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Jay Arnold08 Jul 2010 12:48 p.m. PST

I received my two copies of "Gettysburg Soldiers" in the mail today. After a very brief reading, here are my initial impressions.

The book is 5.5" x 10", spiral bound on the shorter dimension. I thought this was odd on first glance, but quickly realized it allows the book to be left on an unused edge of a playing area without intruding onto the table too greatly. The book is all of 22 pages, 24 if one counts the front and back cover. Cover and pages are printed in full color on heavy card stock. My guess is 110# or heavier stock. This is a sturdy book, safe from all but the most abusive handling.

There are a number of photographs showing diorama-like game tables. True, it is eye-candy, but some photos are used to differentiate between types of terrain as well as types of troops used in the game.

A number of tables are evident to illustrate maneuver distances, firing ranges, cases for combat bonuses, fire combat results and melee results. The tables are easy-to-read and the ranged and melee combat tables are set in the middle of the book so it may be left open for quick reference.

The rules are individually numbered and are referenced in the combat results tables by these numbers. This also makes for easy reference on the publisher's forum. The rules appear to be set up for casual games between friends. This is illustrated in the rules as "Deliberate targeting of generals is permitted but discouraged as ungentlemanly."

There are allowances for differentiating between troops, as bonuses to combat. These are spelled out, but it is up to players to apply these bonuses in their own scenario write ups. These include identifying veterans, sharpshooters for ranged combat and +1 for being Confederate in melee for early war.

Rules for maneuver and combat are pretty well spelled out. There are a few ambiguities, but these can be remedied with a look on the forum. This could also be alleviated with illustrations of firing arcs, formations and other cases. This may have increased page count and I'm not sure how the pagination for printing was done. If this were an issue, perhaps they could have used the photographs for more illustrative purposes.

Ordering was easy. Clicking the "Contact Us" button on the website produces a phone number, mailing address or a webform to fill out with the order request. This results in a PayPal invoice being sent to email. Perhaps not the best method of doing business, but it worked in my case.

A nice feature of ordering is that while one copy is $15 USD a second copy when ordered at the same time is only $5. USD A single copy may not be a good value, but two copies for $20 USD definitely is. Shipping cost $5 USD and the books were backed with 5mm black foam board secured with two rubber bands, wrapped in bubble wrap and packed in a padded envelope. The books arrived in fine shape, the USPS having treated the package in a decent manner.

If I have a complaint, it is the lack of scenarios or suggested forces in the book. Perhaps if enough copies of the rules go out, a second book with scenarios could be in the works. Given the previous book format, I can see doing a map with battle notes on one page and the force lists on the facing page.

Overall, I'm glad I ordered the books and look forward to using these rules as a way to dip my proverbial toes in the period.

TKindred Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2010 5:30 p.m. PST

From my reading of the reviews, including yours, what I like so far is that not only was a great deal of thought put into the rules themselves, but also into the presentation of the rules.
That counts for a great deal, at least to me, because it indicates that the authors were working on a good set of rules AND how the average gamer would grasp them. Little things, like putting the major charts in the middle, and how the book faced, mean that these rulese were thought out, and that is always a good thing.

I like simple, straight-forward rules sets. I like them when they are solid, simple to understand, and easily grasped. I like them that way because it giv4es me a firm foundation to build on if I want to modify them (which i almost always do.)

Simple rules can always be made more complex as folks learn their ins and outs and nuances, and simple rules are also easy to guide new players into a different period they might not have considered before.

I, too, will be ordering these and drawing up some scenarios to try them out with.

Thanks for a nice review!

laager5009 Jul 2010 12:51 a.m. PST

Do you have a link to the site ?


genew4909 Jul 2010 3:20 a.m. PST
laager5009 Jul 2010 4:23 a.m. PST


stormchaser19 Sep 2010 6:27 p.m. PST

Just played an ACW game this weekend at a convention. Game was hosted by the Gettysburg Soldiers group. Very nice people and it was nice to have them run the game to explain how and why the rules work certain ways. Overall, I really enjoyed the game and rules. Fast playing and designed for playability. I've played JR and FF and while I don't have any great complaints on either…Gettysburg Soldiers would be more novice friendly than either of them. Like any set they can be 2.0ed by the player as they deem. Game served its purpose as I am now motivated to paint ACW.

Early morning writer15 Aug 2011 10:08 p.m. PST

input on scale of the game (as in how many figures to represent a unit) and what scale of figure is it aimed at (if at all)???

WLBartlett17 Aug 2011 5:44 a.m. PST

I was wondering the same thing. This information is on the web site linked above.

regards, Bill

Larry Gettysburg Soldiers Supporting Member of TMP17 Aug 2011 7:26 p.m. PST

We also have an active Forum with more FAQs and comments about the GS Rules.

Old Slow Trot19 Aug 2011 5:50 a.m. PST

Played it at Advance The Colors last year. Quite decent.

Buckeye AKA Darryl05 Jul 2020 9:00 a.m. PST

Got this from GS today:

"We have the 2nd edition of the Rules ready to go to printers, just doing final proofreads and editing. But since all the conventions appear to be cancelled this year due to covid, we figure this year is wasted. We are taking our time to have the rules ready to launch next year. Also gives us more time with the Alamo and AWI versions.

Larry Gettysburg Soldiers Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2021 2:15 p.m. PST

Our 2nd edition of "Gettysburg Soldiers" ACW Rules have arrived from the printers and are now available.


The Supplement booklet for AWI and Alamo versions should arrive within 10 days.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2021 11:11 a.m. PST

I thought the 2010 review was really well done, top of this thread.

What we now have 10 years on is a commercial advert. Personally, I have no problem with that. If there is something new then members need to know. But does this now count as an advert under the newest Forum rules?

Should it not now appear as such?

Larry Gettysburg Soldiers Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2021 10:44 a.m. PST

This is just letting you know that our previously sold out Rules are now back in print with a new 2nd Edition.

But you have a point, and we have already upgraded to a Sponsoring member on TMP.

Look for an official "Hobby News" announcement in next few days.

takeda33303 May 2021 9:37 a.m. PST

My copies arrived and they are great. The AWI/Alamo supplement is cool…love to do the Alamo but the thought of painting all the Mexicans is daunting.

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