Saturday, February 9, 2013
Sneak Peak at Command Combat: Civil War - 1863
I am hard at work on the expansions for Command Combat: Civil War. The remaining three year expansions, which include 1863, 1864, and 1865, and the Gettysburg battlepack will all be released during the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and will be premiered at Historicon in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
1863 is, of course, the first one I'm working on. It focuses on larger scale armies and army commanders, since that was the year when battles grew into the mammoth conflicts that are so famous.
The scenarios will primarily be the larger ones, such as Gettysburg, Chancellorsville, Chickamauga, etc.
I chose Jackson and Sherman for the cover for their own reasons. It is, of course, Jackson's last opportunity to appear on a cover, and 1863 was the year of his most astonishing victory at Chancellorsville. Sherman is on it because this is the year when he rose up to prominence. Of course, it's also the year Grant made the same rise to power, but he'll be on the 1864 cover, so Sherman gets this one.
As mentioned earlier, the main rule additions will center around holding larger battles, so they will introduce the army general into the game and provide him with orders that he sends to corps generals. These orders will be in the form of objectives. So instead of beginning the battle with set objectives, they will be given out, or possibly changed, by the army generals. Turns will take place primarily by corps as well, so that the game doesn't get bogged down with moving every single division by their own turns.
In addition to going large, the game will also go small. Certain special regiments will be added, such as 54th Massachusetts, which was the first black regiment to see active duty.
The generals, too, will change. One example is Lee, whose special ability will be "Know the enemy" which allows him to utilize his opponent general's special ability once per game. He will also have other abilities, but that's the surprise!