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Karl Kreder
United States
Nuevo
California
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10
Sep 2009*
A really good game if you enjoy a cat and mouse game where the French are trying to avoid the British fleets
2013-03-29
Owned
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Don Dorrance
Canada
BRAMPTON
Ontario
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10
Feb 2011
Owned
Derek Long
United Kingdom
London
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10
Sep 2009*
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Hans van der Drift
Australia
Bulimba
Qld
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10
Oct 2009*
Several Reasons I give this a 10

1. The combination of intertwined mechanics are masterful. There is nothing in this game that does not need be there. A great use of blocks/initiative/random events all gives a great experience.

2. You can tell this was made by a seaman (has appreciation of sea and its limitations and favours) when I played it I could feel the sea spay on my face.

3. The Dedication of the Designer, his work on the Wiki is just great. Help you get into the game quickly.

4. Re-playability: The random placement of objectives (Napoleon objectives), the extra incentives with Emperor’s Directives and the British Objectives makes the game ever changing.

5. This reason is a bit of a wish, but the combination of Flying Colors for the battles would be great, however the current battle system is clever and fits the theme.


2009-10-20
Owned
Richard Galati
United States
Manalapan
New Jersey
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10
Nov 2009*
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Graham Lockwood
Australia
Blacktown
NSW
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10
Apr 2010
A very enjoyable gaming experience.
2010-04-06
Owned
Alan Richbourg
United States
Arlington
Texas
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10
Apr 2011
Incredible game, with the living rules update. With my variant and new scenario, imho, its sublime.
2011-04-28
Owned
David Silverstein
United States
Ramsey
New Jersey
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10
Jul 2010
Owned
Bob Schindler
United States
St. Charles
Missouri
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10
Dec 2010
Great game. This game is a lot of fun to play. Each side has it challenges. You have to have a technique to play each side. Easy to learn. Playing 1805 is always different from the game before in large part due to the weather.
2011-06-08
Owned
Scott de Brestian
United States
Mt. Pleasant
Michigan
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10
Jun 2011
The best operational naval wargame I have ever played. Captures the era perfectly. Some folks don't like the down time but I have no problem with it.
2011-06-01
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George Nikolidakis
Greece
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10
Dec 2011
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Dò the Clef
France
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10
Mar 2012
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Bob Holmstrom
United States
Illinois
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10
Jun 2012
Brilliant design.
2012-06-07
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Michel D
Belgium
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10
May 2013
Fascinating game. The perfect scale for a naval wargame. Very immersing.
2014-10-20
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Justin Dimicatio

Genève
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9.5
Dec 2011
Owned
Chris Buhl
United States
Pittsfield
Massachusetts
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9.25
Dec 2011
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David Dockter
United States
Minnesota
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9.2
Nov 2011
Picked up at WBC. Played a day later. Great game and a unique game. Very interesting game of cat and mouse. Took about 6 hours to play 1/2 of the campaign game. Gives a really good feel for the strategic naval war in 1805. Great initiative chit dynamic. Long periods of shuffling ships and then great drama in the big naval battles. Highly recommend.
2011-08-09
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Johan Pettersson
Sweden
Smygehamn
Skåne
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9
Oct 2009*
Naval wargame with several interesting features:

Double blind
Variable game-turn length
Semi-known victory points
Asymetric set-up and strategy
Switching initiative
Historic-accurate battle matris

Put this together with an interesting historic situation and you get a very good game.
2009-10-05
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Michael Edwards
United States
Everett
Washington
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9
Mar 2010
I need to play this more! Not many operational naval games in this setting. A very fascinating peek into the difficulties that faced France and England during this period, in terms of the strategic naval war.

Love the game, dripping with theme. A lot of rules to learn, however, and a long play time, make it hard for me to get to the table.
2012-11-12
Owned
Rob Doane
United States
Walpole
MA
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9
Mar 2011
Owned
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Joel Berryhill
United States
Aliso Viejo
California
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9
Oct 2009*
Preordered P500 - 7/6/2009
Now have in hot hands - 8/26/2009
The physical game is located at my work.
Vassal option.
2009-11-18
Owned
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Jiri D.
Czech Republic
Prague
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9
Oct 2009*
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Matthew Lohse
United States
San Francisco
California
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9
Aug 2009*
Rating is a preliminary one pending a chance to play it [having read the rules online]. Map ended up looking very nice although I wish the blue didn't have that weird texture. Other components up to the usual GMT quality. Rules are well written, made sense on the first read through. I look forward to trying a game at which point I will update the review.
2009-08-27
Owned
Bob Christie
United States
Pembroke
Massachusetts
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9
Sep 2012
This wargame really captures the history of the period. A lot of cat and mouse action with the search attempts and Fog of War blocks.Battles are fairly easy to understand with a run through but you are faced with many options and dilemmas. Many small details to remember but they all add to the history...and enjoyment..of the game. 9/11/12 Updated my rating from 8 to 9. No loss in interest after almost a year of on/off play of same game. CXontinues to be very thematic; a simulation but not so much so that play is not enjoyable.
2012-09-11
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Milo Mori
United States
Washington
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9
Aug 2009*
Wonderful subject, Great game mechanics and components, super online support My only gripe would be that the rules seem a little unfinished and at times disjointed and confusing almost like the developers decided 3 months before the game was sent to print that it was "Good Enough" and never did a final polish and indexing. This is something that has been popping up in GMT’s games recently in a sort of hit and miss fashion. Case in point Elusive Victory’s rules are very well done.
Still after a little confusion while reading through the rules we were able to figure out with the help of Phil’s online tutorial videos the right way to play and dove right it. The game plays very well both FtF and using Vassal, the very well designed module (by Rob Doane) was available before 1805 SoG reached anyone’s doorstep.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS GAME
2009-09-10
Owned
Scott Smith
United States
Erie
Pennsylvania
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9
Sep 2009*
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Julien Bonnard
France
Lyon
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9
Sep 2009*
A creative game using hidden blocks to add a necessary dose of fog of war in its engine. The result, coupled with the integration of the diverse winds, activation chits and preplanned destination, makes for a very entertaining simulation of the naval campaign of 1805.
2011-03-18
Owned
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Alex Henderson
Cayman Islands
Grand Cayman
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9
Oct 2009*
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Dominik Derwiński
Poland
Otwock
Mazowieckie
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9
Jan 2010*
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marcus jones
United Kingdom
Pinner
Middlesex
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9
Oct 2009*
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Stéphane Rouy
France
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9
Dec 2009*
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Przemyslaw Zenker
Poland
Mosina
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9
Mar 2012
Owned
Michal Pielaszkiewicz
Poland
Słupsk
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9
Apr 2011
Owned
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Rick De Girolami
United States
Ocala
Florida
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9
Dec 2010
Michael Gustavsson
Sweden
Hofors
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Jan 2013
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Jorgen Dunér
Sweden
Klagstorp
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9
Jul 2011
Geoffrey Noble
United Kingdom
Belfast
Northern Ireland
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9
Nov 2011
Not a great fan of blocks, not a great fan of naval affairs.
My ftf opponent was wary. The time it took to play was a worry.

BUT we absolutely loved it. Tremendous game of bluff,strategy,luck and skill all rolled into one.

Gives a feel for Naval affairs in the Napoleonic wars like no other

Outstanding
2013-11-05
Owned
Thomas Cadenhead
United States
Oberlin
Ohio
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9
Jan 2012
Owned
Ronald Carlson
United States
Austin
Washington, California, Oregon, Texas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kansas, Colorado, Nevada, Hawaii, etc. :-)
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9
Oct 2013
W01
2013-10-27
Owned
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Chris Orszak
United States
Windsor Locks
Connecticut
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9
Aug 2012
Owned
Don Smith
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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9
Feb 2013
An Overlooked Gem.

See my BGG Review of the same title.
2013-02-06
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Joe Jackson
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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9
Jun 2013
Owned
Dianna
United States
Louisville
Kentucky
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9
Mar 2014
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Silverios silveriusz
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9
Sep 2014
Owned
Jose Maria Lara
Spain
Pozuelo de Alarcon
Madrid
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May 2015
Owned
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8.75
May 2012
Although long and complex this is a game to sink your teeth into. It has good FoW and evokes the era well. You DO need a lot of room and time, but the effort is worth while. Recommended, but not to be taken lightly.
2012-05-06
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Luis Ramarro Calibano
Italy
Brescia
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8.56
Sep 2012
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Jeff Kinney
United States
Winthrop
Iowa
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8.5
Sep 2010
pre-ordered 3/6/09
arrived 8/31/09

Great game. After watching a couple demo's and sitting in on a multiplayer game, learning the rules was a snap! Up and running quickly and smoothly. System should allow infinite replayablity. Gourgeous game with high quality compontents. Kudos to GMT and Phil Fry!

Had a chance to play ftf. Play went smoothly and quick. Very few references to the rules. Just wish I could get that storm-init-right wind combo to hit now. muhahahaha

Played multiple sittings on vassal now. Game works very well over vassal w/ ventrillo. Still love it.

12/25/12 added 'A Change of Plans' a short scenario and variant rules, plus counters from C3i #26.
2012-12-26
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Roger Sidwell
United Kingdom
South Woodham Ferrers
Essex
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8.5
Sep 2009*
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David Ells
United States
Baltimore
Maryland
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Sick with hatred, sick with pain, / Strangling -- When shall we be slain? // When shall I be dead and rid / Of the wrong my father did? / How long, how long, till spade and hearse / Puts to sleep my mother's curse?
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8.5
Oct 2009*
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