España 20: Volume 1

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España 20: Volume 1 features two complete games covering key battles fought over control of the Iberian Peninsula.

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  • Back cover
  • Bailen 20 map (part 1)
  • Bailen 20 map (part 2)
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The Napoleonic 20 Series features games of only modest complexity, each with a focused scope and low unit density (typically fewer than twenty pieces per side). The dramatic, fast-playing turns feature compelling historical narrative told through random event cards and the exciting ebb and flow of military units maneuvering and engaging in battle on the map. Replete with the surges, lulls, and "friction of war" that gives a great feel for the parry-and-thrust of a Napoleonic grade battle as armies close to bayonet-point to see which will break first!

Considered one of Wellington’s finest battles, Arapiles 20 (July, 1812) from Lance McMillan focuses on the hard-fought meeting engagement between his veteran British forces and Mareschal Marmont’s French army in the hills south of Salamanca. With two armies of equal strength, victory requires careful planning, precise maneuvers, and exact timing to take advantage of the opportunities offered by unexpected events. Will the British player be able to pounce on a fleeting French blunder to win the day (as happened historically), or will the French be able to simply bludgeon his opponent into submission? In Arapiles 20, the outcome of this famous battle is in your hands.

Hans von Stockhausen's Bailén 20 (July, 1808) showcases the stunning triumph of General Francisco Castaños’ Spanish army over French General Pierre Dupont’s Corps d’Observation operating in the mountains of Andalusia. This game challenges both players: The Spanish must struggle to coordinate the actions of their large and enthusiastic but mostly untrained army, while the French must decide whether to try and hold against superior numbers or conduct a fighting withdrawal back to Madrid. With Spanish guerrillas, a baggage train full of looted treasure, and treacherous Swiss mercenaries who might change sides in the middle of the battle, Bailén 20 offers players plenty of military adventure.

Polybag Game Components:


•   One 28-page, full-color Universal Rulebook
•   One 20-page, full-color Exclusive Rulebook
•   Four 11" x 17" single-sided cardstock game maps
•   Two double-sided, laser-cut Game Counter sheets
•   One double-sided, laser-cut Universal Marker sheet
•   25 cards
•   One player aid

What's In The Box?:


•   One 28-page full-color Universal Rulebook
•   One 20-page full-color Exclusive Rulebook
•   Four 11" x 17" single-sided cardstock game maps
•   Two double-sided, laser-cut Game Counter sheets
•   One double-sided, laser-cut Universal Marker sheet
•   25 cards
•   One player aid
•   One six-sided die
•   One bright red, 9" x 11 7/8" Deluxe cardboard VPG game box
•   One beautiful box cover sleeve
•   One "Wipes-A-Lot" napkin
•   One charcoal desiccant packet

Napoleonic 20 v4.0 Credits:


Game System Design: Joseph Miranda
Series Developer: Lance McMillan
Documentation: Alan Emrich
Graphic Design: Michelle Ball
Art: Clark Miller, Richard Starke
Playtesting: Mark Beninger, Michael D’Alesandro, Scott DiBerardino, Joe Donnelly, Andreas E. Gebhardt, Jack Gill, Kim Meints, David Moody, Stephanie Newland, Joe Oppenheimer, Randall Shaw, Hugh Tracy
Proofreading: Bill Barrett, Barry Levin, Rick Partin, Ian Wakeham, Karen Wolterman

Arapiles 20 Credits:


Game Design: Lance McMillan
Series Design: Joe Miranda
Series Developer: Lance McMillan
Additional Research: Jack Gill, Eduardo Perez
Producer: Alan Emrich
Graphic Design: Michelle Ball
Counter Images: Clark Miller, Richard Starke
Map Art: Tim Allen
Playtesting: Rob Bottos, Andreas E. Gebhardt, John Gill, Joshua Gottesman, Mark Kaczmarek, Kim Meints, David Moody, Joe Oppenheimer, Brian Scott, Jay Sheely, Hugh Tracy, Joel Toppen
Proofreading: Barry Levin, Rick Partin, Leigh Toms, Karen Wolterman

Bailén 20 Credits:


Game Design: Hans von Stockhausen
Series Design: Joe Miranda
Series Developer: Lance McMillan
Producer: Alan Emrich
Graphic Design: Michelle Ball
Counter Images: Clark Miller, Richard Starke
Map Art: Tim Allen
Playtesting: Mark Beninger, Michael D'Alesandro, Scott DiBerardino, Joe Donnelly, Andreas E. Gebhardt, Jack Gill, Kim Meints, David Moody, Stephanie Newland, Joe Oppenheimer, Randall Shaw, Hugh Tracy
Proofreading: Barry Levin, Rick Partin, Leigh Toms, Karen Wolterman

Game Resources

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View FileStandard rules    Size: (2.05 MB)
View FileExclusive game rules    Size: (932.86 KB)
View FileUniversal player aid    Size: (4.58 MB)
Visit LinkPlaythrough video (BoardGameGeek)
Visit LinkGame review (Club Fantasci)
View FileNapoleonic 20 Retreat Flowchart    Size: (311.54 KB)
View FileStandard rules (Spanish)    Size: (221.66 KB)
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Game Data

Number of Players 2
Age 13+
Playing Time Approximately 60 minutes
Difficulty 5
Solitaire Suitability 8
Designer Various
Developer Various

Reviews

España 20: Volume 1 by Maurice Fitzgerald (Club Fantasci)
I’m giving España 20 8 out of 10 stars because this is a highly polished system that offers a grand tactical experience with only a handful of units to track. Its moderate complexity shouldn’t pose a problem for experienced wargamers and new gamers to the genre won’t struggle to pick it up.

The real beauty of the Nappy 20 series is that once you’ve played one title, you can easily pick up and play any of the others in the series since they all share the same base rules. The only thing new that needs to be learned with each game are the scenario specific rules and any optional ones.

With 20 plus games in the series, there are plenty of tactical puzzles to keep the wargamer happy for many years to come!