First thoughts on Blucher

A year or so ago when Blucher was released, Richard bought a copy and we said we would try it out aince it seemed basing agnostic and generally at the level we wanted to play Napoleonic games, namely with a Brigade as the movement element. Last night we finally got round to trying it out. When i knew we were playing i decided to buy the pdf which is my first issue. £20 for a PDF? Ouch. That is quite frankly gouging IMO. Mind you looking at the rest of the offerings, with card sets being around £28 and the hard copy rules at £40 then I got off lightly.

Anyway, on to the game. With Peninsular armies i put together a very small force with 2 Infantry corps and a cavalry corps for the French, and similar Divisions for the Anglo Portuguese. This seemed extremely small for the rules and indeed the Momentum (MO) rules only came into play once preventing Richard from moving his entire force. This system however seems pretty neat and i think we will like it. Maybe we should only have been using 2 dice instead of 3? I couldnt find it in the setup rules unfortunately, nor could i see anything for establishing how many turns there were. The game track has 30 turns on it but id imagine that for pickup/ meeting engagement type games you would not play a full day?

Overall we found the system to be enjoyable and quick. There were a few quirks which didn’t feel particularly right, melee seems riskless for attackers as the most damage you will recieve will be 2 fatigue while defenders can be swept away. My biggest concern is with the Corps Activation for the British. The scenario in the book (Fuentes) stipulates there are no corps but the army list for building forces says that in effect Divisions are corps. Queries on the Honour forum seem to have elicited a “are you stupid?” Type response from the author so I will play a few more games without questioning anything. As it was we didn’t use Commanders (feels a bit wierd not having commanders on table ) or artillery (most of the Peninsular artillery counts as attached batteries).