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Vicente Martí
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Which is better?

Does A House Divided promote more the movement and the control of cities and For The People the historical depth and the battles?

Is For The People a slave of the system Card-Driven ? Better with fewer cards?
Is A House Divided better with fewer rules?
Is combat in A House Divided bad?
I do many questions....:laugh:


Other good games of the American Civil War?

Thank you
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Bill Lawson
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Skip both of them and play The Civil War. This is the real deal!
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For the People and The Civil War (VG) are the two best ACW games IMO.
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Richard Irving
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A House Divided is a great introductory game.

For the People is a far more complicated one.
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Vicente, these are all excellent games. I really couldn't choose between them (including Civil War) because they all have different strengths. I believe that A House Divided is an inferior game (though still good) to the others, but A House Divided is an essential intro game and I have played it with a lot of new wargamers (including both my sons).
 
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It depends on how deep you're willing to go. For the People is a much more complicated game, while a House Divided is much simpler. I hear they are both good.
 
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For strategic ACW, my choices would be:

- A House Divided if you like more traditional mechanics
- The Price of Freedom: The American Civil War 1861-1865 if you like the card driven mechanics

I've had both Civil War and For the People and traded them because I thought they were too complex.
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If you can drag up a copy of Blue vs. Gray (the deluxe version from GMT), it's worth it for the cards alone. The game play is good, there's a historical set up you can do.

The cards are almost Civil War baseball cards. The unit histories, the leaders, the major engagements they fought in, images of the leaders, and--for the units themselves--their battle standards.

Movement is the wonkiest bit, but it's not meant to be a day-by-day schedule of events. Once I got that abstraction down, I enjoyed the game quite a bit.

For the People is a great game though. It's not as complex as it seems, but there is a big learning curve as you try to nail it down. Just be willing to blow it here and there and play again as you read...it's a very good game and a challenge. I really enjoy it right now.
 
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I vastly prefer A House Divided to For the People. Just try them both of course if you can.
 
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Depends on what you're looking for.

I own both "A House Divided" and "For the People."

"A House Divided" is a rather simple to learn, quick to play wargame with only limited historical depth and/or accuracy, but it's something I've played numerous times (enough so that my copy is starting to show pretty noticable wear, and I'm not a great fan of the American Civil War period).

Conversely, "For the People" is more complex and takes far longer to learn and play, but provides a great deal of detail and is (arguably) a fairly accurate depiction of the war -- I've played it precisely twice, and doubt I will again. That's not to say that "For the People" is necessarily a bad game, just that the entertainment it provides me fails to outweigh the effort and time required to play it. If I play something that deep, I want to come away feeling I've learned something significant about the subject, and I don't get that with "For the People" -- but you might, depending on the depth of your interest in the conflict.
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Is it possible to find a version on-line of the rules of The Civil War?.
I am interested and it is more comfortable to initiate a translation to the Spanish ..... if I find the game in some city of country.... It is not easy!
 
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Manuel Perez Ron
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vmarti81 wrote:
Is it possible to find a version on-line of the rules of The Civil War?.


An unnoficial 3rd Edition of rules is available here:

http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX?233@651.bj1gaH0FiSw.46@.ee6...

Regards, Manuel
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