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ACW is a 28mm miniature wargame where impossible science clashes with ancient powers over the battlefields of the American Civil War.
ACW is a 28mm miniature wargame where impossible science clashes with ancient powers over the battlefields of the American Civil War.
ACW is a 28mm miniature wargame where impossible science clashes with ancient powers over the battlefields of the American Civil War.
117 backers pledged $14,025 to help bring this project to life.

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Check out our official site at http://ghosttraingames.com/

Asimismo, podéis encontrar una versión completa de ésta campaña en nuestra web: http://ghosttraingames.com/es/kickstarter/

“Alternative Civil War is a 28mm scale miniature skirmish wargame set in an alternate world. Impossible science collides with ancient powers and mythical beings clash with courageous soldiers over the American Civil War battlegrounds in a conflict that has transcended its own frontiers.”

This is a skirmish game of miniatures of the finest quality, cast by some of the best professionals in the industry. The game ranges from 6 to 16 models per side and the rules are easy. It has a deep tactical component, using one or two 20 sided dice to resolve every action in a single roll. An elegant system of alternating turns will keep both players on the edge, avoiding long waits while your opponent finishes his turn and creating a swift and dynamic battle.   

The game incorporates the mechanism of a Tactical Impulse Pool: a limited resource that will grant you benefits such as re-rolling, gaining additional actions or activating skills. Players will need to strategize where and when to commit their resources.

 Rule-set and Models stats are free to download! Go check them.


In the following video, you can watch the basics of ACW gameplay:


ACW models compared to other miniature ranges:

All miniatures are made of PU resin and/or white metal and come unpainted. Assembly required.

50 years ago, the prophet Tenskwatawa and his Confederacy of Natives defeated the US forces led by William Henry Harrison at the Battle of Tippecanoe. Fueled by this victory, their influence spread among the other tribes like wildfire, increasing the unrest of the native towards the white man.

In 1818, Spain reclaimed La Florida and started using it as a stronghold for her new territorial claims over the southern North America. 

Several years later, the Act of Removal, which forced the natives to leave their lands to accomodate the expanding colonists, failed due to the bloody opposition of the Confederacy of Natives and the Five Civilized Tribes. These were the tribes that most adapted the custums and culture of the colonists, but now have turned against them.

The French-British siege of Sebastopol in 1855 failed, giving continuity to the Crimean War until the present day. A few years later the first Russian warships landed into Alaskian ports with an unknown agenda, extending the Euro-Russian conflict to the Canadian-Northamerican border.

Ending a decade of national sociopolitical and religious struggle, Mexico declared itself the New Aztlan Empire in 1859, reviving the Old Gods and dark practices. Aztlan commenced the reconquest of their ancient territories south of México.

The notorious inventor Hector Stockburn officially signs on with the US Government as Chief of the War Department’s ultra-secret War Science Bureau. In utmost secrecy, the Franklin Experimental Brigade is created. Down South, wealthy and influential gentlemen learn of Dr. Atticus Weintraub and after assuring his loyalty to their cause, offer to secretly provide funding and support for his private experimentation in military science.

Stress between North and South in the United States grows with the years. In April 1861 Confederate forces bombard Fort Sumter in South Carolina. The American Civil War starts.

In November 1861, a British ship transports Southern diplomatics to England and Europe in the search of much needed support to their cause. The ship, by the name of RMS Trent, leaves the Spanish port of La Habana escorted by a Spanish warship. The USS Navy intercepts the British ship trying unsuccessfully to to turn back by threat of force, finally taking over it and sinking the Spanish escort. With the Trent Affair as an excuse, Spain declares war upon both the United States and the recently seceded Confederacy, reclaiming the Spanish former territories of Louisiana and the Caribbean Gulf.

Seeing this white men's infighting as the omens for war, Tenskwatawa the Prophet - kept alive by his powerful medicine - calls his Confederacy of Natives to the Warpath. The Five Civilized Tribes don't support them openly, but small bands of warriors join the skirmishes.

By the end of 1861, the conflict is much more than a simple civil war...

This is but a brief view of our alternate history. For a extended reading, please visit http://ghosttraingames.com/the-game/the-background/

In this campaign we're launching the four starting factions: North, South, Spain and Natives. In the future, we have planned a lot more factions to join.

Below you can check out the Starter Sets corresponding to each Faction. Upon a successful funding of this project you will receive a survey asking for your Starter choices: you can mix those as you like. For example, with your four Starter Set options, you can get one of four different factions, two US and two Natives, one Spain and three CSA, or whatever combination you desire.

KS exclusive Starter Sets contain 9 Infantry sized models and 1 Large sized model. You can also add individual models to your pledge as Add-ons. Check the corresponding section below for that.

All backers of any level will be listed in the rule book thanking their contribution.

Click here for a playlist with 360º views of these models.
Click here for a playlist with 360º views of these models.
    

It is our wish to make of ACW the finest product possible. Years ago, at the beginning of this project we chose traditional hand-crafted sculpting for the miniatures as it proved more characterful. But technology and artists have really advanced in these years and digital sculpting is able to make great miniatures these days. Although we'll keep some traditional sculpting, we plan to progress towards a mostly digital procedure after this campaign reaches a positive resolution, specially for non-unique models such as the regulars - as it is far more efficient time & resource-wise.

Each pledge level has associated a shipping costs that will be added to the total amount. 

This shipping cost covers Add-ons you may want to add, except in the case of the SCOUT pledge. If you choose to include Add-ons in this pledge level, we will give you a quote for your shipping after the survey where you choose these add-ons. Another exception would be the printed rulebook Add-on, where you must include some extra shipping.

Shipping will be EU based and we are delivering with a global delivery company, so shouldn't be any troubles with taxes in any country.

Below are individual miniatures and items that you can add on to your pledge. You can include selected Add-ons total to your final pledge amount and after the Kickstarter successfully ends, you will receive a survey to let us know the exact details of what you would like.

Remember, you can add these extras to your pledge even before achieving our goal, thus contributing to the completion of this campaign.

If you want to add an Add-on to your pledge, you must include its cost to your pledge by clicking on the Button called MANAGE YOUR PLEDGE (at the top of this page) and then add the required amount.

Rulebook will be printed on demand and shipped individually to you directly. Shipping: Add an extra US$6.

Ghost Train Games is a very dedicated Spanish studio, a rising effort that assembles enthusiastic and creative gamers with decades of accumulated experience. Being long term war gamers on both board and computer games, we have collaborated with some famous wargaming companies, giving us Organized Play, Beta-testing and Store & Distribution experience.

We have prepared this Kickstarter project for two full years working with top artists and suppliers, a team with quality design and testing experience in the miniatures and digital war game industry.

We strive to win fans and make friends who join us in our fascinating world. We want you to experience the same passion, fun and emotion playing as we do creating the games.

We need your support and funding to produce ACW as we envision it.  
Your donation will go towards producing the models left, including sculpting, printing and casting, to improve the artwork and formatting the rulebook and stat cards.
Your help can allow us to develope a complete and magnificent Alternative Civil War game.

 Help us to make this possible. Be part of the history. Pledge in our campaign.

Risks and challenges

North and South starter sets have been sculpted and will go directly into production once the Kickstarter campaign successfully funds. We expect minimal delays with those starters but please keep in mind that additional models unlocked during the campaign will need to be sculpted and produced before the whole of them can be delivered. We have concept drawings for every model, so we should have minimal delays in any newly added sculpt. Almost every model from Spain and Natives Factions is still to be sculpted. Most of the already procuded models have been manually sculpted, but many of those remaining will be digitally sculpted, which should prove faster and more effective.

Our team is experienced in logistics and manufacturing. We are fully committed to the final delivery of your corresponding pledge items and will pursue this with all our energy.

We have set up a delivery date that has plenty of room for unexpected issues that may come up in the casting and/or shipping process. We have been expanding our team of freelancers to stay on top of our sculpting schedule.

We will keep you informed each step of the way as we progress. We’ll use all the communication media available: our newsletter, official forums (we are setting them), Kickstarter, Twitter and Facebook.

Although miniatures will be produced on different dates we will ship only when they all are ready, so expect all your deliveries at the same time.

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