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Paul Owen
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After work, I met my good friend Paul R. at our friendly neighborhood game store, Game Parlor Chantilly, to play this old favorite. We'd played various scenarios of this game before, and this time we went back to replay Scenario 1, "Cedar Mountain," which simulates Confederate General Stonewall Jackson's attempt to halt the U.S. Army of Virginia's movement toward Orange Court House, Gordonsville, and Charlottesville, Virginia. Jackson's efforts would culminate in the Battle of Cedar Mountain, 9 August 1862.

Paul and I found ourselves continually faced with operational challenges that we could easily imagine facing General Pope of the Army of Virginia, or General Stonewall Jackson of the Confederacy. We each had to consider such problems as whether to pursue a retreating enemy at the risk of exposing flanks and exhausting troops, whether to force march a lagging division to reinforce defenses and risk losing unit cohesion, or whether to swing a lone cavalry brigade behind the enemy line for a flank attack at the risk of losing the initiative and seeing the cavalry isolated and wiped out. Some wargames are better than others at posing these dilemmas in a believable way; I find SJW very strong in this regard.

So, of course, the bottom line is that Paul and I had a great time. The game took almost four hours to play, and we enjoyed every minute of it. I was fortunate to have gained the upper hand by the second day of the three-day battle, so on the last day I consolidated Jackson's corps in an uncharacteristically (for Jackson) defensive posture less than five miles from Culpeper. Paul attempted to muster one final assault by I Corps under Sigel but could not unseat the Confederates from their close proximity to the objective. We agreed that the third day's actions were somewhat unrealistic, in that Jackson would not have been so conservative and Pope would not have taken the risks that Paul was forced to take, artificialities introduced by our knowledge that the game would be over after the third day. Nevertheless, it was a fun time, and a great reminder why I enjoy AH games so much.
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ian morris
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Sigel attacking Jackson, that's desperate...



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G. Harding Warren
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When playing the older SJW/HCR/RTG scenarios, you might want to check out this link: http://www.gcacw.com/scenario.htm

These are attempts to balance the scenarios a bit more. For instance, in the Culpeper scenario, the Rebs don't get as many victory points for their Culpeper positions.
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Paul Owen
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Thanks for a great link. I'd suspected the scenario as originally written is imbalanced in favor of the Confederates. The modification makes a lot more sense. I would have been a lot more aggressive with Jackson's corps on the third day, which would have made for a more exciting (and perhaps historically sound) game.
 
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R Larsen
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Great to see some GCACW here on BGG - doesnt happen often enough.
Thanks!
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Gotthard Heinrici (prev. Graf Strachwitz)
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Thanks for the write up, this is a great title.

For those who are not aware yet, MMP is having it on pre order!
 
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Lawrence Hung
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It reminds me of the fun and immense historicity out of the system - one that is on American Civil War. I collected all the games in the series and this very first scenario was the one calling for it. Really a great shot. However, it is difficult to find opponent in our local club as not many are interested in the subject. I should go back to this first game in the series and introduce it to my fellows. Gorgeous map. I can really smell the grass while trolling on the trial to Culpeper.
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