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fred218414 May 2018 7:04 a.m. PST

Just looking for a set of rules easy enough to play for big games of napoleonics… Is there anything along the lines of impetus that cater this kind of ease of play… Thanks.

jdpintex14 May 2018 7:10 a.m. PST

Good Luck.

I'm interested to see the responses to your question as there are so many rules and even more opinions.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2018 7:12 a.m. PST

Volley and Bayonet?

Jeffers14 May 2018 7:13 a.m. PST

How about this:

holdit14 May 2018 7:26 a.m. PST

Questions like this usually end up being a list of other peoples' favourite rules. Perhaps you could give some idea of what "simple but effective" means to you, particularly in terms of what you would see as being the must-have and dealbreaker features.

If you're looking to play the big battles, then you'll probably need to be moving brigades rather than battalions. That would put Napoleon's Battles, Age of Eagles, Volley and Bayonet and Grande Armee on your shortlist.

Personal logo T Callahan Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2018 7:48 a.m. PST

Order to Eagles is playable for any size engagements. We just did Wavre at Little Wars. The QRS is one sheet double sided. The rule are grand tactical and can be used for different size figures 6mm, 10mm, 15mm, 28mm. The rule cost $15.00 USD from the author.


Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2018 8:17 a.m. PST

You ought to read this TMP post and the blog that is mentioned. Another possible rules option.

TMP link

coopman Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2018 8:53 a.m. PST

You might have a look at "Bloody Big Battles". The page for these rules at has a Napoleonic variant created by some users.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2018 9:42 a.m. PST

fred, tell us how your figures are based and what size battles you want to fight on what size table, and we can at least narrow the field.

parrskool14 May 2018 9:56 a.m. PST

Neil Thomas's Napoleonic Rules ???

Redblack14 May 2018 9:57 a.m. PST

Go around and see what other gamers are playing in your area . Otherwise you may end up having to do the entire set up, including figures for both sides and terrain, in order to play a gme

dwight shrute14 May 2018 10:09 a.m. PST

stone , paper ,scissors ?

mad monkey 114 May 2018 10:41 a.m. PST

Guys, He did say Impetus like.

In that vein, Volley and Bayonet, Blucher, Grand Armee are rule sets where one unit is one stand or element. Snappy Nappy is I think, two stands per unit.

Ease of play, V&B then Blucher, then GA in my opinion. SN I 've read but not played. Like Blucher the most, but have had fun games with all three.

PzGeneral14 May 2018 12:54 p.m. PST

Fast Play Napoleonics


First set I ever tried.

I remember them as being a great starting set. And their free.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2018 2:16 a.m. PST

The Brom/Jackson Gamers 'To the Sound of the Guns'
might be what you're seeking

ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2018 4:44 a.m. PST

Coopman, thanks for your kind mention of BBB. We've used BBB for major battles such as Leipzig or Waterloo in an evening; works fine with no significant modifications.

Also, to accompany the forthcoming first English edition of Clausewitz's history of Napoleon's famous 1796 campaign
I've created a set of scenarios that use stripped-down and simplified BBB rules. These games are quick and simple to set up, and they play in under 90 minutes. A group in New York has been kindly playtesting these and you can see reports here:

The scenarios themselves and other BBB resources are here:


Bloody Big BATTLES!

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2018 9:17 a.m. PST

Neil Thomas' Napoleonic rules work for us.

Gwydion15 May 2018 9:31 a.m. PST

I love Chris Pringle's rules but for large simple Napoleonic battles at the moment I'd still go with Volley and Bayonet.

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