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Subject: Compare ACW to WW1 rules rss

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Marc Grad
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Would someone please briefly compare and contrast the rules in the Civil War game to the 2 earlier WW1 games.
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John Ellsworth
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The essential systems are the same. However, there are enough differences so that you don't feel like the system has been shoehorned into a period where it doesn't belong. Some of the differences:

1) Supply lines play a key role in WWI. They are non-existent in the civil war game. This is at least partially a function of the time scale differences - the two civil war battles only cover 3 days each, not enough time to be affected by supply considerations.

2) Combined Attacks remain the same, but there are now Mandatory Attacks for units at a lower terrain level than units in their zone of control.

3) There is a "Formation Command Range" in the civil war that is not present in the WWI games. This limits how far apart units from the same Formation can be and still be fully functional. A corollary of this is that there more Formations in the civil war game than in the WWI games.

4) The terrain types are slightly different between the two games. In particular, there are no forts or fortified zones in the civil war game, and there are no bridges or fords in the WWI games.

5) Reinforcement March Movement and Road movement can reduce movement costs in the civil war game. They don't exist in the WWI games (probably a function of scale differences). On the other hand, there is no Strategic Rail Movement in the civil war games.

6) Replacements are more limited in the civil war game.

7) The function of Offensive Support Markers in the WWI game has been replaced by Artillery Markers in the civil war game, though it is handled in a slightly different fashion.

8) Automatic Victory conditions can (often do) end the civil war game before the last turn.

Still, if you understand how the movement tracks work, the way TER judges the units, and how the combat system works in the WWI games, you'll basically know how they work in the civil war game. The three games are very clearly from the same family.
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Thanks John!
 
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