Berthier is a Windows program that manages wargames campaigns for miniatures. Berthier is a generic campaign engine that is suitable for historical, naval or fantasy wargaming in most periods. Berthier allows two campaigners, without an umpire, to run simple strategic campaigns leading to tabletop battles. Alternatively umpires can use Berthier to run two sided campaigns.
Current Version: 9.7.2
Berthier may be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this web page - Go to Downloads section.
Berthier creates 'fog of war' by concealing the movement of the two opposing forces. Berthier does this by automating the movement and tracking of unit positions on any campaign map that has been overlayed with a map grid and given grid reference numbers.
Berthier allows each map square to be nominated as a specific terrain type with unit movement restricted by the type of underlying terrain.
Berthier accommodates up to 27 campaign units per side.
Movement is alternate with each side moving all its units in its movement phase by issuing orders to units. Berthier determines the best route and moves the units. Units can also be ordered to transport other units. When opposing units enter the same square Berthier indicates that contact has been made. Contacts can then be gamed out on the wargames table or with Berthier's combat resolution function. Units can scout nearby squares. The campaign can be saved at any time and re-commenced later.
Other features of Berthier include:
Berthier comes with a utility called 'GridMap'. With GridMap you can take a topographical map in BMP file format, mark it up very quickly with a Berthier terrain grid and then generate a campaign file that can be loaded by Berthier. This makes moving from a topographical map to Berthier campaign very easy.
Berthier is an small stand alone MS Windows program which works "straight out of the box" with no installation necessary.
The Windows version of Berthier can be run using the Wine emulator under Linux. See here. There is also an older MSDOS version available.
Berthier has lots of features and options that can be turned off and on. It is a campaign toolkit where you tweak features to simulate the particular style of campaign you want develop.
That means it can look daunting to the first time user. So I recommend that your first campaign be very simple –
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I really enjoy hearing about how people are using Berthier. Share your campaign files and campaign history with me - a fair trade for free software.
Last Updated: 13 September 2016