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Leo Zappa
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Across Five Aprils is one of my all time favorite wargames, Civil War or otherwise. I am also a big fan of what Compass Games has been doing of late. So, naturally, I'd like to know from those of you who have played both - how similar is Battle Hymn to A5A? What are the significant differences? Most importantly, which do you prefer, especially given that the battles in Battle Hymn are also in A5A, so a direct comparison is possible.
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Robin Reeve
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I prefer Battle Hymn - even A5A is one of my all time favorites.
The BH combat system is more refined, with progressive attrition of units rather than one or two steps. Also, when a combat turn is drawn, units which moved into the ZOC of enemy units receive first fire from the latter before normal combat occurs.
Combat turns sees units of both sides exchange fire.
Initiative can allow one side to decide when its combst chit is used.
The game remains simple and - putting aside some typos and the need of some clarifications - written in a clear, pedagogical way.
I only have played Pea Ridge, but I think that I will stick to BH.
And the maps are beautiful.
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Same designer—me—with a similar chit pull system, but we now have combat initiative. New movement rates for the units, a surprisingly big change in effect, but almost invisible (minor roads are MUCH more important). No stacking, which works well, turned out to be the key to the design in fact. But mostly it's the brand new combat system, which is step loss-based, and reflects the Civil War much better. Has approach fire, for the defender's advantage, and up to two rounds of combat. Basically, this is a new combat system, not hard, based upon techniques found in my Panzer Command game, that adds up to a much more realistic game, that's still fast to play. New maps and terrain analysis too. The maps and counters are certainly the nicest for any of my games.
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I agree with Robin, while A5A is one of my favorite wargames concerning the Civil War, Battle Hymm has significantly heightened the role as my favorite.
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Looks like I know what I'm buying next...
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You won't regret it. Finishing up first day at Gettysburg and really enjoying it.
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