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"HistWar: Les Grognards" unveiled! is thrilled to unveil "HistwarTM: Les Grognards"! A revolutionary Napoleonic strategic and tactical war game, it thrusts you into the thrilling and challenging role of the Commander In Chief of one of the many powerful Napoleonic armies between the years 1805 -1814 including the mighty French, Austrian and Russians* Played in Real Time with numerous view modes including full 3D with over 50,000 animated soldiers on the battlefield, Les Grognards makes the epic, sweeping battles of the early 19th century truly come to life.

Les Grognards is entering beta stage currently and is expected to be ready for release sometime towards the end of the year.


Matt Faller, game designer and lead Beta Tester:

Nothing stirs the soul like the sight of unflinching ranks of troops advancing across the field of battle with banners held high and fluttering in the morning breeze while artillery shells crash about them and cavalry saunters out to pick at the enemies flanks* With Les Grognards, you can finally relive the pageantry and vicious savagery of the Napoleonic era in stunning 3D* I am not only proud to be part of this project but genuinely excited about what this game will bring to wargamers aching for a game of this scale, scope and genre* Your long wait is over, Les Grognards delivers!

JM Mathé, designer and programmer:

I am really very proud to associate myself with, the best Publisher/Developer team in the world of wargames* Our cooperation now goes back several months and the team has been very attentive to detail and providing invaluable feedback and guidance to help make Les Grognards ready for release* Les Grognards is the fruit of 10 years of work* It will redefine Napoleonic Wargaming in its scope and scale, and will surely be the first title of a series to come for the next years.


  • Authentic Napoleonic style combat from the years 1805-1814.
  • Thrilling 3D battles with over 50,000 Infantry soldiers, Cavalry and Artillery crews - all fully animated!
  • Single player action against the computer and multiplayer with up to 6 players
  • Internet, LAN and PBEM multiplayer modes.
  • Variable speed play from real time 1 minute = 1 minute to accelerated 10x time where 6 seconds of game time = 1 minute of real time* PBEM mode played in 15 minute turns.
  • Environmental effects such as, rain, fog, snow and smoke.
  • Units organized into historically accurate and individually controllable Regiments, Brigades, Divisions, Corps and Armies.
  • Huge variety of troops types including; Sappers, Skirmishers, Grenadiers, Fusiliers, Chasseurs, Imperial, Middle and Young Guards, Hussars, Cuirassiers, Dragoons, Gendarmes, Carbiniers, Lancers and Mameluks among others.
  • Variety of individually modeled and animated "personalities" such as Captains, Majors, Colonels, Flag and Standard Bearers and more.
  • Play as any of 15 different major, minor and city state military powers including France, Russia, Austria, Wurtenmberg, Saxony, Poland, Italy and Naples.
  • Exhaustively researched Table of Organization and Equipment for all the major combatants included.
  • Over 1150 historical Regiments, 4000 unique commanders and 550 accurate military uniforms included*
  • Comes with 10 historical battles including Austerlitz, Eylau, Friedland, Wagram, Borodino with the ability to modify or create all new battles with included editors.
  • Innovative 3 tiered Artificial Intelligence system models the difficulty and challenges of command in the early 19th century battlefield.
  • 3 different game editors (Map, Order of Battle and Doctrine) allow you to build your own battles or modify the included ones, create your own armies and customize specific characteristics and abilities of any unit or commander.
  • Create maps in size from 6 x 4.5 Km to 30 x 22.5 Km (over 660 square kilometers)
  • Ability to create and design your own custom uniforms.
  • Variety of camera views supported including exciting 3D Real World and Bird's Eye views plus a 3D Symbolic map and 2D Strategic Overview mode.
  • Realistic combat resolution and modeling which takes into account such factors as orientation and density of unit formations, their training, combat effectiveness, fatigue and moral.
  • Advanced morale engine accounts for a variety of elements including proximity to friendly commanders and units, weather effects, level of sustained losses, overall fatigue and more.

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About the HistWar development team

JM Mathé: Married, 53 years old, 3 children* JMM worked for a long time on real time imagery systems and on Artificial Intelligence concepts (neural networks, genetic algorithms, fuzzy logic)* This experience has been very useful to develop Napoleonic wargames for over 10 years* The feedback on JMM's first wargame "La Grande Armée at Austerlitz" helped to redefine and improve his developmental focus and has also allowed the additions of essential tools to make "Les Grognards" a new classic including the Map, Order of Battle and Doctrine editors, full Multiplayer and Play by Email support.

L Abadie: , Married, 34 years old, 2 children* Graphics artist with a strong passion and knowledge of Napoleonic uniforms* Owns an impressive army of several thousand painted miniatures.

F Marrot: Married, 32 years old, 1 child* Acoustic Engineer, Sound Designer, Designer of an Experimental Acoustic System* Napoleonic Wargamer (Jour de Gloire)

P Mathé: 27 years old* Webmaster of the French HistWar Web site.

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