Gary Grigsby’s War Between the States

by Brett Schulte on November 1, 2007 · 0 comments

I’m not sure how I managed to miss this, but Gary Grigsby’s new Civil War game has received a title: Gary Grigsby’s War Between the States. A new forum is now available at Matrix games for those of you interested in tracking its final stages of development. In addition, an AAR thread has been started by several of the playtesters on the game. Lastly, the development team has put out an open call for Beta testers. Joel Billings provides some details here:

After publishing 30 wargames covering battles of the 20th century, Gary Grigsby finally decided to design a game set earlier in history. You can always count on Gary to come up with some unique design ideas, and here’s your chance to be a part of Gary’s first pre-20th century design.

After being in alpha testing since January, we’re now ready to move on to beta testing. We’re looking for some new testers that are willing to put in time to learn and test the game during the beta stage, which should last between 3 to 6 months. We have a core group of about a half dozen alpha testers but would like to add to that. Although there are a few additional features we hope to sneak in at the end, testers will be focused on learning the game so they can identify bugs and assist us in balancing the victory conditions.

WBTS is a monthly turn based game with area movement covering the entire American Civil War. You can play either side against the AI or via Play by Email. Its interface is a descendent of the one used in World at War. This game is more complicated than World at War, and has many unique rules that will be new to most wargamers. This is not an easy game to learn how to play well, however we do have a good first draft of the manual and 16 video tutorials (almost an hour of video) that will help you learn the game.

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