News from Columbia Games – Game Designer Carl Willner Visits Borodino Battlefield
A visit to the actual battlefield is one of the most enjoyable parts of designing a historical game. Texas Glory took me to the Alamo, Goliad and the battlefield of San Jacinto. But Columbia’s newest release, Borodino (shipping this month), called for a much longer journey, all the way to Mother Russia. The field of Borodino lies some 70 miles west of Moscow. Though today it can be reached by train and modern road, much of it still looks little changed from 1812.
Each year, Russia hosts a reenactment of the Borodino battle near the day of the actual battle, with thousands of participants coming from European countries and even the United States. Napoleon himself has regularly been played by an American who closely resembles the Emperor!
The Borodino game is in production. Delivery is expected in about 4 weeks.
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