Eagles of the Empire: Napoleon in the Desert
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In 1798, Europe's most successful general embarked on one of the most bizarre expeditions ever launched: the French invasion of Egypt. Dreaming of exceeding Alexander the Great, the young Napoleon Bonaparte led his seasoned Army of Italy across the Mediterranean. The world's fiercest cavalrymen, the fanatic Mamelukes, rode out to stop him. In the tradition of our Gettysburg and Rome At War games, this exciting set features the following battles:
- Pyramids, 21 July 1798. Napoleon faces the Mameluke army.
- Alternative Pyramids. The Mameluke leaders did not make use of all their resources to stop the French. Had they done so, history might have taken a radically different turn.
- Cairo, 17 August 1786. Ghazi Hassan, Turkey's best general, leads a punitive expedition against Egypt's ruling Mamelukes.
- Mount Tabor, 16 April 1799. Outnumbered 17 to 1, Napoleon faces the Pasha of Damascus in northern Palestine.
- Aboukir, 25 July 1799. Mustafa Pasha lands his army in Egypt to drive out the French, but Napoleon meets him on the beaches.
- one 22" x 34"
- two 22" x 17"
- Playing pieces:
- 32 1 1/3"
- 63 2/3"
- 12 page rules
Average Rating: 3 in 2 reviews
I really enjoy this game. It has a wonderful way of eliminating charts and tables but still keeping the mechanics adequately sophisticated. The movement and map design are innovative and excellent. The system takes into account several aspects that I think are vital for this era: the leadership role in activating units, the emphasis on the infantry division, the use of artillery in both supporting and bombardment roles, and emphsis of terrain features vs arbitrary hexes. I highly recommend this game especially since it is so quick and easy to learn.
Furthermore, it addresses a very interesting set of battles that have not been simulated in many (if any) other war games. Also, this game provides many scenarios and variants that keep the replay level high.
As a final note, I have recently discovered Avalanche Press and have been immensely impressed with their products. I highly recommend their products and their company.
I was really looking forward to delving into this one, but was frustrated with ambiguous rules. I am an experienced gamer that has been into war games since the old' days of Avalon Hill.
As accurately described by another reviewer (see review by gamer of Eagles of the Empire: Eylau), this system suffers from:
1. Rules are a mess and Avalanche doesn't maintain a website that shares errata.
2. Boredom. Move pieces forward (assuming that we were doing it semi-correctly since the rules are so bad), roll a handful of dice and hope for the best. Real fun...
3. There are several units whose icons aren't explained. Is it a special cavalry? A special infantry? Why is it marked like this?
This one really needs some serious editing, but has the potential to be a good game from a period rarely seen.