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Casual Player... AACW or CW2?

Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:05 pm

Hello all,
I am a casual CW buff but really not a grognard in the wargame department. I own both AACW and CW2 and I finally have to time to devote to a game. Which one would be better for a casual player? I love the look and feel of AACW. Is there that much of a difference????

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Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:32 pm

As you've got both already then go for CW2 because there's more life on the forum so you will get quicker answers.

If you hanker for some tactical battles because the AGEOD system seems remote then try Civil War Generals 2 which I have only just discovered even though it came out in about 1997. You can get it for a few dollars and it works on many modern systems.

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Wed Nov 12, 2014 12:08 am

Long Time Civil War Generals 2 player. I played the original Robert E Lee: Civil war general and had a blast. I tried to fire Stonewall Jackson and he said "Only a Minie ball can dismiss me, Sir!" and I thought, well, we shall see at Chancellorsville, Mr High and Mighty!

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Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:32 am

Delaware, I am chucking with you. I too enjoyed the two tactical games, though I never tried to fire Jackson.
Both games are really solid treatments of the American Civil War. I would suggest CW2 as it has some refinements and features which are exceptionally nice but are not found in the original game. One is a more representative depiction of the war economy in a new production interface. In AACW I was so swamped in making bad economic decisions (in game terms) that it took a caring and informed player to point out that I should just forget building factories. The other major advancement is a much more accurate balance between the sides. This is especially true with the 1862, 1863 and 1864 starts. Both of the 1861 starts tend to provide too many resources to the CSA to recreate an historical game. However, the 1861 starts are really fun to play and close to historical, especially if you are a Johnny Reb.
Both games will take the same investment of time. The CW2 adds the Far West to the game which is a distraction to many players. While I initially agreed that it is a distraction, I have changed my mind. Resource allocation is a key factor in decision making, how much is the Far West worth.
I think of CW2 as a refined AACW. Many of the problems of AACW are gone. CW2 is much more playable and represents history in a more accurate manner.
I would be glad to explain in more detail if this would be useful.
As an armature Civil War buff myself I could not believe my great good fortune to find AACW. But with the release of CW2 I found the game I had been searching since the demise of Civil War Generals 2 as a viable pc game and the abandonment of Frank Hunter's American Civil War at the strategic level.

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Thu Nov 13, 2014 12:55 pm

Thank you, Durk, for the very thoughtful reply. I guess the only thing that calls to me with AACW is the map. Again, thank you.

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