Jena 20

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Quick Overview

Napoleon invades Prussia: 12-14 October, 1806.

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  • Game components
  • Map
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Details

Jena 20 is the second title in Joseph Miranda's innovative Napoleonic 20 series. With only modest complexity and a focused scope employing low unit density on the map (20 pieces or less) and dramatic, fast playing turns, it is the addition of "story-driven" random event cards and night game turns providing the operational pauses and "friction of war" that give players a great feel for the parry-and-thrust of a Napoleonic campaign as the armies close for battle.

Following France's glorious victory against the combined Austro-Russian armies at Austerlitz the previous December, the Prussians have finally come off the fence and declared war against Napoleon. As both sides maneuver, uncertain of the location or center of gravity of the opposing army, they meet in a dramatic double battle on the fields of both Jena and Auerstadt.

Can the heirs of Frederick the Great maintain their composure and cohesion long enough to teach the haughty French a lesson, or will Napoleon and his Marshals ride on to ever greater glory?

Game Components:


•   One 8-page, full-color instructions booklet, with Standard and Optional Rules included
•   One 1-page sheet of Exclusive Rules
•   40 color, die-cut 5/8" mounted game pieces
•   12 Random Event cards
•   One 8½" x 11" color player aid sheet
•   Polybag packaging and component storage

Credits:


Game Design & Development: Alan Emrich
Art & Graphic Design: John Cooper
Playtesting: Mark Beninger, Lance McMillan, Kim Meints

Game Data

Number of Players 2
Age 13+
Playing Time Approximately 50 minutes
Difficulty 4
Solitaire Suitability 6
Designer Alan Emrich
Developer Alan Emrich

Reviews

An "Experiential" Review by Don Smith (BoardGameGeek)
A few rare games are "elegant." The mechanics of the game are, if not simple, memorable. The playing of the game is intense and engaging. After playing, you think about it and want to play again. You are drawn into the game and fully enjoy the immersion. Jena 20 is one of these elegant games. ... Hats off to the entire Victory Points Game team which has produced Jena 20. This is a polished wargaming gem which deserves the highest accolades. To be able to play a game of this depth and fun in only an hour is a design breakthrough. I look forward to the other titles in the Napoleonic 20 series which I have ordered and recommend that any wargamers worth their salt give this game and this series a try. (9.5/10)
Jena 20 by Larry Levandowski (Armchair General)
Jena 20 fills a new niche. Victory Point Games has given us a fast playing, fun depiction of Jena and Auerstadt. The game is probably not for the grognard who has a voracious appetite for detail. For the rest of us, however, there’s always room in the baggage train for a great portable game to take on campaign.
Jena 20 by Spel! Magazine
Jena 20 is an elegant way to see what the Napoleonic 20 series is about. The game plays fast, offers enough options to try different strategies, and is not predictable due to the Random Event cards. It is also offers you the option to teach new players some well known wargaming basics. And all that is said about this Jena 20 game can be applied to other titles in this series too. A top game!