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Brent Cooper
United States
Leavenworth
Kansas
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Aug 2007*
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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
Sep 2007*
This is a really innovative design concept, light years ahead for its time. I had the game, but it was destroyed in the Great Flood of the Basement. I feel lucky that I found a copy in good condition.
2012-12-23
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Charles Sherrange
United States
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Unspecified
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9
Dec 2004*
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Andy Swingle
United States
Groveport
Ohio
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8
Oct 2003*
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Joe J. Rushanan
United States
Bedford
Massachusetts
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Board Gamers Never Are
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8
May 2006*
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Forest Cole
United States
Houston
Texas
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8
Feb 2007*
1812 is a great combination containing both a hex map and an area map. This important napoleonic campaign can be experienced both ways here.
2007-02-11*
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Charles Vasey
Scotland
Mortlake, London
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8
Jun 2010
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Donald Lazov
United States
Richmond
Illinois
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8
Jul 2011
Punched, got it for a great used price, have no place to set it up yet. Want to give it a go in the next 10 or so years...lol
2013-05-29
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David Warrilow
United Kingdom
Kent
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8
Dec 2013
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Yodlaf Peterson
United States
Ohio and West Texas
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8
Mar 2013
Two treatments of the campaign. A very fine game still interesting after all these years. Astonishing that this came out in 1972!
2011-08-18
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Tai-Lung Li
United States
sunnyvale
CA
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8
Feb 2013
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eric iven
Switzerland
Mollens
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8
Aug 2013
Excellent game!! Both the Hex and the aera versions.
The rules are good. Everything is in there!
A lot of fun!!
2013-08-22
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Bill McGuinness
United States
Lynn
Massachusetts
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Jun 2014
The single best wargaming experience. I sat horrified as my troops melted away with the snow as my Le Grande Armee trudged back to Paris.
2014-07-19
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Peter Manning
United Kingdom
Leamington Spa
Warwickshire
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May 2015
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Dave Crater
United States
Ftw
Texas
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7.5
Jan 2009*
Like the area movement game inside more than the traditional hex and counter.
2009-01-17*
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Marja Erwin
United States
Fairfax
Virginia
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7.5
Sep 2010
A lot of potential.

Both games use the same supply system, but different movement and combat systems. The supply system can be confusing at times, but it works and it is pretty interesting.

The hex game was an adaptation of the mechanics of the *Leipzig*/*La Grande Armee* system. The resulting rules have some gaps and what feel like mismatched concepts. That said, they are clearer and easier-to-play than *Highway to the Kremlin*.

About 25 km/16 miles per hex, 10 days per turn.
2010-09-18
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Eric Lai
Hong Kong
Happy Valley
None
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7.5
Dec 2011
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Brad Sharp
United States
Ft. Collins
Colorado
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Feb 2003*
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David Gray
United States
Deerwood
MN
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May 2004*
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Mark Humphries
Philippines
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Metro Manila
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Jul 2008*
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2013-01-11
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Gilbert Collins
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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7
Apr 2010
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Edwin Raith
United States
Cromwell
Connecticut
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6.8
Jun 2008*
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Paul Denhup
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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6.5
May 2003*
A classic of Napoleon's most critical undertaking that lead to his downfall. Retrace his disastrous march to and from Moscow. I like the hex version over the area movement. Both play well.
2003-05-21*
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Richard Ware
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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6.5
Jul 2009*
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2014-03-27
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John Garrett
United Kingdom
Wokingham
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Nov 2002*
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Gregory Smith
United States
Nashville
Tennessee
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Mar 2003*
Simple enough for my brain, and still entertaining. My thanks to the designer.
2009-04-09
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Jack Beckman
United States
Sterling Heights
Michigan
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Apr 2004*
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Gary Christiansen
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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Sep 2005*
Interesting because of the attempt to provide both an area movement game mechanic and a hex movement game mechanic for comparison, the game had some other early innovations for it's time.

The system of depletion and pillaging for supplies hadn't really been explored as much at the strategic level as it was in this title before. It both worked and didn't work, proving to be half useful for learning about the logistical difficulties of running a war during the era in question, but it tended to also cause confusion during play because we found it a bit of a struggle to keep up.

Mostly though, I think they should have chosen either of the two mechanics and kept to it for the game, to get the system's other issues worked out. The game also made good use of available graphics for the time, and play aids, though back when this title was released, it was not easy to use multiple colors nor to print additional off sized parts.
2005-09-09*
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(Mr.) Kim Beattie
United States
Rocklin
CA
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Embrace your inner geek!
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In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.
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6
May 2010
Supply rules ("scorched earth") makes it a tough game for the French.
Map & rules lost in storage? (August 2004)
Found! (May 2006)
Played pre-BGG.
2008-02-09*
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Nameless Necromancer
United States
Lexington
Kentucky
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"In the Red Army it takes a brave man not be a hero." - J.V. Stalin
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6
Feb 2012
Good effort for its time
2012-02-19
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James Istvanffy
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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6
Jan 2011
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John Vasilakos
United States
Annandale
Virginia
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Jan 2011
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Jeffrey D Myers
United States
Los Ranchos
New Mexico
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"Always rely upon a happy mind alone." Geshe Chekhawa.
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Apr 2011
Rating for hex version. Looking forward to trying area version someday. I liked La Grand Armee better, but the supply modeling in this one was interesting.
2011-04-15
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Sim Guy
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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Jan 2011
Liked the hex based version better when I first played. But the area based version has grown on me.
2011-01-25
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Darren Kerr
Australia
Kingston
ACT
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Mar 2011
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Harry Tolen
United States
Washington
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Mar 2011
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Royce Reiss
United States
Brookeville
Maryland
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Nov 2012
Played the area movement game 3-4 times in the 70s when the game was published. Manage your supply or lose.
2012-11-04
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Raimund Bubelis
Canada
Welland
Ontario
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Dec 2011
Acceptable given the system it was using. Dated now.
2012-01-13
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Mr. Crocodilian
United States
Unspecified
Unspecified
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Jul 2004*
In the early seventies, SPI discovered that AH's 1 or 2 games per year did not remotely satisfy gamers' demand. So they made a lot of games, some that are as much experiments in game design as anything else.

1812 comes as two games, one area movement/strategic, the other hex based. More than anything the contrast between them illustrates that the area movement is the right way to go for this scale of Napoleonic warfare
2004-07-01*
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David G. Cox Esq.
Australia
Port Macquarie
NSW
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Do what you can, with what you've got, where you are.
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Jan 2013
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Douglas Frank
United States
Adelphi
Maryland
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Jan 2009*
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Gareth Scott
United Kingdom
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Feb 2013
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bob kalinowski
United States
Saint Charles
Missouri
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4.5
Jan 2014
I have played the hex version 3 times, and the smaller area version twice, all to completion. Played one of each again around 2009, so these comments are from an adult, oldster perspective.

Despite actually using a colored map, the hex version manages to seem more colorless than plainer sister La Grand Armee (which I thought was decent and played a lot until War and Peace came along). This game, which should have had more chrome, in units, leaders, whatever, does not, and thus, given the grandeur of the subject, displays in higher relief the shortcomings of the SPI 70s machine "crank 'em out" cookie cutter treatment, vs. other SPI games from that decade.

Despite the originality of the design at the time, the area version ends up feeling like a sophomore wargame designer experiment that was allowed to turn up the abstraction and logistics dials to excess. I went into both these playings with an open mind and some anticipation of trying out this "one off classic" design. The "designer lab project" assessment hit me after I finished the second try. I can only attribute other folks' fond memories of it to different tastes, or nostalgia glasses distorting the dead flat reality of playing the thing.

Both games are dominated by logistics, which is fair enough given the history. The Russians run away, the French chase, both sides lose tons by attrition (the Russians, hopefully less, eh?), then the slightly less decimated Russians chase the usually more decimated French back out. And so, as you traverse your way in and out of Mother Russia in both versions, you find the attrition rolls/losses become way more important to you than anything else going on -- anything. Okay, give the students a B for "create a suitably high loss attrition system to simulate 1812 campaign logistics losses" on their score sheets.(It does the job, but as other comments note, there are gaps in the province/area supply/logistics rules and marker system that you end up having to fill yourself).

Unfortunately, for me, both games are also dominated by a notable lack of FUN. I'd have to give a D in that block.

The games do work as austere simulations, but for me, they seemed largely soulless. After the due diligence of playing them a few times to see if my first impressions were valid, I conclude they were. I won't be getting them back on the table any time in the near or mid future. I will gladly return to the War and Peace 1812 scenario instead -- more fun, more color, less logistics, usually historical outcomes.
2014-01-23
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Chuck Cothran
United States
Wilmington
North Carolina
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Vincent Frattali
United States
Spokane
Washington
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jon kwiatkowski
United States
boone
North Carolina
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Jim Allard
United States
Dover
New Hampshire
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Andreas Steding
Germany
Goettingen
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Peter Lewis
Australia
Gordon
NSW
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Richard Marshall
United States
Needham Heights
Massachusetts
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