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A fast-paced, two player, card-driven strategy wargame set in the American Civil War.
A fast-paced, two player, card-driven strategy wargame set in the American Civil War.
A fast-paced, two player, card-driven strategy wargame set in the American Civil War.
1,697 backers pledged £51,245 to help bring this project to life.

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PSC Games are very proud and excited to announce our latest board game: Lincoln, by the renowned designer Martin Wallace (Brass, Steam, A Few Acres of Snow, Gettysburg and many, many more great games).   

LATEST UPDATES:

You can read Martin Wallace's update on the rules and the Manassas Hammer here.

PROJECT FUNDED! STRETCH GOALS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 UNLOCKED! MANY THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HAS SUPPORTED OUR CAMPAIGN.

Lincoln's components.
Lincoln's components.

The game includes a lovely full-colour board depicting the key locations of the war, decks of cards for both sides (119 cards), and card counters for armies, forts and area control flags (66 counters plus 2 blockade and European influence trackers). We commissioned renowned military artist Peter Dennis to create artwork for the cards and counters, and he’s done us proud.    

Man Vs Meeple offers up a comprehensive overview of Lincoln HERE. We think this review tells you pretty much everything you need to know!

You can see the Bonding With Board Games unboxing of the components HERE. And there's a great follow-up video about gameplay HERE.

Moe's Gaming Table has another unboxing video, with added info about game play. Check it out HERE.

Lincoln features some superb Peter Dennis artwork - these are production samples of the card backs.
Lincoln features some superb Peter Dennis artwork - these are production samples of the card backs.

If you pledge your support for Lincoln, your order will be dispatched before the game reaches the shops, you will receive all of the unlocked stretch goals, you will benefit from a discount to the MSRP, and you will have the opportunity to acquire some other specially selected games from both PSC Games and Worthington Publishing.   

ABOUT THE GAME   

Lincoln is a fast-paced, two player, card-driven strategy wargame set in the American Civil War – allowing you to refight the entire American Civil War at a strategic level in under two hours!

You can read a draft of the rulebook HERE. We are making a few changes and clarifications to the final version but this gives a good idea of how Lincoln plays.

Game play uses area movement, area control, and decks of cards to provide your command choices and luck – there are no dice in Lincoln! The Union and Confederate players each have their own card decks, reflecting the relative strengths and weaknesses of both sides.

Although the game is card driven, army counters fight it out on this map. The Union gains Victory Points for holding certain areas (marked with a purple hexagon in this image).
Although the game is card driven, army counters fight it out on this map. The Union gains Victory Points for holding certain areas (marked with a purple hexagon in this image).
Armies come in Strength 1, 2 and 3; these are the Union's armies...
Armies come in Strength 1, 2 and 3; these are the Union's armies...
...And these are the Confederate armies.
...And these are the Confederate armies.
Movement is by railroad or sea (shown here by the 'Port' icon). The Union player gains Victory Points (shown in purple) - although they'll have to fight hard to take Savannah as the defender gains +1 Strength here.
Movement is by railroad or sea (shown here by the 'Port' icon). The Union player gains Victory Points (shown in purple) - although they'll have to fight hard to take Savannah as the defender gains +1 Strength here.
Gameplay is card driven, but armies are moved strategically on the board. When opposing armies meet, battles are fought - the outcome is determined by the strength of your armies and through the use of leadership and special tactics cards.
Gameplay is card driven, but armies are moved strategically on the board. When opposing armies meet, battles are fought - the outcome is determined by the strength of your armies and through the use of leadership and special tactics cards.

The Union player must do all the running to win the game by the time he or she has cycled through the Union card deck for the third time, having accumulated the required amount of victory points by capturing Confederate-controlled areas, as well as squeezing the Confederate player with a naval blockade. The Confederate player must hold on and thwart the North’s victory ambitions to win!   

Each time the decks are cycled, the Union player adds some better quality cards and so becomes stronger as the game progresses, where as the Confederate player adds lower quality cards and so becomes weaker. The underlying game mechanism is one of ‘deck destruction’ rather than the more normal deck building. Cards have multiple uses and can be recycled if used one way but during the course of the game you have to decide which cards are going to be permanently sacrificed from your deck cycle to allow you to build units.

For the Confederate player, building too many units can lead to problems with movement and combat, simulating the problems the Southern States had as the war dragged on – for example, they had to ‘eat’ their rail network to provide iron for munitions. But building too few units will allow the Union to roll your forces over too easily, capture victory point areas and win the game – there are difficult and careful command decisions to be made! 

The Union hand size is always six cards; the Confederate hand size is determined by the Blockade tracker - the more effective the Union blockade, the smaller the Confederate hand size.
The Union hand size is always six cards; the Confederate hand size is determined by the Blockade tracker - the more effective the Union blockade, the smaller the Confederate hand size.
Production samples of some special actions you can play to strengthen your strategic position.
Production samples of some special actions you can play to strengthen your strategic position.
And cards such as these allow you to raise armies - the Strength of the army raised is shown along the top of the card.
And cards such as these allow you to raise armies - the Strength of the army raised is shown along the top of the card.

WHAT THE REVIEWERS SAY   

The various options and the clever balance of very different forces all make for a thoughtful and engrossing strategy game with rather more of a ‘euro’ feel than you’ll find in a more conventional war game. If you’re a traditional war gamer, Lincoln is a game that will certainly make you think; if you don’t usually consider war-themed games, then you really mustn’t let the Civil War setting put you off giving this game a try. This is a subtle hand management game that offers the opportunity for some intriguing cat and mouse tactics. Definitely one to check out. Board's Eye View

The fast, simple card play and multi-layered depth combine with exciting combat from the outset to make Lincoln a fantastic, entry level wargame for two players. The two tracks on the board introduce just enough of a distraction to offer an alternative route to victory which, alongside the victory point mechanic ... will always help to break up a stalemate. Nerdly.co.uk

It’s an accessible game that offers enough layers of depth and strategy to keep things interesting for both grognards and non-wargamers alike in its 90 minutes to two-hour play time. Moesgametable.com

STRETCH GOALS

A successful Kickstarter campaign will mean that we can make a number of upgrades to our game. As the amounts shown below are reached, we'll be making the following upgrades: 

Stretch goal 1: GBP £12,000 - UNLOCKED

As a Kickstarter Exclusive, we'll give you stickers to place on the European Influence and Blockade wooden counters.

Stretch goal 2: GBP £15,000 - UNLOCKED

We'll upgrade the card decks to a higher quality linen finish.

Stretch goal 3: GBP £20,000 - UNLOCKED

We'll upgrade the thickness of the card counters – we love the feel of slightly chunkier counters as we remove enemy armies from the board!

Stretch goal 4: GBP £25,000 - UNLOCKED

As a Kickstarter Exclusive, we'll give you 22 wooden Victory Point counters.

Stretch goal 5: GBP £35,000 - UNLOCKED

As a Kickstarter Exclusive, we'll give you a second copy of the rulebook so you have one for each player. We think this will be a great help when you're looking up a rule or card without your opponent seeing what you are up to!


Stretch goal 6: GBP £40,000 - UNLOCKED

As a Kickstarter Exclusive, we'll print a manifest of the cards in the game, as a handy visual reference.

Stretch goal 7: GBP £42,000 - UNLOCKED

We'll make the counters double-sided. We were only intending to print on one side as the counters are never flipped, but a few people have asked if we can make them double-sided. If we unlock this stretch goal your wish will be granted!

Stretch goal 8: GBP £44,000 - UNLOCKED

We'll use Peter Dennis' battle scene artwork to print an eye-catching box insert rather than the plain insert we usually include in our games.

Stretch goal 9: GBP £50,000 - UNLOCKED

You remember those KS Exclusive Victory Point counters unlocked in Stretch Goal 4? Well, as another KS Exclusive, we'll add a card Victory Point mat to stack them on, making it easy to see how close to victory the Union player is. Here's the lovely artwork we'll use...

Stretch goal 10: GBP £56,000

As a Kickstarter Exclusive we'll give you two custom-printed deck boxes to store your Union and Confederate decks in.

OPTIONAL BUYS

To add any of the 'Optional buys' shown below, click the 'Manage your pledge' button on the Kickstarter page and add your desired amount of funds to cover the optional buys you wish to add. You will be able to select what this extra money is spent on when we send out our pledge manager survey after the Kickstarter campaign has closed.

You may add any (or all!) of the following optional buys to your pledge:

  • Worthington Publishing's Pemberton & Grant @ GBP £35 (MSRP GBP £64.99)
  • Hold The Line @ GBP £48 (MSRP GBP £59.95)
  • Hold The Line: French Indian Wars Expansion @ GBP £24 (MSRP GBP £29.95)
  • Hold the Line bundle: The American Revolution AND The French & Indian Wars expansion @ GBP £70 (MSRP GBP £80)
  • The Battle of Britain @ GBP £50 (MSRP GBP £60)
  • The Great War Centenary Edition @ GBP £60 (MSRP GBP £70)
  • The Great War Tank Expansion @ GBP £32 (MSRP GBP £40)
  • The Great War French Army Expansion @ GBP £40 (MSRP GBP £45)
  • Quartermaster General: Victory or Death @ GBP £35 (MSRP GBP £45)

Please note that all of the games shown above are English language editions.

WHERE WE’RE AT

Martin Wallace has completed the rules and the game components have been finalised – we're taking the opportunity to have a last look over the rulebook, but everything else is ready.

Peter Dennis has produced an excellent array of artwork for our cards and counters, which are all complete and ready to print.

Our manufacturer is in place and ready to begin work on the main production run, having already produced some preview copies for pre-Kickstarter reviewers. 

Shipping is currently planned for September 2018.

LANGUAGE EDITIONS

This game is available in English, Polish, and Spanish. Select the correct pledge level for the language you wish to order.   

Building on the success of our collaboration on Hold the Line: The American Revolution, PSC Games are once again teaming up with our good friends at Worthington Publishing in the US, to bring you the English language version of this game.

Worthington Publishing will ship to all English language US-based backers, and PSC Games will ship to all other English-language backers.

Our Spanish language partner is Maldito Games.    

Our Polish language partner is Phalanx Games.   

Non-English language games are being published and shipped to you by our language partner companies. PSC Games is responsible for the English language edition, and our language partner companies will be responsible for receiving the games from the manufacturer and then shipping them to you in a timely manner. By choosing a non-English language version of our game, you acknowledge that PSC Games is not responsible for the shipment of your games. All responsibility and liability rests on the publisher of the non-English language game that you choose.    

SHIPPING

Shipping will be charged after the Kickstarter campaign ends. Doing this allows us to reduce the charges if we find a more efficient shipping method or local partner for your zone. When the Kickstarter campaign ends, we will send you a shipping survey asking for your shipping address, and our pledge manager will use this to calculate and charge you for shipping.

If you add optional buys to your pledge, your shipping cost will increase. Taxes and import duties may be charged by your local postal service.

English language games: US backers will receive their games direct from Worthington Publishing in the US, and UK and RoW backers will receive their games from PSC Games in the UK.

Other languages: Your game will be shipped direct from your language edition's publisher. Pozostałe wersje językowe: Gra zostanie wysłana bezpośrednio od wydawcy wybranej wersji językowej (np. polska z Polski). Otros idiomas: Tus juegos serán enviados por la editorial del idioma correspondiente.

The prices shown below are our current shipping estimates (which may change) for a single English-language copy of the game.

  • Zone 1: UK: GBP £3.00 
  • Zone 2: USA: GBP £7.50 (shipped by Worthington Games)
  • Zone 3: Most EU countries (exceptions apply) & Ireland: GBP £10.00
  • Zone 4: Other destinations (including Australia, Canada and New Zealand): GBP £16.00

Polish-language games: Koszt dostawy gry w polskiej wersji językowej (kurierem, na dowolny adres w Polsce) wyniesie około 4£. Opłacisz go w pledge managerze po zakończeniu tej kampanii. Zamówienia hurtowe - proszę skontaktuj się z nami poprzez stronę www.vertima.trade

Spanish-language games: Los juegos en español se enviarán con una tarifa plana de envío de £5 libras a la península, y £8 a Canarias y Baleares (sujeto a cambios). Compra todos los juegos que quieras y paga solo esa cantidad.

Risks and challenges

Unexpected delays may affect any production schedule. In our case, these would most likely be associated with shipping, manufacturing, or customs processes. Should any delays occur, we will endeavour to keep our backers up to date every step of the way.

The estimated shipping date is September 2018, but please keep in mind this is only an estimate. Also, due to the logistics of international shipping, backers in some regions of the world may receive their rewards sooner than others.

Please note that our game's stretch goals and final design may differ from those shown in our campaign – sometimes we need to make technical changes as we go, or find a better way to do things.

If you’re unsure about committing to our Kickstarter, please remember that you’ll be able to buy the game once it hits the shops, but without any Kickstarter exclusives or the benefit of special Kickstarter prices.

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