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Jim McCloskey
United States
Unspecified
Virginia
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10
Feb 2003*
GCACW is as good as it gets!
2003-02-25*
Olivier Clementin
France
Paris
Paris
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10
Dec 2004*
Probably the best pre-20th century operational system. The 1862 campaign is my favorite. Link this game to Here come the Rebels in "Roads to Antietam"
2004-12-28*
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Lawrence Hung
Hong Kong
Wan Chai
Hong Kong
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10
Aug 2005*
Great series with great production values!! I gave this a 10 because this is the first game in the series and I played! It is about simulating all the campaigns of the American Civil War (ACW) at operational level.

The series has a beautiful and natural flowing game system with the right balance between playability and realism. The rulebook is so informative and well written that every game mechanics is so logically explained that you hardly have to memorise them. The rulebook alone worth the whole game price. A day by day historical account and insightful analysis of the campaign with hex numbers of the key battle location and cities/ towns is included. Not even to mention the extraordinary historical game maps, useful summary of tables in the player aid cards, portrait of every major leaders participating in the campaign, lots of scenarios etc.

Key features include: variable movement of battle force, leader initiatives, morale, force march, train movement, breastworks and fortifications, hidden force strength, logging of ammunition level, flank attack, supply and foraging, etc.

This is the best operational level game from Joe Bolkoski's (later Ed Beach) on American Civil War. The variable movement rate is a master of suspense and very authentic to the nature of the Civil War Operations. Many have quibbles about the cavalry use. But I don't find it much of any hassle. Fortification works and breastworks are classified into levels, the higher the more protection. Many game mechanics are simple but operate efficiently as a whole. I find the whole series very exciting and original to the ACW flavour.

Plus, all the game maps in the series can be joined to recreate virtually the entire conflict in the eastern theatre!! The best game series about the ACW so far in the history of wargame. Hats off to the veteran wargame designer Joseph Bolkoski!!
2005-08-11*
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Erik
United States
San Marcos
California
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10
May 2009*
"However, General Robert E. Lee's renowned Army of Northern Virginia has secretly moved north from Richmond to confront Pope before the Union plan can be put into effect."
2007-12-14*
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Elijah Lau
Singapore
Singapore
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10
Nov 2007*
Brilliant game system that gives an almost exact feel of operational ACW. Its success can be seen in the subsequent six other games produced.

BTW, learning to deal with Jackson can be incredibly challenging and also frustrating for the Union.
2007-11-08*
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Tracey Meiners
United States
Mackinaw
Illinois
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10
Apr 2008*
good shape, complete, punched, clipped, played a few times
2014-09-22
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Hank Burkhalter
United States
Duluth
Georgia
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10
Mar 2014
And own all other games of the series. My thanks for VASSAL is for this game. With VASSAL I have gamed multiple campaign games of Stone Wall Jacksons Way, Here Come the Rebels, Grant Takes Command, and a game of Battle Above the Clouds.

Put me on a desert Island solitaire.......... ASL. With a fellow gamer, GCACW.
2014-03-08
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Mark Mahaffey
United States
Columbia
South Carolina
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9
Jul 2007*
Great system - anyone have more scenarios?
2007-07-08*
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Jon Zug
United States
Charlottesville
Virginia
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Feb 2005*
1st in the Great Campaigns of the American Civil War Series
2005-02-04*
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Björn Söderlund
Sweden
Huddinge
Sweden
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9
Aug 2005*
This series has it all. IMHO the best operational simulation I've tried capturing fatigue, command challenges and excellent drama.
2005-08-06*
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Chris Farrell
United States
Cupertino
California
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Mar 2007*
You can't go too far wrong with any of the games in this series, and I love them all, but the later games (Grant Takes Command, On To Richmond) are more highly recommended as a starting place since they aren't so dominated by Jackson's obscene tactical ratings.
2007-03-01*
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Rick Goudeau
United States
Moody
Alabama
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9
Feb 2007*
The GCACW series is the best operational games on the Civil War. The alternating nature of individual movements allows for concentrations and reaction to the concentration. The system plays cleanly. Liked the 2nd Manassas scenario, but definitely pull in the rules from the later editions
2007-02-10*
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David Dockter
United States
Minnesota
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Sep 2008*
Another outstanding game in the GBACW series. Oh, we miss Avalon Hill; very typical of one of their outstanding wargames.
2008-09-16*
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Phil Adams
United States
Cambria
California
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9
Dec 2008*
Really good game system
Really good maps
2008-11-21*
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Glen Oberhauser
United States
Golden
Colorado
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9
Jun 2014
Entry for all GCACW items:
+ Stonewall Jackson's Way
+ Stonewall Jackson's Way II
+ Stonewall's Last Battle
+ Stonewall in the Valley
+ Grant Takes Command
+ On to Richmond
+ Roads to Gettysburg
+ Here Come the Rebels
+ Battle Above the Clouds
+ Skirmisher 1
+ Skirmisher 2
2014-07-10
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G. Harding Warren
United States
Arnold
Maryland
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9
Aug 2012
I am waiting for the update for this game which adds First Manassas as well as shorter scenarios focused more intensely on Second Manassas. As it stands, though, this is a very fine game. I particularly like the Jackson's March scenario, which plays like a quick raid, ending with the Rebs holding on against a Federal tide. Pope vs. Lee is fun as a solo play, but is quite one-sided and somehow seems to take a bit long to play, given the inevitable outcome.

The scenario that I really love is Rappahannock to Bull Run. Just beautiful and crazy. It's long, but not so long as to keep me from wanting to play it badly.
2011-12-07
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M.A.W. Schweizer
Germany
Vaterstetten
Bavaria
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9
Nov 2009*
Very good operational level civil war game, love to combine it with "Here come the rebels" to a "monster" (but "unluckily" takes sooooo long :-)
2009-11-21
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bryan white
United States
Duncanville
Texas
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Jul 2010
A terrific game from Joe Balkoski,(who also designed the amazing Fleet series,) a terrific designer.His die role activation system means the game will never replay the same way twice. In addition, the maps are simply gorgeous. I really like the GCACW titles I've played;they clarify many questions I've had about the Civil War. MMP should re-issue these games.
2010-07-26
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Pete
Australia
Coburg North
Victoria
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9
Feb 2013
Simply awesome game. Can you push your troops hard enough to reach your objectives while keeping them effective at the same time.

The variable movement rates adds to the solo tension as well.
2013-02-09
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Steve Herron
United States
Johnson City
Tennessee
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Mar 2014
I was pleasantly surprised what an excellent game system Great Campaigns of the Civil War was after having SJW for years before playing it. I am late getting on the band wagon but I am there now. It may have been more realistic to have fog of war with the units but I am relived the designer didn't that way it makes it very playable solitaire. I have wargamed since the late 60s and GCotCW design is one of the best I have ever played.
2014-03-24
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John Dent
United States
Newport News
Virginia
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Aug 2015
Another great
2015-08-25
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Roi espino
Spain
Vigo
Pontevedra
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Feb 2015
Todo un descubrimiento, nunca me habia interesado la guerra civil a esta escala pero con estos juegos todo ha cambiado.

Si te gustan los wargames pero no en el sentido ajedrecistico sino en el de desarrollar una historia y ver que ocurre con ella esta serie son tus juegos. Eso si, tienen que brillar en la campaña donde las reglas de cansacio tienen mucho sentido.

Son todo lo que yo le pido un wargame, mi proposito es envejecer jugando a juegos como este

2015-05-10
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Jason Russ
United States
Marshall
North Carolina
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8.5
Jun 2003*
Another great one in a series of greats.
2003-06-14*
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Ed Meister
United States
Peoria
Illinois
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8.5
May 2011
The first game in the GCACW series.
2011-05-19
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Matthew Ellis
United Kingdom
Manchester
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Dec 2002*
Wonderful
2002-12-07*
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Wayne Minton
United States
Orlando
Florida
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Dec 2002*
Stonewall is a bit too superhuman in this volume of the GCACW.
2002-12-18*
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Doug Adams
Australia
Oakleigh
Victoria
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Jul 2003*
Players take on the roll of Lee or Pope during the American Civil War, specifically the 2nd Manassas/Cedar Mountain period of 1862. Wonderful beginning to the excellent Great Campaigns of the American Civil War series. This is a stunning series of games, featuring low counter density (division) scaled on a 1 mile hexsides. Units are moved via die roll, neatly simulating the frustration commanders encountered trying to get their troops into place. The maps are beautiful and meticulously researched. Excellent, intuitive rulebook, with a wonderful gazetteer of locations included. And the series only got better from here.
2010-03-28
Jens Hoppe
Denmark
Frederiksberg
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Nov 2003*
The first game in the series. Covers the campaign leading up to 2nd Manassas.
2003-11-13*
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Robert Taylor
United States
Eaton Rapids
Michigan
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Oct 2004*
The one that started it all (along with Jed Hotchkiss' maps). Played this one quite a bit when it first came out. The original scenarios were very biased towards the Confederates; these (along with the rules) have been updated over the years.
2009-12-24
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John Vasilakos
United States
Annandale
Virginia
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Dec 2004*
the variable movement for units makes this game feel chaotic and gives a feel of the FOG of War to the solitaire gamer. Even better when you play FTF with house rules for hidden forces...
2004-12-22*
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Rich K
United States
St. Petersburg
Florida
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Dec 2004*
I loved this game, and always wanted to buy the others in the series, but never got the chance. Another game which got tossed by the ex-wife.
2004-12-29*
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Mattwran
United States
LONGMEADOW
Massachusetts
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8
Nov 2006*
Innovative game system and gorgeous map. I need to find someone to play this with.
2006-11-11*
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Lowell Drake
United States
Meridian
Idaho
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8
May 2014
An excellent system! A bit more complicated than I usually prefer, and I'd like to find a way to add some fog of war, but otherwise this is a great game.
2006-09-29*
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Kenneth Lee
United States
Nicholson
Pennsylvania
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May 2007*
Be sure to play with the modified victory conditions found on the series web site. Otherwise it is totally one-sided in favor of the Rebs.
2007-05-09*
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Michael K.
Netherlands
Huizen
Noord-Holland
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8
Jan 2010
Smooth gameplay, great series.
2007-07-02*
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ian morris
United Kingdom
lichfield
staffordshire
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8
Dec 2007*
Excellent game covering Second Bull Run. Hard work for the Union player, most enjoyable for the Confederate player as his troops line up to bash Sigel. Superb maps that set the standard for this series.
2007-12-29*
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Christian Koppmeyer
Germany
Kaarst
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Dec 2007*
All counter clipped and sorted in a counter tray
2010-01-15
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Iain K
United States
Arvada
Colorado
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Aug 2012
An excellent member of this outstanding series of games.

Stonewall has almost super human powers, but it captures the spirit of these early engagements. Several great scenarios of varying length. All challenge the Union player, but attempting to "repeat history" is not as easy as the Confederate player might think.

update: while I still like this title, the release of BaC and frequent play of both RtG and SitV have dropped this title in our frequency of play.

A good title, and very good place to learn the system, but not one of the top four titles in the series.

I do look forward to the re-release.
2012-08-13
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John Bandettini
United Kingdom
London
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Sep 2008*
I have always been interested in the Civil War and this is a very good civil war game.
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Todd Culbertson
United States
Seattle
Washington
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Oct 2008*
Great operational level game system! Wish more modules for the West would come out.
2008-09-16*
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JACOB Anthony
France
VERZENAY
MARNE
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8
Apr 2015
Balkoski's GCACW...that's the best operational series I've ever played. American Civil War is my favorite wargame subject. I've only played a small scenario, need more to quote.
2010-08-10
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bob Short
United States
Rhode Island
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Dec 2008*
Played it a lot ten years ago! Complete, in decent condition, more for a player than a collector.
Great game system-fun and pretty historical
2008-12-12*
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Thomas Prowell
United States
Seattle
Washington
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Mar 2009*
Still one of my favorites in the series, mostly because the campaign fascinates me. The game as published needs some serious balancing, plus the latest rules, but the GCACW community is very active in providing that support.
2009-03-12
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John Kisner
United States
Windsor Heights
Iowa
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Jan 2010*
The system really shines in this campaign. Best in the series!
2010-01-06
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Yodlaf Peterson
United States
Ohio and West Texas
Пиндостан
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8
Aug 2011
Loads of fun to play.
2011-08-18
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Chas Bernard
United States
Michigan
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8
Dec 2012
Superb operational civil war game system. Well written rulebook (always a plus), fantastic maps, and player aids that are actually of use. Low counter density helps players concentrate on position and maneuver. An old review (in F&M, I think) dissed the game, claiming the scale was all wrong; they missed the design intent entirely, in my opinion. The game system only improved with the addition of the remaining volumes in the series.
2012-12-15
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Rupert Niro

Missouri
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8
May 2013
Excellent game covering the campaign.
2013-05-25
Simon DeSmet
United Kingdom
Leeds
North Yorkshire
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Jul 2015
Balkoski might be my favourite wargame designer. He is certainly one of the most innovative. This game focuses in on fatigue management and manoeuvre. Every time a unit moves it gains fatigue and it can get disorganised. The real tension is knowing when to risk extended and forced marches and when to conserve energy. For the now, this is the only entry in the series I have played, I am impressed with the number and variation in the scenarios. Great game.
2014-11-15
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Jeff Behr
United States
Magnolia
Arkansas
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Jan 2015
My intro game to the GCACW series. I enjoy combining this with Here Come The Rebels.
2015-01-26
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Oldies but Goodies ... Avalon Hill and
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Jun 2015
First in the GCACW series sees Lee trying to destroy Pope's army before help can arrive from the Peninsula.
2015-08-21
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