Against the Odds magazine provides a view of military history from different perspectives. Each issue contains articles from game designers and other historical writers that take a broad view of the events surrounding historical battles. Each magazine also includes a professional printed full game.
Issue #23 Guerra a Muerte - Americans seldom notice the enormous changes that the Napoleonic Wars caused to the Western Hemisphere...things far larger and with much greater effects than our own War of 1812. The Louisiana Purchase really started it, as Napoleon sold Jefferson a large block of land that really belonged to Spain. In shifting their forces to try and limit American expansion, the Spanish-loyal authorities opened the door to losing the remainder of two continents. Guerra a Muerte depicts the 14 year struggle that saw Spain's possessions in the hemisphere change from almost everything not U.S. to Cuba and Hispanola.
As in the American Revolution, the local population could be divided into patriots/revolutionaries on one side, loyalists/Royalists on the other, and a huge middle block of those who wished to stay out of battle-- over which both sides exerted tremendous pressure, making these episodes as bitter as any period in history. Warfare took place from the remote northern border with America to the tip of the continent now shared by Chile and Argentina. Progress ebbed and flowed, with territories changing hands several times and the intensity and size of battles slowly escalating.
Guerra a Muerte offers a chance to understand a hardly-heard-of period of Western history, the effects of which are still with us today.
This boxed set includes one map, 280 counters, rules and charts.