Sunday, July 30, 2006

Waterloo..It's not just an ABBA song anymore

We all know Napolean lost big time at Waterloo, but how many people know the real details of that final battle? How dd he get outsmarted?

I know what you're thinking: I'd rather watch an analysis of Kasparaov vs. Deep Blue narrated by William F. Buckley, Jr, but this simulation lets you explore different strategies that may have changed the outcome of history. This is what I love about the internet. With 6 billion people on the planet, some of them have found a way to make an endeavor like this worthwhile. The human race is on its way to a single consciousness.

It is June 18, 1815 and the campaign has begun. While not all has gone exactly as Napoleon would have hoped, things have gone well enough. Just two days earlier he beat the Prussians under Blucher at Ligny. On the same day at Quatre Bras Ney kept Wellington's troops from intervening. Now in front of him stands Wellington barring the way to Brussels. Trusting that Grouchy is still chasing Blucher's defeated army he believes they will not be a factor in the coming battle. Napoleon has decided to finally test the skills of Wellington near the sleepy hamlet of Waterloo.

Or you can check out this full blown game from a few years back. I found it on ebay for a penny.


Gstdog said...

The game seems to reward attacking with reckless abandon. Don't worry about the Prussians, and attack with your calvary any time you have the chance. Basically, Napoleon lost because he was a pussy.

Gstdog said...

Apparently, Yojay is just following rule #2 with this post: