I am primarily a miniature and not a boardgame player. However I like the
boardgames, i.e. the maps, the counters, the books.... Sometimes ago (maybe
20 years?) I bought CIVILIZATION and SQUAD LEADER but I confess that,
while I read with avidity the rules and the proposed scenarios, today
the counters still remain un-punched...
With the arrival of internet I re-discovered the boardgames world (through ConSim World, Web Grognards) and eventually arrived to Napoleon Games (old OSG) and since I play solo with my miniatures I decided to try again in search of scenarios, new mechanisms or new rules to aid my solitaire plots and plans.
I own "Napoleon at the Crossroads" (NAC) and "Four Lost Battles" (FLB). Both games are from Kevin Zucker (the man behind NapoleonGames) and are devoted tothe 1813 campaign in Germany. The first covers the full autumn campaign (ending at Leipzig) whereas the other covers the battles of Gross-Beern, Kaztbach, Kulm and Dennewitz. I have solo-played all those battles (See the NB scenarios) and I plan to play them again using the FLB cards or a similar adaptation.
is a free utility to play wargames by PBeM developed by
Dale Larson. In the words of the author:
"The CyberBoard board gaming system makes playing board games by mail and electronic mail a more enjoyable experience. The system allows you to easily graphically design the various parts of a board game on your computer. The players can make their moves and exchange recorded versions of the moves with their opponents. The opponent can then play back the moves. Although many types of games may be created using CyberBoard, games that use counters or chits such as war games work particularly well.
CyberBoard is not an artificial opponent. It provides no artificial intelligence capability.
My goal for CyberBoard was to duplicate the experience of actual paper counter style gaming--at least to the extent that this is reasonable. In its current form the system does a pretty good job of this"
Evidently, solitaire (or solo) play is also posible with
the advantage that all the elements of the wargame (maps, charts,
pieces, markers...) are in the computer.
Game-boxes for many different boardgames have been designed and are available in several Internet sites. The boardgame rules are not included in the game-boxes anyway, so it is necesary to own the boardgame to use the game-box
In these moments I own a home-designed gamebox for 'War to the death' and two other more for the boardgames 'Four Lost Battles' and 'Napoleon at the Crossroads'.