Introducing Master of the World
The new edition of Master of the World, 1812 in Russia is going to press. See what to expect!
Master of the World was our first ESR Campaign Guide back in 2016. Combing historical battle scenarios with an extensive uniform guide to offer Napoleonic players a one-stop-shop for replaying Napoléon’s ill-fated invasion of Russia. But, now it is time to bring 1812-1 up to the new standard of our Series 3 Campaign Guides.
Rewritten from the Ground Up.
All of the scenarios in 1812-1s3 have been completely rewritten from the ground up using new source material, maps, and additional research. This means that even if you own the previous edition of Master of the World there’s new content and new scenarios for your game table.
The scenarios have also been expanded. Instead of highlighting the pinnacle of a multi-day battle, we’re setting you up to play the entire fight, start to finish. Will the battle on your tabletop look like the battle in history? That’s up to you and your generals.
Most Comprehensive Painting Guide Ever.
If you play Napoleonics you don’t only need maps, orders of battle, and victory conditions to refight historical battles. You also need a painting guide.
Like all of our ESR Campaign Guides, 1812-1s3 includes a uniform painting guide, 122 pages. Yes, 122 page uniform painting guide is included. With an estimated 2,983 images.
If there is a unit you need to paint for a scenario, it is in there. Every. Single. One. We went 1:1 and represented every historical unit you’ll need on your tabletop.
Two Campaign Guides in One.
When we first published Master of the World we’d wanted to include the flank actions too but publication considerations and available source material prevented it.
But… that was then.
Now we’ve combined the content from both Master of the World and Didn’t Dare Do Anything! So not only does 1812-1s3 include new scenarios for the battles of Master of the World, it also includes new scenarios for those battles previously included in Didn’t Dare Do Anything.
Fifteen scenarios and all the uniform images you’ll need to refight the first steps of the invasion through Borodino.
But When Will It Ship?!?!
1812-1s3: Master of the World, 1812 in Russia, Series 3 has been submitted to the printer for production and is expected to ship to customers in the third quarter of this year.
We know a lot of Napoleonic gamers are really excited about our new ESR Series 3 Campaign Guides (and many have been waiting a long time). So in an effort to keep people up-to-date on progress we’ll be maintaining this post to provide progress towards milestones on our next Campaign Guide scheduled to be released: 1812-1: Master of the World, 1812 in Russia, Series 3.
So… here is where things are at. Please note, this is a living document that we’ll keep updating. This does not include all of the work on 1812-1s3 completed in parallel with Iberia-1s3, such as layout, color themes, etc… nor is it exhaustive, it is just major sections and milestones that we hope you will easily identify.
1812-1s3 IS SHIPPING!
We have shipped all non-Australian pre-orders as of 19 October 2021 (due to the pandemic shipping to Australia from the US is presently restricted).
PROOFING IS COMPLETE!
Internal proofing began 15 May and external proofing began 21 May.
Proofing is completed as of 17 June and we are moving into production!
|Section||6 March||13 March||20 March||27 March||3 April||10 April||17 April||1 May||15 May||29 May|
While R&D technically is always going on while there is any drafting to do… and can extend into the proofing stage, R&D generally ramps down as drafting ramps up.
|Research & Development||Complete|
|Political Map||Complete (100%)|
|Historical Background||Complete (100%)|
|Playing the Scenarios||Complete (100%)|
|Theater Map||Complete (100%)|
As in all of these progress sections, the percentage complete is effectively what is ‘as finalized as possible at this stage’, meaning that more may be done – i.e. we aren’t still researching what troops were at a scenario… but if the Order of Battle isn’t formatted and placed in its respective scenario yet, then it isn’t counted as done and counts as incomplete.
|Operational Maps (15)||Complete (100% finalized)|
|Historical Text (45)||Complete (100% finalized)|
|Terrain Descriptions (15)||Complete (100% finalized)|
|Battlefield Maps (45)||Complete (100% finalized)|
|Initial Placement (30)||Complete (100% finalized)|
|Victory Conditions (30)||Complete (100% finalized)|
|Orders of Battle (30)||Complete (100% finalized)|
Uniform Guide (100%)
Our uniform guides are effectively created in two semi-parallel stages: line art drafting and coloring. We try to frontend load the line art drafting as much as possible during the development of scenarios, but since the units present, i.e. orders of battle, feed the uniform guide, the line art drafting can’t complete while there is flux in the orders of battle. Similarly the coloration stage effectively can’t be done in earnest until the bulk of the orders of battle are frozen as final.
Please note regarding the stats on the uniform guide that all statistics will be in-flux largely until 1812-1s3 goes through final proofing. Basically everything feeds data into the uniform section, so any change elsewhere can change the counts. All numbers provides are therefore effectively estimates.
|French||751 (Estimated)||Completed (100%)|
|Garde Impériale (120)||Completed (100%)|
|Infanterie (176)||Completed (100%)|
|Cavalerie (441)||Completed (100%)|
|Artillerie (14)||Completed (100%)|
|French Allies||1,317 (Estimated)||Complete (100%)|
|Austrian (170)||Completed (100%)|
|Bavarian (249)||Completed (100%)|
|Croatian (22)||Completed (100%)|
|Italian (84)||Complete (100%)|
|Polish (242)||Complete (100%)|
|Portuguese (21)||Complete (100%)|
|Prussian (113)||Complete (100%)|
|Saxon (119)||Complete (100%)|
|Spanish (10)||Complete (100%)|
|Swiss (44)||Complete (100%)|
|Westphalian (150)||Complete (100%)|
|Württemberger (91)||Complete (100%)|
|Russian||880 (Estimated)||Complete (100%)|
|Leib-Gvardii (97)||Complete (100%)|
|Infantéryy (418)||Complete (100%)|
|Kavaleriyskiy (333)||Complete (100%)|
|Artilleriya (10)||Complete (100%)|
|Kazachiy (21)||Complete (100%)|
|Total||2,983 (Estimated)||Complete (100%)|
Iberia-1s3: To Assure My Dynasty, 1808 in Iberia is the first of our new ESR Series 3 Campaign Guides and sets the standard our future releases will follow. So here is what to expect in Iberia-1s3!
- 184 full color pages in a hardback case binding.
- All new artwork, maps, layout, uniform plates, etc… with higher color fidelity and crisper images.
- Featuring 13 historical scenarios in two campaigns.
- Completely overhauled historical text, outlining the chain of events leading up to hostilities and a present tense narrative leading players into each scenario.
- A completely new scenario for the Battle of Alcolea and all scenarios have been heavily revised based on additional research, including more accurate orders of battle and victory conditions.
- All new scenario maps, we’ve “zoomed out” to provide more space for approach and to standardize on several sizes.
- New “world” political map of the “Napoleonic World” – Europe and North Africa – showing the political boundaries in the year of the campaign.
- New theater maps showing the disposition of major forces at the onset of each campaign.
- New operational maps “zoomed in” for each scenario showing who was approaching the battlefield from where.
- Greatly expanded Uniform Guide, (Iberia-1 had approximately 700 uniform images, Iberia-1s3 offers nearly 2,000 images).
- Adding back views, footwear, sabretaches, drums, and horse furniture.
- Index of every historical unit involved in the scenarios and the number of game Units necessary to represent its peak size.
- Extensive notes covering historical unit structure, known uniform variations, and composition.
If you’ve previously pre-ordered To Assure My Dynasty there is no need to reorder. If you have not received a shipment notification by now (3 February 2021), please e-mail us with your order number and we will verify the status of your order.