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For the People: The American Civil War, 1861-1865
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Store:  War Games, Strategy Games
Theme:  American Civil War
Genre:  War & Combat
Format:  Board Games

For the People: The American Civil War, 1861-1865

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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 360 minutes 2

Designer(s): Mark Herman

Manufacturer(s): GMT Games

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  • WARNING: Choking Hazard - Small Parts

Product Description

For the People is a grand strategy game of the American Civil War covering the conflict from Texas to Pennsylvania, from the firing on Fort Sumter to the end at Appomattox Court House. You take the role of either President Lincoln or President Davis and command the armies, promote and relieve generals, conduct amphibious assaults, dispatch cavalry raids, and even battle incompetency and political intrigue among members of your own cabinet.

For the People includes a deck of strategy cards for conducting campaigns and incorporating the many events and personalities of the war. The Confederate player can build ironclads, naval mines (torpedoes), submarines, conduct overseas purchases, and work towards foreign intervention. The Union player can build up his naval blockade, his ironclad fleet, fight draft riots, secure the Border States, and issue the Emancipation Proclamation. Relive the history of this exciting time when our nation was torn asunder.

Product Information


  • 420 full-color, die-cut counters
  • One 22x34" full-color mounted mapsheet
  • 130 Cards [101 Kb pdf]
  • 40-page Rule and Scenario Book
  • Player Aid Card
  • Two 6-sided dice

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.5 in 4 reviews

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Fun to play -- great suspense
October 26, 2001

I really like the point-to-point, movement-card-driven play system (We The People, Hannibal, Paths of Glory, etc.) that is used in For the People. It makes for a fast moving, fun, and *very* suspenseful game.

FtP is one of the best games built on this system (Paths of Glory being the other). It *doesn't* use the stupid rock-paper-scissors (WtP and Hannibal) combat cards but has a CRT instead--this is a vast improvement.

The component quality is fantastic--just like all the GMT games I've ever seen.

If you like strategic-level games, this one is definitely for you. It is relatively easy to learn with only a few subtle/confusing rules, and you can find lots of opponents on the net.

You should definitely add this game to your collection.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Sweeping Civil War Simulation
September 21, 2001

I've played For the People seven times now, and each game has been a thrill a minute. I know of no other title that so manageably captures the sweeping scope of the entire American Civil War like this design.

As the Union player, you will defend Washington, launch a campaign to capture the Mississippi, carefully select naval landings, increase the blockade, struggle for the control of border states, and ultimately cut a swath through through the Deep South late in the conflict thus reducing the Rebel Will to continue the war.

Playing the Confederate side, you will want to raid Northern lands, put legendary commanders (Lee, Longstreet, Jackson, etc.) to best use, judiciously allocate limited manpower, build strategically placed forts, and harm the Federal Will to wage war so that Lincoln is defeated in the election of 1864.

Once the rules are grasped, the card deck drives the game in a smooth and effortless fashion. Players can concentrate on strategy and fun, two commodities that are abundant in this title.

Amongst the hundreds of games that I own, For the People is definitely one of my all-time favorites. It's a brilliant design (by Mark Herman), and despite being labeled as a wargame, all types of players who don't mind a long afternoon of gaming can enjoy this one.

A richly rewarding and very satisying experience.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Big improvement over the 1st edition.
October 05, 2000

The 2nd edition is a little more complex and has a few more pices of chrome (and little rules to remember) but its still not complex by wargame standards. I find it a big improvement over the 1st edition.

I still despise the idiotic and fallacious leader loss rules, but the game now plays more like the ACW.

I will list several of the important changes.

  1. Units may not cross a river to enter a space with a fort. This makes it easier for the south to hold the west. But Manasas can no longer attack Washington, instead the South must take Frederick to attack Washington. In practice this makes it almost impossible for the south to take DC other than by oversight.
  2. Generals have offensive and defensive ratings. This gives McCellan a +2 DRM and means a fortified Army of the Potomac defends with a +4 or greater DRM. On the large table the south can lose 6 SP by attacking such a force, and that could be enough to lose Virginia.
  3. The South gets 6 forts instead of 5.
  4. There are new cards--concentration cards (Shiloh) that allow the South a surprise attack by calling in scattered forces.
  5. Prior to 1863 a force can not place PC markers unless in supply. This prevents a northern corps with 6 SP from penetrating the interior and dropping 1 SP in 6 spaces, burning many resource centers and causing huge damage.
  6. Unlimited playing of campaign cards, not just 1 per turn.
  7. the Shenandoa valley my supply a southern force, and counts as 6 spaces in VA insted of 3.
  8. Southern supply is more difficult, a supply center must trace to another. This means an isolated Richmond will fall.
  9. McClellan has some special abilities, as do some of the cavalry leaders.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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