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Commands and Colors: Napoleonics

Two expansions for the Commands & Colors series, from GMT, hit stores this week. Commands & Colors: Napoleonics receives its first expansion with the addition of the Spanish Army while the sixth time is another charm with the addition of the Spartans for Commands & Colors: Ancients.From GMT Games:At the time of the Napoleonic Wars, Spain was only a shadow of its former power. Spanish troops and leaders, as many Napoleonic historians point out, performed badly on a large number of occasions. Yet there are a number of battles, Bailen, Tamames, Alcaniz and San Marcial where the Spaniards fought valiantly and gained victory. Ironically, the point most historians overlook is the fact that the Spanish armies constituted a threat that the French simply could not ignore. As good as Wellington’s Anglo-Portuguese field army was, that army faced multiple French armies. They could only defeat one French army at a time. The Spanish Armies and the accompanying guerrilla warfare against French troops tied down the remainder, allowing the Anglo-Portuguese army to ultimately emerge victorious.In this expansion you will find 18 historical scenarios that focus on Peninsular battles fought by the Spanish army from 1808 to 1813, plus all the new units you'll need to field for these engagements.1808 Bail n - July 19 1808 Zornoza - October 31, 1808 Gamonel - November 7, 1808 Espinosa - November 11, 1808 Somosierra - November 30, 18081809 Medellin - March 28, 1809 Alcaniz - May 23, 1809 Maria - June 6, 1809 Talavera (Spanish Flank) - July 28, 1809 Tamames - October 13, 1809 Ocano (Cavalry Action) - November 18, 1809 Ocano - November 19, 1809 Alba de Tormes - November 28, 18091811 Barrosa (French Attack) - March 5, 1811 Albuera - May 16, 18111813 Vitoria (Hill's Attack) - June 21, 1813 San Marcial - August 31, 1813 Ordal Cross - September 13. 1813The quality of Spanish troops varied, from very poor to good, and the Spanish National Unit Reference Card presents a wealth of subtle unit characteristics that set the Spanish Army apart from all other Coalition armies that opposed Napoleon. Command of the Spanish Army, therefore, will truly challenge even the most experienced Commands & Colors: Napoleonics player.Components:Scenario Booklet that features 18 historical scenarios plus Expansion rules. 2 Spanish National Unit Reference Cards 181 Blocks - 95 Infantry blocks (71 Spanish - 24 French) - 73 Cavalry blocks (39 Spanish - 34 French) - 9 Artillery blocks (9 Spanish) - 4 Leader blocks (4 Spanish) 3 Block Label sheets 1 Terrain Tile Sheet - contains 15 double sided Terrain Tiles 1 Square and Counter sheet 1 Spanish Infantry Square Track 4 Spanish Square Counters 9 Spanish Victory Banner counters (Spanish Flag one side, French Flag other side) 6 Spanish Guerrilla Action tokens*** The Spartan Army expansion features over 20 scenarios, which focus on a period of time from 669 BC to 338 BC. In the early battles of Sparta against Argive, we see the development of Hoplite armies. We then move onto the war with the Persian Empire and take a closer look at the battle of Thermopylae, 480 BC. During the Peloponnesian Wars, Sparta takes a leader position among the Peloponnesian states, which would last for almost two centuries. Finally there is a shift in power away from Sparta during the battles of the Theban Era and the rise of Macedon.The Spartan Army expansion also provides all the blocks and stickers needed to field a Spartan Army and its allies to oppose the armies from Commands & Colors: Ancients – Expansion #1 – Greek vs Eastern Kingdoms. As well as one sheet of 15 new double sided Terrain Tiles.Rules-wise, if you are familiar with Commands & Colors: Ancients, you'll have no trouble at all learning the special rules for Hoplite infantry, for the basic game mechanics remain unchanged. Battle dice still resolve combat quickly and the Command cards provide an element of luck that creates a fog of war and presents players with both challenges and opportunities for victory.As with all Commands & Colors: Ancients expansions to date, the tactics you will need to execute with thees Hoplite armies will conform remarkably well to the advantages and limitations inherent to these historical units, their weapons, the terrain and history.Components:Rule/Scenario Booklet that features 26 historical scenarios 1 Reference Card 228 Blocks Block Label sheets 2 Terrain Tile Sheets: each contains 15 double-sided Terrain Tiles
A look at some of the latest gaming news as well as reviews of Cargo Noir from Days of Wonder, The Lost Cause from Victory Point Games, and Commands and Colors: Napoleonics from GMT.The boys also introduce their newest segment, "The Game Plan" featuring their first guest - Alan Emrich from Victory Point Games.
Let's pick right up from where we left off with my interview with GMT's Tony Curtis...Jeff McAleer: Twilight Struggle is a fabulous game and is almost always in the top five over on Board Game Geek - I believe it's currently number three. I know the recent Washington's War uses somewhatly similar mechanics as far as being event card driven.