C&C: "The French First Position at Rolica," Wellington arrives in Portugal
|Rolica: French First Position, August 1808. I grabbed this photo off of the internet. I still need to apply the stickers to the game blocks.|
I received my copy of Commands and Colors: Napoleonics yesterday and I am about half way through the 24 page rulebook. The components are well made and the rules straightforward enough.
I had read somewhere that Richard Borg games like this one or Memoir 44 have simple rule systems to increase playability and so far I would tend to agree.
The starter scenario covers the initial French position at Rolica just NW of the village. My hope is to play through it tonight. I am super excited by the prospect of it.
Wellington's command of the Anglo-Portugese Army of Portugal is one of my favorite periods of the Napoleonic wars. To have a game that simulates a number of these battles in such a playable way is very exciting.
Speaking of games and the way they are designed, Grogheads.com posted this interview with game designer Uwe Eickert. It is a fascinating read about the way he approaches game creation and his attempt to apply science and psychology to it.