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MiniPigs In the TMP Dawghouse12 Jan 2019 8:05 p.m. PST

Something where the boardgame itself is just ties together an intelligent but modestly sized ACW campaign to be fought on tabletop with miniatures. A boardgame that definitely doesnt become a chore in and of itself but is easy and playable.

Preferably both a mini-campaign and regiment level. Can be paper or PC.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2019 8:56 p.m. PST

House divided by GDW for grand strategic and any of the clash of arms area movement games

Allen5713 Jan 2019 6:48 a.m. PST

I second House Divided. A Great game in itself with the option of adding whatever level of complexity for the miniatures side.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Jan 2019 9:30 a.m. PST

Look at the block games from Columbia Games. They are ideal for conversion to miniatures campaigns.

donlowry13 Jan 2019 10:15 a.m. PST

He said a campaign, not grand strategy -- closest I can think of is to second Crispy's nomination of the Columbia Games games, namely "Bobby Lee" and "Sam Grant" -- East and West theaters respectively, and can be tied together for grand strategy. They are area-movement games with a separate tactical system for resolving battles, for which you could substitute miniatures with whatever rules you prefer.

coopman13 Jan 2019 3:24 p.m. PST

Check out the games from Worthington Publishing.

RudyNelson13 Jan 2019 4:43 p.m. PST

The Columbia block games may be easier to find but the point to point movement of House Divided is an easy management way for a campaign.
Selecting the type of map you want is the key.
The area or point to point maps are the best for campaigns. Hex maps or too easy to avoid contact for quick games.
In any case you will have to design your own mechanics depending on your needs. Combat is easy because it is based on your rules. The trick will be rules for replacements and reinforcement generation along with other types of production.

MiniPigs In the TMP Dawghouse13 Jan 2019 6:15 p.m. PST


Is there more than one version of these games? Maybe with lesser components? Some places seem to want apprx. $60 USD for the games and other places seem to want under $30 USD



coopman13 Jan 2019 6:31 p.m. PST

Only one version of each has been published as far as I know. Miniaturmarket has some of the ACW titles in stock and on sale for a bit of a discount.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian13 Jan 2019 6:51 p.m. PST

Any of the Clash of Arms games. Great Invasion, Mississippi Fortress, Lee Takes Command, Marching Through Georgia and Autumn Glory. All use area movement and some limited intelligence. Translate to miniatures fairly easily.

Dynaman878914 Jan 2019 4:10 a.m. PST

Other than the easy part the Great Campaigns of the American Civil War series (GCACW) from MMP would be perfect.

XTR's old "Across the Potomac" is worth looking for – a double blind game covering Gettysburg I think but it might the campaign leading to Antietam instead.

oldnorthstate14 Jan 2019 6:55 p.m. PST

I have use the Clash of Arms, Campaigns of Robert E. Lee to run several miniature campaigns, including a 1781 AWI Virginia campaign.

coopman14 Jan 2019 8:14 p.m. PST

You can easily make a point to point map that can be the basis for a campaign game.

khanscom15 Jan 2019 8:19 a.m. PST

Since you mentioned the option of a PC, have you considered the Berthier campaign management program? A friend imported a boardgame map into the program for an AWI Savannah campaign that we played last year; very simple to use after it's set up.

MiniPigs In the TMP Dawghouse16 Jan 2019 11:35 a.m. PST

I looked at the Berthier system and frankly it seemed like rubbish. I suppose I should read the user manual. But where does one get maps and things from?

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2019 6:36 p.m. PST

Victory Games "The Civil War"

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