|French approach to Dego, initial positions|
Not much boardgaming this weekend, as I've been consumed with PBEM turns and solo computer gaming. Much of the latter has been due to this game, the newly released Campaign Marengo from John Tiller Software.
|Turn 9 - Massena advances south of the river on the town, while LeHarpe's division moves to seize the bridge. LeHarpe's cavalry swings north and take Piano in a flanking move.|
Campaign Marengo covers the early years of Napoleon's military career, and his first victories. The action takes place in northern Italy, pitting the French Revolutionary armies against Austrian, Russian, and Savoyard forces.
|Dego falls and LeHarpe moves to invest the castle. The Austrian garrison wisely pulls back to avoid encirclement by Massena.|
A very nice addition to this game is the inclusion of a number of scenarios specifically created to be played solo. It's no secret that the enemy AI has never been the strong suite of these games, as they have always been designed to be played against a human opponent. By including a number of solo variants of nearly all of the scenarios (something becoming more and more common in this series) the development team has made Campaign Marengo far more accessible to the new player, or the player that prefers not to play versus another human.
|LeHarpe's cavalry runs wild, capturing Austrian VP locations and flanking Austrian troops. Massena sets about destroying the Austrian troops while LeHarpe tries to storm the castle.|
|The castle falls and the Dego garrison is nearly destroyed. Austrian reinforcements have arrived, however!|
Honestly, I'm sick of trying to recruit new players to these games, only to have them reject spending $40 on a game because it looks like something from a decade ago. The graphics aren't even up to the caliber of the original Talonsoft games that actually were produced in the 1990s! Nor do I buy the argument that there's no money to produce better graphics. Are you trying to tell me that Napoleonics are more niche than WWI? It's a damn shame to have these huge, amazingly accurate maps spoiled by really inferior graphics.
|LeHarpe and Massena move to encircle and destroy the Austrians as the afternoon wears on. Clouds of French skirmishers are particularly effective against the Austrian regiments.|