This week our club fought the Third Battle of Winchester, sometimes called Opequon Creek. It's an 8-turn engagement that offers some tactical challenges to each side. The Federals enjoy a clear advantage in numbers and quality, but they are mostly funneled down a single road to approach a strong rebel position. Can Jubal Early survive until nightfall? Find out here!
The Little Wars TV crew recently played the entire 3-day Gettysburg scenario in a single afternoon, and playing that size engagement with seven players can be daunting. They required a faster version of the game and I set out to design one for this purpose. My design priorities were twofold: (1) Cut the time required to play a large, multi-day battle in half; (2) Keep the core game mechanics intact.
Both priorities are satisfied in the new speed play rules available now. I made a short video explaining how the variant works and what the changes are, but you can download a free copy of this one-page supplement right here on the website. It's under the Free Downloads section, and the PDF link also appears below.
In the season two premiere of Little Wars TV, Gettysburg gets the full treatment using Altar of Freedom! The format and production quality of this video stand out as a top-notch effort. Not to be missed!
Little Wars TV is ramping up for a massive Gettysburg wargame, which would normally be exciting news in its own right. But better still, this game actually allows YOU to take a role in the battle. A modified, faster version of Altar of Freedom will be used to refight all three days of Gettysburg in a single afternoon! The players at the tabletop will be following orders issued by fans voting on a series of strategic command decisions for each army. Should Ewell have pressed harder on July 1st to seize Culp's Hill? Should Reynolds have ordered Howard'sa XI Corps to attack the exposed end of AP Hill's line on Seminary Ridge? Those decisions are now yours to make and they will be played out on the tabletop!.
Get involved today while the voting remains open! It's being hosted by the American Battlefield Trust, and if you haven't heard of this non-profit organization before, you really should read about their important work saving battlefields across the country from development.
Wargaming Recon, a long-running historical wargaming podcast, discussed Altar of Freedom in their latest episode. It's a good perspective from players painting up 6mm Baccus armies to jump into the rules for the first time. There's also a fairly in-depth discussion about the merits of wargaming in smaller scales like 6mm and 10mm. There aren't all that many historical wargaming podcasts out there, so if you want some fun listening while you're in the car or painting miniatures you should give Wargaming Recon a try. They have a long back-catalog of previous episodes worth checking out.
Our method for creating cheap, effective rivers and creeks in 6mm scale now has a video tutorial, courtesy of Little Wars TV! Check it out, along with the rest of the great historical wargaming content available there.
Would you like a free copy of Altar of Freedom? The guys at Little Wars TV (of which I happen to be one!) are giving away a free copy of the rules, plus two other systems, this week only.
All you have to do is sign up to be eligible. Plus, signing up gets you all kinds of other free bonus content at Little Wars TV, so this is a win-win scenario. And if you're already signed up, you're already in the running for the giveaway?
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Little Wars TV is doing in depth rule reviews of each set played in their wargame episodes, and as the first system used in the series, Altar of Freedom was the first to be reviewed! It's a fun review, and although I'd argue the "Support" offered here on this website is much more than the reviewers suggested, they had a very good deep dive into the rest of the game. I mean, they couldn't be right about EVERYTHING. You can the watch the full review below, and of course, if you haven't seen the Antietam episode of the series, be sure to check it out!