves at my weakest column) Excelent decisions.
2006-03-18*
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