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David Jackman
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My Father is a huge civil war buff, but he is not a gamer. He does reenactments pretty often, his most recent at Gettysburg.

Hes not a gamer. But i would like to see if there is a low-mid complexity civil war boardgame out there for him. Does anyone have recommendations?
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A House Divided is a good & simple game.
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CoryC wrote:
A House Divided is a good & simple game.

Definitely a great game, one of my favorites. It is strategic level, though (modelling the whole war). If your dad is more into individual battles, he might be more interested in Battle Cry, which is unfortunately out of print and a little pricey secondhand.
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I realise you're probably looking for a boardgame, in which case I would agree with Battle Cry, House Divided or perhaps For The People.
I also have a soft spot for the Avalon Hill Gettysburg 77 edition, and have heard very good things about the AH Smithsonian or 125th Anniversary edition.
Most of these are out of print of course

But speaking as a former reenactor the coolest "game" I have seen on the Civil War is the Take Command series from Mad Minute Games for the computer. It really reminded me of being on the field at the big reenactments of the 125th years.
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You can try Gettysburg (125th Anniversary edition). It's not the best history, but very easy to play. It's out of print, you can probably get a copy on Ebay for fairly cheap.
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Another vote for A House Divided.



A great strategic wargame featuring point-to-point movement and easy to learn rules. This would be a good choice if you don't mind playing for ~4 hours. cool
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tppytel wrote:
If your dad is more into individual battles, he might be more interested in Battle Cry, which is unfortunately out of print and a little pricey secondhand.


The AH version of Battle Cry is a great game, and comes with a number of battles to play (15 battles, Gettysburg being two of them). I have seen a number sell for reasonable prices on ebay recently, and there are a number available on the BGG Marketplace.
 
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My Father is a huge civil war buff, but he is not a gamer. He does reenactments pretty often,


What unit is he with? I was in the 8th TN US. House Divided or Battle Cry if you can find them. Blue vs Gray I think would be ok too.

PS I would not recommend Price of Freedom. I thought the rules were a mess. If your dad had not played a wargame before I believe he would have trouble understanding the rules. However some do like the game but I am not one of them.
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Belz wrote:
tppytel wrote:
If your dad is more into individual battles, he might be more interested in Battle Cry, which is unfortunately out of print and a little pricey secondhand.


The AH version of Battle Cry is a great game, and comes with a number of battles to play (15 battles, Gettysburg being two of them). I have seen a number sell for reasonable prices on ebay recently, and there are a number available on the BGG Marketplace.


An alternative to Battle Cry is Yankees & Rebels. It's usually available from Boulder Games but seems to be currently out of stock.
 
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I would recommend taking a look at The Price of Freedom: The American Civil War 1861-1865. Strategic point-to-point movement with a solid card driven mechanic that helps diversify the game from session to session. Very nice artwork too.
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Battle Cry of Freedom is a fun card game. Easy to play and does a pretty good job of simulation.

Blue vs. Gray is also a good card game that is easy to play and has good simulation value.

Both also have high replay value.
 
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To second a few other recommendations here, these are the three low-complexity Civil War games that I always trot out when someone is looking for Civil War games for non-gamers:

A House Divided - whole war strategic level, in print (Phalanx Games)
Gettysburg (125th Anniversary edition) - individual battle level - Gettysburg, OOP (Avalon Hill) but available on eBay
Battle Cry - individual battle level - multiple battle, OOP (Hasbro-AH) but available on eBay (and also apparently going to be back in print in some updated form in the next year or so)

These are probably your best bets.

Other low complexity ACW games, but a step up from these, are:
Across 5 Aprils - individual battle level - five battles, OOP (AH) but available on eBay
Chancellorsville (second edition) - individual battle level - Chancellorsville, OOP (AH) but available on eBay
Bull Run - individual battle level - first Bull Run, OOP (AH), but, again, available on eBay

These last three are more of the traditional hex-and-counter wargame type, but of very low complexity for such games.

Whatever you choose, good luck.
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