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Swords around the Throne

A 2-player game of the Napoleonic Wars on a grand-strategic scale




Swords around the Throne allows two players to reenact the Napoleonic Wars (1805-15) on a grand-strategic scale, with France, her dominions and allies pitted in a titanic struggle for Europe against Great Britain and assorted Coalition members.

The players operate as heads of state and commanders-in-chief, not generals or even marshals. Their tools are diplomacy, politics and war. They direct military campaigns, not battlefield tactics.

Setup instructions are provided for games to start in 1805, 1806, 1809, 1812, 1813, or 1814. Flexible victory conditions for the full game make it possible to start in anysetup year and finish in any year thereafter (a minimum of 3 years is recommended). The longer the time frame chosen, the fuller the experience. Substitute victory conditions are offered for "mini" games covering only 1805, 1806, 1809, 1812, 1813-14, 1814 or 1815.

Complexity is medium, and play time ranges from 30 minutes to a few hours, depending on the type of game chosen.

Solo rules can be found on this page.

Errata can be found here: Swords of Throne Typos and Errata | Swords around the Throne and is integrated in real time in the printed rules and the downloadable rules.

An unboxing video can be found here:

A gameplay overview video can be found here:

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Average Rating 1 reviews
Publish Date February 01, 2022
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Department Games
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More Info Swords around the Throne web site

Why buy this?

  • The Napoleonic Wars in a few hours!
  • Award-winning designer
  • Great art!

My Kind of Games

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  • This game contains a premium upgrade called UV Coating that makes the printed components more durable.
  • This game contains a premium upgrade where the printed components will be embossed with a linen texture.
  • This game contains laser cut components. Laser cut items will have a slight amount of soot around the edges, which can easily be wiped off; and will have a campfire smell for about a week after you open them.


See It In Action

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