Our Campaign System
Back when the original ideas for Altar of Freedom germinated many years ago, creating a great campaign system was always an integral part of that. What could be better than fighting the entire Battle of Gettysburg on a 6'x4' tabletop? Why, fighting the entire Gettysburg campaign, of course! I had hoped to have this campaign system ready in early 2014, but no plan survives first contact with the enemy.
Gibraltar of the West is the title of our first campaign supplement, designed to allow multiple players to experience the Vicksburg campaign between Grant, Pemberton, and Johnston. This is map-based system where 2-5 players have total freedom of maneuver across a wide theater, giving you the ability to fight a series of battles and attempt rewriting the history of May 1863. A short turn limit combined with asymmetrical, variable objectives for each side keeps the pressure on all players. Many more details about the campaign will be coming soon.
The supplement is currently in the final round of editing and layout, so you can expect to see it available within the month, along with a photo-packed report of our club's most recent run at Vicksburg.
There are two reasons for this: (1) I think the mechanics for Altar of Freedom are uniquely suited to the American Civil War. My conception and understanding of Napoleonic warfare would require me to write a different game, with different mechanics to reflect the more professional command-and-control systems, the widely varying troop qualities and national doctrines. In short, it would be a new game.
But more importantly, (2) there are already some great big-battle Napoleonic rules available. I didn't write Altar of Freedom to make money (note: Do not quit your day job if you want to publish your own war-gaming rules), I wrote it because I was unhappy with the big battle options for ACW. I have no such qualms about the availability of Napoleonic rules. In fact you can see some of my 6mm Napoleonic troops pictured here!
I enjoy Blucher and Grande Armee quite well enough.
And for those like me who are still marching to the drums of the American Civil War, you can look forward to the imminent arrival of Gibraltar of the West! "Vicksburg is the key," Lincoln once wrote. Its fate will be in your hands.