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Bonaparte at Marengo Board Pool College Time Victory Netherlands Silesia Prussia Saxony France Bavaria Austria

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Note #1 The Maps. The game board is split between two maps: on the left, the area around Flanders and on the right the area around Bohemia. On both maps are shown fortresses and towns and the roads connecting them. Some fortresses are special in that they give whoever controls them a vote in the Electoral College, which determines the next Holy Roman Emperor.
Note #2 Austria. The white territory is Austria. (Austria has territory on the Flanders map — called the Austrian netherlands — as well as its hereditary homeland on the Bohemia map.) Austria is a major power and the target of a coalition of enemy powers, each of which seeks to strip its young ruler, Maria Theresa, of some part of her inheritance. One of the players in the game controls Austria.
Note #3 Bavaria. Bavarian territory is shown in orange. The Bavarian king has claimed large parts of Austria and the title of Holy Roman Emperor. Although Bavaria is a minor power, it has in France a major power ally and backer of its claims. In the game, Bavaria is controlled by France.
Note #4 France. French territory is shown in red. France is the real power behind Bavaria’s claims against Austria. It is Europe’s most powerful state and Austria’s most dangerous enemy. In the game, France and Bavaria are under the control of a single player.
Note #5 Saxony. The green territory is Saxony. Saxony was a member of the coalition against Austria at the outset of the war, but when the coalition’s hopes of an easy victory evaporated, Saxony began to re-consider its policy and in 1744 switched sides. In the game Saxony can be controlled by Prusssia or by Austria.
Note #6 Prussia. The gray territory is Prussia. The opportunistic, and not entirely reliable, major power ally of France, Prussia, under is young king Frederick II, sought to wrest the province of Silesia from Austria. The game’s third player controls Prussia.
Note #7 Silesia. The light-gray territory is Silesia. It was Prussia’s invasion of Silesia that opened the War of the Austrian Succession. Although Prussia quickly conquered the province, holding it in the face of Austrian determination to retake it proved the most dangerous gamble in the history of the Prussian kingdom.
Note #8 Netherlands. The brown territory is the Netherlands. The Netherlands was a member of a major power coalition that fielded an army in support of Austria: the Pragmatic Army, which operated from this territory. The most important contributor to this army was Great Britain. The Pragmatic Army, although Austria’s ally, is played by the same player as Prussia, Austria’s enemy! (This only works because the Pragmatic Army fights only on the Flanders map, while Prussia fights only on the Bohemia map.)
Note #9 Time. The game has a fast introductory game, played in 9 turns (3 years), and a richer advanced game, played in 12 turns (4 years). During each turn, the armies move and fight. Each year also has a winter period, in which replacements for losses to the armies can be raised.
Note #10 Electoral College. The Electoral College determines who will be the next Holy Roman Emperor. Control of the elector cities on the map gives a power votes in the college.
Note #11 Victory Pool. In the advanced game, each major power (Austria, France, Prussia, and the Pragmatic Army) has a pool of victory markers. It tries to win the game by emptying its pool. It can remove markers from its pool by conquering fortresses as well as through battle victories and political events. Each power also has an off-map box, for generals and armies in remote theaters.
Note #12 Victory Boxes. These boxes are used for recording victories with victory markers (apart from conquered fortresses, which are marked on the map). These include on-map battle victories, as well as political successes and military successes in remote theaters.

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