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Waterloo – Quelle Affaire!  – Recreate the battle that shaped Europe.
Waterloo – Quelle Affaire! – Recreate the battle that shaped Europe.
216 backers pledged £7,460 to help bring this project to life.

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Waterloo – Quelle Affaire!, designed by Alessio Cavatore and illustrated by Peter Dennis, is a hex-based boardgame that allows two players to recreate what is arguably the most famous battle in history. 

The mechanics:

The game has been designed by Origins-awards winner Alessio Cavatore (Warhammer, Bolt Action, Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game, Terminator Genisys the miniatures game, etc.). The units in the game are activated by cards that represent the Commanders of the various army corps, as well as Stratagem cards that add more fun, strategy and unpredictability to the battle. These cards are full of quotes both from history and from famous Napoleonic movies: “By God, sir, I have lost my leg. – By God, sir, so you have.” or “We shall match them with our lancers!” Nobody can resist reading these with the right accent…

The contents:

The box, the rules leaflet, the map and the counters are beautifully illustrated by renowned historical artist Peter Dennis (Osprey publishing etc.). The counters never stack during the game, so that the gorgeous one-inch square units remain visible for the entire battle. 

List of Contents:

· Rules leaflet

· 2'x2' game board

· 64 Command and Event cards full of quotes from the battle

· 26 French Division double-sided counters

· 21 Anglo-Allied Division double-sided counters

· 12 Prussian Division double-sided counters

· a number of other counters (commanders, garrisons, etc.)

· 6 six-sided dice

The challenge You win the game by destroying half the total combat strength of the enemy army. This task is easier for the French when only one army faces them. However, if Wellington’s forces survive long enough for the Prussians to finally arrive, the tip of the scale will swing in favour of the Allies, and the French are probably going to find themselves fighting for their life. And nobody can be sure exactly when the Prussians are going to appear in the East…

Art for the command counters
Art for the command counters

Combat and movement are extremely simple and gameplay is fast – all the information necessary is on the counters and on the cards themselves – no complex charts to look up results on.

Two play modes:

Waterloo – Quelle Affaire! can be played in two different ways – the ‘Historical’ version and the ‘Night before the battle’ quasi-historical version, which changes the initial set-up of the armies, adding variety and re-playability to the game.

Why “Quelle Affaire!”? 

It’s the evening of that fateful day, with the French army in full retreat and the Prussian and Anglo-allied armies in pursuit, it is recalled how the stalwart Blücher and the cool and collected Wellington happened upon each other at La Belle Alliance, a farmstead on the French side of the battlefield. Blücher greeted Wellington with “Mein lieber Komerad!” and then, realizing that the Englishman did not speak German, and unable himself to speak any English, he added: “Quelle affaire!” (French for “What a nasty business!” or “What a ruckus!”). The great irony of the two generals that had just defeated Napoleon being able to communicate only by using the language of their opponent did not escape us, and so we decided to use “Quelle Affaire!” as the tag-line for our game.

 Click HERE for a video of a game turn.

STRETCH GOALS:

£8000:  Stratagem card art, we will get the stratagem card illustrated by Peter.

£8500: Command card art, we will get Peter to illustrate the command cards, see the Marshals of France do battles with Uxbridge and Blucher!

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Prints:  Peter Dennis' box art for the game. These will only be available through the Kickstarter campaign and would be worthy of any great collection, or, to beautifully and tastefully enhance the décor of the finest quality home, office or purpose-built gaming room.  Supplied unframed.
Simply add £30 if you are in the UK or £35 for the rest of the World.
Print measures aprox 50x50cm and will be sent rolled in a cardboard tube.
Print measures aprox 50x50cm and will be sent rolled in a cardboard tube.
 
Perfect for framing!
Perfect for framing!

We are pleased to be able to team up with Mitches Military Models  and to offer these superb 1/9 scale busts, Wellington, Napoleon and Blucher. Add £60 includes postage worldwide 
(supplied unpainted, some assembly and clean up may be necessary)
(supplied unpainted, some assembly and clean up may be necessary)

Dice bags and dice sets:

We've been asked for extra sets of dice, well here they are, what better way to keep your dice safe than with one of the handmadeWaterloo dice bags from Cosy Dice
Add £20 (plus relevant postage)  
 
Here are the dice options, add the total to your pledge, don't forget postage:

12 x 16mm Blue Dice - £3.20
12 x 16mm Green Dice - £3.20
12 x 16mm Red Dice - £3.20
Dice Set (12 x Red/12 x Green/12 x Blue) - £8.00

These will be sent out separately from the game, so please add the appropriate postage from the list below
UK - £1.00
Europe - £2.50 (Covers all Europe)
International - £5

MAIN GAME SHIPPING

In order to keep the cost down to you, we plan to ship internationally by surface mail (i.e. a big boat!). This could mean a shipping time of approx 4 weeks to the US and 6-8 to Australia and Japan.  With that in mind, there may be retail shops that get a copy of the game before you (if they receive the game via airmail).
If you would like your boxed shipped via airmail, please drop us a line and we'll square something away.

Risks and challenges

We have run sucessful Kickstarters before, delivering on time, and are confident that we will be able to deliver this exciting new game on time and with a high production standard.

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