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seems many of us here weren't wrong - 5/16/2020 4:19:34 PM   
zakblood


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https://www.wargamer.com/articles/civil-war-games/


just nice to see others still agree tbh

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RE: seems many of us here weren't wrong - 5/16/2020 9:40:56 PM   
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ORIGINAL: zakblood

https://www.wargamer.com/articles/civil-war-games/


just nice to see others still agree tbh



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RE: seems many of us here weren't wrong - 5/17/2020 8:51:02 AM   
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Then why the lack of any movement for months in this forum?
This is an old artical as can be seen by the date of the first letter - FRI DEC 28, 2018 9:13 PM
And still nothing on these forums
Im going to sound like an old record thats stuck and keeps plying the same thing over and over
The main thing that put me off (and still does ) is the lack of a decent tutorial
I know zakblood dosnt like me going on about it but i am as sure as can be that is the reason this game never took off

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RE: seems many of us here weren't wrong - 5/17/2020 11:53:20 AM   
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ORIGINAL: bazjak

Then why the lack of any movement for months in this forum?
This is an old artical as can be seen by the date of the first letter - FRI DEC 28, 2018 9:13 PM
And still nothing on these forums
Im going to sound like an old record thats stuck and keeps plying the same thing over and over
The main thing that put me off (and still does ) is the lack of a decent tutorial
I know zakblood dosnt like me going on about it but i am as sure as can be that is the reason this game never took off



Was sure this would come up again - there were a few things that would have helped like a good tutorial.

I believe some significant health issues have made it not possible for the developer to continue at this time.

Tutorial needed ok, but that does not mean it is not an excellent game. If the effort is made to learn the game you are well rewarded.

But enough of this we have all gone over the same arguments many times and have not resolved them and I doubt we would now. I think all Zakblood wanted to do is to just recognize that the game is seen as a good one with many innovations in coverage of the civil war. The sad part for people like me is that it is not looking like the series we wanted so badly will go on. But a great series with improvements and sure a tutorial it would have been one of the best Civil War series of all time.


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RE: seems many of us here weren't wrong - 5/19/2020 5:41:02 PM   
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tutorial, yes agreed
a better manual maybe
a better editor, well yes
a follow on and more battles etc, oh yes a dream,...

but saying and agreeing with all this, imo and some of us from the beta and alpha testing days,

still there are few that come even close to this game

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RE: seems many of us here weren't wrong - 5/21/2020 10:40:37 PM   
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Using the Buy Now tab above takes you to a dead link and a 404 error....sad I really liked this game.

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RE: seems many of us here weren't wrong - 5/21/2020 10:47:19 PM   
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Using the Buy Now tab above takes you to a dead link and a 404 error....sad I really liked this game.


I think it's just a broken link. Its still available in the store https://www.matrixgames.com/game/brother-against-brother

It's a hidden gem to be sure.

< Message edited by Talon_XBMCX -- 5/21/2020 10:49:14 PM >

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RE: seems many of us here weren't wrong - 5/26/2020 5:18:16 AM   
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quote:

Was sure this would come up again - there were a few things that would have helped like a good tutorial.

I believe some significant health issues have made it not possible for the developer to continue at this time.

Tutorial needed ok, but that does not mean it is not an excellent game. If the effort is made to learn the game you are well rewarded.

But enough of this we have all gone over the same arguments many times and have not resolved them and I doubt we would now. I think all Zakblood wanted to do is to just recognize that the game is seen as a good one with many innovations in coverage of the civil war. The sad part for people like me is that it is not looking like the series we wanted so badly will go on. But a great series with improvements and sure a tutorial it would have been one of the best Civil War series of all time.


+1 I really liked the gameplay style plus the fact the game focused on a couple of the lesser known but no less important early Civil war engagements. It is sad that events seemed to have conspired to stop future development.

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RE: seems many of us here weren't wrong - 5/29/2020 7:35:11 AM   
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One of the reasons I think the game didn't take off was the battle selection. Put Gettysburg in the game and it sells. We got Bull Run and some lesser known battles. This game should have had the more well known battles included at release. A map editor and OOB editor wouldn't have hurt either. Look at all the scenarios for games like TOAW IV and CMO. They could have done the same thing with a Napoleonic game too. Release a game with the more well known battles and the tools so that users could create their own. That would sell.

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RE: seems many of us here weren't wrong - 6/2/2020 4:41:53 AM   
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I know but there are dozens of "Gettysburg" games out there (or at least it feels like it). I am also not sure of how the game system would have coped with "Gettysburg" -individual scenarios of portions of the battle yes but the whole battle? Hopefully I am wrong on this latter.

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RE: seems many of us here weren't wrong - 6/2/2020 11:12:32 PM   
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I loved Forge of Freedom and wan't to get their next game but the scenario selection completely turned me off. I can't imagine a main scenario I would have liked less than First Bull Run. They really needed to have a main scenario that would draw players to buy the game. There's at least a dozen major battles other than Gettysburg (way too much to bite off on first try) that I would have happily bought the game for.

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RE: seems many of us here weren't wrong - 7/7/2020 3:29:24 PM   
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BoB is probably the best tactical CW game in existence. But it used an unfamiliar interface and needed some critical enhancements (mainly in the Replay part). So it failed to get enough customers other than a small hard core groups. Now it's an orphan game with no ongoing development or support. For us hard core followers there just so much play you can get out of a small battle like 1st Mananas.

I had high hopes that I could get those in the ACWGC to be interested in the game since they were the most likely customer base. But they seem to be stuck in the JT style games dating from the 90's and wouldn't take to the change. I wrote my own game hoping that a "free" game that expanded the detail of JT board game on a computer would draw some interest. None.

Now, for me BoB won't even work for PBEM so I have given up on it too.


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RE: seems many of us here weren't wrong - 7/10/2020 5:01:34 PM   
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Im going to be shouted down yet again i expect but i dont care
One word
TUTORIAL (the lack of )

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RE: seems many of us here weren't wrong - 9/4/2020 1:36:43 AM   
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A sale (now) would help get people into it.

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RE: seems many of us here weren't wrong - 9/17/2020 1:46:40 PM   
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ORIGINAL: kennonlightfoot

I had high hopes that I could get those in the ACWGC to be interested in the game since they were the most likely customer base. But they seem to be stuck in the JT style games dating from the 90's and wouldn't take to the change. I wrote my own game hoping that a "free" game that expanded the detail of JT board game on a computer would draw some interest. None.

Now, for me BoB won't even work for PBEM so I have given up on it too.



I purchased this recently just to see what the buzz was about. Although I've been interested in ACW all my life, my wargaming interests had mainly been in WW II, and more recently, Cold War. I've since joined the ACWGC and am having a great time with the JTS games, but this one really seems far more realistic and enjoyable.

While I haven't yet played a lot, the game does not seem all that difficult to learn. I also don't think the manual lacks for coverage of most topics. A tutorial would certainly have helped, but I learned much from the Youtube video of the Hancock flank attack at Wmsburg.

I'm sad to see that this game likely has no future. There is certainly nothing else like it in the market and its potential was boundless. A shame to see it hanging, withering on the vine....

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RE: seems many of us here weren't wrong - 10/25/2020 1:31:34 PM   
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im very glad and happy to hear you also found it easy to pick up and play and yes also agree it's a shame we haven't had a update / follow on etc, as i'd love more of the same or a new engine, as still i've yet to find anything anywhere near as good, as yes i've looked at more than a few with Grand Tactician The Civil War (1861-1865) being one of the latest to look the part, but fall over on a really poor AI upto yet, and wrong format for me as i'm still no fan of RTS, no matter how it's appears, will maybe still grab once out of EA, but only if the AI gets good enough to be worth the effort for single player

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