Across the Rappahannock
Glory II: Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville; Boxed edition
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After two years of development, the new version of the Glory system for brigade-level Civil War battles is ready to roll, this time with two of the most spectacular, but least gamed, battles of the war: Fredericksburg (1862) and Chancellorsville (1863).The original Glory rules have been revised to make them more accessible. The Activation system has been streamlined and sped up; the Rout/Retreat system has been discarded in favor of a simpler, but more effective, method of simulating casualties; the CRT has been revised somewhat; and the number of unit ratings has been decreased considerably. All this with an eye towards making the Glory system the best, and most playable, brigade-level system around. Even better, Across the Rappahannock packs a three-pronged punch. It provides two battles which have seen very little gaming in the history of the hobby. It is a rare look at the disaster of Fredericksburg, one in which the Union Player gets to see if he can do what Burnside could not. It also provides the biggest battle of the war, the immense 5 day affair of Chancellorsville, with Fighting Joe Hooker initially faking Robert E Lee out of his saddle, and then seeing Lee turn disaster into the most daring and innovative victory of the war, the masterpiece of his career. Across the Rappahannock not only contains the huge, three-map, 5-day Chancellorsville battle scenario, but it also provides a half dozen one-mappers, some playable in a couple of hours, from Fredericksburg and Jackson's Attack, to the micro-battles around Salem Church, et al. This makes Across the Rappahannock a great game to learn the system (anew), as well as a marvelous multi-player opportunity for monster gamers. The best of both worlds, in one box. But even better, Across the Rappahannock not only allows you to refit the new rules to the original Glory, but it gives you all the counters you need to do so, from new leader counters to dismounted cavalry. In essence, if you have the original, you get two new games in one! Across the Rappahannock contains 3 beautiful maps of some of the most difficult terrain of the war, over 800 counters in a variety of shapes and sizes (making this game a visual treat), and charts and tables to make it all easy to play.
- COMPLEXITY: 4/9
- SOLITAIRE SUITABILITY: 8/9
- TIME SCALE: 75 minutes per turn
- MAP SCALE: 250 yards per hex
- UNIT SCALE: Brigades
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 1-2