The Popular and Expensive Great Campaigns of the American Civil War
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Over the last two months I've been investigating various American Civil War game series, and the two that seem to get the most accolades are the Gamers Civil War Brigade series and the Great Campaigns of the American Civil War (GCACW). Presently GCACW is very popular and also quite expensive, but I've managed to play some titles on VASSAL while getting a few online for reasonable prices. I'm quite interested in the series overall.

This is an update of an older list covering these popular games. I added the two modules to the geek, so this list has those plus the new entry coming from MMP. The original can be found here: http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/5245
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1. Board Game: Lee vs. Grant [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:3470]
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Covers the Overland Campaign and Butler's attempt to take Richmond, with the operations in the Valley abstracted. For the most part you concentrate on the almost apocalyptic duel between Lee and Grant. While not officially part of the series, it is by the series creator Joseph M. Balkoski and is the proto version, basically being simpler and having a map that is best described as functional (I think it is fine though).

It is still a fairly popular Civil War game and I am happy to have recently traded for it and played it. Victory Games published it, but the first six games from GCACW would be done by Avalon Hill.
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2. Board Game: Stonewall Jackson's Way [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:2315]
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The first official game in the series covers the Second Bull Run Campaign, which was Lee's first great victory. The game is still popular, and boasts greater production values and game depth than Lee vs. Grant.

In my personal experience I recall seeing an advertisement in America's Civil War for this game and Here Come the Rebels in 1994. Unfortunately I had no one to play at the time. I'm currently playing this on VASSAL and liking it.
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3. Board Game: Here Come the Rebels [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:2230] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
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A direct squeal to Stonewall Jackson's Way, this game covers Lee's first invasion of the North. Seems to be just as popular as Stonewall Jackson's Way.

A few months ago I played the South Mountain scenario on VASSAL and dug it. This was my first proper exposure to the series, but I think I liked leader activation more in Lee vs. Grant because leaders had different movement modifiers (Burnside is slow, Hancock is quick), as opposed to all Union and Confederate commanders having the same one; +1 for Union and +2 for Rebs.
 
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4. Board Game: Roads to Gettysburg [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:2379]
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The third in the series covers Lee's Second invasion of the North. This looks like the second most expensive of the GCACW and considering the multitude of what ifs involving this campaign, the most alluring.

I love the box art depicting Garnett's gallant and sad role in Pickett's Charge.
 
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5. Board Game: Stonewall in the Valley [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:2509]
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After covering campaigns that ended in such titanic battles as 2nd Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg the fourth entry covers Stonewall Jackson's brilliant 1862 sideshow in the Shenandoah Valley. This entry is often touted has having the most beautiful of all Civil War game maps.

Still popular, although seemingly a little less so, the comment "I can smell the gunpowder and hear the rebel yell when I play this game!" makes me very curious.
 
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6. Board Game: Stonewall's Last Battle [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:2799]
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Stonewall's greatest campaign is succeeded by his last great effort: The Chancellorsville Campaign. This is the first in the series to be done by Ed Beach, who would later give us Here I Stand. As a testament to the series, this entry seems just as popular as its predecessors. It is also the cheapest, although why eludes me.

I got this one a few months ago and I hope to play it during the summer.
 
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7. Board Game: On to Richmond! [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:2970]
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Beach and Balkoski worked on this entry, which covers McClellan's Peninsula Campaign. Seems to be among the most popular in the series, and currently the most expensive. This was one of the last games to be published by Avalon Hill before the take over.
 
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8. Board Game: Grant Takes Command [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:2468]
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Beach and Balkoski both worked on this monster, covering the controversial Overland Campaign which makes it a thematic retread for Balkoski. This is the most critically acclaimed game in the series.

I got Lee vs. Grant because it is manageable and cheap, but I'm interested in this one too.
 
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9. Board Game: Burnside Takes Command [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked]
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Published in 2003 in The Skirmisher II, this is a module covering the Fredericksburg Campaign. I know you need the map from Stonewall's Last Battle and some generic pieces from any entry to play.

Has anyone played this one?
 
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10. Board Game: Rebels in the White House [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
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Published in 2003 in The Skirmisher II, this is a module covering Early's Maryland raid and is included with Burnside Takes Command.

Has anyone played this one?
 
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11. Board Game: Battle Above the Clouds [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:2345]
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The next entry in the series moves to the western theater with the climatic campaign for Chattanooga. Beach will be working with Mike Belles, who did a lot of work on Rebels in the White House.

Being more interested in the western theater of the war, I can't wait for this to come out.
 
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