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68 6/10/2020 5:35:00 PM Summer 1861 Union Message Hey there, let me check that this weekend. sorry work has been crazy with COVID part delays and supply chain difficulties all while my industry/profession has been essential so work never stopped and on top of that we moved in early May across town to our new home. it's been good but busy. I'm goign to catch up this weekend or sooner, hope all continues to be well with you
67 5/2/2020 9:24:00 AM Summer 1861 Confederate Message Hi Jonathan,

I want to let you know that I loaded Ver 3.2 of the Vassal Mod and converted our game over.

There are now 2 archive directories, one with the ver 2.2 vassal logs and one with the ver 3.2 vassal logs. The files in the ver 3.2 archive are the ones that I used to rebuild the game in the updated version.

The vsav file in our main directory "017_FTP JvJ-RD2_T2 CSA 1 v3_2.vsav" is a save file that is up to date with out game in ACTS (Turn 2, both of us have played one card).

It is your turn, so when you are ready, you want to:
1. Download and open the ver 3.2 vassal mod
2. Log in as the Union and open the current game file.
3. Begin logging your moves as usual

You probably should not draw all of your cards yet until we confirm that we cannot see each other's hands. I built the files as the referee so I was able to see both hands. I am hoping that if you create your next file as the Union player, then I will not be able to see it when logged on and the CSA player. However, we will want to confirm that is the case before loading our cards in vassal. Of course, we do not need to ever load our cards in the vassal files, it is fine to continue manage them in ACTs only.

I did a Quality Check to make sure everything was consistent with between the two versions. However, feel free to check for yourself if you wish.

When you get chance, try it out. The new version is very nice.
66 4/21/2020 6:28:00 AM Summer 1861 Confederate Play Strategy card as Operations #72: 2 / John Ericsson's Monitor Fleet
The Union Amphibious Assault modifier is increased by two.

Message from Confederate:
activate JJ in Wilmington. JJ+2 SP move 6 spaces to Richmond, pu 1 SP (n3 w/ JJ, n2 in Richmond) and moves:
7. Hanover
8. Gordonsville

and holds.

Back to the Yanks...
65 4/21/2020 5:53:00 AM Summer 1861 Confederate Message I started to rebuild the game in Ver 3.2. However, last night, I saw on CSW that ver 3.2 is going to be released in ~2 weeks. So I am going to wait until then and so that I can move the game over only once. However, I left the ver 3.1 files in their own archive if you ever want to take a look. I am continuing in version 2.02 for now...
64 4/19/2020 11:39:00 PM Summer 1861 Union Play Strategy card as Operations #32: 3 / Dixie Land
Confederate defiance against the “War of Northern Aggression” hardens. Increase Confederate SW by three points.

Message from Union:
Activate Halleck, take 1 SP, leave 1 there. 5MPs-Frederick MD and pu Pope only. 6th MP-DC and drop Pope, pu Little Mac. 7th-return to Frederick MD and halt, n8 there in the space.

BTY. let me know when you want to transfer the game and if you don't mind replicating the baord state on that module, that woudl be great. i've downloaded teh module now.
63 4/19/2020 11:34:00 PM Summer 1861 Union Message wow, I completely forgot to place a general down south in TX. brilliant move on my part.
62 4/19/2020 11:30:00 PM Summer 1861 Union Message I have downloaded 3.1. Will check it out. doing my move now.
61 4/16/2020 8:27:00 PM Summer 1861 Confederate Message Hi Jonathan, I don't know if you have seen the new vassal module for FtP yet, but it is beautiful! We will definitely want to convert our game over.

I noticed that the first version game out in the beginning of the week and there have been a few hot fixes already, so it is probably worth it to wait for a couple a weeks before the obvious bugs are worked out. But the art work, amazing. You will definitely want to draw your cards in the vassal mod now!

There is lots of stuff on BGG and CSW on it, so when you get a moment, check it out!
60 4/14/2020 8:24:00 PM Summer 1861 Confederate Message Hi Jonathan. No worries, I'm not going anywhere. We are doing fine with the home quarantine. Compared to most, we are in good shape. Kids are at a good age for this sort of thing, able to use technology to keep in touch with their friends and not missing Proms or Graduations.

How are you doing with your family? Are Calvin and Mom doing ok?
59 4/13/2020 6:21:00 PM Summer 1861 Union Message sorry got a little crazy here for awhile but i sould be able to resume pace again. I'm working from home all month and work has picked back up a lot but i have settled into a groove. things still going well with kids at home?
58 3/18/2020 8:30:00 PM Summer 1861 Confederate Message No campaign card, the Union may proceed...
57 3/18/2020 8:21:00 PM Summer 1861 Confederate Draw Strategy cards 5 cards drawn.

56 3/18/2020 8:21:00 PM Summer 1861 Confederate Message Bragg goes to Richmond
JJ goes to Wilmington
Smith goes to Monroe
55 3/18/2020 8:19:00 PM Summer 1861 Confederate Die roll request Request: 999-sided die x 3


Message from Confederate:
Stuart will go to Manassas

Roll for:

1. JJ
2. Smith
3. Bragg

They will got to from low to High:

1. Richmond
2. Wilmington
3. Monroe
54 3/18/2020 8:16:00 PM Summer 1861 Confederate Message We are doing fine so far! My wife and I both started working home today. The kids (Soph, Fresh in High school) have been home since Monday. We are very fortunate in that my Wife and I are able to work productively from home and the High School is continuing to teach online, so the kids are not missing school. I am happy for that.

How about yourself, are you working from home? Is the fam doing ok?
53 3/18/2020 2:06:00 AM Summer 1861 Union Draw Strategy cards 5 cards drawn.

52 3/18/2020 2:03:00 AM Summer 1861 Union Message - Burnside and Rosie in Cairo.
- Halleck in Pitt
- Buell in AOP
- Mac in DC!
- Banks and Pope in Frederick

drawing cards and to you for generals and determining initiative.
51 3/18/2020 1:58:00 AM Summer 1861 Union Die roll request Request: 999-sided die x 7


Message from Union:
Rolling in VASSAL ORDER, Mac, Rosie, Pope, Halleck, Buell, Banks, Burns.

Top rollers to bottom:

2 in Cairo IL, 1 in Pittsburgh, 1 in AOP, 2 in Frederick MD, 1 in DC.
50 3/18/2020 1:51:00 AM Summer 1861 Union Message how are things for you with Coronavirus? you working form home, are you in a job that you can do that?
49 3/10/2020 8:23:00 PM Summer 1861 Confederate Message Us SW also get the FoW change of +2.

US SW: 105- +2=107+

The vassal file already reflects this.

Now back to you for US Generals...
48 3/10/2020 8:16:00 PM Summer 1861 Confederate Message From last Spring:

US gains control of WV
US SW: 100+5=105

Place PC markers, Wheeling, Weston, Lewisburg, WV

CSA Strat Moves:
1. 1 SP from Mobile to Monroe
2. 1 SP from NO to Monroe (n2)
3. 1 SP from Corinth to Dover (n3)
4. 1 SP from Decatur to Manassas (n4)
5. 1 SP from Charleston (n1 remain) to Richmond (n2)
6. 1 SP from Savannah to Richmond (n3)
7. 1 SP from Columbus, GA to Columbus, KY (n2)

BTY for Generals...
47 3/10/2020 12:59:00 PM Summer 1861 Union Message you are correct. please update with your strat moves and update the SW change for US. Nice catch
46 3/10/2020 12:51:00 PM Summer 1861 Confederate Message Hi Jonathan. I was looking at the board to planning my strat moves out. However, I think we missed a state conversion. You placed 3 PC markers in WV with a card and then finished the Spring '61 turn with the AoP in Franklin, WV. So the Union had PC markers in 4 spaces in WV and should have converted it. Take a look and see if you agree, then we can adjust if needed.
45 3/8/2020 12:11:00 PM Summer 1861 Union Message 2 from Bloomington IN, n2 > Frederick MD, n5. 2 from Zanesville OH, n0 > Frederick MD, n7. 1 from STL, MO, n1 Harpers Ferry, n2.

over to you for CSA strat moves.
44 3/8/2020 12:08:00 PM Summer 1861 Union Message 5 from DC, n3 > Sabine City TX, n6.

1 each from Springfield IL, Indy, IN, Columbus (all go to 0) > AOP, n5.

1 from Cincy, OH and 1 from Strasburg VA (both to 0) > 1 from Cincy goes by rail to Frederick MD, n3, VA one goes by road thanks to army exception, AOP n6.

that's 10 so far

43 3/2/2020 6:19:00 PM Summer 1861 Confederate Message I just posted the Vassal log, so you are good to go with the Union Strat Moves...
42 3/2/2020 12:53:00 PM Summer 1861 Confederate Message Thank You for doing all of the EoT stuff. All looks good to me procedure-wise (game-wise, I don't like the look of all those Yankees!)

I am posting this log from work so I can not post the vassal log yet. I will post the Vassal log tonight.

CSA Blockade Runners:
Wilmington, Charleston, Columbus, New Orleans

CSA Reinforcements:
Manassas (n3)
Wilmington (n2)
Charleston (n2)
Dover (n2)
Ft. Gadson

I will post a quick note in ACTS when I upload the vassal log.

41 3/1/2020 3:59:00 PM Summer 1861 Union Message Back to you.
40 3/1/2020 3:57:00 PM Summer 1861 Union Message 8 in DC. 2 in Zanesville OH, 4 in Bloomington IN. 4 in Cairo, n5.
39 3/1/2020 3:51:00 PM Spring 1861 Union End Turn
38 3/1/2020 3:51:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Message No border states or raids. No war weariness or guilt. Attrition:CSA -1 in Manassas Jct. n2. Turn is done. on to US Levies.
37 3/1/2020 3:50:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Message Place PCs phase

US: Strasburg VA; Franklin WV, Sabine City TX. CSA-None.
36 3/1/2020 3:47:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Message AOP drops 1 SP, n2, in Strasburg, VA and then 6th MP he goes to Franklin WV and halts.
35 3/1/2020 3:46:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1


Message from Union:
AOP, n3. JJ goes to the TT and 4th MP-convert Winchester, 5th MP-Strasburg and PGT B can intercept with a 1 only.
34 3/1/2020 3:43:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2


Message from Union:
Medium table:
US: +1 generals +4 force ratio = +5

CSA: +2 JJ defense
33 3/1/2020 3:40:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Message JJ fails his retreat roll and so it's a medium battle 5-1. Probably should have gone on a 4-1 to stayp on small table and not lose more than 1 SP but I really want to try to kill JJ if possible.

32 3/1/2020 3:38:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1


Message from Union:
JJ can attempt a retreat! 2 or less to skedaddle.
31 3/1/2020 3:38:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Message AOP activates (5), 1st to Frederick MD, drop 1, n4, n2 in Frederick. 2nd-Harpers Ferry, pu 1, n5 and n1 in HF. 3rd-Attack JJ at Winchester with 5 SP's
30 2/18/2020 2:16:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Message got ya. lucky for me to have a campaign card on first turn.
29 2/12/2020 6:52:00 PM Spring 1861 Confederate Message Thank you for offering, but no need. The Hunley was part of a larger defense plan and I knew the risks. Please proceed with your second action when ready...
28 2/12/2020 4:35:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Message log for now and await reaction before my 2nd leg of campaign
27 2/12/2020 4:35:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Play Strategy card as Event #121: 3 / Minor Campaign
Conduct up to two moves or conduct one special army-size naval move. No SP, general, or army marker may be moved twice with the same campaign card. You must move a different force each move.

Message from Union:
no troops to oppose me in Sabine City so I will send this 1 SP from Philadelphia PA and sail there and win and destroy Hunley. if you misunderstood the rule, I will let you move the Hunley somewhere more useful like a coastal fort with an inherent defense.
26 2/11/2020 5:08:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Message Thank you for your patience. work always drains me the couple days after I get back from vacation. I went to Seattle for Game On and got to play GCACW (Roads to Gettysburg II), Pax Pamir 2nd Ed and couple times and finally 2 full days of Axis Empires: Totaler Krieg. What a great experience...wish I hadn't waited so long to start going to conventions but I'm happy to be doing them now. it was great to get away from work and the daily grind and barely be on phone or CPU and just play games. And AE TK is so good it has fired all other WWII grand strategy games for me.
25 2/7/2020 6:13:00 AM Spring 1861 Confederate Message Nice, enjoy and good luck this weekend! If you get a moment, let know which convention and how it goes.
24 2/6/2020 1:19:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Message I will try to make a move in next 24-48 hours. I'm at a convention with a rare few days to do live war games!
23 1/29/2020 9:32:00 PM Spring 1861 Confederate Play Strategy card as Operations #40: 3 / Emergency Call for Volunteers
Union receives five SPs, no more than two SPs in any space. Placement spaces must be friendly controlled, have a LOC and be free of Confederate SPs or forts.

Message from Confederate:
PC markers to Paducah, Louisville, Falmouth KY

Back to you for card 4...
22 1/29/2020 9:31:00 PM Spring 1861 Confederate Message Yeah while an interrupt card is nice, I do not like to give up that last move. That is a big advantage. Here goes...
21 1/29/2020 12:25:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Message well your last card play, I still have one left.
20 1/29/2020 12:25:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Message BTY for the last card play

19 1/29/2020 12:25:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Play Strategy card as Event #44: 2 / Western Virginia
Place three Union PC markers in any West Virginia space free of Confederate SPs. If the space contains a Confederate PC marker, it is flipped. Remove from deck if event is played.

Message from Union:
weird my hand is gone, i'm guessing becuase i drew on that log that was ignored. oh well, here goes.

Parkersburg, Charleston, Grafton
18 1/29/2020 12:22:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Message you are quite the jerk with that move. HOpefully i can take advantage of getting to go last.
17 1/28/2020 6:43:00 PM Spring 1861 Confederate Message Bad typing. last log should have started with:

"Since McDowell's move WAS canceled,..."

16 1/28/2020 6:42:00 PM Spring 1861 Confederate Play Strategy card as Event #56: 1 / CSS Hunley
Place the CSS Hunley marker in any friendly port. Provides a +1 DRM to Confederate during next amphibious assault. Remove Hunley once modifier has been used. No more than one Hunley can be in play at a given time.

Message from Confederate:
Since McDowell's move once canceled, I am going to start with my last vassal file "002_FTP JvJ-RD2_US-CSA 1.vlog". When it is your turn, you will still have the "Confederate Inflation" card in your hand.

Place Huntley in Sabine City.
Back to you for 3rd card...
15 1/28/2020 6:38:00 PM Spring 1861 Confederate Play Strategy card as Event #107: 1 / Guerilla Raids Delay Supply
Play as interrupt to cancel the activation of any Union general with a strategy rating of 2 or 3.

Message from Confederate:
Oh oh looks like there are some freedom loving guerrillas in Maryland!

Down with King Lincoln!
14 1/28/2020 1:29:00 AM Spring 1861 Union Play Strategy card as Operations #18: 2 / Confederate Inflation
Confederate SW reduced by two.

Message from Union:
Finish that Ops Queue for AOP. leave 1 SP behind, n4. 1-2 MP's: to Harpers Ferry via Frederick (dropping off 1 there, n2 in Fred and n3 w/AOP); in HF pu2, n5. 3rd MP-attack JJ in Winchester with 5 SPs. How do you respond to this aggression?
13 1/28/2020 1:23:00 AM Spring 1861 Union Message hmm, one of these cards won't be found when i type.
12 1/24/2020 5:05:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Message gah, i should have just bit the bullet and send 2 SP's there for the guaranteed take down.
11 1/22/2020 9:39:00 PM Spring 1861 Confederate Play Strategy card as Operations #1: 1 / Empty Haversacks
Can be played as an Interrupt card to cancel the activation of any Confederate force, OR during a Union player's turn to cause a Confederate force to immediately execute an attrition procedure. In addition, conduct Forage if force has no LOC.

Message from Confederate:
1 SP sails from Little Rock to Ft. St. Philip/Jackson
10 1/22/2020 5:35:00 PM Spring 1861 Confederate Message It is easy to find the correct card if you know how! It sounds like you already knew to Right-Click on the Draw pile and then to select "Draw specific cards".

When the "Draw" window comes up with the card numbers listed in a random order, type the number of the card number that you want to draw. For example the "Bermuda" card you just played is card #23, so type "23" in the "Draw" window. That should highlight #23. Then you type ok which closes the "draw" window. That card should now be at the top of the draw pile (although you can't see it). Then, you take the top card in draw pile and move it to one of your open slots. The correct card should appear there. For cards 1-9, you need to type "01" - "09".

You don't really need to do it, but the art work is so nice on these games, that I like make the extra effort to enjoy the game as much as possible while playing on a computer!

9 1/22/2020 8:47:00 AM Spring 1861 Union Play Strategy card as Operations #23: 2 / Bermuda Blockade Surge
Confederate immediately receives two SPs in any open Blockade Runner Port, no more than one SP per port, but more than 1SP per Blockade zone is permitted. If insufficient ports are available, the excess SPs are lost.

Message from Union:
Ops Queue for Mr. McDowell of the AOP, back to you!
8 1/22/2020 8:45:00 AM Spring 1861 Union Message how hard is it to find those cards and draw, when i go to draw them sicne we are using ACTS, it just shows numbers which match up to ACTS numbering but then they aren't in any order.
7 1/21/2020 6:28:00 PM Spring 1861 Confederate Message I agree 100%. I can understand why so many people study only the Civil War for their entire life. It is such a deep topic, politically, economically, militarily, socially and is still all around us today. I find the behind the scene politics fascinating. When people today talk about the grid lock or the parties being at each other's throats, I always say, actually, it was far worse in the past.

I also have alot of respect for Abe. He could have done so many things differently, backed down, quit the war, suspended elections. The man wrote all of his own speeches - just incredible. I recently read Team of Rivals about Abe and his cabinet. A fantastic look into his presidency and his relations with congress and the republican party. Excellent stuff.

I also read Bruce Catton's Trilogy on the Army of the Potomac, also really good. Also, I recently read Earl Hess' book "Civil War Infantry Tactics". There is lots of discussion if Napoleonic Tactics were correct for the Civil War era given the increased accuracy of the weapons. He has a very interesting take on it.

But I agree, the story is soooo much deeper and than school book version, I could read the different aspects of it forever!

6 1/21/2020 10:26:00 AM Spring 1861 Union Message It is ironic that the war known so well as "the civil war" was actually a war of revolution and independence by the south since they had no desire to topple the national government or take it over, they wanted to break away unlike the English Civil War which was truly a war for who would rule the whole nation.

I've been on a two year binge of deep diving history on the US CW and what's remarkable to me is that the war was kind of like a husband and wife fighting about 2 totally different things. For the Union, almost all of them really just cared about preserving teh Union and abolitionists were a tiny minority and Lincoln said as much in his open letter replying to Horace Greeley. He later only freed the slaves as a war measure and only in the states and counties still under CSA control. and yet the south is far from innocent as well since while they proclaimed "states rights", all their correspondence and letters to teh editors of newspapers and debates kept talking about the imminent threat of their "institutions" and some even went out and said what they were meaning. From what I read, the only reason they spoke in more coded language in official addresses and speeches was because they were aware that France adn UK were watching keenly and might intervene but the more it appeared that Slavery was at stake, the less likely it was they would recognize the CSA since both countries at that point had abolished slavery.

really fascinating history that I wish I had been taught the nuances of in school and not the cartoon version that has been popularized.
5 1/21/2020 6:16:00 AM Spring 1861 Confederate Message No Campaign to start with for the freedom loving descendants of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson who find their selves in a greater struggle than the one against King George three quarters of a century ago.

You may proceed.

Looking forward to another fun game!
4 1/21/2020 6:05:00 AM Spring 1861 Confederate Draw Strategy cards 4 cards drawn.

3 1/20/2020 4:47:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Message making vassal log with new campaign, you draw and determine initiative
2 1/20/2020 4:45:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Draw Strategy cards 4 cards drawn.

1 1/20/2020 4:45:00 PM Spring 1861 Union Message new game in ACTS!

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