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A simulation game commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, coming to iPad and iPhone from Shenandoah Studio.

New Stretch Goals!

We only have one week left in the Gettysburg: The Tide Turns Kickstarter campaign. Thank you for your support and for spreading the word. This game is happening thanks to you. However, the fight is not over yet! We have one week left to make a final push and we need your help.

To provide a rallying point for this last week, we've prepared stretch goals as potential targets. These will all improve the app and make the game better for everyone. They include:

$30k - Alternate History Scenario #1: "Stonewall" Jackson at Gettysburg

Would the tide have turned differently if Jackson were at Gettysburg? This scenario will explore the ramifications of this powerful commander's presence at the battle. 

$35k - Alternate History Scenario #2: The Cavalry Arrives!

Stuart's cavalry was late to the battle, but what if they had arrived when expected. This scenario will explore that event and what the outcome may have been. 

$40k - Alternate History Scenario #3: Hooker Retains Command

What if Meade had not replaced Hooker just before the battle? We will prepare a scenario that explores what may have happened and how the divisions and brigades would have performed.

$45k - ???????

To be announced.

$50k - ???????

To be announced

The alternate history scenarios will allow us to explore new areas while providing additional hours of play for everyone. If the goals are met, the scenarios will be developed and will be released shortly after Gettysburg for free to all users.  This is something we have always wanted to do and with the extra support we will be able to do it. We will announce the hidden goals as we get closer.

So, post on social media, tell your friends, share the Gettysburg: The Tide Turns link, and let's make these goals a reality.

Gettysburg Board Game Coming from Clash of Arms Games

Here is our announcement and Q&A session from July 17th:

Due to the quick success and popularity of Gettysburg: The Tide Turns for iOS we have made an agreement with Clash of Arms Games to publish a tabletop version!!! 

You will get the board game at the current $150 Brigadier General level, where this professionally printed version will replace our previous in-house copies. You can also grab a copy through these new levels:

LIEUTENANT COLONEL (Limit 50!): You get the game and a copy of the Gettysburg: The Tide Turns board game by Clash of Arms Games. Plus the Player’s Guide PDF, access to the exclusive Kickstarter Gettysburg Tournament, and the Digital Rewards Pack. 

VETERAN COLONEL: You get the game and a copy of the Gettysburg: The Tide Turns board game by Clash of Arms Games. Plus two T-shirts: Shenandoah Studio and Gettysburg, the Gettysburg game PDF version, the Player’s Guide PDF, access to the exclusive Kickstarter Gettysburg Tournament, and the Digital Rewards Pack. 

MAJOR GENERAL: You get the game and everything else at the BRIGADIER GENERAL LEVEL, plus: another copy of the printed board game, a PDF game version of the Battle of the Bulge, and an invitation to play a game of the app with designer Eric Lee Smith.

We hope you will back us today and get your copy of Gettysburg for the tabletop!

100% Funded!!! Thank you!

With your help we have managed to meet our goal! Thank you so much. Please continue to spread the word as every pledge over our goal helps us make the game even better. 

Thank you so much and we look forward to your help as we move forward.

Overview

150 years ago, brave soldiers fought across the battlefield at Gettysburg in one of the most decisive and iconic battles of the Civil War. To commemorate this event, Shenandoah Studio is developing Gettysburg: The Tide Turns, a wargame for iPad and iPhone.

With our first Kickstarter, Battle of the Bulge, we brought you to the climactic moment of World War II. Now, with Gettysburg we will take you to one of the defining battles of the Civil War. We have shown what can be done with area-based wargaming on iPad, now we are tackling another classic genre: hex-based wargaming. Gettysburg will feature the same level of playability and strategic depth that we are known for, as well as the polish and intuitive interface that made Bulge so exciting to gaming veterans and so welcoming to people who had never played a wargame before. 

We are coming back to Kickstarter to ask you, our community, for help in making this happen. Gettysburg will introduce a new realm of wargaming to iOS and we will work closely with you to make it the best that it can be.

Game Details

Designed by Eric Lee Smith, award-winning designer of Victory Games' The Civil WarGettysburg: The Tide Turns is a turn-based wargame set during Robert E. Lee's invasion of the North in 1863. In this historical game you, the player, control individual brigades, moving, conducting combat, and attempting to outwit your opponent on the field of battle.

You will command a myriad of period units including infantry, cavalry, and artillery. Units vary in strength and morale, and, much like Bulge, your success will depend on how you maneuver your forces and engage the enemy. Gettysburg goes beyond the "you go, I go" turn by randomizing when each division will move. This provides tension, as you must respond tactically as new opportunities present themselves.

The two armies clash across the battlefield in Gettysburg. Combat is both clear and dramatic. When you attack, each unit has the opportunity to fire on the enemy according to its strength and type. The likelihood of scoring a hit depends on the defender's terrain and the tactical position. In addition to weakening the enemy, successful hits can break the enemy and send them running.

In Gettysburg, unit morale represents the unit's training, dedication, and experience. Brigades with high morale can withstand withering fire that would send a lesser formation skedaddling home.

Designer Eric Lee Smith took great effort to ensure historical accuracy throughout the game. Nowhere is that more true than in the game map. Our art department is hard at work developing an innovative map that is historically accurate, offers a period feel, and takes full advantage of the iOS platform. We know seeing the big picture is key to succeeding in strategy games, so we allow you zoom out to see the strategic situation and then drill down to the get a closer look at individual brigades and their actions.

A concept sketch
A concept sketch

With Gettysburg, we deliver an accessible, beautiful, and informative experience that captures the fun and intensity of traditional wargaming transformed especially for iOS. Wargaming reborn.

Why Kickstarter?

Through our last Kickstarter experience and the six months since Battle of the Bulge launched, it is clear that you, our community, are key to our success. Support through Kickstarter, our forums, and community-organized tournaments has been outstanding. We want to bring our community back together to help for two reasons:

  • Gettysburg is a big step forward in terms of scope and sophistication.  Your early input and vote of confidence will allow us to implement the features the community wants the most and to dedicate the resources needed to bring them to you.
  • We will give you a voice in choosing the look, feel, and features for the game. As the Kickstarter campaign proceeds we will provide more details on the game: map concepts, unit representations, and rules, giving you a first-hand look at the development process.

A Note on the Rewards:

To show appreciation for your support we have provided a wide array of rewards. Ranging from the basic game to a variety of physical and digital goods. Through Kickstarter, we are able to provide you with unique collector’s items that are not available through other channels.

Highlighted Tiers:
  • Newly Commissioned levels: For those that were not part of our previous Kickstarter or are new to Shenandoah Studio games, we have provided these catch-up levels that can help you get quickly into what we have done so far.
  • SOLD OUTVeteran Major - Flanker Special level: This level features some of our most popular items and starts at $70 for those that missed the Vanguard Special. Act quickly to get on board this level first.
  • SOLD OUT Veteran Major - Vanguard Special level: This level features some of our most popular items and starts at $63 in honor of 1863, the year of the battle. Act quickly to get on board this level first.

Why This Game Matters

This year is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the largest clash of arms ever fought on American soil. Thousands sacrificed their lives, and their sacrifice forever shaped the future of the United States. Gettysburg commemorate this great battle with an historically accurate iOS strategy game integrated with extensive historical commentary, period photographs, maps, and music; an engaging iOS strategy game that also enhances your understanding of battle and the sacrifices made there.

Concept Art

Update: Here's the latest thinking from our art team.

Etch Style

Etch Style, with Show Hexes Turned On
Etch Style, with Show Hexes Turned On

This style is a hybrid of original period maps, modern layout practices and traditional etching techniques such as those found in printed money. In this map we have a combination of mechanical and hand drawn styles with an emphasis on the mechanical. The unsaturated color pallet allows the counters (not present) to stand to out as the primary focus. The goal is a map that is both beautiful and highly technical but also easy to read at a glance.

Hand Drawn Style

Hand Drawn Style, with Show Hexes Turned On
Hand Drawn Style, with Show Hexes Turned On

In this map we again have a combination of mechanical and hand drawn styles but this time with an emphasis on the hand drawn. The goal of this map is to produce something more closely resembling the period maps while avoiding unnecessary details that might slow down gameplay. This style most closely represents the map a general might have viewed 150 years ago.

Naturalistic Style

Naturalistic Style, with Show Hexes Turned Off
Naturalistic Style, with Show Hexes Turned Off

This style is the most self explanatory Here we have a traditional bird's eye view that is reminiscent of a contemporary satellite imagery (though it is almost entirely rendered on a computer.) The goal of this map is to enhance a sense of realism while keeping effective and legible terrain lines. This style most closely represents what you would have seen had you been in a hot air balloon over the battle.

Early Concepts

Inspired by period maps, newspaper illustrations, other official correspondence, the art team responsible for Battle of the Bulge is hard at work on graphics for Gettysburg. Piles of maps and books litter the office as we define and collaborate on an art style that combines historical feel with digital polish. Check out some concept art below:

Pencil sketch of the battlefield
Pencil sketch of the battlefield
Details near Little Round Top
Details near Little Round Top
And you thought art begins in Photoshop eh?
And you thought art begins in Photoshop eh?

Our Team

Shenandoah Studio is game publisher located in the heart of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 132 miles from Devil's Den. Our team is made up of diverse individuals with a common passion for the best in game and software design. You can read full profiles of our team on our studio website.

About the designer:
Eric Lee Smith is an award winning game designer and veteran of both Simulations Publications (SPI) and Victory Games. He has designed games on many topics and periods, including: Across Five Aprils, The Civil War, The Alamo, and Ambush!. He has also worked as a software designer for over 20 years. In designing Gettysburg: The Tide Turns he brings his experience with Civil War games and software design together to create a new and polished game for iOS. 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Gettysburg represents a new direction for game development at Shenandoah Studio. This brings with it its own risks and challenges.

Game development is a long and complex process. Unforeseen scheduling delays can occur during development. Shenandoah is an efficient and experienced team, and we will work hard to ensure that development moves along as quickly as possible.

AI development for a game such as Gettysburg is a new field in many ways. Shenandoah Studio attempts to focus on personality as well as difficulty in AI. The AI design will be challenging, but we have the employees to make this happen.

We are confident that we can bring something new to the hex-based wargaming genre, and we are dedicated to delivering the best game possible.

Please support Gettysburg: The Tide Turns and join us on this new journey!

FAQ

  • We've been working on El Alamein since the start of the year. As it stands, the game works well as a historical simulation, but the battle itself was relatively static and attritional, with a lot of slogging through minefields. The fun in the situation comes from operational-level choices: deciding when to attack and how to build up and use scarce supplies. Consequently we extended development to add those elements to the game.

    Many apologies to the many supporters who have been waiting patiently. We decided we'd rather ship a great game late than a good game fast.

    El Alamein is currently scheduled for this fall; when you see it I hope you'll agree it was worth the wait.

    Note that we are bringing a second development team on to build Gettysburg: this new project won't impact El Alamein's schedule one way or the other.

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  • The last rewards for Bulge (the Design, Player Guides, and Wallpapers) will be shipped this month. (If anything else didn't get to you please let us know and we'll send it out directly.) El Alamein and its associated material will come this fall.

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  • It will require iOS 7, which offers a number of important features. So it will run on iPad 2 and later (including the Mini), iPhone 4 and later, and iPod Touch 5th generation. We have no plans at present to bring it to Android devices.

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  • The tournament listed in the reward levels will be exclusive to Kickstarter backers and will take place soon after the game launches. Shenandoah Studio will host other tournaments for Gettysburg: The Tide Turns and our other titles as well as continue to support community organized tournaments.

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  • Shenandoah Studio is not a board game publisher, however we will produce limited copies for our Kickstarter supporters. We produce everything in house.

    The game will include:
    - A printed game map
    - Die-cut counters
    - Dice
    - Reference sheets
    - Printed rulebook

    All of this will be delivered in a large ziploc in classic wargame style.

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  • It includes several smaller digital rewards:
    - 2 wallpapers for your iPhone and/or iPad
    - the soundtrack to the game
    - a ringtone based on the game's sound design
    - a Kickstarter Supporter forum image.

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  • Shenandoah Studio is a video game publisher focusing on bringing classic tabletop experiences to iOS.

    For Gettysburg: The Tide Turns, Clash of Arms Games will be publishing a board game version of the design by Eric Lee Smith. We are offering copies of that game from Clash of Arms Games as rewards during this campaign.

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