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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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Written by Jerad W. Alexander   
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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Antietam Screenshots E-mail
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Written by Matt Clyburn   
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 03:25

Here are the first in game screenshots for Scourge Of War Antietam.

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 December 2011 04:39
 
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago by 2nd Texas Infantry #37904
Man I just love the pics, I realy like the new objects. I tip my hat to you guys.
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago by Jim #37729
Marching Thru Georgia wrote:
It looks like this will be a very nice map to play on. One suggestion though. The battle was fought in mid-September so the corn would be ripe and the stalks and leaves would be turning yellow by then.


We were at the battlefield for a tour and photo shoot a week after the anniversary of the battle. All of the live shots in the video are from that trip so you can see the state of the foliage. Fall comes a little later in that part of the country.

-Jim
Posted: 5 years, 6 months ago by Little Powell #37664
Davinci wrote:

Understandable, I figured that the map-pack would be out closer to December then now.

Besides, I still haven’t played on the other two Pipe-Creek-Maps, just the second one!

davinci


Yes, we are shooting for it to be ready by Christmas. Progress is steady going and I'm confident we'll meet that goal.

Go play those other Pipe Creek maps! You're missing out.. The third map has the highest heights and the best defensive ground I think.
Posted: 5 years, 6 months ago by Davinci #37637
Little Powell wrote:
There's a large fatigue penalty for crossing the creek, and the troops cross at a VERY slow pace.


OK, this is good news, it gives the AI options as to not bunch-up and clog the bridges.

I was just curious about how this game handles the water, considering that Norb stated earlier ( roughly one year ago ) that the water can appear in the game at different levels of the terrain.

Little Powell wrote:
As far as South Mountain, screens will be released for those soon. Still quite a bit to complete on those maps before we can release any good screenshots.


Understandable, I figured that the map-pack would be out closer to December then now.

Besides, I still haven’t played on the other two Pipe-Creek-Maps, just the second one!

davinci
Posted: 5 years, 6 months ago by Little Powell #37629
Yes. we didn't think it necessary to add water to the Antietam creek, however if we have time at the end we will. There's a large fatigue penalty for crossing the creek, and the troops cross at a VERY slow pace. It's best to use bridges or the fords, if you can find them. There is water in the Potomac though.

As far as South Mountain, screens will be released for those soon. Still quite a bit to complete on those maps before we can release any good screenshots.

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Antietam Press Release E-mail
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Written by David DuRant   
Saturday, 15 October 2011 00:39

 antietam

Norb Software Development, Inc. announces

Scourge of War - Antietam

 

Freehold, NJ Antietam Battle Pack for Scourge of War – Gettysburg.  Now in final testing, Antietam is scheduled for release late in 2011. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 December 2011 19:09
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Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago by exp101 #42336
I've been promoting SoWGB to our Civil War Round Table since July of last year, trying to peak members' interest and knowing that they'll all become instant SoW addicts once they take a look. So, in the latest Round Table newsletter I'm taking a slightly different approach, using screenshots from the Antietam expansion in a contest to test our guy's knowledge of Lee's 1862 Maryland Campaign. The fun starts on page 7 of newsletter (follow link below).

See you in Maryland!
Ron
"W.J. Palmer"

PS the "Knapsack" on page 6 includes a link to the NSD announcement of SoW's use by the U.S. Army. This should also impress our guys.

rockymtncivilwarrt.com/newsletter/2012/RMCWRT%20Newsletter%202012-02.pdf
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago by JC Edwards #39827
FLGibsonJr wrote:
Will you sell by CD/Box as well? Or just download?

Regards,

Gibson
I believe this will only be by download alone.

Sarge
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago by FLGibsonJr #39822
Will you sell by CD/Box as well? Or just download?

Regards,

Gibson
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago by dpeters95 #39811
Little Powell wrote:
The press release had been updated.

The release date is set for December 30th, 2011

The direct download price will be $19.99



LP,
A great big thanks to all of you on the development and testing teams

I can't wait to order and get to playing this one!!!
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago by JC Edwards #39785
@ LP ....... The Stonewall Brigade will suffice.

Them Yankee boys on the Test Team can.....well.....you know.

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Code Support E-mail
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Written by Norb Timpko   
Thursday, 13 October 2011 03:21

We handle a few code support emails every week.  We usually turn them around in less than a day.  It's the usual hard drive crashed, messed up computer, etc.  Nothing crazy.

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 October 2011 00:27
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Posted: 5 years, 6 months ago by Little Powell #37241
norb wrote:
Headline: General Lee and the entire CSA Army, not to mention General Meade and the entire USA army, as well as the total town of Gettysburg was destroyed today by a rocket attack in Afghanistan.


Posted: 5 years, 6 months ago by norb #37238
Headline: General Lee and the entire CSA Army, not to mention General Meade and the entire USA army, as well as the total town of Gettysburg was destroyed today by a rocket attack in Afghanistan.
Posted: 5 years, 6 months ago by Michael Slaunwhite #37234
Little Powell wrote:
Michael Slaunwhite wrote:
Wow, that is something...

Would Cats be covered by any chance?

later!


If those cats fire missiles.


Well from the sound it sometimes, you swear you are in a world of hurt. Hell I even had one hack a ball that must have been about 8 inches in length that could have done massive damage if her head was pointed in the right direction.
Posted: 5 years, 6 months ago by Little Powell #37233
Michael Slaunwhite wrote:
Wow, that is something...

Would Cats be covered by any chance?

later!


If those cats fire missiles.
Posted: 5 years, 6 months ago by Michael Slaunwhite #37232
Wow, that is something...

Would Cats be covered by any chance?

later!

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