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Mr. Chris
United States
Ohio
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9
May 2007*
This is my first wargame. I still love it, and I find the mechanics to be an interesting challenge.
2007-05-11*
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Gary Libby
United States
Middletown
Rhode Island
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9
Apr 2009*
This was my first wargame and it still invokes some great memories of playing this with my late grandfather when I was a little kid. Sadly, my parents threw it away on me when I went to college. I wish I still had that old game...
2009-04-20
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Jhonna Niver
United States
Houston
Texas
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8.2
Jun 2009*
Even a 10 year old can understand the strategy. Simple yet with some complexity, it breaks down ACW campaigns in a nutshell. He doesn't even know the history of the war, he knows North vs. South and this is how you move around the board. He loves the game and we love playing him!

We donated this to charity. We have enough 2 player games, and we got 4 Axis and Allies games for Christmas.
2010-02-01
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Bob Shaw
United States
Cheltenham
PA
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8
Dec 2003*
Played this when I was a kid all the time and loved it. Dad threw it out when I moved out. I've got to buy myself another copy from e-bay.
2003-12-12*
Steve R Bullock
United States
Palm Coast
Florida
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8
Dec 2004*
Pretty straight-forward, easy to understand war game. Nothing fancy, but solid and well designed. If you like civil war games, this is a must.
2004-12-03*
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Jeff Barrett
United States
Irvine
California
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8
Dec 2007*
A fun game for two players (and short!).
2007-12-21*
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David Foster
United States
Chatsworth
CA
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8
Apr 2006*
This is a fun game to play. Although it may be unrealistic to a civil war gamer, the game mechanic is very interesting and challenging. I loved this as a kid and would play it anytime with anyone now.
2006-04-27*
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Judy Krauss
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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8
Apr 2007*
One of the first wargames I ever played. I admit that the rating is probably a bit high because of sentimental value.
2015-06-23
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John Kakritz
United States
Arizona
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8
Mar 2008*
Awesome game
2008-03-16*
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Chad McCoy
United States
Vilonia
Arkansas
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8
Oct 2009*
Very fine wargame between the states in the US Civil War. Movement and combat is a little on the abstract side, but the game really draws you in and makes the battles of the Civil War come alive! You can almost smell the gunpowder! Very easy to play.
2011-09-28
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eric hogan
United States
Salem
Oregon
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8
Apr 2011
Easy and with nice components- the only drawback is there are no navies.
2011-04-06
Michael Ziegler
United States
Huntingdon Valley
Pennsylvania
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8
Jun 2011
North or South It is difficult to defeat me in this game now, because I took so many losses in it back in the 60s. I came to know every square, how to assemble and attack effectively on average rolls, How to make your army dissolve when needed.(bad rolls) Full use of rails, How long it takes the Texas Infantry to become effective, What to do with Yankee NW forces, etc.
My reputation in this game eventually reached the ear of a genius involved in military planning.back in the 80s. I was challenged and told him I could win with the South, using only half my army to defeat his whole army. Of course he didn't believe it but it panned out exactly as I predicted it would.

2011-05-30
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Swamp Hamster
United States
South Carolina
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8
Sep 2014
Ahead of its time. Sure...other games today better simulate the civil war from both a strategic and tactical level. But this game came out in 1961 and I bought my first copy in 1967. Back then it was innovative. The game has more going for it than many people give it credit. Civil War game buffs MUST play it at least once just to say they have tried it. It's the "grand father" of modern civil war games. Secret strategy for the CSA -- cut that railroad running east and west around Kentucky and you can really slow any movement of Yankee forces between eastern and western fronts. Another strategy -- move that infantry unit out of Texas and get it moving northward on the Railroad system. If you wait too long, you won't be able to devote the movement points for it if pressed by a Yankee invasion.

This may sound harsh but no one has a right to criticize this game unless they played it in the early to mid-1960s before Avalon Hill and SPI began releasing their games. This game must be judged on its merit as an innovation and leader in the field of military games. For most of us who were around and playing Battle Cry in the mid-1960s, this was awesome. Sure, other games today are better simulations...but they are all built upon a foundation laid by Battle-Cry. In the automobile world, the cars that laid the foundations for today's vehicles are called CLASSICS rather than criticized because they lack automatic transmission, air bags, power steering, etc. Battle-Cry is a classic.

I still have my original copy of Battle-Cry and would not trade it for anything else. And yes...I occasionally pull it out and play it.
2014-12-25
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Joseph LaClair
United States
Watertown
New York
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7.5
Sep 2008*
Only played it once but I really liked the amount of thought that goes into this game. It can be tricky to line your units up for an attack but satisfying when you pull off that big battle. Not a true war game, more of abstract war game but plenty of fun and strategy await you here.
2008-09-24*
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Hector Fudus
United States
Tampa
Florida
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7
Mar 2011
the game that got me into gaming still fun but I strongly prefer the new battle cry!!
2011-03-08
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Ron Pfeiffer
United States
Surfside Beach
South Carolina
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7
Jun 2003*
Just got this on ebay for a couple of bucks. I remember playing it as a kid and its nice to have it back!
2003-06-18*
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Richard Reilly
United States
Bryan
Texas
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7
Dec 2009*
This was my second favorite of the American Heritage series: a fair amount of real strategy involved, even if--as another geek has commented--its combat system is rather silly.
2005-06-19*
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Ralph Bennett
United States
Cheltenham
Pennsylvania
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7
Sep 2005*
Good Condition. Complete. Original Artwork on cover.
2005-09-13*
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John Foster
United States
San Diego
California
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7
May 2006*
Line 'em up and we'll see who's left!
2006-05-10*
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Frank Rossi
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Feb 2007*
My version is called (American Heritage) Civil War.
2007-02-24*
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Moshe Callen
Israel
Jerusalem
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7
Dec 2009*
a good war-themed abstract

See review.
2011-01-23
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Jim Shaw
United States
Swoyersville
Pennsylvania
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7
Mar 2008*
Box shows some wear with a split corner all pieces are there and board is in great shape.
2009-07-16
Marc Frank
United States
Portsmouth
New Hampshire
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7
Jul 2009*
Pretty nifty combat mechanics, as long as you don't expect them to in any way reflect actual tactics. It has a sort of "supercheckers" feeling to it. I liked this, although I don't think that this will hold up particularly well over multiple plays. For now, it's a high 6 or a low 7--let's call it a low 7.
2009-07-19
sherpes sherpes
United States
Pennsylvania
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7
Jun 2010
sq hill estate sale found in attic buried under books
2010-06-16
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Matthew Looby
United States
Wadhams
New York
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7
Feb 2011
Played it endlessly with non-avalon hill friends.
2011-02-05
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Derek
United States
Chicago
Illinois
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7
Dec 2011
My dad got this game long before I was born, the Civil War version. He passed it on to me and I hope to pass it on later in life.
2011-12-06
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Chuckwagon
United States
Los Angeles CA or Las Vegas NV or Fairfield
Iowa
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7
Jul 2012
This game is from the 60s. Its a civil war based game. My father started talking about it and I found an old copy on ebay. It takes a few games to get into the game but is a great retro game to paly on a rainy day.
2012-07-20
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Vincent Darlage
United States
Columbus
Indiana
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7
Mar 2015
Used to play this with my cousin.
2015-03-23
Bob Kent
United States
Unspecified
Unspecified
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6.5
Jul 2002*
A little too much luck is involved. I like the mechanics, though. Same type in Queen's Gambit.
2002-07-29*
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Norbert Chan
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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6.5
Nov 2004*
Fun war game that plays like a Eurogame. Select the right, center or left flank, play cards and move units on that front. Dice used for combat.
2004-11-10*
Bill Paradise
United States
Glassboro
New Jersey
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6.5
Jan 2012
This is a fun, light and easy to learn game, that plays fairly quick. There's a lot more strategy to it, than is apparent at first. I really enjoyed this game quite a bit. Many thanks to Warbanner to whom had a very generous contest, from which I won this game. I might have missed this one, if not for his kind generosity.
2012-01-28
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Gordon Gray
United States
Edmond
Oklahoma
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6
May 2002*
A few house rules (reinforcements, victory conditions, etc.) really add to this game. End-game doesn't work well without some changes. Still ... nice looking game and lots of fun for kids.
2002-05-06*
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Will Burnham
United States
Ellicott City
Maryland
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Nov 2002*
This was one of my first wargames. It got me on the path to bigger and more detailed games. Started my life long love of the American Civil War.
2002-11-26*
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Gregory Smith
United States
Nashville
Tennessee
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6
Feb 2004*
This game would have rated a "10" 35 years ago, when it was regularly set up on the dining room table. In terms of mechanics, the game has been surpassed by other more complicated games, but this one is still worth using as an introduction to battle gaming. Good game, great nostalgia.
2004-02-08*
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Play Games - Interact - Have Fun!
United States
California
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6
Mar 2004*
Have my dad's original copy. Have to get it out and play it again one of these days.
2004-03-27*
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Paul Denhup
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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6
Jun 2004*
To be young again? One of my first games. Did a good job covering the American Civil War on a grand strategic level. I enjoyed the little American Heritage booklets that used to come with these games too. My favorite of the series still is "Skirmish" that covers the American Rev. War.
2004-06-20*
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Rich K
United States
San Rafael
California
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Jun 2005*
This was a favorite game from my childhood. I just picked it up on ebay.
2005-06-15*
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Marshall
United States
Phoenix
Arizona
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6
Jan 2005*
First game I ever played that had anything close to a war theme. Always a challenge to use railroads and mountains to max benefit.
2005-01-20*
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Mark Gallardo
United States
El Paso
Texas
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6
Apr 2005*
I think this was my 1st "wargame".
2005-04-07*
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Zachary Hall
United States
Irondale
Alabama
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Apr 2005*
This was described as "Advanced Stratego" during our play session.
2005-04-28*
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Charles A. Davis
United States
Greeneville
TN
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Sep 2011
Someone said that Avalon Hill's Battle Cry is unrelated to this game but they are wrong. Richard Borg used the pieces (Soldier, Cavalry, Artillery) from this game in his prototype. Abstract but in general a good game.
2005-09-10*
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Tim Benjamin
United States
Los Alamos
New Mexico
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Dec 2006*
Nothing actually historical about the game but it played well. The rail centers and the blocking of the rail lines are critical. Much of the outcome and all of the replayability come from the die rolls. Worth replaying.
2006-12-24*
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Rich Shipley
United States
Baltimore
Maryland
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Apr 2007*
Fun game. The mixing of strategic and tactical play on the map is interesting. Some victory condition tweaks could make this a bit better.
2007-04-15*
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Gene Anderson
United States
Centralia
Washington
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6
Jun 2007*
Another good one for me and the grandsons. Pretty easy/basic.
2007-06-02*
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Tom W
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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Aug 2007*
As a kid, this was my least favorite of the American Heritage games because I could never beat my older brother. There was just too much strategy needed, and the game seemed too slow. As an adult I might like it better.
2007-08-22*
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Ian Avery-DeWitt
United States
Wisconsin
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Mar 2008*
My first war game. Extra point for nostalgia.
2008-03-16*
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Scott McClenaghan
United States
Tarpon Springs
Florida
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May 2008*
A simple strategy game. Even when I was 14 I thought the rules could have had a little more complexity to them though.
2008-05-10*
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Dave Briggs
United States
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6
Nov 2008*
The game that started a life long hobby.
2008-11-29*
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sean johnson
United States
Edinburgh
Indiana
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6
Apr 2011
Given the game's age, it is not bad. This game is really more an abstract strategy game than it is a war game though.
2011-04-16
Dennis Engilis
United States
Elk Grove
California
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6
Aug 2011
One of my very first personal and not family boardgames. Battles are fought using a couple of rather strange mechanics ... vertical battle lines and last in line ending up on the other end of the opponent's vertical battle line. It was fun in the day when I didn't know any better.
2012-08-02
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