Empire, Scotty Bowden & Charlie Talbox’s rules for Napoleonic wargaming, were a revolutionary set that dragged rules for Napoleonic wargaming from the 'realistic', small scale, two-minutes or so a turn, I go you go rules of the 60s and 70s to more stylised games—which they dubbed a simulation—with brigades or divisions as the unit of most operations, enabling the big Napoleonic battles to be re-enacted on a tabletop. If you have not seen them, ‘do yourself a favour’, grab a copy and read them, or see the excellent review at the Miniatures website. Perhaps even play a game or two. You’ll soon see elements that subsequent rule-sets have adopted or adapted—Napoleon's Battles, Republic to Empire, Shako, the DBx 'stable' and De Bonaparte à Napoleon, to name but a few. You’ll also see why few people play Empire today1!
|Milking the 'franchise': Empire V (image from boardgamegeek)|