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Posted on Oct 9, 2006 in Games PR

PR: Jena-Auerstaedt, a John Tiller wargame

Armchair General

HPS Simulations is proud to announce the upcoming release of Jena-Auerstaedt, a John Tiller Game

In 1806, Napoleon took to the field against the Kingdom of Prussia, a saber rattling Queen and several proud generals still clinging to a past of glory under Frederick the Great. In less than two weeks of campaigning the French were masters of Prussia and eastern Germany. Can you repeat the historical performance of Napoleon and his army, or as the Prussians inflict a stinging defeat upon the French?

This is Napoleonic Battles: Campaign Jena-Auerstaedt, John Tiller’s fifth title covering the Napoleonic Wars. Extensive research went into developing the background for this game. It features more than 35 maps covering Saxony and Prussia to include a map of the area where the armies fought in early October, 1806. Jena-Auerstaedt includes forty scenarios that cover the historical and alternate versions of the battles, and three campaigns which include over 300 scenarios giving the players a wide variety of options as well as battlefields. Historical actions are included such as Auerstaedt where Maréchal Davout covered himself in glory and, of course, the main action at Jena where Napoleon himself brought down the once mighty Prussian army.


New game features added by John Tiller include:

A larger Jump Map view (see attached jpeg).
New optional rule “No Melee Eliminations” to help reduce “Blitz” ZOC fighting.
New PDT entry to adjust the Cavalry Charge Factor.
Minimum bridge strength requirement for crossing bridges based on unit type.
Ability to define a unit as "Has Boats" which allows the unit to enter water hexes.
The Notes Help file includes a Weapons Chart to aid the players in understanding the fire values.

Jena-Auerstaedt includes three campaigns. The campaign entitled "Action on 14 October 1806” covers the critical period for the Prussian army as it attempted  to march to Naumburg while Napoleon attempted to intercept them. The historical result was the battles of Jena-Auerstaedt. Can the Prussians alter the outcome of the campaign and change history, or will Napoleon crush them before they march to safety?

The second campaign is "The Russians are Coming," which features Bennigsen’s army arriving to reinforce the Prussians during the early portion of the campaign. This campaign file will result in one scenario allowing the players to fight on a large map of over 6,000 square kilometers. The players will have the opportunity to decide if the Russians could have changed the course of history had they been in the campaign area of Jena during the early part of October.

The third and largest campaign is "Scharnhorst’s Campaign Plan," which is the magnus opus of the game. The Prussians historically chose to fight rather than fall back to link up with the advancing Russians. This campaign allows the Prussian to follow the campaign plan of Prussia’s General von Scharnhorst who felt that the army was unprepared to meet Napoleon in the field on equal terms. Spanning a range of eight battles and over 34 maps, the players will campaign over an area from Halle in the west to the Oder River in the east, and from south of Berlin to just north of Dresden.

Altogether, Campaign Jena-Auerstaedt comprises the richest Napoleonic experience available for the PC. Along with the usual set of game editors the simulation includes new units and leaders as well as the great game engine many have come to enjoy over the past five years.

Jena-Auerstaedt is scheduled for release on 6 October 2006.

– Pentium-based 133mhz+ PC with 32 megabytes of RAM.
– 280 megabytes of hard drive space
– Windows 98, 2000 or XP operating system. (Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft)

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