Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Another second-hand game purchased on eBay

I was so impressed with the potential uses of the playing pieces that came with my recently purchased WAR! AGE OF IMPERIALISM, that I bought a copy of Eagle Games' THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR boxed wargame via eBay.


The box contains a large three-part playing board that is a map that covers the main theatres of the American Civil War, ...


... rules (with three levels of complexity from Basic to Advanced), dice, and a large number of plastic 20mm-scale figures, moulded in four colours. (There are two grey, two dark blue, one light blue, and one red sprues in the box, each sprue having 20 infantry, 10 cavalry, 5 cannon [each made from three parts], 5 leaders, and 2 standard bearers.) There are also three sprues of horses (2 brown and 1 black), with each sprue having 24 horses.

One thing that the box does not contain is the Tactical Battle Board, ...


... but the rules make it clear that this is not required, and that one can be made from a large piece of card. (It can be bought from Eagle Games as a 'spare part' or 'component'. I would like to buy one, but the cost of $3.00 is outweighed by the cost of postage and packing [$43.00!] ... which I think is quite out of all proportion to the price of the item.)

I can already see potential uses for both the playing board, the battle board, and the figures ... and I have a feeling that I will begin to explore them over the forthcoming months.

7 comments:

  1. I'm sure I have this boxed game in my collection somewhere. I got it second hand at a show. I bought it for the playing pieces but have done nothing with it so far!

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  2. Never heard of this before and I', most impressed!

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  3. Bob, I'm not sure if you have noticed this but it may be of interest to you!

    http://theminiaturespage.com/news/?id=1816224883

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  4. Jim Duncan,

    I have a few ideas that I hope to try out in the near future ... so watch this space!

    All the best,

    Bob

    PS. Thanks for the link. I shall be following it up!

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  5. The Dancing Cake Tin,

    The rules are interesting and include both a strategic game and a simple tactical game.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  6. Hi, Bob. I've not played this game, but I did play the Eagle Games stable-mate to it, 'Napoleon in Europe' and it was excellent.

    All the best,
    Craig

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  7. CWT (Craig),

    Thanks for the endorsement. Both the games I have bought have similar game mechanisms, and I understand that they were also used in 'Napoleon in Europe'.

    All the best,

    Bob

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