Sorry We're Late E-mail
Written by Norb Timpko   
Saturday, 17 December 2011 02:58
We apologize to everyone that has ordered the CD version of the game in the past two weeks. We ordered new CDs in plenty of time, but there was a mess up with the CD service. We expect to receive the CDs on Monday. We ship priority mail so you should get them in time to wrap for Christmas. UPDATE - We have confirmed delivery Monday, if we get them early enough they will go out Monday, if too late, then Tuesday at the latest. You'll have them by Friday in the US.
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Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago by Michael Slaunwhite #39837
Good thing you didn't have to buy anything from Best Buy via internet because you would never have gotten this type of service...

Just another feather in NSD's hat!

Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago by FLGibsonJr #39823
Received it in Thursday's mail.

Thanks very much!

Gibson
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago by FLGibsonJr #39624
Thanks!!!
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago by norb #39613
Shipped out today!
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago by FLGibsonJr #39602
Norb..can you confirm that you received my order last night. I never received a confirming email.

Thanks,

Gibson

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South Mountain Screenshots E-mail
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Written by Matt Clyburn   
Monday, 12 December 2011 12:50

Here are some screenshots of the South Mountain maps that will be included in the Antietam Pack.  The South Mountain area is represented on two 5x5 mile maps with the North map representing Fox's and Turners Gap, and the South map representing Crampton's and Brownsville Gap.  Note: The Fox's Gap shots are named starting with "fg", Crampton's Gap starting with "cg".  Enjoy!

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Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago by Little Powell #40193
Herodotus wrote:
One of my all time favourite battles of the period. Thanks.


Mine too. Touring the area back in October, it is hard to comprehend the sheer bravery of those Confederate soldiers defending the gaps. They could see the Union soldiers coming in masses from miles away, yet (most of them) held their ground to the last second. We had a blast designing the scenarios, and I hope you have a blast playing them. Looking forward to your feedback.
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago by Herodotus #40192
One of my all time favourite battles of the period. Thanks.
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago by 2nd Texas Infantry #39448
Looks good! Next release, use my trees!
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago by Little Powell #39422
13thnct wrote:
Looks spectacular! From the moment picked up TCBR all those years ago I've been hoping and hoping for South Mountain to get the TC treatment. Not really an important battle landmark, but is the Washington monument represented on the Fox's gap map? Keep up the superb work guys!


Yes, the Washington monument is there. I was thinking of including a screenshot of it, but I gotta leave some surprise. I was surprised and ecstatic when I first discovered it..

Jim, Dave, and I were at South Mountain and Antietam in October for research. We went up in the monument and the view is spectacular.
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago by 13thnct #39421
Looks spectacular! From the moment picked up TCBR all those years ago I've been hoping and hoping for South Mountain to get the TC treatment. Not really an important battle landmark, but is the Washington monument represented on the Fox's gap map? Keep up the superb work guys!

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ScourgeOfWar Site Temporarily Down E-mail
Written by Norb Timpko   
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 22:43

Nothing is more exciting than when you wake up in the morning and find that your site has been suspended. This has been happening more often to us lately as the number of hits on the site has steadily increased. A good web host will contact you first and let you know what's going on, but others like for example JustHost just rip you right down and then don't reply to your support emails for hours. Yes, it's very upsetting. So we're leaving them.

You can get there here for now: http://www.norbsoftdev.net/scourgeofwar.com/

Last Updated on Friday, 02 December 2011 00:50
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Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago by Chamberlain #38912
Hey Norb,

The site response time is incredibly fast, flying through everything !!!!



Chamberlain
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago by norb #38911
It's working again for me!!! YEAH!!!
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago by Michael Slaunwhite #38907
A few days last week I was noticing that your site was experiencing some connect issues with your MYSQL database, It normally would happen around the same time every morning ( between 10am - 11am my time).Sorry about not telling you about it I kind of forgot.

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To The Gates Of Richmond: The Peninsula Campaign – A Review E-mail
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Written by WriterJWA   
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 17:38

 By Jerad W. Alexander

Nov. 8, 2011

            Above all else, Stephen W. Sears’ 2001 account To The Gates Of Richmond: The Peninsula Campaign demonstrates the power of resolute combat leadership.  The book shows how determined, decisive action can often trump a larger opponent when willful leadership is applied. 

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Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago by NY Cavalry #38183
X Navy Seal wrote:
Jackson was horrible at the Seven Days, at least according to Foote ...



The battle of Glendale is where Jackson really dropped the ball. He failed to send his troops forward, which would have crushed two Union corps. It is said, that by that point in the campaign, he was thoroughly exhausted.

McClellan, himself, was off on some naval gunboat having dinner(during Glendale). He was oblivious to his army's well being.

I have read this book and it is very good. Anything Sears writes is worth reading.
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago by X Navy Seal #37997
Jackson was horrible at the Seven Days, at least according to Foote ...
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago by norb #37988
Another great review by our resident WriterJWA. Thank you!

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Welcome New Map Team E-mail
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Written by Matt Clyburn   
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 03:37

NorbSoftDev is very excited to announce the addition of three new map makers to the team. You may know them as Davinci, 2nd Texas Infantry, and Crikey.

This is a special map team that will be free to create any map they want, as long as it is not planned for a future release. This leaves practically endless possibilities with the hundreds of civil war battles, fictional maps, and even other wars. These maps will be released to the community free of charge for your enjoyment.

Please join me in welcoming these talented map makers to the team.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 December 2011 18:09
 
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago by Mazikainen #39322
I think the table was 160 cm * 240 cm. I didn't get as much of the field as I had hoped, but at least there's plenty of elbow room around Henry Hill to manoeuvre. I don't like wargame scenarios which enforce the historical setup so close to the enemy that the die is already cast when the players start moving. Bull Run offered a good chance to just stick to the reinforcement schedule and let players find their own lines of advance. It helped that I was the only one who had read into the battle in detail so I just smiled enigmatically as the players sent whole divisions to entirely different routes than their historical counterparts. It was effective too, as the Union won the day that time.

The figure scale is 1:20, a 10-man stand equals 200 men on the field. The groundscale is 60 yards to one inch. The unit labels denote the brigade and the command it belongs to, as well as the strength of tha brigade in x/y/z form. The x value is the starting number of stands in the brigade. When the brigade loses stands to y, it counts as "worn" and "spent" in z. So the number of stands in a brigade represents not only the number of troops still in line, but also the overall effectiveness level. Simple and quick.
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago by Chamberlain #39295
Hey Mazikainen,

Wow !!! Love it !

Very...Very.. Impressive !!

What is the size of the table ?

Liked the way there are cards/labels for the units under their stands......

Thanks for sharing !!

Chamberlain
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago by Mazikainen #39293
The url is right but I botched up the link. It works now.
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago by born2see #39290
M,

The link is not working for me.

B
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago by Mazikainen #39287
I wouldn't say the current SOW maps are that realistic looking. The stuff brewing in the mods section is a different thing however. I'm eagerly waiting to play on those.

I think my taste in the terrain palette comes from tabletop wargaming where it's good to be able to distinguish between terrain types easily. Here's some battle of bull run pictures from the game I hosted last summer:http://mazikainen.blogspot.com/2011/07/battle-of-bull-run-1861-2011.html

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Shiloh: A Novel E-mail
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Thursday, 27 October 2011 02:57

Shiloh:  A Novel
A Review
By Jerad W. Alexander
Oct. 26, 2011

 Of American Civil War novels there seems to be little that gets behind the eyes of rank-and-file soldiers to depict the war as close to realistic as possible.  Novels set in during the war deal with either the commanders, such as with Micheal and Jeff Shaara’s trilogy, or with the rewriting of history such as the works produced by the Newt Gingrich/William R. Forstchen team.  There are also novels of the more romantic, epic variety such as Bernard Cornwell’s Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles and John Jakes North and South trilogy.  Novels of literary realism that depict the common soldier in action, such as Stephen Crane’s ever-present The Red Badge of Courage, are far less common.  Shelby Foote’s Shiloh: A Novel, however, fits in this category while including gems for fans of history. 

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Posted: 5 years, 6 months ago by Little Powell #37663
Right on 2nd Texas. Save a swallow or two of that Beam for me.

Foote is one of the few people that I would give anything to go back and meet. Just to hear one of his stories. I'm going to have to pick that book up now.
Posted: 5 years, 6 months ago by 2nd Texas Infantry #37658
Thats a great review, and I read that novel, years ago, and remember it fondly. I could smell the magnolia flowers and ardor of the Southern staff officer on Johnston's staff. But then, become embroiled in the "dirty work" of a Union soldier. Despite that, Foote, a terriffic story teller in the Faulk or Twain manner, absoulutely falls short against the more polished Michael Shaara's work. I loved Mr. Foote's work and met him on several ocassions, and as a Southern man, loved his story telling skills. His voice alone is haunting and of the peroid and would transfer better to an audio version, but alas, its gone to the ages.
(FWI) He Passed almost the same time as Brian C. Pohanka, another friend, victor of the cause. I knew, and remember both men vividly. Sorry for my spelling and writing skills, Jim Beam is not condusive to great litteracy.
Posted: 5 years, 6 months ago by norb #37654
No, I did not write this. WriterJWA has very kindly offered to continue our book review section. I just have to give him instructions on how to post these himself. But he emailed me his first article. If you like this sort of content on the site, please leave him some feedback.

I've also put the Book Review section back on the home page, since he will be sending more of his work to the site.

Thanks WriterJWA!

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