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A five star, 4th edition of the game Napoléon, first published in 1974. Everything old is new again!

Napoléon is a strategy game for two or three players that simulates the Waterloo Campaign. The time is June 15th, 1815.  A French army commanded by the great Napoléon is ready to invade the Southern Nederlands (now Belgium) where two Allied armies, one Anglo-Dutch led by the Duke of Wellington, and one Prussian led by Marshal Blücher are gathering strength to invade France.  The French are concentrated and have the early advantage, but the Allies, if they can unite, are stronger.

Players maneuver their armies along roads that connect towns of the period.  When enemy armies clash in the same town, a battle is fought.  Battles are resolved on tactical boards where clever tactical maneuvers allow good players to dominate weak players, and smaller armies to defeat larger armies.  The game is a simple yet elegant simulation of the historical campaign.

  • Players: 2-3

  • Ages 10+

  • Playing Time:  2-3 hours

The 200th anniversary of Waterloo occurs in June 2015 and we think the time has come to produce a new 4th edition of this great game.  We need your support to make it something very special.

The 4th edition of Napoléon will contain the following upgrades from previous editions:

  • Deluxe Mounted Mapboard,
    22" x 25" (instead of 17"x 22").

  • Large 24mm hardwood blocks as found in our games Hammer of the Scots and Crusader Rex. All new artwork. Stretch Goal #2 has added foil labels.

  • Larger tactical maps.

  • Two Order of Battle Charts. The Order of Battle is similar to that found in the first and second editions, but has added historical corps ID.

  • Stretch Goal #3 has added 12 quality wooden dice (4 red / 4 blue / 4 black). 

  • Stretch Goal #1 has added Formation and Battle Terrain Markers.

IMPORTANT:  most upgrades are for the Kickstarter version only.  Copies of the game produced for later sale will not have the deluxe mounted map, signed rules, or extra dice.

Napoléon was first published in 1974 by Gamma Two Games, a Canadian company located in Vancouver, B.C. That edition sold out twice. In 1977, the game was licensed to Avalon-Hill of Baltimore, and they produced a 2nd edition. Later, after Avalon-Hill had gone to wargame heaven, Columbia Games published a 3rd edition. This too had several printings and recently sold out once more.

Napoléon is an elegant simulation of one of history's greatest military campaigns.  It has always been a fun, addictive game. Now it is even better.  Please support a new five-star edition of this timeless classic.

For more information on this game, please visit our website at:

June 15 to June 19, 2015

The Waterloo Campaign was fought in an area roughly  14 x 12 miles (23 km x 19 km).  In this compact area, four battles were fought – Quatre Bras, Ligny, Wavre, and Waterloo over a period of three days.  We will tour each battlefield and see many reenactments.  The planned tour itinerary is subject to change.

June 15th: Mobilization

  • 1500 – 1800, gather at a hotel in Brussels. Meet tour members and share a glass of wine or Napoléon brandy.  Free evening to read up on the historical materials we will hand out, and perhaps play a game of Napoléon.

JUNE 16th: Quatre Bras & Ligny

  • 0700 to 0800, Breakfast.
  • 0900 to 1300, Travel south to Quatre Bras (14 miles) to visit the battlefield where the Anglo-Dutch army fought the divisions of Marshal Ney to a draw.  We will visit Ney’s headquarters at Frasnes-les-Gosseliers a few kilometers south of Quatre Bras, and then move north to the crossroads. The farmstead of Gemioncourt still stands, but the famous Bossu Wood has long vanished.
  • 1300 to 1400, Picnic lunch in the field where the British 69th Foot was scattered by French cavalry as it tried to form square.
  • 1400 to 1800, travel to Sombreffe and Ligny (8 miles) where Napoleon won what seemed to be a decisive victory over the Prussians.  We will visit the ruins of the Bussy Mill and all of the villages that formed the Prussian battle line.  
  • 1800, return to hotel for dinner at 1900. 

JUNE 17th:  Wavre

  • 0700 to 0800, Breakfast.
  • 0900 to 1300, return to Ligny, and follow the Prussian retreat to Wavre via GemblouxWavre, located on both banks of the River Dyle, has grown and changed a lot since 1815.  Modern highways have made battlefield visits a challenge , but Limale, scene of fighting for the bridge over the Dyle can still be crossed.
  • 1300 to 1400, Picnic lunch along the banks of the River Dyle.
  • 1400 to 1800,  travel west following the route of Blucher’s march to Waterloo. Stops will be made at Paris Wood and Lasne.
  • 1800, return to hotel for dinner at 1900.  

JUNE 18th: Waterloo

  • 0700 to 0800, Breakfast.
  • 0900 to 1700, today we will thoroughly explore the Battlefield of Waterloo. We start at the French HQ at La Belle Alliance and walk the French battle line and site of the grand battery. Then visits to Chateaux Hougemont,  La Haie Sainte, Placenoit, and Mont-St Jean, roughly following the chronology of the battle.  There will also be a visit to the Lion Mound, constructed to commemorate the battle. The entire site will almost certainly be very busy this day with thousands of visitors and re-enactors. Details on planned events are not yet available, but I’m sure they will be memorable.
  • 1800, return to hotel for farewell dinner at 1900.

JUNE 19th:

  • 0700 to 0800, Breakfast.  End of Tour.  Say goodbye to your new friends. Tears OK.


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Columbia Games has produced games for more than 40 years. We have outlasted many "giants" of the business such as Avalon-Hill, Simulations Publications (SPI), World Wide Wargamers (3W), and Game Designer's Workshop (GDW). We have consistently produced quality games and given great customer service. You may be assured that we will do the same with this new edition of Napoléon.


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    Four day, 200th anniversary tour of the Waterloo Campaign area in 2015. Game designer and historian Tom Dalgliesh will be your guide. Tour will include visits to the battlefields of Quatre Bras and Ligny (June 16), Wavre (June 17) and Waterloo (June 18). Includes hotels (4 nights), all meals, museum fees, and transportation each day of the tour. You must pay your own way to Brussels, where we will gather on June 15 at a hotel to be determined. Tour ends June 19 in Brussels from where you may wish to continue your European vacation to Flanders Fields, Verdun, Normandy, Battle of the Bulge, or wherever. NOTE: Pledge is a DEPOSIT toward a $1295 final cost. Balance will be due March 31 2015. Pledge includes one copy of the $65 Pledge game to be shipped in June 2013 with FREE postage anywhere in the world.

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