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Command Combat: Civil War - 1864 Expansion
by William R. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/04/2015 16:18:39

Command Combat 1864 is an expansion, not a complete game - you need 1861 in order to make full use of it because that's where the actual miniatures rules are. CC is based on the idea that generals lead their troops and to that end, 1864, like 1861, 1862 and 1863 before it, includes author Jeff McArthur's estimates of the leadership abilities of both sides' generals down to the division level, with each succeeding book including new generals, removing deceased ones and updating the leadership ratings of surviving ones. You may or may not agree with some of Jeff's general officer ratings but the basic mechanism is really neat and if you feel your favorite general received short shrift you can fiddle with his rating, and the leadership rules can be added to other miniatures rule sets (given many rule sets don't even include this sort of thing) if they better suit your taste. This expansion also includes rules for a full campaign. Given how hard it is to get people to play more than one or two turns in any miniatures campaign, I'm optimistic about the campaign rules (haven't had the chance to try 'em yet) because they can be refereed or played without one. They're simple, get troops in to contact and are clearly written. Best, this expansion includes three "starter" campaigns - the Red River, Overland and Atlanta campaigns. The rules update the costs for troops (from the previous books) for when you play points-based games, which is also kind of neat because the points, to a degree, reflect the scarcity of the troop types, which changes over the course of the war (i.e. from year to year). I'd have been happier were this available in POD but barring that availability I am very happy with this expansion.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
Command Combat: Civil War - 1864 Expansion
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