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Living amid a considerable amount of Civil War history here in the Commonwealth has finally worn me down; I've finally admitted defeat and decided to get a Civil War game. Since I have zero knowledge of the huge selection of CW games available, I thought I'd ask for some recommendations.

I'm NOT looking for the CW equivalent of Case Blue or Proud Monster Deluxe, and I'd have no problem with a game that dealt with just one specific battle. I'd prefer something that had smaller scenarios (maps and counter density) to make it manageable.

I'm guessing regimental level/brigade unit size, but open to suggestions. Last, it has to be in print AND have a Vassal mod, since I probably won't ever play the physical copy after the first time.

Thanks for any suggestions!





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Haven't played it but have had my eye on Gettysburg 150
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Gettysburg 150 comes pretty well recommended.

I'd actually recommend Stonewall Jackson's Way II. It's operational level, so not quite what you're looking for, but the rules are great and you get a lot of control in the game. Scenarios range from relatively small skirmishes up to the massive campaign game.

You might always want to check out Glory III which I think is still readily available and CHEAP. Good stuff in there.

Last Chance for Victory has a "Case Blue" monster 4 map experience, but also a toned down 2 map experience as well that scales for you based on your interests. The rulebook is one of the best ever.

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There is something appealing about the "Glory!" games.
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The Guns of Gettysburg
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Two long out of print recommendations:

Lee vs. Grant - operational (or grand tactical?) coverage of the 1864 campaign where Grant drove Lee back into siege lines around Richmond. Multiple short scenarios, and one longer game.

And if you ever decide you would like to try a strategic ACW game, the gold standard is still The Civil War.
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And for others the standard remains For the People.
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shake some of you should read the entire OP. Something about being in print! whistle
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You can play it with the new Line of Battle rules, too, which are very good.
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Who bothers with reading?

Or (even more) keeping track of what is currently 'in print'.


As to the reading, I had to go through the post several times to find
the 'in print' part, after it was pointed out. Couldn't be too important.
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Shiloh: Bloody April, 1862 is a very good game from Paul Koenig and can be gotten for around $25 from NWS Online at their ebay store. It is a fairly simple game (although a bit wonky on combat modifiers) and the set up needs the cheat sheet found here on the Geek but it is overall a very good simulation of the battle of Shiloh.


Chancellorsville: Bloody May, 1863 is another Paul Koenig game that is available through Victory Point Games which is a top class company to deal with and only cost $44 direct from them. I have not played this particular title but it's lineage is the above Shiloh game which I do play on a regular basis and is very good so I would think it would be a safe bet.
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derekmc wrote:
shake some of you should read the entire OP. Something about being in print! whistle


"In print" is a bit of a tall order in today's wargaming marketplace.
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Sluggonics wrote:
derekmc wrote:
shake some of you should read the entire OP. Something about being in print! whistle


"In print" is a bit of a tall order in today's wargaming marketplace.


I mentally translate "in print" to mean "used and readily available on-line without having to resort to extreme measures".
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derekmc wrote:
shake some of you should read the entire OP. Something about being in print! whistle

eBay is your friend!
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Once more going into the CWBS breach. Brigade level size, many games with one map. Not overly detailed, with some bookkeeping, fantastic narrative due to written orders. Champion Hill, Antietam, Shiloh (all 1 map), 1st and 2nd Manassas and North Anna (2 maps) as well as Malvern Hill (3 maps) are currently in print at MMP.

http://www.multimanpublishing.com/Products/tabid/58/Category...

Very good solitaire experience, but also very playable via PBEM.

If you get a chance to buy South Mountain though (or Shiloh from the same system) you can play those with Line of Battle rules, which are a big improvement over both CWBS and RSS, and possibly the most playable way they can evolve to.
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Guess you could use this as your starter list:

http://www.vassalengine.org/wiki/Category:American_Civil_War

(copy and paste the entire line into the address bar...I hate how the last part gets truncated)
 
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Gettysburg by Martin Wallace.
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Last Chance for Victory

MMPs new regimental scale series. There's also one for Antietam that I don't have. It has a boatload of scenarios from one that fits on a standard sheet of paper (actually comes with a map printed on a single sheet) that plays in 20 minutes to the full blown battle of Gettysburg. It features written orders and feels very authentic.
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wifwendell wrote:
Sluggonics wrote:
derekmc wrote:
shake some of you should read the entire OP. Something about being in print! whistle


"In print" is a bit of a tall order in today's wargaming marketplace.


I mentally translate "in print" to mean "used and readily available on-line without having to resort to extreme measures".


That's how I roll, also. I got my copy of the Civil War (Victor Games) for $20 in excellent condition, which is cheaper than any current in-print game. It's really easy to get.

The problem with in-print is that they go out of print so quickly.
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I have Gettysburg 150. Great mechanics!
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wifwendell wrote:
Sluggonics wrote:
derekmc wrote:
shake some of you should read the entire OP. Something about being in print! whistle


"In print" is a bit of a tall order in today's wargaming marketplace.


I mentally translate "in print" to mean "used and readily available on-line without having to resort to extreme measures".


Me too!
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Sokadr wrote:
And for others the standard remains For the People.


Can I confirm that with the people here. I own The Civil War. But, if I want the best CDG/medium-complexity treatment, then the one goto strategic ACW game is For the People; is that right?
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