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The Deciding Battles of the Franco-Prussian War
'What is certain beyond argument is that the war - and with it the future of Europe - was divided at Mars-la-Tour on 16 August 1870."
- Otto von Bismark at Versailles in January 1871.
The Franco-Prussia War has been largely neglected by gamers since it's widely assumed that Prussian victory was inevitable.
Nothing could be further from the truth. The French fought valiantly at both Mars-la-Tour and the Battle of Gravelotte-St. Privat, and only Prussian leadership, tenacity and some good fortune saved them from defeat.
As in the US Civil War, this was the last European war where Napoleonic tactics slammed head-on into modern weapons technology, and the cost in life was high.
At Any Cost: Metz 187 simulates not only the two great battles that occurred outside of Metz in August of 1870, but the entire four-day campaign as well. The unique Chit Pull system introduces uncertainty into both players' battle plans. A randomly drawn chit can keep powerful units out of the fight or weakened units in it and can quickly alter a player's plans while also giving him a sudden, unique opportunity. The Posture system offers two guiding modes that provide units with their acivation parameters. Both the Chit Pull and Posture systems guarantee a great deal of replayability as does the number and variety of scenarios. The game provides six scenarios of various sizes and lengths, thus guaranteeing that players can find a situation to game that will fit their time and space limitations.
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