Thursday, April 4, 2013

This day 150 years ago in Rebel Raiders’ History

- Dedicated to Civil War episodes, battles, people and ships that also appear in GMT’s Rebel Raiders on the High Seas, my next game.

April 5, 1863

 - Historical Event: Shipyards in Liverpool prepare the Alexandria for service as a blockade runner.
- Game Connection: The Confederate player may build blockade runners in England. As in the war, such vessels play a key role in bringing war material (represented as cargo points) that the South may convert to military use, and as Victory Points which enable the Confederacy to continue the war.

Sample Blockade Runner Counter:


Sample of Blockade Runners loading Cargo in Europe; Union warships hunting for a Raider:

Typical Blockade Runner of the type built in England (a schooner-rigged sidewheel steamer, built by Caird & Co. of Greenock, in Scotland, purchased by North Carolina and christened Advance, in honor of the state’s governor, Zebulon Vance. (As depicted in the game as CSN Card #67 – CSS Advance)

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