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!
First Blood between Lee & Grant
We have a new photo AAR available for the Battle of the Wilderness, the first in a long series of bloody engagements in the Overland Campaign. Our scenario allowed players to do some hidden, pre-battle maneuver in the tangled woods. With limited communication and fog of war hampering plans, our six players made a real mess of things and produced a wildly unpredictable engagement. In some ways in mirrored the historical battle, but our outcome re-writes history in more than one major way...
READ THE AFTER ACTION REPORT!
For the last 18 months my local club has been working on an expansive video project, dedicated to the hobby of historical miniature wargaming. I'm quite proud of what we've been able to film and edit, and hopefully the wider gaming community will enjoy it. The introductory videos for the series launch this week and the official premiere of the first game episode is July 12, when Historicon 2018 kicks off. The season "trailer" appears right here, and you can click over to our YouTube channel for more. After the break, I'll explain what this whole thing has to do with Altar of Freedom.
It's been over a year since the last "news" update here at the Altar of Freedom homepage and some announcements are probably overdue. For more than a year I have been working on a number of new wargaming projects not directly related to AoF, and I'm pleased to report that a couple of them will be wrapping up this summer. Also wrapping up within the next month will be a long, long overdue follow up to Gibraltar of the West, our campaign supplement that has been downloaded for free on this website by nearly 5,000 of you. Read on after the break for all the summer announcements!
A single 6'x4' tabletop covers the entire Petersburg front and gives players a great feel for how thinly manned the trenches could be and how desperate each side became to find the open flank of the other. In addition to the free scenario, you can also check out a photo-filled AAR of Globe Tavern being played at our local club. Next week, I'll post a new terrain tutorial showing the step-by-step process used to make the 6mm Petersburg forts and trenches seen in the AAR. Globe Tavern now brings our total available scenario count to 40! More free stuff will continue to flow here at 6mmACW.com as a way of thanking all the players who have bought the rules and supplements since 2013.
Poll Results are in!
Early this May, we opened voting on a poll to see what great Civil War campaign players would most like to fight. There are so many excellent choices, but we initially narrowed the finalists to six--three from the east, and three from the west. The democratic process is an inherently messy one, which means our players wrote in three more vote-earning candidates. In another great American tradition, quite a few voters attempted to cast multiple ballots, sometimes all during the same day, and sometimes cleverly spacing out their votes over the course of weeks. Although we are not fortunate enough to have sensible voter ID laws here at 6mmACW, we do have IP address screening technology, allowing us to weed out about 50 of the 250+ votes cast in this poll.
After the break, we'll reveal the results in detail!