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Played on February 11, 2012 at the SWA Game-A-Thon in Schenectady, NY

We played the “Invasion: Across the Nieman!” scenario which is the entire Napoleonic Invasion of Russia campaign from the beginning. There were three players. I played the Tsarist (Russian) First Army.

June/July 1812 (Turn 1)
Unfortunately the Grand Army gets off to an auspicious start with Napoleon becoming incapacitated by exhaustion, and illness, and fears that he is Too Old For This. However, Davout leads Napoleon’s massive Army Group out of Prussia and across the Nieman River to attack Constantine’s position at Vilna. Constantine recognizes his precarious position and immediately Evades the attack. Davout will have none of it. He sends troops to cut the enemy retreat route and forces Constantine to fight To The Death. Constantine’s Army is destroyed, striking a blow to Russian Morale. Davout’s forces gain some nice equipment and other loot from the battlefield. The loot bolsters French Morale. A pontoon bridge is deployed across the Nieman giving a clear passage between Masuria and Olita. Ney takes advantage, moving his Army out of Poland across the bridge into Olita, installing a garrison.

Hungry Soldiers Riot in the French camp but Napoleon decides to break out some rations and averts Attrition losses. Wittgenstein’s Army withdraws from Schlavli to Jacobstadt.

The French Southern Army places a pontoon bridge across the Nieman River to create a clear crossing between Warsaw and Grodno. Eugene leads his Army Group out of Warsaw, into Russia and across the Nieman River to assault Grodno. He splits from Murat’s Army and lays siege to the fortress. The siege is unsuccessful and suffers the loss of 1 solider Strength Point (SP).

The Russian Second Army executes a general withdrawal along its entire front.

With his spirit returned, Napoleon moves forward to join Ney’s Army and forms a massive Army Group. Then the Army Group moves to attack Barclay‘s Army at Dunaburg. Barclay abandons the Entrenchment and Evades to Polotsk.

Barclay moves his Army from Polotsk to Vitebsk. One SP is quickly raised in Smolensk. The townsfolk at Orsha destroy their homes and crops, and leave nothing but Scorched Earth.

Eugene’s Army makes another attempt to lay siege to Grodno. The siege is successful without a loss, bolstering French Morale. Meanwhile, Murat leads his Army to Lida and then on to Minsk, installing French garrisons at each without a fight.

Tchitchagov, the Damned Sailor which brings Napoleon nothing but bad luck, arrives in Ukraine with 2 SPs. He immediately continues on to Mozyr, which is located on the edge of the Pripyet Marshes.

Napoleon and Davout turn their respective Armies south and head for the Pripyet Marshes possibly to confront Tchitchagov.

The Cossacks Keep Watch over the Russian First Army by screening their movements. The townspeople of Mogilev fearing the coming of Napoleon himself, destroy their homes and crops leaving nothing but Scorched Earth.

Eugene’s Army links up with Napoleon’s Army in Volozhin.

Platov’s Army destroys buildings and burns crops in Borisov, leaving nothing but Scorched Earth. His Army then moves to join Bagration’s Army at Bobruisk.

Napoleon establishes a garrison at Volozhin before feinting south and moving his Army Group east to Lepel. Once again a garrison is established and the mighty Army Group moves to the scorched area that was once Orsha. The desolate area takes its toll as Napoleon’s force suffers 2 SPs lost to Attrition.

The Russian First Army reaps the benefits of Imperial Largesse as requests for help from the Tsar are answered. The Tsarist citizens are Outraged by the needless cruelty on the part of the French invaders; they strike at Imperial depots and supply trains and grab valuable resources.

Eugene sets his Army upon Smolensk and easy defeats the 1 SP Russian First Army Formation. Eugene’s Army immediately lays siege to the fortress but is unsuccessful in the attempt. The Army suffers a 1 SP loss.

Tormassov moves from Brest to Lukow to take the fight to the French. A garrison is established and then the Army moves to attack Warsaw. The defending 3 SP combined French Formation is defeated and a garrison placed in Warsaw.

Davout’s Army backtracks from Vilna to Warsaw via Masuria to eliminate the Russian Second Army threat. Tormassov’s Army is Overrun and the threat eliminated. However, the French pay dearly for their victory as their Attrition Level drops from normal to problematic. Meanwhile, Napoleon leads his Army to Smolensk and lays siege to the fortress. The siege is a resounding success as the force suffers no losses and successfully Sacks the fortress. French Morale is improved while Russian Morale takes a hit.

The French forces made Smolensk suffer as if it were The Plunder of Moscow. The French continue to pillage the city and are fortunate that no forces are lost in the effort. They leave nothing but Scorched Earth.

The French strategic reserves are mobilized (Battalions de Marche). The Army Group at Smolensk is reinforced by the arrival of 2 French Northern Army SPs and 2 French Southern Army SPs secure the desolate Orsha area. The Southern Army SPs maintain their discipline upon seeing the swath of destruction at Orsha.

The Russian Second Army recruits an SP in Moscow. Bagration splits his Army from Platov and moves south to Mozyr to form an Army Group with Tchitchagov.

Unfortunately for the Russian Second Army, a Balkan Insurrection occurs in Serbia, Moldavia and Bessarabia. The resurgence of fighting in these areas diverts a significant amount of troops from the conflict with the French. The French Northern Army builds 1 SP in Masuria.

The Russian First Army spends Resources to build an Entrenchment at Moscow. In addition, the Moscow defenders are reinforced by a newly formed SP.

The French Southern Army recruits 2 SPs in Warsaw.

At the end of the first two months of the campaign:
The war is easy on the combatants as no losses are suffered from Attrition.

The Cossacks attack a couple locations but only manage to remove the French garrison at Vilna.

Morale remains high for both combatants.
Peace & Victory are completely out of sight at this time.


August/September 1812 (Turn 2)
The beginning of August 1812 is plagued by Mud, Mud & More Mud severely hampering the movements of all Armies. The Russian Second Army takes the opportunity to break out vodka rations in an attempt to improve Morale. The gesture is much appreciated by the troops, Morale significantly improves (-3 Loss Markers).

Davout’s Army departs Warsaw and slogs through the mud to Lublin. The French Northern Army draws upon valuable resources to continue the fight.

Once again the Outrage of the Russian populace is aroused by the needless cruelty on the part of the French Invaders. Tsarist citizens strike at Imperial depots and supply trains. The affect is devastating to the Imperials as their Attrition level drops from problematic to difficult and Morale Level drops from Élan de Guerre to Vive L’Empereur.

Fortunately for the French, Polish Lancers arrive to help counter Cossack raids and guard supplies. The Imperial Attrition Level increases back to problematic. The French Southern Army draws upon valuable resources to continue the fight.

The Russian Second Army recruits 2 SPs in Moscow.

Napoleon moves his massive Army Group from Smolensk to Byeloi and installs a garrison. His Army Group then moves to attack Barclay’s Army defending a First Army Deployment Mobilization Center (DMC) at Vitebsk. Napoleon first commits General Eble’s Pontooniers to deploy a pontoon bridge across the Duna River to give his Army Group a clear route from which to attack. The battle is ferocious, and Napoleon is forced to commit the Elite Old Guard Divisions (My Old Moustaches) to win the day. Barclay’s Army is Overrun and the DMC destroyed to Napoleon’s loss of 3 SPs. At one point in the battle it appeared as if Napoleon was a Leader Wounded, but a miracle or The Hand of God intervened and saved him. The battle severely damaged Russian Morale and lifted French Morale. The French Northern Army draws upon valuable resources to continue the fight.

Napoleon falls ill. Ulcers, depression and exhaustion sap his strength. This Imperial Malaise could prove a boon to the Russian forces. The Russians use the break in the action to significantly improve Morale (-3 Loss Markers) and also build an Entrenchment at St. Petersburg.

Eugene takes command of Napoleon’s Army Group and moves north from Vitebsk to Velike-Lukii and installs a garrison. Meanwhile Murat moves his Army northwest from Minsk to Lida.

Bagration’s Army Group moves from Mozyr through the Pripyet Marshes to attack the 2 SP French Southern Army Formation defending a DMC at Minsk. The French Southern Army puts up a good fight but in the end loses 1 SP and is forced to retreat to Lida. Bagration losses 1 SP but captures the French Southern Army DMC and Minsk.

The General Staff of the French Northern Army reorganize the HQ, allowing Ney’s Army to move to Lida to form an Army Group with Murat’s Army. Davout moves his Army to Lutsk from Lublin. Bickering Generals severely hamper the French campaign. Davout avoids the bickering, assigns a garrison to Lutsk, and continues his march to Ostrog.

Kutuzov arrives in St. Petersburg ready for action!

The French Northern Army moves 4 SPs from Warsaw to Lida in order to reinforce Ney’s Army Group.

Bagration’s Army Group cuts south across the Pripyet Marshes from Minsk to Ostrog to meet Davout’s Army. Davout attempts to Evade but Holy Mother Russia prevents his Army from escaping. Bagration had his troops Grim and Steady as Iron for the fight yet after the first day of battle it looks as though the French Army has the upper hand. However, Bagration risks Another Day of Battle and calls on Platov’s Army nearby to join the battle. Davout also pulls out all the stops and unleashes a massed cannonade of Twelve-Pounders. The battle is truly a site to behold! The gamble pays of for Bagration, for Davout’s Army suffers the loss of 7 SPs and is Routed. The Imperial Attrition Level decreases from problematic to difficult. The battlefield yields some resources to the Russian Army. French Morale plummets.

The French Northern Army command decides to bring supplies forward and Distribute Rations to the troops to raise Morale (-4 Loss Markers). Ney’s Army moves from Lida to Volozhin.

As Napoleon draws near to St. Petersburg, the Russian populace turns Luga and Novgorod to Scorched Earth to protect the capital.

Murat moves from Lida to Polotsk and installs a garrison. The French Northern Army draws upon valuable resources to continue the fight.

The Russian Second Army draws upon valuable resources to continue the fight. Eugene decides to go Off to Sunny Italy, taking a leave of absence from Napoleon’s Army Group in Velike-Lukii.

The road to St. Petersburg leads through Scorched Earth and ends at a heavily defended and fortified St. Petersburg. Napoleon decides to turn back east to Vyazama and installs a garrison.

Yaroslav is fortified with the arrival of 2 SPs from Rus.

Murat moves his Army from Polotsk to Vyazama to join Napoleon’s Army.

The Russian Second Army draws upon valuable resources to continue the fight. Napoleon must Pay the Devil His Due since some of his hungry, greedy troops sack Vyazama. The French Northern Army gains a valuable resource but at the cost of 2 SPs lost. In addition, Tsarist Morale increases from Vive L’Empereur to Élan du Guerre in response to the atrocities.

Napoleon’s Army Group moves from Vyazama to Borodino and establishes a garrison. The Army Group then moves to attack Moscow. The battle is only a spurring match where the combatants feel each other out. Napoleon retreats back to Borodino with neither side taking any casualties.

The Russian First Army moves 2 SPs from Yaroslav to Moscow and then moves 1 SP from Volga to Yaroslav.

Murat’s Army Group moves from Borodino to Sudstov and garrisons the area. Then the Army Group moves to attack Yaroslav and Overruns the defending Russian First Army SP.

Bagration’s Army Group marches from Ostrog to Stanislovov and continues on to attack Schwarzenberg’s Austrian Army at Lemburg. Schwarzenberg suffers the loss of 3 SPs but manages to get broken troops to Rally Around the Eagle, preventing a Rout. Schwarzenberg’s Army Retreats to Lublin. Bagration establishes a garrison at Lemburg. Meanwhile Platov’s Army moves to Lutsk to protect Bragration’s flank.

The French Northern Army draws upon valuable resources to continue the fight. Napoleon moves his Army Group from Yaroslav back to Substov.

The Russian First Army draws upon valuable resources to continue the fight. The Tsar gives a rousing speech in which he declares there will be No Peace. The Tsar’s words bolster Russian Morale (-4 Loss Markers). The Russian First Army decides to ride the wave of enthusiasm and draws upon valuable resources to further improve Morale (-3 Loss Markers).

The French Southern Army sends the Battalions de Marche and deploys 4 SPs.

Bagration’s Army Group continues its offensive and attacks Schwarzenberg’s Army at Lublin. Schwarzenberg manages to Evade to nearby Krakow. Bragration establishes a garrison at Lublin and pursues Schwarzenberg’s Army to Krakow. Once again Schwarzenberg Evades the attack, retreating to Austria.

Napoleon’s Army Group moves from Substov to Borodino.

Kutuzov finally makes a move. He marches his Army east from St. Petersburg to Yaroslav to attack the small (1 SP) defending French Formation. The French Formation is Overrun allowing Kutuzov to claim his first victory of the campaign! Imperial Attrition Level drops from difficult to harsh and Imperial Morale drops from Vive L’ Empereur to Marchez Vous.

The French Southern Army repositions some troops.

At the end of the last two months of the campaign:
Bagration’s Army Group does not suffer any losses due to Attrition and manages to remove the French garrison at Krakow. Platov’s Army does not fare as well. His Army suffers the loss of 2 SPs while removing the French garrison in Lutsk.

The Cossacks are much more effective as they take back Velike-Lukii, Orsha, and Dunaburg.

Morale is still relatively high for both combatants.

Peace and Victory are still out of sight.


October/November/December 1812 (Turn 3)
Hungry Soldiers Riot among Davout’s Army in Warsaw. Davout attempts to placate the starving troops by breaking out ration resources but 5 SPs (1 SP eliminated & 4 SPs to Regroup Box) are lost. The bad news continues for the French as their German Allies Desert. German contingents in Imperial ranks lose heart and desert in large numbers. The French Northern Army loses 2 SPs from Warsaw and 2 SPs from Ney’s Army in Volozhin. The French Southern Army loses 2 SPs from Warsaw. The Imperial Attrition level drops from harsh to severe. Meanwhile, 2 SPs of the Russian Second Army move from Brest to Pinsk. Platov’s Army moves from Lutsk to Pinsk, picks up 2 SPs, and then moves to attack Minsk. The 2 SP French Northern Army Formation fails to Evade. However, French field officers take initiative and rush forces to the field of battle, telling the troops to March to the Guns. Unfortunately for the French, The Hand of God intervenes and the troops never make it to the battle. Platov’s Army wins a pyrrhic victory anyway, losing 2 SPs to the French 1 SP. The remaining French SP retreats to Lida. Platov establishes a garrison in Minsk and then moves 1 SP forward from Pinsk to reinforce his Army.

The French Northern Army spends resources in an attempt to improve Morale (-3 Loss Markers). Intendants and wagonmasters in Depots and Trains do their job. The Imperial Attrition Level is raised back to harsh. Napoleon’s Army and Eugene’s Army is reinforced by 1 SP.

Napoleon abandons his Army Group at Borodino and is seen Racing Home to Paris.

Corruption & Sabotage begin to creep into the war effort of each power; however, have no effect. The Tsar declares there shall be No Surrender. He would rather retire to Kamchatka than cede provinces to Napoleon. The French Southern Army Regroups 1 SP in Warsaw. Poniatowski moves his Army from Ostrolenka to Grodno and on to Lida.

The French Army commits A Great Blunder elsewhere on the continent and is forced to reallocate Imperial Reserves away from the Russian campaign. Fresh Disasters befall Davout’s Army in Warsaw but the French Army draws on considerable resources in an attempt to minimize the damage. Only 2 SPs are lost, but the loss is felt in the ranks as Morale dips a bit (+2 Loss Markers). The Townspeople of Orel and Bryansk destroy their homes and flee to deprive the French invaders of food and shelter. The French Army Group in Borodino must march through these Scorched Earth areas to attack the relatively undefended southeastern Russian Key Duchies.

Russian nobles concerned for their own lands and fortunes withhold support, intrigue with Imperial agents to provide supplies in return for guarantees, honors (A Framer of Intrigues). The result is an increase in the Imperial Attrition Level from harsh to difficult. Barclay’s harsh treatment of his Army in Moscow results in Restive Recruits. Barclay decides to spend valuable resources to placate the troops but he still loses 1 SP. The troops also make off with valuable loot.

The 2 Russian First Army SPs in Yaroslav move to Moscow. Barclay’s Army Group moves from Moscow to attack Borodino. Relics and the holy Icon of St. Sergius are paraded in Moscow as Barclay’s Army Group marches out of the city for the attack. A ferocious firefight among skirmishers ensues after the Southern French Army orders Skirmishers, Front! to meet Barclay’s Army Group. Murat is Routed, losing 5 SPs, and Retreats to Vyazama. The Imperial Attrition Level lowers from difficult to harsh.

Murat moves his Army from Vyazama to Byeloi, picks up 2 SPs, and continues his march to Vitebsk to obtain a more defensible position. The French Southern Army moves 2 SPs from Lida to Lepel and Regroups 1 SP in Warsaw.

Tormassov takes command of the Army Group in Borodino, establishes a garrison, and then moves to attack Vyazama. The defending French Northern Army Formation fails to Evade. Tormassov’s weary troops refuse to go on and his Army losses 4 SPs worth of Stragglers prior to the battle. However, the outcome of the battle is still in his favor as the French Northern Army Formation is Overrun.

Ney’s Army moves from Volozhin to Lida where he forms an Army Group with Poniatowski’s Army, and together they march to attack Minsk. Platov fails to Evade and his Army is Overrun but not before inflicting a 3 SP loss to Ney’s Army Group. Ney’s troops loot the battlefield for a valuable resource and then establish a garrison.

Kutuzov’s Army marches from Yaroslav, crossing the Volga River, to attack the small (1 SP) French Northern Army Formation at Substov. The French force is Overrun and a Russian garrison is quickly established. The 4 SP First Army Formation in Moscow abandons their Entrenchment to move to Vyazama.

The French Southern Army sets the Battalions de Marche, sending 2 Northern Army SPs to Ney in Minsk and 2 Southern Army SPs to Murat in Vitebsk. The Southern Army also spends a considerable amount of resources in an attempt to improve Morale. Unfortunately the expenditure only achieves limited success (-3 Loss Markers).

Nobles Raise the Serfs! from their estates to fill out reserve regiments (4 SPs of each Tsarist Power are placed in the Regroup Box).

The French Northern Army moves 4 SPs from Marsuria to Warsaw to reinforce Davout’s Army Group. The Army Group then attacks Tchitchagov’s Army at Lublin; however, Bagration’s Army in Krakow Intercepts. Bagration’s Army Group Routs the French Army Group, inflicting a 10 SP loss, while only losing 3 SPs. Davout Retreats to Lukow. The Imperial Attrition level drops from harsh to severe. In addition, the Imperial Morale Level drops from Marchez Vous to Les Grognards. The Russian Second Army troops find considerable battlefield loot and spirits are lifted. Davout’s Army Group is immediately reinforced with 2 SPs from Warsaw.

Kutuzov’s Army marches from Substov to Borodino and Elinya, and continues on to attack Smolensk. Kutuzov’s Army witnesses the devastating effect of Scorched Earth at Smolensk for the first time and it costs Kutuzov 1 SP. Kutuzov’s Army lays siege to the fortress and easily overruns the defenders. Barclay establishes a garrison at Vyazama.

Gustavus’ Revenge is realized with the successful Swedish invasion of Finland. The invasion knocks a Russian ally out of the campaign. Fresh Disasters on Bagration’s Army Group temper the euphoria from the massive victory over Davout’s Army Group. The Russian commander attempts to minimize the disasters’ impact by drawing on valuable resources but his Army Group still suffers a loss of 3 SPs (1 SP eliminated and 2 SPs to the Regroup Box) and a decrease in Morale (+3 Loss Markers).

Bagration’s Army Group in Lublin is reinforced with 2 SPs from Brest. Bagration then moves to attack Davout at Lukow. Events, to which Davout would later exclaim ‘But Nobody Told Me…’, prevent him from Evading the massive Army Group. However, Davout's Army fights well and forces Bagration’s Army Group to Retreat back to Lublin. Both sides suffer the loss of 2 SPs. The Russian Second Army Regroups 1 SP in Brest.

The French Northern Army spends valuable resources to improve attrition issues (-2 Loss Markers). The General Staff comes through again, allowing the recruiting of a new SP in Warsaw and uncovering a valuable resource. Another SP is Built in Warsaw as well.

Wittgenstein, long paralyzed by the invasion, finally swings into action. He moves his Army from Jacobstadt to Dunaburg and on to attack Volozhin. The 2 SP French Northern Army Formation is no match and quickly overrun. Wittgenstein captures the DMC and immediately establishes a garrison. Meanwhile, Kutuzov’s Army moves from Smolensk to Byeloi and removes the French garrison.

Poniatowski takes command of the Army Group in Minsk and marches to Lida to pick up 3 SPs worth of reinforcements and then attacks Wittgenstein’s Army at Volozhin. Unfortunately the battle goes horribly wrong for Poniatowski and his Army Group is forced to Retreat back to Lida after suffering a 4 SP loss to Wittgenstein’s 3 SP loss. The battle also lowers the Imperial Attrition Level from severe to crippling. In addition, Poniatowski fails to check massive Morale loss among his troops and the Imperial Morale Level drops from Les Grognards to Tu Felix Austria. Austria, sensing a French defeat, declares its Neutrality and recalls Schwarzenberg from the Russian campaign. Bagration spends some time concluding agreements with Austria (He and his Army Group went to the Regroup Box). The French Southern Army moves 2 SPs from Lepel to Polotsk.

Tormassov moves his Army Group from Vyazama into Byeloi to join Kutuzov and prepare for a major offensive. The Russian Second Army also Regroups 1 SP in Brest.

Ney takes command of the Army Group in Lida and moves to attack Wittgenstein at Volozhin. This time Wittgenstein’s Army is overrun and a French garrison established. Ney’s Army Group does not suffer any losses. Davout moves from Lukow to Warsaw.

The Russian First Army breaks out the vodka again to improve Morale (-2 Loss Markers). Kutuzov leads his Army Group out of Byeloi to attack Murat’s Army Group at Vitebsk. The long battle eventually turns in the favor of the French with Kutuzov Retreating to Velike-Lukii after suffering the loss of 2 SPs and the Distruption of 5 SPs. Murat’s force suffers the loss of 5 SPs.

The French Northern Army draws upon valuable resources in an attempt to improve the Imperial Attrition situation (-1 Loss Marker). Polish Lancers arrive to guard supplies and counter Cossack raids. Davout’s Army in Warsaw is reinforced with 2 SPs and Eugene’s Army in Lukow is reinforced with 2 SPs. The Polish Lancer effort helps to raise the Imperial Attrition Level up from crippling to severe. However, Attrition rears its ugly head in Ney’s Army at Volozhin. Ney attempts to offset the impact by drawing upon valuable resources but his Army still suffers the loss of 1 SP. Attrition strikes Murat’s Army Group at Vitebsk as well. Murat also draws upon valuable resources to minimize the impact with much success as his Army Group losses only 1 SP (to the Regroup Box). Unfortunately it is enough to drop the Imperial Attrition Level down to crippling. The French Northern Army Builds 2 SPs in Warsaw with Davout and 1 SP in Masuria.

At the end of the last three months of the campaign:
There are no further losses to Attrition.

The Cossacks have no opportunities to attack and take back any Duchies.

Morale is high for the Tsarist forces and very low for the Imperial forces.

The Imperials are on the ropes (-7 net modifier) but manage to avert a sudden defeat.

However, the writing is on the wall, the Imperials sue for Peace and the Russians agree to end the conflict. Thus, the Grand Army’s Russian Campaign is concluded.


Final VP Count:
French Northern Army: 4 Keys plus 1 for Prussia remaining in the campaign = 5 VPs
French Southern Army: 2 Keys = 2 VPs
Tsarist First Army: 6 Keys, 3 Depots, 1 unspent resource, 1 Austria Neutrality, 3 Ports = 14 VP
Tsarist Second Army: 6 Keys, 1 Depot, 1.5 unspent resources, 1 Austria Neutrality, 3 Marshes = 12.5 VPs

Tsarist Victory – 26.5 to 7 VPs The Tsarist First Army player was the individual winner.

Time: Approximately 7 hours

Some Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this play! We had many good battles and card plays. The Morale and Attrition rules weren’t nearly as fiddly as I anticipated and I thought the rules in general did a good job of simulating the conflict. Very good game! Looking forward to my next play!
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Well done. I agree this is an excellent game.
 
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A great narrative! I'm just learning the rules now, and this gives a good snapshot of the game, with some thrills to boot. Much appreciated.
 
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Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the report. Definitely a great game and I can't wait to get this one to the table again!

BTW, check out the Kutuzov Condensed Rules file I put together. It will help you out with the learning process.
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How much time did your group play to complete three turns? We played the game scenario 3 - On to Smolensk!, starting on Turn 2. We managed to complete Turn 2 impulses in three hours but we were kind of burnt out by then with 40 pages of rules, not proceeding to Attrition. 3 of us played the game the first time and it's second time to me. I played it back in 2008 when it was first released and so most of the rules were forgotten by me. Despite checking the rules from time to time, it is still a kind of awesome experience to me as Napoleon charged to Borodino, with Ney and Davout closing in onto the Russian depot, city of Smolensk. Disaster stroke the city but the Russians were still too many inside it, as stacking is unlimited! This is truly a wargame, not for the faint of heart! But I very much like to explore deeper into the game, at home solitaire. There is still a lot to be learned about this game even after all these 4 years.
 
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Lawrence Hung wrote:
How much time did your group play to complete three turns? We played the game scenario 3 - On to Smolensk!, starting on Turn 2. We managed to complete Turn 2 impulses in three hours but we were kind of burnt out by then with 40 pages of rules, not proceeding to Attrition. 3 of us played the game the first time and it's second time to me. I played it back in 2008 when it was first released and so most of the rules were forgotten by me. Despite checking the rules from time to time, it is still a kind of awesome experience to me as Napoleon charged to Borodino, with Ney and Davout closing in onto the Russian depot, city of Smolensk. Disaster stroke the city but the Russians were still too many inside it, as stacking is unlimited! This is truly a wargame, not for the faint of heart! But I very much like to explore deeper into the game, at home solitaire. There is still a lot to be learned about this game even after all these 4 years.


Well as the report says, it took us 7 hours to play the three turns, including scoring. It was the first play for all of us.

I thought the group had the rules down pretty well, so I don't feel as though we spent too much time on rules checking. There was a lot of agonizing decisions to make which took some time. We also discussed optimum use of cards and resources which also took time.

I agree with you that a player has much to learn about this game in regards to tactics and card play even after a few plays. I look forward to exploring this game some more!
 
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Really enjoyed this! Just learning the system and this is very helpful.
 
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Really enjoyed this! Just learning the system and this is very helpful.


Glad it helped! Thanks for the tip! As always, feel free to post here at the Geek with any questions.

I'm itching to get this game to the table again myself.
 
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Eric, it's an mazing review!
I must play this game.
 
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