One Sharp Blow is a Military Strategy Board Game where Napoleon attempts to defeat the Allies at the battle of Austerlitz.
-Highly acclaimed Pub Battles rules system. Known for command focus, fog of war, realism and replayability. Based on real combat data, officer experience and training principles from the era. Used to train officers in the US military and in military academies around the world.
• Period style map.
• Real Kriegsspiel style, hardwood pieces.
Playing Time: 1-2 Hours
Complexity: Low wargame
Solitaire Suitability: High
- Main Rulebook
- Map, 24″ x 34″
- Scenario rules & Setup
- Measuring scale card
- Hardwood blocks with custom stickers (34 French, 12 Austrian, 23 Russian long blocks.)
Some Assembly Required
Get the No Block Version and save by reusing the same Standard Blocks for all of your battles.
Paper maps are folded in a game box.
Canvas maps are rolled in tubes.
Real maps of the period were printed on canvas. This authentic, premium map is tough, durable and beautiful. Printed on 100 year, museum quality, archival canvas. It is water resistant, spill proof and lays flat and smooth. Truly a work of art.
How do you recreate Napoleon’s greatest victory? With Pub Battles. This game finally does Austerlitz right. The hidden forces and an unknown OB gives Austerlitz an authentic feel, without forcing players into historical handcuffs.
-“An Austerlitz game that finally works!”
The true French Order of Battle is unknown. The Allies must attack forcefully to capitalize on French weakness. If they run into strength, they must be able to quickly transition to a secure defense.
Beautiful large map. More blocks than Marengo but less than Waterloo. This hits the sweet spot.
Tons of replayability. Yes, you can do what Napoleon did. This game opens things up to the many other possibilities. Craft your own brilliant plan of deception to defeat the Allies. There are many ways to approach this battle from both sides.
It is always fun to be Napoleon in a game but this game also presents a very interesting problem to the Allied player. There are many ways for the Allies to approach this battle. This game lets you explore and try them out.
The unknown OB also works great for solitaire play!
After defeating the Austrians at Ulm and occupying Vienna, Napoleon’s first campaign as Emperor should have been over. The Russians then declared war, joining the remaining Austrian forces. As winter approached, the long, tenuous French supply lines through enemy territory began to crumble. Worse yet, the Prussians were forming on the border, threatening to join the coalition. Napoleon needed a victory now!
A master of deception, he lured the Allies into attacking by thinking he was much weaker than he really was. As the Allies attacked his right, their center became dangerously weak. As Napoleon ordered his decisive counter attack on the Pratzen Heights he stated, “One sharp blow and the war is over.” It was. Austerlitz became Napoleon’s greatest victory.