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Bill Severn
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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

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It's a pretty tight system at this point - the rules are up to v3.2. In my case, I just started by picking one of my favorite battles - The Wilderness, in Bloody Roads South. I also kind of found my way to CWBS "backwards" by playing Dean Essig's Line of Battle game None But Heroes first, which has some similar concepts to CWBS. It seems like typically people have started with CWBS and made their way to RSS later.

I suspect the best advice, and this really holds for any "system" style of game (think OCS, GBACW, GCACW, et al), is to pick the one with the fewest special rules. (In my case, Bloody Roads South may have been a poor choice, given that it has a lot of specific rules for the unique terrain of The Wilderness.)

You can read the specific rules for each game here.

But, if you're familiar with these types of games, and not new to wargaming, I'd just pick the battle that interests you the most.
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In their Quiet fields was the first game. A one day battle with one map. A good game and one of the easiest of the series. The first edition didn't use the written orders either which also made the system easier for beginners.


I've also heard that Perryville is a good one to start with.
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severn8212 wrote:
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

Bill


I'd recommend Champion Hill. It's in print for $30 and not a lot of maneuver units.

But CWB is a very manageable system overall. When you graduate to the top, you can play the whole Seven Days campaign with all the combined maps
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April's Harvest: The Battle of Shiloh, April 6 & 7, 1862 is a one-map, straightforward situation between two medium sized armies. A unpunched copy is available on the Geek now for $20, I see. Next in line, I'd recommend In their Quiet Fields II, another one-map battle starring what many consider the "first team" of Eastern armies. Three Battles of Manassas gives the option of playing either the one-map historic afternoon of First Bull Run with a handful of units, or the entire campaign on two maps, still with a relative handful of units--16 CSA "brigades" versus a like number of Yankees, if memory serves. With Three Battles one can also graduate to the larger Second Manassas when ready.
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thanks for all the suggestions!

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Personally I've had a bit of trouble getting my head around the system used in these games..a couple of attempts have resulted in befuddlement and then abandonment..but ongoing praise here by people whose opinions I respect have made me determined to make another attempt soon..not least because one of my favourite ACW battles Gaines Mill is only available as a game in this series
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Atraxrobustus wrote:

Personally I've had a bit of trouble getting my head around the system used in these games..a couple of attempts have resulted in befuddlement and then abandonment..but ongoing praise here by people whose opinions I respect have made me determined to make another attempt soon..not least because one of my favourite ACW battles Gaines Mill is only available as a game in this series


Be thankful your favorite battle isn't Seven Pines, I guess, because that don't come cheap!
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Sluggonics wrote:
Atraxrobustus wrote:

Personally I've had a bit of trouble getting my head around the system used in these games..a couple of attempts have resulted in befuddlement and then abandonment..but ongoing praise here by people whose opinions I respect have made me determined to make another attempt soon..not least because one of my favourite ACW battles Gaines Mill is only available as a game in this series


Be thankful your favorite battle isn't Seven Pines, I guess, because that don't come cheap!


Yes all those Seven Days games pretty pricey..
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Atraxrobustus wrote:
Sluggonics wrote:
Atraxrobustus wrote:

Personally I've had a bit of trouble getting my head around the system used in these games..a couple of attempts have resulted in befuddlement and then abandonment..but ongoing praise here by people whose opinions I respect have made me determined to make another attempt soon..not least because one of my favourite ACW battles Gaines Mill is only available as a game in this series


Be thankful your favorite battle isn't Seven Pines, I guess, because that don't come cheap!


Yes all those Seven Days games pretty pricey..


I got lucky a few years ago and got all 3 of them (unpunched) for less the $100.
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