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57 4/24/2019 4:02:00 PM Summer 1861 Confederate Play Strategy card as Operations #129: 2 / USS Cairo Hits Mine and Sinks
Reduce Union Amphibious Assault modifier by 1. Remove from deck if event is played.

Message from Confederate:
To activate A Johnston
56 4/24/2019 2:45:00 PM Summer 1861 Union Play Strategy card as Operations #70: 2 / Gustavus Fox, Ironclad Building Program
The Union Amphibious Assault modifier is increased by two.

Message from Union:
Start Op Queue on McClellan
55 4/23/2019 3:17:00 PM Summer 1861 Confederate Play Strategy card as Operations #13: 2 / Missouri Guerrilla Raids
Confederate removes two Union PC markers from any two Missouri spaces that do not contain a Union SP or fort.

Message from Confederate:
To activate Smith
54 4/23/2019 2:20:00 PM Summer 1861 Union Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
6


Message from Union:
Battle roll, Union first (Medium batttle)

Union +5drm (+4 ratio, +1 pope)
Confederate +0drm
53 4/23/2019 2:17:00 PM Summer 1861 Union Play Strategy card as Operations #2: 2 / Copperheads
Reduce Union SW by two points, or place two PC markers in Ohio (must be placed in spaces free of Union SPs).

Message from Union:
Activate Pope
52 4/22/2019 8:05:00 AM Summer 1861 Confederate Message Well that blocker didn't last long. At least it game me a chance to make it a fight in Sabine City.
51 4/22/2019 8:01:00 AM Summer 1861 Confederate Play Strategy card as Event #22: 3 / Josiah Gorgas, Chief of Ordnance
Confederate immediately receives three SPs in any friendly controlled space with a LOC,free of Union SPs and forts. No more than one SP per Confederate controlled state. No SPs may be placed in Pro-Union spaces.

Message from Confederate:
To place SPs in Sabine City, Dover and Culpeper
50 4/21/2019 3:23:00 PM Summer 1861 Union Message Replacement card log left
49 4/21/2019 3:20:00 PM Summer 1861 Union Play Strategy card as Operations #118: 3 / Mexican Supply Line
Confederate player receives 2 SP in any friendly controlled Texas space (both SPs placed in the same space). The space does not need a LOC. The space may not contain Union SPs or forts. If no eligible space exists the SPs are lost.

Message from Union:
Activate AotP
48 4/21/2019 3:20:00 PM Summer 1861 Union Return Strategy card to hand #93: 2 / Strategy Board

Message from Union:
After Marks answer. Thanks for posting!
47 4/21/2019 11:54:00 AM Summer 1861 Union Message Since we are trying to learn the game, please do. We might as well get the definitive answer
46 4/21/2019 9:39:00 AM Summer 1861 Confederate Message I see where you are coming from, but Washington is definitely on the Potomac river. 6.11 states that if any portion of a naval move is along a river then Riverine movement does apply. They weren't kidding when they said this part of the rules leads to the most confusion! We could post something on BGG to get a definitive answer if you like as Mark Herman seems to answer most questions there.
45 4/21/2019 4:54:00 AM Summer 1861 Union Message Thanks for pointing out that 6.63 is forts so that doesnt apply. In that case I don't see how the Ironclad stops my Naval move? Ironclads stop riverine movement past their space (6.7), which is not applicable here as I'm not using riverine movement, instead a port to port amphibious assault. My reading is that the Ironclad in Aquia Creek provides a +2 bonus if I amphib into the space and would block riverine movement through the space (if there was a river).
44 4/20/2019 4:50:00 PM Summer 1861 Confederate Message No problem with taking it back. I think 6.63 only applies to a fort. If you look at 6.23 and 6.7 an Ironclad blocks any movement passed it. You could assault the space itself though.
43 4/20/2019 2:48:00 PM Summer 1861 Union Message I think by reading 6.63 it doesnt deny me the ambphibious assault, but it would force me to make a 'running the guns' roll. So if its ok, I'd take back the move and do something else?
42 4/20/2019 9:27:00 AM Summer 1861 Confederate Message I think that move is illegal as you will have to pass Acquia Creek and my Ironclad blocks riverine movement.
41 4/19/2019 5:33:00 PM Summer 1861 Union Play Strategy card as Event #93: 2 / Strategy Board
Union player may make a naval move with up to three SPs plus one general.

Message from Union:
Pope and 3 SPs to Sabine City
40 4/19/2019 5:28:00 PM Summer 1861 Union Draw Strategy cards 5 cards drawn.

39 4/19/2019 4:52:00 AM Summer 1861 Confederate Message I won't be playing a campaign card so first move to you.

I have not played either GBoH or La Batt. I picked up a copy of the original Great Battles of Alexander on eBay but its on the must play pile. It's definitely a lot easier to buy games than find time to play them all!
38 4/19/2019 4:49:00 AM Summer 1861 Confederate Draw Strategy cards 5 cards drawn.

37 4/18/2019 2:55:00 PM Summer 1861 Union Message Union generals placed.

BAT is between GBoH or La Batt if you've played either of those systems.

I received At Any Cost as a gift last year. Another game I'd like to play.
36 4/17/2019 3:29:00 PM Summer 1861 Confederate Message Reinforcements and strat moves done.

I have heard of those games but never played them. What are they like? I also have At Any Cost Metz but have not got round to playing that either.
35 4/17/2019 3:19:00 PM Summer 1861 Confederate Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 4

4
1
3
1


Message from Confederate:
Blockade running rolls NA, SA, EG then WG. 2 or more needed.
34 4/17/2019 2:59:00 PM Spring 1861 Confederate End Turn
33 4/17/2019 2:47:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Message Reinforcements and strat moves done.

BAR is Battles from the Age of Reason. 18th Century tactical games from Clash of Arms. I'm working my way through Mollwitz and Chotusitz at the moment.

I do have one of the GCACW (Stonewall Jackson's Way 2) that I'd like to play one day.
32 4/16/2019 3:17:00 PM Spring 1861 Confederate Message End of turn done as well, over to you for T2 reinforcements.

One other question. I am having a mental block. Which game is BAR?
31 4/16/2019 3:10:00 PM Spring 1861 Confederate Play Strategy card as Operations #64: 1 / USS Kearsarge sinks USS Alabama
Union SW increased by one.

Message from Confederate:
To activate 1SP in Little Rock AR
30 4/15/2019 5:22:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Play Strategy card as Operations #42: 2 / Kentucky Anarchy
Remove up to three enemy PC markers in Kentucky. You must also remove one of your own PC markers from the state if you have any there. Removal of a PC marker makes a space neutral. Remove from deck if event is played.

Message from Union:
PC markers in Kentucky
29 4/15/2019 4:04:00 PM Spring 1861 Confederate Message The residents of Richmond are hoping that the Union don't have any more tricks up their sleeve as there is not much the Confederate high command can do to save them at the moment!
28 4/15/2019 4:00:00 PM Spring 1861 Confederate Play Strategy card as Operations #62: 2 / Financial Crisis
Union SW is reduced by two.

Message from Confederate:
To activate A Johnson
27 4/15/2019 1:41:00 PM Spring 1861 Confederate Message That all looks good to me apart from you would have been out of supply for the last attack so I would have had an extra +2 which would have made no difference.
26 4/14/2019 2:34:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Message If I got all that right (I think so), then Beauregard hass been cleared out of northern Virginia. I retreated him to Fredericksburg but he could have retreated elsewhere. just change it in the next log if you'd like.

I havent really played ACW tactical. I've got into BAR pretty big in the last few months instead.
25 4/14/2019 2:32:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from Union:
2nd battle roll because Im a muppet
24 4/14/2019 2:32:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from Union:
Battle rolls, Union first

Union +4drm
Confederate +1drm
23 4/14/2019 2:31:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from Union:
Another retreat before battle attempt
22 4/14/2019 2:24:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Message Confederates lose 2 SP Union 1
21 4/14/2019 2:23:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

5
2


Message from Union:
Battle rolls, Union First

Union +1 DRM

Confederate +1 DRM
20 4/14/2019 2:22:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from Union:
Retreat before battle roll for Beauregard
19 4/14/2019 2:20:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Play Strategy card as Operations #59: 2 / Farragut
Union may make a naval more with up to three SPs plus one general. Move may pass one ungarrisoned fort without “running the guns” to conduct an amphibious assault (may not pass an ironclad). Ignore first torpedo encountered during naval move. If the port space is captured it immediately receives a Union PC marker. Add +2 to Running the Guns die roll.

Message from Union:
Finish the Op Queue
18 4/14/2019 12:46:00 PM Spring 1861 Confederate Message Hi, back from India so normal service will be resumed now. I don't know how far you interest in the Civil War games goes but the latest LoB game from MMP, To Take Washington arrived whilst I was away. I have never played the series so we be giving it a go shortly.
17 4/14/2019 12:41:00 PM Spring 1861 Confederate Play Strategy card as Event #73: 1 / Ball's Bluff
The Union removes one SP (Confederate chooses) within two spaces (including a river connection) of a Confederate SP due to poor leadership. A Union SP can be removed from a Coastal fort.

Message from Confederate:
To remove the 1SP and therefore Butler from Fort Monroe
16 4/6/2019 2:52:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Message No worries at all, enjoy India.

I think sometimes my messages get cutoff whern I use my work laptop, so what I tried to say was, OP Queue on the AoP
15 4/5/2019 4:00:00 PM Spring 1861 Confederate Message Hi sorry for the slow reply. I am off to India at the weekend with work and the last few days have been manic. I will also be offline for the week as I can't put vassal on my work laptop.

I will be able to reply tomorrow afternoon, but can you first confirm who you played the Op Queue on?

Thanks
14 4/3/2019 4:53:00 AM Spring 1861 Union Play Strategy card as Operations #60: 2 / USS Monitor
The Union player may remove one Confederate ironclad from the mapboard.

Message from Union:
Put into the Op Queue
13 4/3/2019 4:51:00 AM Spring 1861 Union Message You are correct, I had completely forgotton about that optional rule.
12 4/2/2019 4:30:00 PM Spring 1861 Confederate Message I am also not sure you could place that last control marker in Strasburg. As the space does not have a railroad LOC or is adjacent to a space that has one it would have cost 2 to enter. Does that make sense?
11 4/2/2019 4:25:00 PM Spring 1861 Confederate Play Strategy card as Event #53: 1 / CSS Arkansas
Confederate may place one Ironclad in a controlled port or coastal fort space.

Message from Confederate:
To place an Ironclad in Acquia Creek
10 4/2/2019 3:24:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Message Union 9, Confederate 5, 1 loss each.
9 4/2/2019 2:17:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from Union:

8 4/2/2019 2:17:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from Union:
Battle rolls, Union First.
Union DRM +5
Confederate DRM +2
7 4/2/2019 2:16:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from Union:
Retreat battle roll for J. Johnston
6 4/2/2019 2:15:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from Union:
Retreat battle roll for J. Johnston
5 4/2/2019 2:13:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Play Strategy card as Operations #48: 3 / Brazil Recognizes the Confederacy
Confederate gains +3 SW. Remove from deck if event is played.

Message from Union:
Activate the Army of the Potomac
4 3/30/2019 4:59:00 PM Spring 1861 Confederate Message I won't be playing first so over to you for the first card.
3 3/30/2019 4:57:00 PM Spring 1861 Confederate Draw Strategy cards 4 cards drawn.

2 3/30/2019 3:41:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Message You can let me know if you are playing first with a campaign.

1 3/30/2019 3:38:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Draw Strategy cards 4 cards drawn.

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