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atommmm Inactive Member07 Sep 2018 3:54 a.m. PST

Hello, from Paris, France

This game does not use figurines but it allows to carry out campaigns and define terrains and army lists for engagements with figurines.

With or without interactions it makes figure battles more ambitious.

here is a first presentation of:

MARKETS & BATTLES ! (translation error, sorry, the name would still be "marches & batailles" in english) is a game rule for simulating military engagements from the 18th to the 19th century using figurative counters on a map marked with positions more or less distant from each other depending on the nature of their terrain.

Troops, characterized by a variable capacity depending on whether they are moving or deployed, move from one to the other. Combat and morale checks are resolved with tokens from a bag and lead to unit routines rather than elimination.

The game is played in several rounds of about four hours of "historical" time. It is won by breaking the morale of the opposing army by defeating its units, taking its communication points, or even capturing its chief generals…

Troops moving from position to position, no centimetric or

millimetre is necessary to adjust their evolutions during the game.

They are characterized by a capacity of 1 to 9, which qualifies both the morale of the

troops (militia, line, guard) and training of soldiers (conscripts, regulars,

veterans). This ability is used to resolve combat and morale checks.

Generals and aides de camp help to activate the troops and take them to

the assault on the opponent's positions. The support of the troops involved is an element of the

determining the resolution of battles and morale checks (no dice).

Wargamorium07 Sep 2018 4:13 a.m. PST

Perhaps Marches and Battles would be a better translation?

The links you posted do not work. Can you post them again please.

atommmm Inactive Member07 Sep 2018 4:33 a.m. PST

thanks a lot Wargamorium for your interest, no link for the moment , and yes we don't even plan to translate the name (the rule: yes) but the name in french "Marches et Batailles" is nice i think.

anyway, yes this a long time story and we gonna start the test with :
La Garde 6mm (homemade: transalte in EN in 2019)
Black Powder v2…
????: (new Robert Cailles Napoleonic rules in 2020)
a lot of others french non tranlated rules systems like: (1er Empire from 1989: JP Raguet, Les 3 Couleurs from 1976 Diego Mandes)

the test is: play a campaign on the map and the battles with miniatures using the differents rules systems.

we are going to test that for the next month during different game convention here in Paris and feed you back.

In February, here in Paris a week-end capaign (1815) from friday to sunday night with interaction betewin the map and miniatures systems.

we plan to have a map campaign and up to 8 differents miniatures battles in the meantime …
40 to 50 players room: (10 to 15 room still avalaible)
here is a link to the last year "Napoleonic only" event :

more to come ….
about this map system
"La Levée en ligne 2018" and this week-end (feb 10-11th 2019) campaign using maps and miniatures systems.

Thans again for the interest
more to come

Wargamorium07 Sep 2018 6:40 a.m. PST

Hello atommmm

I agree that the French title sounds nice and I was not suggesting a change of name but rather commenting on your translation in the post above.

This sounds like an interesting project. Is there a website or even a Facebook page we could follow?

I would be delighted if you kept us informed of its progress and public availability. I could even manage the French version with the help of a dictionary.


atommmm Inactive Member07 Sep 2018 7:58 a.m. PST

sorry, off course,
here is the facebook club page: link

on our forum:

on the french historical miniature forum:

mumbasa07 Sep 2018 9:30 a.m. PST

I, too, will be watching with great interest how this project unfolds.

Wargamorium07 Sep 2018 10:21 a.m. PST

Thanks atommmm

I will follow with interest and look forward to it becoming available.


atommmm Inactive Member07 Sep 2018 11:36 p.m. PST

Thanks Mumbasa,

About fifteen prototypes are now ready for the test and feedback campaign that we are launching at OPJH 2018 link , where we will of course be present.

The prototypes include: the printed map, a rule booklet, coloured tokens, cut-out counters and sticker sheets… to be glued on both sides of the Blink counters.

For the trouble we will deliver everything in a cardboard box with a small bag for the drawing of the tokens… but it still remains to stick the pieces… Confused front and back.

Warning: the game is still in the prototype state and even if we believe that it is now sufficiently complete to launch these tests, there is still a lot of work to finalize the presentation of the rule, establish the game aids and balance the scenarios.

atommmm Inactive Member03 Oct 2018 11:35 a.m. PST

hello, here is a small video presenting the game:
(in french for the moment, next time in english :)

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