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itchysama29 Dec 2017 4:51 p.m. PST

Just received word (Dec 29, 2017) from Simone Volpi ( who is the new owner of Napoleon at War rules and the status of version 2 of the rules.

"I am basically 95% through with the main rule book, currently just adding few extra changes (and mostly making sure there no contradictions).

I am looking forward going to the print within the first two weeks of January.

Also working on the first campaign manual, covering the Peninsula War."

davbenbak Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2017 11:02 a.m. PST

What about the mini's?

itchysama30 Dec 2017 6:59 p.m. PST

They have the minis for sale now at the website noted above. But nothing new on that front that I know of.

torokchar Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2017 8:27 p.m. PST

looking forward to seeing the new packaging and book – hopefully a good index also???

Most enjoyable Napoleonic rules I have played in 30+ years

Clays Russians Inactive Member01 Jan 2018 6:38 p.m. PST

I bought the rule book at Hcon in 2016, then it suddenly dried up. I was discouraged because I liked the concepts. Glad to see it coming back and there's a peninsula guide coming out as well. Would love to see an 1807 guide come out too.

coopman Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2018 6:31 p.m. PST

These rules were popular with my group and have a lot of untapped potential. Hope that the 2nd edition expands on things a good bit. Don't care about the minis as I have more 15mm Naps. than I could ever use.

itchysama12 Mar 2018 2:00 p.m. PST

Pre-order for Napoleon version 2 is now up on ciboslittledudes site.


Hannibal of Carthage15 Mar 2018 6:40 p.m. PST

Are there a lot of changes from 1st edition? If not I can't justify the $CDN 65 they're asking. Is there a pre-order discount?

itchysama16 Mar 2018 8:16 a.m. PST

Hannibal – According to my communications with the author, the basics of the game are the same (basing, etc.) Some "issues" with previous version of the rules were fixed/tweaked.

As for pre-order discount – none that I am aware of.

Will post again when my copy arrives.

Tim95th12 Apr 2018 2:30 p.m. PST

Michael Hopper is in the process of publishing a series of great scenario books. 1805 was printed a few years back in association with Shako II, but the new books are written generically and can be used with many rules systems. 1809 campaign was his first release – 4 books of 18 scenarios each – totalling 72 scenarios. He has scenarios for most campaigns and years from Valmy to Waterloo – and more I understand. Look under Napoleonic scenarios here on TMP for more information on the 1809 books.

itchysama23 Apr 2018 8:23 a.m. PST

I have received my V2 rulebook. With that, I will give my initial thoughts just on the book itself.

1 – $62 USD for a softcover book is WAY overpriced.
2. Most of the "illustrations" are direct cut and paste from previous version.
3. There is no QRS in the book.
4. The cover font looks absolutely grade school (think cartoon titles).
5. Index is at the back and is a bit "clunky". Needs a table of contents in the front, and an alphabetical index in the back.
6. Light infantry rules could easily be manipulated by the unscrupulous gamer.

1. There are some nice uniform illustrations.
2. There are some nice maps in fold-outs that could be used in a campaign game.
3. Light infantry can use open formation in battalions.

I have not played a game with this newer version. But overall, I'm disappointed.

Fortunately V1 is still available from the same source as V2.

Your mayhem may vary.

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