As I foreshadowed in late October, hard copies of Altar of Freedom are once again available in printed, book format. I needed to find an easy printing solution that also solved issues with international distribution and am pleased to say that Lulu.com answered those problems nicely. Lulu is a print-on-demand service that ships around the world. There are some other POD services out there and I communicated with several of them and ran proof copies at two. In the end, Lulu fulfilled orders faster and with a nicer product. You can now order a print copy of the rules directly from Lulu's site and have it shipped to you within a week.
The return of the print version of the rules will no doubt lead to some questions for players who may have already purchased a copy before. To find out what's different and what's the same, read on below.
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!
It's been about a month since Gibraltar of the West was released and well over 500 downloads have occurred since that time (edit: closer to 700 by the time I got around to publishing this post). There's been lots of positive feedback from players, including several who have already run multiplayer campaigns of their own. Tony Hawkins of the "Wednesday Warriors" and "Wargame Developments" created an indexed version of the campaign map, so that grid spaces can be individually referenced. You can download his revised map in the links below! And if you haven't downloaded the rules quite yet, get started on your own Vicksburg operation! It's completely free to play.
Indexed Campaign Maps, courtesy of the "Wednesday Warriors" club
Before selecting Vicksburg as the first campaign for our system, I spent time gathering resources and information for about half a dozen possible contenders. Given the enthusiasm for Gibraltar of the West, it's safe to say that another campaign offering will eventually be released. Several are in various stages of design right now, but which campaign most interests you? We want to hear from our players around the world to find out which ACW campaign we should focus on next. Below the break, you can cast your ballot for one of six possible campaigns--three from the eastern theater, and three from the west.
Survey results will be released on July 4th, the day Pemberton surrendered Vicksburg to Grant!
Last year, I teased a "major supplement" would be released soon and better still, it would be 100% FREE. The delay has been quite long in coming, but hopefully the wait will have been worth it. This supplement has been in development and play-testing for the better part of two years and I didn't want to drag it into the light until everything had been properly polished. Here's what we have cooking:
All Altar of Freedom products are now available for PDF download with Wargame Vault, the online mega-store for all sorts of wargaming rules and products. Physical print copies of the main rule book are still available through Brigade Games while supplies last. We have exhausted the entire first run of the print copy!
I am very grateful to my friends at Iron Ivan Games for distributing Altar of Freedom when it was originally released in 2013.