Designers: Andrew Rourke & Waldek Gumienny
Europe is in turmoil! The unifications of Italy and Germany are almost complete. The strong-willed Otto von Bismarck leads the small but militant Prussia into a series of conflicts with its neighbors, including the crisis-ridden Austria, and a flourishing but militarily unprepared France under yet another Bonaparte, Emperor Napoleon III. Who will Italy side with? And will Bismarck create a new European power?
Realpolitik is a board game for 1-4 players. It is a standalone expansion for Coalitions, with its own distinct game board and four playable nations (Prussia, France, Austria, and Italy) included in the box. You do not need the base game of Coalitions to play Realpolitik. It comes with all the components, rules, and scenarios necessary to play.
Players engage in an exciting area control game of shifting alliances and coalitions, of intense back-stabbing, diplomacy, and bold military actions set in an era defined by the Austro-Prussian (1866) and Franco-Prussian (1871) wars which completed the Unification of Germany under Bismarck’s leadership. As in the Coalitions core game, Realpolitik uses the innovative Wheel of War mechanic to virtually eliminate downtime, while introducing new concepts, such as new concepts and mechanics, such as moving armies via railways.