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I’ve been interested in the American Civil War for a good while, ever since I saw Gettysburg the film, and then listened to the audiobook entitled “The Killer Angels” on which the film was based. I’ve dabbled in a lot of ACW strategy and wargames. One which has eluded my attention because I could never quite grasp its concepts was Ageod’s offering The American Civil War: The Blue and the Gray.

Ageod's American Civil War: More colourful than just blue and gray!

I’ve heard many good things about AGEOD‘s gaming system, and they have a number of titles out that follow similar rules and mechanisms, so I thought it was about time I knuckled down and made the effort to ingest the details and play this game. One which looks deliciously complex from the out of supply boundaries of ignorance.

Its taken me a day and a half to become comfortable enough to run through a short 10 turn scenario on easy difficulty. So please, don’t expect this to be an education in the strategic nuances of the game. My AAR is pitched more at the  “Newbie has a go” level. I hope with this commentary I can open the AGEOD box for others who have been daunted by their titles in the past, but also spark some debate from people who know the game, and want to share their knowledge and experience with us all.

You can access all the Shiloh AAR pages as PDF files from here, download them as a zip file:


The Shiloh AAR - For Beginners