Thursday, March 31, 2016

Le Grand Empire (1978)

Le Grand Empire (1978)


5.5625 out of 10 with 8 ratings
Board Game Rank: Not Ranked
War Game Rank: Not Ranked


Le Grand Empire is a game simulation of the Napoleonic period.During the period of approximately 20 years France was in almost constant state of warfare with her neighboring countries in Europe and often also with various powers in Eurasia and the Near East

  • Designer: Stephen Newberg
  • Artist: Rodger B. MacGowan
  • Publisher: Simulations Canada
  • Year Published: 1978
  • Number of Players: 2 - 2
  • Manufacturer Suggested Ages: 0
  • Playing Time: 180
  • Subdomain: Wargames
  • Category: Napoleonic, Wargame
  • Mechanic: Hex-and-Counter, Simulation
  • Alternate Names: Le Grand Empire



5 out of 10
Thought about trading/selling it but can never quite bring myslef to do so. I guess it has some hidden appeal for me!

2 out of 10
Stripped down War and Peace, down to the basics which actually works better than War and Peace. Easy introductory and fast playing game on the Napoleonic era and probably more fun multiplayer. France is quite powerful but the Allies can bring him down if they get cooperative. So its balanced. Also has some political flavour in the game.

7.5 out of 10
Very interesting simulation. Play fast with astounding results. Not easy for the British to keep his Empire and the French must really be careful with the Austrian army! 8 page rules ; without bug!

Unpunched Mint

3 out of 10
Great ideas, terrible execution. We tried to play it, then used the map for a miniatures campaign.

Punched. Counters in 1 bag. Ziploc.


10 out of 10
A wonderful and rare game. The strategic possibilities in the Age of Napoleon are endless! The map covers all of England, Europe and North Africa; Norway/Sweden; to the Middle East/Russia and even to India. Victory conditions encourage aggression. There is an "attack quota" system that represents the effects of the changing economics of countries. Simple to play: the rules are only 8 pages! An ABSOLUTE must have as a game and for all Napoleonic Fans.

3 out of 10
Like most SimCan games, cool ideas but hideous execution -- "there's a game in there somewhere." Putting objective cities in India so Napoleon can play Alexander the Great was truly weird. What I remember most about this game was the mechanic where you defeat France's enemies and they sit neutral for a couple of years, then they rejoin the coalition against you -- so you park units on their border to crush them before they can 'resurrect'.
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