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ATO Magazine - Autumn 2013 Newsgram
This is just a quick note this season to share the latest ATO Magazine news and inform you of an "Oktoberfest" special offer of possible interest that kicked off today – more on that later.
First Off, a Nod to a Winner:
It’s always fun to see a superior product get noticed. Our 2011 Annual with Beyond Waterloo inside took the Charles S. Roberts Award for Best Magazine game this year!
While most “Waterloo games” either lock players into the circumstances of that famous battle, or give some small leeway into the overall circumstances of the “100 Days” battles in Belgium, they all suffer from a similar narrow focus. You will have the Armée du Nord face some combination of Blucher and Wellington and everyone just does the best they can.
But any reading of the 100 Days shows a flurry of activity—key, historical events—which no one has bothered putting into game form.
Beyond Waterloo, designed by John Prados, begins with Napoleon entering Paris and the Coalition Allies facing choices about what to do about this.
Sound neat? You can read more about BW on our website where there are still some copies left.
Starting to Mail in Two Weeks
ATO #40 with Lilliburlero is a design by Philip Jelley that brings us area movement for the broad area of eastern Ireland relevant to the battle, with units representing the various regiments, battalions, squadrons, and batteries that fought in the battle.
There’s still time to subscribe or resubscribe to get this one in the mailing going out.
This Year’s Annual
Up next after Lilliburlero will be La Bataille de Vauchamps in the 2013 ATO Annual.
Vauchamps is one of those interesting battles mostly lost in the blur of “the 1814 Campaign,” where Napoleon kept giving bloody noses to the advancing allied armies but never quite had the strength for a decisive victory.
Vauchamps serves as a good intro or entry level game to the “La Bataille” system, made popular with Clash of Arms Games and with fans all over the world.
Our Annual also includes a deluxe-sized magazine with even more articles and interesting stories. Learn more about this intriguing battle, and other items of military history as well.
Turning Point Simulations
Most gamers are familiar with Mitchell and Creasy's classic of military history, Twenty Decisive Battles of the World. We thought it would be particularly great to be able to game all 20 of those battles. Now you can.
Last Stand Games (new)
We’ve also created a new game line, Last Stand Games, to explore a new world of simulations...classy high end games, boxed, with mounted boards and large thick counters... products that challenge the mind with both their research, and replay, value. Sometimes simple, sometimes complex, these limited edition games are crafted for today's wargame enthusiasts.
And About That Special Offer
Get it for FREE in October!
October 16, 1813, the largest battle of the Napoleonic Wars began around the city of Leipzig, hastily fortified and barricaded, as Napoleon’s rebuilt Grande Armée faced four separate allied armies. More than 600,000 men, from all over Europe, clashed for three days of battle—truly the “Battle of Nations.”
Now, for the 200th Anniversary, you can play out this immense battle in a very small space—the size of 4 postcards! Each Pocket Battle Game can be played separately or joined together to form this massive battle of history (but still in a small space)!
Throughout October, you can get all four new Pocket Battle Games with die cut counters on the Battle of Leipzig free with special purchases. There’s no need to enter a Promotion Code, or anything tricky like that, just click on the banner image below to see the details.
(And, you can still pick another free Pocket Battle Game on your way out of checkout too! Maybe more Napoleon with “La Garde Recule!”)
Thanks for reading!
Steve Rawling, Publisher, Against the Odds Magazine