best introductory CWBS game?
Bill Severn
United States
Baltimore
Maryland
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which is the best CWBS game for an introductory level?

looking to start collecting them but I want to try out the system first

thanks for any help

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1. Board Game: Three Battles of Manassas [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:3508]
Freeman Gilbert
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I bought this one because it was often recommended as being a good introduction. Evidently 1st Manassas has some streamlined command parameters.
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2. Board Game: Perryville [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:5529]
Doug Mann
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"With one map and 280 counters, Perryville makes an excellent starter game for players new to the successful Civil War, Brigade game series. With both the latest edition of the rules and a smaller battle to work with, new players will be able to quickly garner the skills needed to compete successfully in the other (larger) series games."

Taken from BGG's description of the game. Because of the low counter density, it's pretty easy to jump straight to the "What If" campaign, which is the whole reason the game was designed. My game group insisted on playing the historical scenario (as did Calandale), which isn't that much fun for either side. The Confederates don't have the manpower for the job at hand (they tried to tell Bragg, who wouldn't listen), and the Union has to struggle with the screwed up command structure.

The battle itself is also interesting because of an atmospheric inversion that kept the sound of the guns from being heard by the unengaged Union forces. We walked the battlefield on the way to Origins last summer, and it's worth seeing if the chance presents.

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