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1976
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2 − 6
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Best with 4, 5, 6, more than 6 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, more than 6 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
4320 minutes
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14 and up
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Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Terrible Swift Sword
Alternate Names
Terrible Swift Sword: Battle of Gettysburg Game
Terrible Swift Sword: The Three Days of Gettysburg
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Three full days of Gettysburg at a small-unit level including counters for individual leaders and horses. Many short scenarios are available but its appeal is the 125-turn 60+-hour full game. Inspiration for the Great Battles of the American Civil War series of games.

The name Terrible Swift Sword is taken from the Civil War era song "Battle Hymn of the Republic," which has in its opening lines "He hath loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword."


(from first edition,soap box side of box:)

TERRIBLE SWIFT SWORD: The Three Days of Gettysburg is a grand tactical simulation of one of the most decisive battles of all time: Gettyburg.

Three days of cataclysmic combat saw 50,000 Americans lost.
The game utilizes colourful cardboard playing pieces that accurately represent the size and strength of all the Union and Confederate units actually involved in the battle.

The beautifully illustrated map effectively portrays the unusual waves of ridges and scattered forests that criss-cross the battlefield.

The units move,position,and engage for battle across the map through a super imposed hexangonal grid,which functions like a chessboard's squares.

Simple probability charts determine each exciting confrontation's outcome.

Contains: 32 page rules booklet; three 22"x34" soft map sections; 2000 die-cut cardboard playing pieces; and various play aids.

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Magazine References:

Campaign Article Index:

  • Number 82, November-December 1977

Moves Article Index:

Phoenix Magazine Article Index:


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Terrible Swift Sword: Battle of Gettysburg Game
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Second edition
Publisher: TSR
Artist: Tom Darden, Larry Elmore, Ivor M. Janci
Year: 1986
Product Code: Stoch No. 3017
Size: 11.70 x 9.05 x 2.05 inches
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Publisher: SPI (Simulations Publications, Inc.)
Artist: Redmond A. Simonsen
Year: 1976
Size: 15.00 x 12.00 x 2.20 inches
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Terrible Swift Sword: The Three Days of Gettysburg
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Publisher: SPI (Simulations Publications, Inc.)
Artist: Redmond A. Simonsen
Year: 1976
Product Code: 1310
Size: 11.80 x 9.20 x 4.10 inches
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4 TSS1 Variant: Variable Order of Appearance
A variant rule for TSS1. This rule varies the times of arrival of reinforcements in a historically rational manner. The intent is to create uncertainty on the part of both players regarding when reinforcements will arrive and thereby possibly vary the character of the battle. Though designed for TSS1, with minor modifications it is also usable with other Gettysburg games.
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3 TSS2 errata
Errata from the 2nd edition of Terrible Swift Sword.
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2 Tracker
Excel spreadsheet to keep track of losses, ammo, BCE VPs. Artillery OB is based on a variant I researched but can easily be amended for the OB as per the game
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3 TSSSpecial.pdf
TSS2 chart outlining differences between pinned / out of ammo / out of command
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2 TSS2RACv2.pdf
New Rapid Access Chart specifically for TSS 2nd Ed - as opposed to previous GBACW version.
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5 GBACWRACv2.pdf
Single Sheet Quick Reference Chart for GBACW - delete previous GBACWRAC.pdf
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15 GBACWMod9Final.ppt
GBACW Training Module 9 - Final Items (uses MS PowerPoint)
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15 GBACWMod8Melee.ppt
GBACW Training Module 8 - Melee (uses MS PowerPoint)
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16 GBACWMod7FireCombat.ppt
GBACW Training Module 7 - Fire Combat (uses MS PowerPoint)
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