War of 1812

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War of 1812
Developer Jeff Lait
Theme battle simulator
Influences Tolstoy's War and Peace
Released 2020
Updated 2020 (7drl)
Licensing open source (BSD), freeware
P. Language C++
Platforms Linux, Windows
Interface Graphical tiles (which are of characters!), Keyboard
Game Length half hour
Official site of War of 1812


The year is 1812 and the world is ablaze. The fate of a continent is to be determined: a "mere matter of marching" will instead prove to dent the dreams of a Manifest Destiny.

That is all half a world away, however. Europe doesn't want to be left out so has its own skirmish. The Grand Armee is marching into your land. Napoleon wants a head-on confrontation, so naturally your general has been avoiding it. But the aristocracy is fed up with no brilliant successes, so you've been assigned a division to provide a noble victory.

One of the Grand Armee's divisions has been located by your scouts nearby. It is time to destroy the illusion that the Little Corporal cannot be defeated!

Unique/rare features

  • Command 10,000 troops against an equally sized foe
  • Learn why no plan survives contact with the enemy
  • Battle over 10km by 10km terrain modeled at 1m resolution
  • Watch your commands be carried by messengers to the front lines, hopefully not to be intercepted!

Versions and platforms

War of 1812 is written in C++ and is available for Windows, Linux. Source code is provided so it may be ported to any platform with libtcod and SDL.

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