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Severus Snape
Canada
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"She who dares, wins, Prime Minister."
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"I'm not allowed to say how many planes joined the raid, but I counted them all out and I counted them all back." Brian Hanrahan
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10
May 2009*
1809 Napoleon’s Danube Campaign This Victory Game by Kevin Zucker was a forerunner to the OSG designs that followed in its path. The heart of the system consists of 1) maneuvering, 2) your centre of operations, 3) your supply lines/lines of communication, and 4) leadership. There’s more marching than fighting, with a fair chance that a larger numbers of strength points will fall to attrition than fall in battle. Knowing when and how far to move your centre of operations and your supply source are keys to success or failure. Of chess, Bobby Fischer once said, "you have to know when to punch and when to duck." The same is true in this game, but be prepared to duck more than punch until the Austrians get squeezed from west to east. If you prefer a heavier emphasis on fighting, this game is probably not for you, with the CRT somewhat of a standard snoozer. The campaign game begins in April and ends in July, so opportunities abound for "on the job training." If you want to learn the art of maneuver, give this and Zucker’s similar OSG designs a try. You’ll need space for the three maps and the game charts.

Well, it took an arm (the left) and a leg (the right, in order to have some sort of attractive symmetrical [or is it asymmetrical?] pattern), but I found and purchased a copy of James R. Arnold's "Crisis on the Danube." This is probably THE best book on the first part of the Austrian Campaign of 1809 (think OSG's "Seven Days of 1809").

After a quick read (a re-reading will be necessary), I've come away with the feeling that the Austrians may be too strong in the OSG versions of the game. Hard to believe, I know, given how the outcome seems a forgone conclusion in this campaign.

The "problem," if that is the correct term, is not in the unit strengths, but in the commanders' abilities, particularly their individual initiatives. Arnold's book left me with the impression that the average Austrian soldier fought hard and fought well. The seeds of defeat lie in the command structure. Arnold holds no punches when it comes to pointing out the tactical misques of the Austrian generals; good men were badly led. Even my hero, the Archduke Karl/Charles does not escape criticism. Arnold raises doubt about Charles' epilepsy (quoting a letter from Rothenberg in a footnote, but this "proof" is weak, because there is no first-hand supporting evidence).

It all proves most interesting and good food for thought. When I play particular campaigns, I always try to read good literature to go with the game. Given the scarcity of both good books and the funds to acquire them, this is a challenge in and of itself.

As far as concerns ("complaints") about Zucker's attrition rules, I have learned to not move units the maximum distance (try moving 4 hexes instead of 5). I would challenge anyone to find a better designer for this level of Napoleonic warfare. As far as an alleged French bias, try playing Highway to the Kremlin; the French attrition loses are heavier than the Russians, something built into the system (to mirror the historical campaign).

For further supporting evidence that there is no "pro-French" bias, try doing some reading into the campaign. If anything, you might come away thinking Zucker has a pro-Austrian bias. The Austrian army fought hard and it fought bravely, but all for naught given the grave weaknesses in its leadership.
2012-10-08
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Dò the Clef
France
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10
Jan 2012
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Bruno Nguyen Huu
France
Bordeaux
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9
Mar 2005*
A. C. Nelson
United States
Minnesota
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Feb 2011
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Kim Meints
United States
Waterloo
Iowa
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Feb 2013
JOHN mullen
United States
Massachusetts
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9
Mar 2012
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eric iven
Switzerland
Mollens
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8.1
Nov 2014
Of course a nice game,and a good simulation altough it is not so fun to play alone (admin,force march etc..)
Many thanks to the team which revised the rule for the serie.
2014-11-27
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Brent Coulthard
United States
Brandon
Verm
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Apr 2006*
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Frédéric Bey
France
Vanves
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Aug 2007*
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Michael R
United States
Chicago
Illinois
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Jul 2010
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Riccardo Busetto
Italy
Seveso
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May 2009*
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Harry Tolen
United States
Washington
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Mar 2011
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Luis Ramarro Calibano
Italy
Brescia
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8
Nov 2012
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aruom aruom
Italy
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Oct 2012
Ottimo. Una lunga corsa verso Vienna. Alla genialità del giocatore francese quando passare il Danubio.......
2012-10-31
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Tai-Lung Li
United States
sunnyvale
CA
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8
Jan 2013
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Mark Duncan
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8
Feb 2013
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George Pearson
United States
Hialeah
Florida
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8
Jun 2014
Another in Kevin Zucker's superb Campaigns of Napoleon series. A difficult campaign to simulate, but this game does as good a job as any. Both sides get to attack and defend. French army just past it's peak, and a massive Austrian army with initial numbers and surprising staying power.
2014-06-23
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Thorulf Magnusson
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Apr 2015
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Andrew Franke
United States
Elkton
Virginia
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7.8
Dec 2008*
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Paul Denhup
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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7.5
Mar 2004*
Good feel for Napoleonic warfare. Kevin Zucker is a master of simulating Napoleonic tactics. Command, control and operations make a tense game. Hook this one up with Zucker's new (2003) release, The Sun of Austerlitz, for an ultimate campaign: the maps will actually fit together. Clever.
2004-03-03*
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David Black
United States
APO
AE
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7.5
Jan 2008*
A very playable entry in the "Napoleon at Bay" stable.
2008-01-05*
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David Ells
United States
Baltimore
Maryland
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Here the truceless armies yet / Trample, rolled in blood and sweat; / They kill and kill and never die; / And I think that each is I. // None will part us, none undo / The knot that makes one flesh of two, /
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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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7.5
Apr 2008*
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Bob Allis

North Carolina
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7.5
Jul 2015
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Geoffrey Engelstein
United States
Bridgewater
New Jersey
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Survive: Space Attack! Coming Soon!
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Aug 2002*
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Diarmid Gibson
United Kingdom
Newcastle-under-Lyme
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7
Aug 2002*
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Guillaume Daudin
France
Paris
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Nov 2002*
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Jose Maria Garcia Barrios
Spain
Zaragoza
Zaragoza
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7
Apr 2003*
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Darrell Pavitt
United Kingdom
Unspecified
Unspecified
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7
Apr 2009*
I liked this more than most people seem to.
2009-04-29
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Mark Cuomo
United States
Unspecified
Unspecified
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7
Jul 2005*
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Patrick Major
United Kingdom
Leamington Spa
Warwickshire
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7
Jan 2011
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Jim Pulles
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
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7
Aug 2005*
One of my favourite Napoleonic board games. Taking his more complex 'Napoleon at Bay' system, Kevin Zucker has trimmed the game to a playable, fun game that plays in about 3 hours without sacrificing any of the Napoleonic flavour.
2005-08-31*
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Dave Rubin
United States
Trenton
New Jersey
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Jan 2008*
Zucker CoN game. I rate this a little lower than the others in the series primarily because the Bohemian option is not really within the scope of this game, and secondarily because the standard VG graphics (hyper-colorful map, bland counters) is something we do not expect to find in a Napoleonic game.
2008-01-02*
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Paolo D'Ulisse
Italy
ROMA
Italy
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Nov 2005*
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Peter Pariseau
United States
Tulsa
Oklahoma
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7
Apr 2006*
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Mike Stoker
United States
Stockton
California
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Aug 2006*
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Jonas Sjöberg
Sweden
Sollentuna
Sweden
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Sep 2006*
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Padraic Kirby
United States
Crown Point
Indiana
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7
Nov 2007*
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For Trade
Elwyn Darden
United States
Richmond
Virginia
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Jul 2007*
Far more than other games in the series this one tends to boil down to one climactic battle. The genius of the Napoleon at Bay family of games is that you spend your time trying to set up the right battle at the right time in the right place with the right forces: you aren't attacking everywhere all the time, nor are you passively defending. It is just that this game can take 3 hours, 3 maps and additional charts and literally yield a single memorable engagement.
2007-07-12*
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Michel Boucher
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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Jul 2007*
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Andreas E. Gebhardt
Germany
Birkenwerder
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Sep 2008*
Part of Kevin Zucker's superb Campaigns of Napoleon-Series (CNS-1x) - depicting the French forces on their way towards Austria. Meanwhile pushing Austrian forces at their will...

Napoleonic Warfare on operational level (regimental/brigade-size).

A must for all the Napoleon-Grognards

2011-01-25
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Magister Ludi
Australia
Fremantle
Western Australia
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Dec 2007*
This is one of my favourite campaigns, but difficult to game and give the Austrians much of a chance. The French simply have too many superior leaders.

Map looks very good when set out covering the entire Danube valley...luckily we have a long table!

Have made a start on the historical campaign. Davout is not as exposed as the historical accounts suggest and can pack quite a punch. Maybe the Austrians should be given the benefit of the first move?

Toured Munich and parts of Bavaria and then to Vienna in May 2010, didn't get a really good look at any main battle spots, but got a feel for the topography and look of the Danube valley.
2012-11-21
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Joaquin Ruiz
Spain
Barcelona
Barcelona
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Jan 2008*
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David Hughes
Australia
Northbridge
NSW
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Mar 2008*
The French have the possibility to make some very strong, unhistoric opening moves, the graphics are dated, the rulebook is no better than functional, the game itself is difficult to set up - over 7 feet long - and even then the map excludes much of what was interesting about the campaign.

Nevertheless, Capmpaigns of Napoleon is a superb system which can withstand even these kind of production mistakes
2008-03-11*
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Renato Cenci
Italy
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Jan 2009*
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Charles Lewis
United States
O Fallon
Missouri
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Feb 2011
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Nigel Wright
United Kingdom
Ruddington, Nottingham
England
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Herge's Adventures of Tintin!
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7
Oct 2009*
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Canada
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7
Apr 2010
Rating based on the series
2009-12-10
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Ron
Austria
Vienna
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ASL ... yes, this is my Desert Island Game. If I have to give up all my 3000+ games and only allowed to keep one, this would be it. This bloody game stood the test of time. Around for more than 25 years - simply the best.
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Devoted Follower of the Most Holy Church of the Evil Bob. Possessed and down the road to become chaotic, evil & naughty. All hail the Evil Bob and his Stargate.
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7
Mar 2010
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walmetz eric
France
brest
France
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7
Aug 2013
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Kevin Canada
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
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7
Jul 2015
I wish there was more room on the *western* side of the map. I like the game, but as the Austrians, I don't get that same sense of strategic purpose I do as the French. Maybe that's the point, but it makes game play a little unsatisfactory. 30 years ago I'd have rated this a "9", but the evolution of both graphics and game concepts (e.g., vedettes) has led to it not holding up as well as its more recent companions (NaB-system).
2015-07-17
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