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The Box Bonaparte at Marengo comes in a bookcase-style 11.75" x 8.75" x 2" box. The cover art is Ernest Meissonier’s pencil and watercolor “The Consular Guard at Marengo”, which is now part of The Wallace Collection, from which the use of this picture was licensed. Born in 1804, Raffet specialized in military and historical subjects. Disappointed with the response to his painting, he turned to drawing and lithography, where he achieved considerable success. The subject of this particular work was an incident during the battle of Marengo: the Austrians had turned the French right flank, and the Consular Guard was sent to hold back the attack. In isolation from the rest of the army, they formed a square and withstood repeated attacks on that flank. The ultimate fate of the Guard is unclear, although there are Austrian claims that the Guard was finally defeated and destroyed by those attacks.
On opening the box, the rules for Bonaparte at Marengo are revealed. The rule booklet is 12 pages long, bound with staples, and printed in black and white on 8.5" x 11" paper. The booklet includes the Designer's Notes for the game, and also includes numerous illustrations and examples of play. Because Bonaparte at Marengo is a two player game, and it is not uncommon for both players to be learning the game at the same time, two (2) copies of the rules booklet are provided, one for each player. More information about the rules and how Bonaparte at Marengo is played is available here. The rules themselves are available for download in PDF format in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Chinese (the file size is 1.1 megabytes). The Rules
The Board Underneath the rules is the game board. Although the economics of publishing has long forced most publishers to use stiff paper for their game boards, Bonaparte at Marengo comes with a hard-mounted board, but at a paper board price. That board unfolds in 8 panels to a size of 22" x 30". The game board includes all the play aides the game requires (no need to find additional space for extra sheets of paper) as well as the map of the battlefield on which the game is played. To see the board, click here. Of particular interest is the map design. Forgoing the conventional hexagonal grid, the map uses a unique design featuring polygons to regulate movement and combat. A detailed view and explanation is available here.
Beneath the game board are the game pieces. Instead of cardboard, the Bonaparte at Marengo game pieces consist of 80 wooden blocks representing the two armies, along with three plastic markers for record-keeping. Red blocks are for Austrian units, blue are for French units. The pieces come in a re-sealable plastic bag, which is nestled in a pocket underneath the game board for their protection and storage convenience. Symbols are directly printed on each piece using a silkscreen process to indicate their type and strength. In order to allow players to conveniently conceal that information from their opponent, it is printed on only one side of each piece so that the player can have that side facing him while the blank sides face his opponent. More information is available about the pieces here. The Pieces

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