Kutuzov 1812: Defending Russia From Napoleon is an interactive, play it complete in one-sitting card-driven game of sweeping manoeuvres, epic battles, storied sieges, lethal attrition and crucial-to-victory troop morale for one to four players from the designer of The Napoleonic Wars and Wellington.
In the spring of 1812 Emperor Napoleon of France gathered the regiments of 20 nations together into the largest military force yet raised in Europe. That June he led this Grand Army of over 600,000 men across the Nieman River to begin what he believed would be his greatest and perhaps final triumph: the invasion and subjugation of Russia. As the defending armies fell back before this prodigious onslaught, Tsar Alexander turned to a pugnacious and crafty old warrior to help save his country, his people and his Romanov Dynasty: Marshal Mikhail KUTUZOV.
Kutuzov 1812: Defending Russia From Napoleon, is designed for two, three or four players. One player or team takes the Imperials, whose Army of the North – with Leaders Napoleon, Ney, Davout and the Prussian Yorck and Army of the South—with Murat, Eugene, Poniatowski and the Austrian Schwarzenberg; must invade and either conquer Russia through occupation of its capitals and key cities, or through decisive battlefield victory break the Russian will to fight One other player or team takes the Tsarist forces, whose First Army – with Leaders Barclay, Constantine, Wittgenstein and later Kutuzov himself and the Second Army – with Bagration, Tormassov, Platov and Admiral Tchitagov; must not only defend Mother Russia but also later expel the hated invaders from her sacred soil. (No bias here, but after all, the game is called Kutuzov, not Uncle Nappy Goes to Moscow). In games with three or four players, victory goes not just to the winning team, but the player on that team who gains the most points, something that not only enhances competition but also helps recreate the many petty jealousies that plagued the combatants of both sides during this epic campaign.