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Derek Wilmott
United States
Clemson
South Carolina
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10
Jan 2007*
This is three games in one. I rarely played the intro game, as it was to basic. The advanced game, takes many days (weeks) to play in real-time. I played the intermediate game to death, with family and friends. Wonderful little gem. There are errata issues (but then again, there were many AH games with this problem). One flaw with the game is that it uses a small map aide with the numerical values representing elevation. It would have been far more useful to have those numbers on the main board. Otherwise, a very fun way to recreate the 3 days at Gettysburg at the brigade level.
2013-07-03
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aruom aruom
Italy
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Oct 2012
Questo è il più grande, bello, incredibile, lunghissimo, complicatissimo, ingiocabile wargame tattico mai fatto.
Puoi sentire la puzza dei piedi di ogni singolo soldato che marcia verso la battaglia da quanto scende nel dettaglio. Sono innamorato di questo gioco che considero una reliquia, ma è impossibile nella modalità avanzata poterlo finire. All'epoca con il mio avversario preferito facemmo uno studio su quanto sarebbe durata una partita, visti i tempi che impiegavamo per vederci e per fare i turni di gioco. Risultato dello studio: 1 ANNO.
2012-10-31
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Pete Raatikainen
Finland
Suonenjoki
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Feb 2015
Love this game. Has 3 levels of difficulty, i like the hardest difficulty the most. played it quite a few times since buying it in '78.
2008-12-11*
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Jim Pulles
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
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8
Sep 2013
Three games in one box. The basic game is too easy; the super advanced game is too tedious; the middle game is just right... and it's the one that's been played the most. Ratings: Basic - 6; Intermediate - 8; Advanced - 5.
2013-09-07
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David Hughes
Australia
Northbridge
NSW
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8
Nov 2007*
Very interesting advanced game system, with many innovative mechanics. Cumbersome in play. However, this game led me to make the connection between boardgames and history books, and so set me on a 30 year journey. It will remain high in my affections as a result.
2007-11-22*
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Gerardo Peinador
Spain
Madrid
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Apr 2008*
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2010-02-06
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G. Harding Warren
United States
Arnold
Maryland
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8
Aug 2012
I like the stacking rules in the Intermediate game, where you are generally restricted to one unit per hex, but can use two to defend against multi-directional attacks. Perfect for the flank positions on your line. The counters alone hooked me on all things Civil War when dad brought this one home in the late 1970s.
2009-01-05*
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8
Mar 2010
Started an intermediate game but never finished. Skip the basic game unless you are playing with a novice wargamer.
2015-08-14
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Aaron Kulkis
United States
Royal Oak
Michigan
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Jan 2010*
Great game board (based on an 1870 survey). The advanced game has good, but not perfect commmand and control and logistics rules. This board with the CWB series rules would be great.
2009-05-11
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Fred Cook
United States
Baltimore
MD
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8
Nov 2012
Played this numerous times throughout my childhood. Wanting to find an opponent again.
2012-11-24
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Yodlaf Peterson
United States
Ohio and West Texas
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Mar 2013
Advanced game needed more time and more development to clean up the rules and cut down the errata. Much is unclear. Criticized also for incorrect brigade frontages (I'm not sure the critics are right-- see Paddy Griffith and others. Some of this has to do with lack of stacking-- more than one brigade in a hex where the one underneath would be considered well behind the top brigade. But what a mess this would make of the map board!). But it got more right than it got wrong. A great leap forward at the time. Seemed impossibly complex in the '70s but not so much now. I'd like to revisit it.

P.S. Now I am. Enjoying it. A bit of nostalgia? My second-favorite Gettysburg game.
P.P.S. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
2013-03-25
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Francois Bruyere
Belgium
Ohain
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Jun 2014
Basic Game 6
Intermediate Game 9
Advanced Game 10 ou 5 =>7
2014-06-10
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Jim Millard
United States
St Joseph
Minnesota
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7.5
Feb 2009*
Very playable, beer n pretzels game; good starter, gives the flavor of the battle; nice components.
2009-02-18*
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Stephen Jackson
United States
North Carolina
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Apr 2006*
Three levels of complexity make this playable by almost anyone. The high complexity version is bloated, but the medium one is perfect for someone with experience with serious wargames. If not, the intro level game will get you there.
2006-04-12*
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L. Silver
Sweden
Umeå
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Aug 2007*
Pretty cool with the extended brigades and all.
2007-08-27*
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Rodney Sheldon
United States
Springfield
Vermont
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7
Oct 2011
Played pre BGG.
2011-11-11
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alex w
Singapore
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7
Oct 2010
Great advanced game play that deals with line-column formations. Difficult to differenciate who's line belongs to which unit when units closes up.

Basic and intermediate game may feel the map too big for it

An average Gettysburg game now but fantastic then.
2011-09-04
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Spain
Sant Martí de Tous
Barcelona (Spain)
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7
Jan 2011
I prefer play advanced version.
2011-01-20
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Dan Abraham

Gilbert
Arizona
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7
Sep 2013
Avalon Hill. Good game design for the Battle of Gettysburg. This is a war game with combat CRT and dice. I like the game flow of the intermediate game, but dislike the extremely small print on the cardboard counters. Similiarly, the combat modifiers reward forces on "higher ground" and constant referencing of the chart to figure out each hex's height relative to the surrounding hexes is an exercise in and of itself. The intermediate game plays start to finish in one long gaming day.
2013-10-07
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Giovanni Crippa
Italy
Lecco
LC
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6.5
Feb 2010
Map is very accurate.
Never played it.
Only for collection
2004-11-15*
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p55carroll
United States
Minnesota
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6.5
Jan 2009*
In my opinion, the best of the three AH Gettysburg games, simply because it's the only realistic one. Yes, the advanced game is unplayable, but the basic and intermediate games are fine; and it has a good-looking mapboard.
2008-09-25*
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Waldon Chisholm
United States
Richmond
Virginia
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6.5
Jun 2009*
Mostly played the Intermediate version and enjoyed it. Advanced game looked very interesting with the formation counters, but never actually played it. Basic version left me flat.
2009-06-03
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Stephen Glasstetter
United States
Exton
Pennsylvania
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6.5
Jun 2014
I think this one is really underrated, especially the Tournament level game, which feels like a sand table game and tends to play out very closely to the real battle in my experience. The biggest drawbacks are the learning curve (this is an old-school AH rule-set with lot's of detail and nuance), and the time it takes to play. When I was in college, keeping a game going over the course of several days wasn't such a big deal. Now that I'm old and married, my wife tends to frown on my monopolizing the dining room table for that long.
2014-06-12
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Dave Y
United States
San Antonio
Texas
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6.5
Dec 2011
More experienced gamers enjoy the detail of units and commanders, much much more than provided in the first version. Plus a beautiful map.
2011-12-15
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Chris Friend
United States
Sierra Vista
Arizona
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6.5
Mar 2013
Probably the 3rd game I ever purchased.
2013-02-28
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Jack Guritza
United States
South Euclid
Ohio
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6
Aug 2009*
Great classic
2007-07-21*
Chuck Meeks
United States
Bellevue
Nebraska
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Mar 2004*
Got it mostly unpunched for $1.99!
2004-03-12*
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Eric Staggs
United States
Waxahachie
Texas
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Mar 2004*
Doesnt seem that complicated in the basic rules. Looks like my dog could play this one.
2004-03-12*
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Les Haskell
United States
Tennessee
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6
Jan 2008*
Not really a bad game, just dated. Too many other great Gettysburg games that I'd rather play.
2008-01-05*
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Brian Blad
United States
Mesa
AZ - Arizona
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May 2004*
3 Games in one. Great subject to start off a newbie. Built in progression from simple to advanced. How can you beat that?
2004-05-07*
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Tom Jensen
United States
Pacific Grove
California
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Jul 2004*
Both the Basic and Advanced games are unplayable. The Intermediate game is very interesting if you play the short, first day scenario in which the Confederate wins if he 1. Occupies the Cemetary Hill hex, and 2. has suffered less casualities than the Union by the fall of night. The second day bogs down into two lines facing off against one another... an uninteresting war of attrition. But the first day is well-worth playing for both sides.
2004-07-30*
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Tim Moore
United States
Wesley Chapel
FL
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Nov 2004*
Better than average Civil War game (especially the advanced game and pieces). Friends copy got played in clumps, usually after we burned out of WWII games. Now sees fairly limited action.
2004-11-23*
Gerald Todd
United States
Severna Park
Maryland
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6
Feb 2012
There are actually 3 games in this box:
The Basic Game. This game was cashing in on the great interest in the Civil War. (The largest reenactment during the Bicentennial of the Revolution was Gettysburg in '76 a Civil War battle.) It was aimed at selling to non-gamers at bookstores and gift shops at Battlefield visitor centers. That's why there was a "Basic Game" which was otherwise worthless.

The Intermediate game was playable. The corps badges of the Union and the state silhouettes of the Confederates added some personality with the divisional color coding and gave the players something to identify with when playing. We actually played the intermediate game a lot for a while and it's this version I based my rating on.

The Advance game was basically a miniatures rule-set used on a game board. It was very tedious and difficult to work through and my little gang of cut-throats didn't have the attention-span for it. I tried it solitaire a couple of times with the idea of learning it so I could teach it, but then came The Gamers - Thunder at The Cross Roads and this one went on the shelf.

I took 1 away from my rating for the map. When you first saw this map you though "Cool!" a real topo map." When you first used this map, you though about tossing a rock through a window down at AH. You spent so much time looking at the map in the back of the rule book to find the elevation of each hex, that you wondered - why not play on the map in the back of the rule book? To that end, we marked the board with the elevation numbers and other map details which helped a great deal.
2012-02-19
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Phil Garland
United States
Charlotte
North Carolina
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Jan 2006*
Sure, terrain had no effects, sure the Advanced Game had nothing to do with the scale of the map, but it was one of my first, I used it with an 8mm camera to make a film about the battle for my 10th grade US Hist class in 77, and it will always be special.
2006-01-05*
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Tim Benjamin
United States
Los Alamos
New Mexico
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Jan 2012
The three games in the box are so totally different that they should be rated independently.

The Basic game rates a 4. Very simple, no terrain rules (idiotic after all the exquisite detail of the map). Whoever gets the 'initiative' once the full armies are joined in battle should win the game. The 'Optional Combat Rules' are either worthless RPS when terrain is ignored or fairly obvious and therefore ridiculous when a terrain advantage is included (see below).

In Scenario 1 if the Rebels stack and go for high differentials (at least +6, never at less than +3) then the Union will need to get very lucky to not be destroyed piecemeal. If they suffer a single DE per turn they will be wiped off the map (and the 2-8 Cav unit is excellent for flanking the end of the Union line). In any event, the line (defending every other hex) will not stabilize anywhere near Cemetery Hill (more likely anchored on Hanover Road and around Wolf Hill) so the Scenario 2 position will never be reproduced in actual play. It might be best to sacrifice the movement limited (after the Rebel 1st turn) Union units to delay as many as they can so all of the other runaway to assembly on the SE quadrant of the map with artillery added to stacks..

Rules suggestions:
1) Add 1 SP to the side in the combat at the higher elevation both on Atk & Def to give some importance to high ground.
2) Reinforcements that are blocked from their designated entry hexes must enter on their 'side of the front'.
3) If needed for play balance: Do not give Rebel reinforcements a double move on the turn of entry.
4) Victory Conditions: Control of 2 VP hexes = Marginal, all 3 = Decisive.

The Intermediate game is a 7 with wonderful counters and interesting rules (the combat rules are very very different for a hex game of this medium complexity and will need multiple readings). The movement rules allow the Union to delay the rebels without ANY combat for several turns. Single unit sacrifices will also be needed to sufficiently delay the advance. This is essential to give the Union time to bring up reinforcements to the vicinity of Cemetery Hill. If the Union can still be on the Ridge when the 1st night comes I think they have won the game.

Haven't attempted the Advanced game. Wasn't encouraged by the playtesting and development (errata) of the other two games in the package although I am willing to give it a shot.....
2012-01-11
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Forest Cole
United States
Houston
Texas
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Mar 2008*
This is generally taken to be the worst edition. However the advanced game adds a lot of intricacy although there is a lot to it.
2008-03-29*
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Greg Blanchett
United States
Lewisville
Texas
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Mar 2007*
Three games in one, with same map. Intermediate game is the best in my opinion. Beginner can be fun, but definately stay away from the Advanced (scale does not fit the map at all).
2007-03-19*
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Michael Taylor
United States
Aurora
Indiana
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Mar 2007*
Dated version. Basic version not very realistic; intermediate probably most effective, advanced version very long and tedious.
2007-03-22*
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Arrigo Velicogna
United Kingdom
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Apr 2007*
Mhmm, my first american Avalon Hill wargame fone memories of it especially basic and intermediate versions, at the time I loved the map and the detailed brigade OoB. The complex version has always interested me but was a bit puzzlibng for a youngster, then I have moved on more difficult subjects without problem, but yet it has reminaed almost shrouded in mystery. On thing that for years has always puzzled me was the almost bloodless intermediate game (bloodless in term uf unit eliminations, brigades are quickly rendered useless via shattering)
2007-04-28*
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Bryan Gustin
United States
Georgetown
Texas
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Aug 2007*
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2015-07-17
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Brian Sielski
United States
Pequannock
New Jersey
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6
Jan 2010
Actually well done ... just to bad the hex sizes weren't bigger. Made the CG hard to play at times.
2011-04-28
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John Bandettini
United Kingdom
London
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Feb 2009*
I don't think it's a classic, but good enough to keep. I have toured the Gettysburg battle field, facinating place.
2009-05-26
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Allen Simon
United States
California
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Jun 2009*
Nice division level battle game. Really rough time as the Confederates. Some pre-determined choices might get argument from the more knowledgeable Gettysburg players, but for what this game does is allow a quick play where more accurate games using GBACW would show a very diffferent Gettysburg, and one with many more possible "what-if's" to play.

2011-11-03
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Kim Meints
United States
Waterloo
Iowa
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May 2012
Basic game was too simple. Advanced game didn't fit the small map it was saddled with. The Intermediate game was the best.

AH tried packing too much into the same package to please too mnay gamers.It seemed it never got the following that it's older 1958 or 1964 brother got.
2011-07-24
John Longstreet
United States
Houston
Texas
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Apr 2011
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2011-06-17
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Luis Sacristan
Spain
Alcobendas
Madrid
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6
Aug 2011
1 Scenario. Turn=20 Minutes.
2011-08-31
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Frank Prisciandaro
United States
Long Island City
New York
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Mar 2014
Just got this game today 3/19/2012 in trade, looking forward to playing it, again.
2012-03-19
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Adriano Visconti
Italy
Piemonte
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Feb 2013
The advanced game is too long to play (it's a job, not a game). The intermediate rules are playable, but I think that, even in 1977, the author could do something better.
The map is gorgeous.
2013-02-26
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Joseph Paquet
United States
South burlington
Vermont
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Sep 2014
Classic AH game. read basic game rules, not played yet but will shortly, solo at least
2014-09-02
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Michael Melen
United States
Maryland
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Sep 2014
This was the first game which had the 'what if' option to include Stonewall Jackson as one of the two corps commanders. That was really interesting.
2014-09-28
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