Rebel Raiders Replay (Turn 11 –August 1864, Part II)
Designer Mark McLaughlin as
CSA; Naval Historian Brandon Musler as USA
The South is being rendered to shreds by the North. With their stunning and hard-fought naval victory at New Orleans, the Union has complete control of the Mississippi. Atlanta is next....but first, one more strike at the Coast, as Brandon continues his efforts to sweep the seas of Rebel Raiders and Blockade Runners...
Using the Coeur de Lion (Card 44) to tow a bunch of Ironclads,
hits New Bern on the . The “blizzard of fire” as one bystander
watching over Atlantic
Coast Brandon’s shoulder
remarks, sweeps the city clean of all traces of the Secession.
For good measure,
hunts down Raiders, sinking one in the chilly waters of the North
The Burning of
The Navy done, now it is time for the Army. Grant takes
with ease. The Union plays War is Cruelty (Card 6) to attack out
of Atlanta into Montgomery; even with having one fewer die (as the card notes),
the city is an easy capture, as there is no Battery and the South has no card
to help. The special VP penalty Atlanta's loss entails does not faze the staggering Confederacy from a Victory Points' perspective - as they can not be driven down below negative 5 VP.
Brandon plays Gideon Welles (Card 29) to draw the top three cards from his deck; he keeps one, discards two, reshuffles and then draws four cards (it is 1864). He buys two more Assaults, and yet another card to build his hand to its maximum size of six (Cards may be purchased at a cost of 2 builds per).
To be Continued….