España 20: Volume 2

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España 20: Volume 2 features two complete games covering key battles fought during the Peninsular War (1807-1814).

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  • Front cover
  • Back cover
  • Bussaco 20 map (part 1)
  • Bussaco 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!

Rudi Garcia's Talavera 20 recreates the major battle which occurred near the city of Talavera de la Reina on 27 to 28 July 1809. One player commands the French army under Napoleon's brother, Joseph, the self-proclaimed King of Spain, and the other commands the combined allied armies of Great Britain (under Sir Arthur Wellesley) and Spain (under Captain-General Gregorio de la Cuesta). After his attempt to liberate Madrid from the French was repulsed, Cuesta's army fell back to Talavera, which was covered by the British. Starting with a daring night attack, Joseph repeatedly attempted to push the allies out of their superb defensive positions, to no avail. As the French, can you find and exploit a weak spot in the allied lines? As the allies, can you hold your shaky alliance together and fend off the French (all the while keeping a nervous eye out for a second French army that might unexpectedly show up behind your armies)?

Bussaco 20: Second Edition, from designer Lance McMillan, features the battle occurring on 26 September 1810, during the early stages of the French invasion of Portugal. One player commands the French army of Marshal André Masséna, while the other controls Sir Arthur Wellesley, Viscount of Wellington's combined British and reconstituted Portuguese army. Historically, a distracted Masséna launched a series of uncoordinated frontal assaults straight up a steep ridge into the teeth of the British defenses, suffering heavy losses before Wellington elected to disengage and fall back to Lisbon. Can you as Masséna avoid the same mistakes, or as Wellington can you use your superior position to achieve a decisive victory?

What's In The Box?:


•   One 28-page full-color Universal Rulebook
•   One 24-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

Bussaco 20: Second Edition Credits:


Game Design: Lance McMillan
Series Design: Joe Miranda
Series Developer: Lance McMillan
Producer: Alan Emrich
Graphic Design: Tim Allen, Michelle Ball, Clark Miller, and Grant Taylor
Counter Images: Clark Miller, Richard Starke
Map Art: Tim Allen
Playtesting: Rod Bauer, Kim Meints, David Moody, Joe Oppenheimer
Proofreading: Matt Deuber, Jack Gill, Rick Partin, Karen Wolterman

Talavera 20 Credits:


Game Design: Rudi Garcia
Series Design: Joe Miranda
Series Developer: Lance McMillan
Producer: Alan Emrich
Graphic Design: Tim Allen, Michelle Ball, Clark Miller, and Grant Taylor
Counter Images: Clark Miller, Richard Starke
Map Art: Tim Allen
Playtesting: Rudi Garcia, Jack Gill, Leslie MacDonald, Kevin McHale, Cameron McMillan, Hugh Tracy, Matt Shirley
Proofreading: Matt Deuber, Jack Gill, Rick Partin, Karen Wolterman

Game Resources

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View FileStandard rules    Size: (2.05 MB)
View FileExclusive game rules    Size: (1.83 MB)
View FileUniversal player aid    Size: (4.58 MB)
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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 2 by Mike Wall (A Boardgamer's Needful Things)
My final thoughts are first and foremost in buying Espana 20 Vol 2 you're getting an excellent set of rules of tried and trusted quality and ease of play. Excellent production values in all the physical components. ... A very worthwhile addition to my collection.