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I think that you are better off with II. Some of the original scenarios are modified for balance, and you get all new scenarios with the All Green Alike game included. I'm a fan of the new look for the counters (but you can see pictures here and decide which you prefer) and you'll get the most recent charts and rules. My vote is for II, you get more game for your money. You should be able to resell the original for at least what you paid.
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In terms of being appropriate for solo play, the two are identical. SJW2 will use the modern GCACW standard rules right out of the box, instead of using the original rules plus the Skirmisher conversions. Perhaps most significantly, SJW2 is not just the original game. It is both the Second Bull Run campaign (the original SJW) and the First Bull Run campaign (All Green Alike) -- the latter is new to SJW2.
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Rockin Rocko wrote:
I bought the original Stonewall Jacksons Way along with the The Skirmisher Issue No. 1 (extra material for original game) both new in shrink wrap. I have not opened them yet. Should I have bought Stonewall Jacksons Way II instead? I have come to understand II is just the original game is that correct? Which plays solo better between the two? Thanks


Some older players like the old map art and counters better. I like the new ones and think they are more functional and aesthetically pleasing. I would rather own SJWII.

SJWII also comes with an additional module - for the 1861 First Bull Run campaign.

Still, the original is fine, and there's no harm in owning it. Consider picking up a second-hand copy of SJWII at some point down the road.

And enjoy the GCACW. One of my favorite game series of all time.
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I'm in the same boat. As my first foray into GCACW I bought a new copy of Battle Above the Clouds and a dirt cheap copy used AH of SJW last week. Comparing the components after a few scenarios of BAC (and discovering I loved the system) I immediately ordered a copy of SJWII which is on the way.

I had a brief moment of regret when I began playing the Avalon Hill version of SJW, even with those relatively primitive old AH counters the game is quite serviceable. Still, I have no long term regrets ordering SJWII. I want the 1862 scenarios, the better counters (The AH version I have has counters with those annoying 'side boobs'), and the new maps are an improvement (IMHO) on the true works of art that are the original maps.



 
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This new game has the benefit of twenty years of hard play behind it. I sold my original versions of the series and will now collect all the revised titles as they are released--no matter how long that takes. I'm hoping to see RTG(I wore out the original components from years of play) before I reach retirement agewhistle There's enough in this little box to keep me busy for a long time. I always come back to Great Campaigns--it's a wonderful immersion into the period and a beautiful work of art.
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I too hope to see RTG republished before I retire :) (in a few years). The redesign is complete as far as the design & playtest work goes. There is all sorts of pre-publication stuff to go though: like redo the maps, and of course eventually going on P500 and then getting printed. Probably the best way to speed up everything is strong demand for the games.

When the revised RTG does get published though, you will love it. Tons of new scenarios and all the old ones are revised and balanced.
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ChrisWithers wrote:
I too hope to see RTG republished before I retire (in a few years). The redesign is complete as far as the design & playtest work goes. There is all sorts of pre-publication stuff to go though: like redo the maps, and of course eventually going on P500 and then getting printed. Probably the best way to speed up everything is strong demand for the games.

When the revised RTG does get published though, you will love it. Tons of new scenarios and all the old ones are revised and balanced.


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Excellent. And note that the HCR redesign is in the last part of playtesting. And for Atlanta, the first campaign will get a partial playing at the upcoming WBC in a few weeks. Anyone at WBC, look for it there, probably in the GCACW tournament room.
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Is Atlanta near to being put on preorder?
 
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Ed Beach is going to discuss with MMP what next (and when) to put on Pre-Order. Stay tuned.
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If you don't need the first Bull Run campaign and you're not running in circles of joy because they put plags on the counters - then what's new in the box?
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