Napoleonic Miniature Wargaming was probably my first foray into serious miniature collecting. My friends and I have played many different games over the years. Some were pretty good (Napoleons Battles, Fire and Steel) and some not so much (Empire). I have learned to appreciate large battles using element based units, where 1 stand equals a brigade. There are 3 competing products out there right now. Grande Armee, Polemos and Volley and Bayonet.
I’ve read through Fast Play Grande Armee. I think it has some interesting concepts but parts of it seem a bit overly fiddly. Other parts seem a bit bland.
Poleomoes, I’ve not seen. I’ve read enough reviews about it to probably take a pass. I think it is probably a good game but reports are that the combat system bogs down. This is not good for someone like me with limited time.
Volley and Bayonet is a game a really like. The simplicity and elegance of the rules are fantastic. The second version is out. I read an advanced copy of the rules and was not very fond of them. VnB has always been a bit fiddly to try to capture the various phases of the Black Powder Era. VnB 2 seems to take it a bit far. The reason I don’t stick with the original VnB is that it relies on rosters to keep track of casualties. This tends to slow the game down.
In the coming weeks, I will be posting my design thoughts on a very simple Black Powder game that (I hope) will capture the various nuances of the different phases of the Black Powder Era.