Thursday, March 31, 2016

Micro Napoleonics (1976)

Micro Napoleonics (1976)


5.57143 out of 10 with 14 ratings
Board Game Rank: Not Ranked
War Game Rank: Not Ranked


This game recreates a battle during the Napoleonic era between a British and French army. The French army counters represent a force of some 45,000 troops and the British 35,000 troops. Using these simple but comprehensive rules up to six players are able to recreate a complete battle with all its complex maneuvers and colorful tactics. The battlefield can be varied to suit any type of ground and the printed terrain pieces placed in any position desired thus give an extremely variable playing area, unrestricted by hexagonal or squared playing boards.

One of several titles released by Tabletop Games which were intended to be played directly on the game table (without a mapboard) using rules concepts from traditional miniatures wargaming. The games offered an affordable alternative to the miniatures hobby in that they used un-cut cardstock counters for units.

TTG-MA-N01 Prussain
TTG-MA-N02 Russian
TTG-MA-N03 Austrian
TTG-MA-N04 Polish
TTG-MA-N05 Spanish

  • Designer: (Uncredited)
  • Artist: Kris Whitmore
  • Publisher: Hurlbat, Tabletop Games
  • Year Published: 1976
  • Number of Players: 2 - 6
  • Manufacturer Suggested Ages: 0
  • Playing Time: 120
  • Subdomain: Wargames
  • Category: Napoleonic, Wargame
  • Family: Micro Warfare Series
  • Alternate Names: Micro Napoleonics



7 out of 10
Essentially a minis game done with cardboard unit counters. I've got *all* the armies ever released.

5 out of 10
Looked great on the dining table circa 1978, and played OK too. I think my purchase of Bonaparte at Marengo owes just a little to this.

6 out of 10
Fond memories of this, but probably wouldn't want to play it again. A product of its time? I recall lots of book-keeping and some complex (by today's standards) combat modifiers and results tables. I think I definitely qualify as a grognard for having played this in its day though.
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