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Developer's Notes

The tactical situations presented in the four battles of the set include all types of Napoleonic era action: From the set piece assault of Ligny, to the wildly variable Quatre Bras, to the monumental action at La Belle Alliance, to the double delaying action at Wavre, all games present the Player with a challenging situation. It is recommended that players utilize the Combined Arms and Imperial Guard special rule to show the rather important and interesting interaction of the tactical arms of these forces. What about the Crest hexsides? It is just possible (although arguably) that Wellington's use of reverse slope tactics against Napoleon and his Generals just about outmoded Napoleon's artillery-based type of warfare. At Ligny, for example, Blucher insisted, against Wellington's advice, on deploying on the forward slopes of the surrounding hills, virtually assuring the destruction of Blucher's three Corps at Ligny. On the other hand Wellington, deploying his small, but well disciplined force on the reverse of a low ridge, stopped Napoleon for nearly six hours until the arrival of Blucher's Prussians sealed Napoleon's fate.

As in the design of a game the play of a game concerns itself with a series of decisions. In a tactical sense there are always a seeming myriad in every game; whether or not to advance, how to allocate these Combat Strength Points (ad infinitum). In a strategic sense (when there is one) these decisions are usually fewer in number and considerably more subtle. The Player who is rewarded by his strategy is the Player who makes one or two basic decisions: takes a limited point of view as to the problems involved. Then analyzes them correctly and acts on them quickly and efficiently with a minimum of haste and plenty of room for mistakes and 'bad luck'. Don't be too fancy: You may find yourself with your back to a locked door.

As a final word, the concomitant development of Wellington's Victory and the discussion and examination of the campaign that resulted was extremely valuable for all involved.

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