Desktop Published Boardgames are those games designed by people at home on their own PC's. I've quite a taste for boardgames and on the whole I prefer the German type boardgame, however, I'm always on the lookout for good easy to play historical games.
In the last week I've picked up a couple of cheap ones and a couple of free one's worth mentioning.
Prussia Rising £3.00 from wargamesdownloads. A game on the Franco Prussian War of 1870-71, played using a system similar to GDW A House Divided. It is a point to point game, with generic infantry and cavalry units, that may be upgraded during the game. It's not very complex and should be finished in around 2 to 3 hours at most. Playable both solitaire than face to face. The maps are beautifully drawn. The rules are bit foggy and require more clarity but the author is approachable via consimworld.
I Obey £3.00 from wargamesdownloads (sale price). This one is an operational game on Garibaldi campaign over the Alps during the initial and central phases of the Third Italian War of Independence. With a very peculiar chit drawing activation method and a combat system that stresses fatigue over real casualties, I obey is a fascinating study of this neglected campaign.
Postcards from the Revolution Free game from the authors website. This is a little gem a post card that includes the board, counters, rules and historical background of a single battle from the American Revolution.
Hohenfriedeberg free from authors site. This is inspired by the Postcard rules above but now covers the Battle of Hohenfriedeberg" which took place in 1745 during the Second Silesian War between Prussia and Austria.
So that should be enough to start you off...happy gaming.