Over Malvern Hill the American Civil Wargame
Over Malvern Hill is a wargame ruleset that allows you, the gamer, to recreate the epic battles of the American Civil War
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, September 2 2018 6:00 PM UTC +00:00.
In August 2017 we launched our first skirmish wargame entitled Forager the Napoleonic Skirmish Game accompanied by our very own 28mm Napoleonic figure range including French, Portuguese, Spanish and British characters for the Forager game. The campaign funded in three days and was a huge success with project delivery times being met.
Our most recent project to achieve success was our American War of Indipendence Rules Set Rise and Fight Again this funded in July 2018 and is all set to reach our backers on time in August 2018.
We now are pleased to announce the launch of our next exciting new project Over Malvern Hill the American Civil War Wargame.
When designing Over Malvern Hill we set ourselves several key objectives: -We wanted to Produce a fast paced easy to play game where the Psychological effect of warfare was strongly reflected throughout the game and the rule mechanics.
Command and Control and ACW tactics should be firmly rooted in the game.
We also wanted to ensure that Players can use all the modern figure scales available e.g. 6 mm, 10 mm, 15 mm and 28 mm. We heartily recommend Raven Banner Games new range of American Civil War figures they are excellent quality and value. The game must accommodates numerous model to actual men ratios, with no re-basing required. As we worked through the rule set we constantly revisited our aims and objectives to ensure that we did not stray from our goal.
The Over Malvern Hill rulebook is split into two sections, the first is entitled the Game Rules , and here you will find all you need to play a fast paced ACW game. This section contains over 50 pages that includes full colour diagrams, photographs and structured easy to follow rules. This section also includes some wonderful art work by Bob Marrion.
The final section is the appendices, were you will find information on how to set up your games of Over Malvern Hill and a comprehensive list of units that took part in the war.
Basing, Tables and Scale of the Game
True to our objectives, the rules can be played in most figure scales and the rules are so flexible that players do not have to rebase their armies and armies based to different rules systems can be played against each other. Table sizes can be as little as the usual 4 x 6 to as large as you have space for, we often use the excellent much loved Cigar Box Battle mats on our table tops. Units in the Game Another of our foundation stones for Over Malvern Hill is the way we represent the capabilities of infantry battalions, cavalry regiments, and artillery batteries. We wanted to keep this as simple as possible and decided that a unit be they infantry cavalry or artillery would have only one statistics, a Fatigue Score. The Fatigue score of a unit is a numerical representation of the unit’s combat capabilities based on its Grade and its Élan. A units training, combat experience and psychological state are all rolled up into the units Fatigue Score. The higher the Fatigue Score number, the better the troop type will perform....
Unit characteristics and a unit’s number of officers and men can also affect a typical unit’s Fatigue Score. This Fatigue Score can be modified during the game, when units suffer Fatigue Hits taken during the movement, shooting and combat phases. To counteract that, commanders have the ability to rally units, a commander who successfully rallies a unit removes a number of Fatigue Hits. A Fatigue hit marker can be something as simple as a dice or counter whilst some players have created mini dioramas for their markers. It does not matter as long as whatever you choose has the ability to record the number of hits that a unit has taken.
The Turn Sequence
The turn sequence makes sure that in Over Malvern Hill your enemy cannot move swiftly across the battlefield and then pour vollies into the ranks of your army that is waiting idly by. In Over Malvern Hill one side moves and then the other fires. This breaks up the classic I go; you go turn sequence in a subtle way. In simple terms the turn sequence is as follows: Side A checks command and moves Side B Fires Side A and B Fight Combats The turn sequence is then repeated with Side B moving and side A firing.
We use fatigue Boards to record the number of Fatigue Hits each army take. They have been introduced in our Over the Hills and Rise and Fight Again rules systems and we have found that players love using them. We have produced Fatigue boards in Union Blue and Confederate Grey. Each Board is available at the reduced price of £10.00 each shipped free. Just add this amount for one or £20.00 for two to your pledge.
If you missed our fast paced Napoleonic Skirmish game the first time around now is your chance to pick up a copy of this much loved game for the price of £20 plus £4 shipping. All you need to do is add that amount to your pledge.
Rise and Fight Again
If you missed our American War of Independence rules set that recently funded through Kick Starter now is your chance to pick a copy up for the price of £20 plus £4 shipping. All you need to do is add that amount to your pledge.
We regularly write magazine articles for wargames illustrated and Wargames Soldiers and Strategy these articles include Wargames scenarios. We intend to produce a PDF Scenario Booklet with a number of ACW scenario games. Each scenario will be unlocked at £2800, £3100, £3400, £3800 and £4000. The PDF will be in the same format as our rules books and will be a quality product.
We would like to say how much we at Stand to Games really love the Raven Banner figures and Cigar Box Battle mats for our games and can only say these products would grace any table anywhere. We would have loved to be able to offer these products here if not for the logistics involved.
We have managed to secure a deal with a local company for this campaign and have now been able to offer reduced postage prices.
Risks and challenges
As a Company Stand to Games do not envisage any risks to this project. The rules are written and the printing company identified and used on our successful Forager and Rise and Fight Again project. We have always delivered on our promises through Kickstarter.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter