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App News: Fort Sumter coming to mobile, Steam

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Playdek porting Fort Sumter to iOS, Android, Steam
We heard about the partnership between Playdek and GMT Games last summer and have eagerly been awaiting their first announced title, Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ?. Turns out that's not the only thing they've been working on as today they announced that they're also bringing Mark Herman's card-driven gem, Fort Sumter: The Secession Crisis, 1860-61 to digital.

Fort Sumter pits 2-players against each other in the year before the outbreak of the American Civil War. One plays the secessionist side, the other the Union as they work their way toward war.

GMT wrote:
Fort Sumter is a two-player Card Driven Game (CDG) portraying the 1860 secession crisis that led to the bombardment of Fort Sumter and the American Civil War. Fort Sumter is a small footprint game (11x17” mounted map) that takes approximately 25-40 minutes to play. The game pits a Unionist versus a Secessionist player. Each player uses the area control mechanic pioneered in my We The People design and immortalized in Twilight Struggle to place, move, and remove political capital. The location of political capital determines who controls each of the four crisis dimensions (Political, Secession, Public Opinion, and Armaments). After three rounds of play, the game culminates in a Final Crisis confrontation to determine the winner.

The heart of the Fort Sumter design is my CDG system where you use Strategy cards for their value or historic event to acquire political capital from the crisis track. Political capital tokens are used to compete for control of the twelve map spaces. Here the likes of William Lloyd Garrison, Sam Houston, Jefferson Davis, and Harriet Beecher Stowe walk on stage, while the Southern states dissolve the Union.

The twelve map spaces are grouped into the four dimensions of the crisis. You gain a victory point each round that you control a dimension’s three spaces. For example, the Armaments dimension is characterized by Federal Arsenals, Fort Pickens, and of course, Fort Sumter. In addition, each round you score a victory point for controlling your secret objective space. But beware; either player can score active objective spaces. At the end of the dual Presidential inaugurations (round three) a new Final Crisis mechanic drives the game to its hotly contested conclusion.

Utilizing a new Final Crisis Series mechanic, you may accelerate the crisis by breaching zones (escalation, tension, final crisis) that yield bonus political capital. However, beware, as the first person to breach the final crisis zone gains political advantage, yet loses victory point ground. Each game ends with a Final Crisis, where cards set-aside during the three rounds complete your final political maneuvers that determine the winner.


We don't have a lot of details at this point, but I'm sure we can expect the usual Playdek online system with timers, rankings, etc. The game will be coming to iOS, Android, and Steam. Not sure of the Steam platforms, but considering that Twilight Struggle is out for PC/Mac, let's go with that.

We'll keep our eyes open for any other info as it pops up.


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