I picked up a card game called 'Victory & Honor' (sic) when a friend was putting in a large order from a game shop. It's not actually about the Civil War as far as the purpose or mechanics of the game are concerned as it's a rather complicated partnership trick-taking game. The war element comes from the deck and game theme. Rather than have boring cards, each one has a picture from the period: soldiers in camp, portraits, artillery, etc. The general cards show who you would expect.
I've not actually played it yet so I can't tell you whether it's any good (can never find a fourth, and when we do they don't want to learn something new). My question is rather one of morality! Should I feel bad about these cards? I mean, these pictures show men during a war, and I'm using the photos for my own entertainment. Are we distant enough for such things to be condoned? There are no pictures of the dead or wounded, so it's more about how we should approach the war.
I hate to bother you all with this (were it a - er - gentleman's deck I doubt I'd have such qualms) but it's being bugging me slightly. Beautifully produced, though.
One person's opinion only: find a fourth, pop some Guiness, and enjoy the game. History, whether war or not, cannot be treated as a sacred cow. It is simply history.
Imagine if some politically-correct (a term I hate, but applies here) person decided the game was demeaning. When you extrapolate that, then we would also consider "Civil War Journal", war-themed computer games, war-themed movies, and even this very discussion board as off-limits. All either depict or relate to the men who fought, and we consume them for our own enjoyment. If someone's offended by the cards, then trust me, they have deeper problems. As I said, just MHO.
Thanks - whatever 'meaning' there is in history is what people make of it.
My main concern about the deck, I hasten to add, is that I will ruin it through use! Most likely by spilling my drink over it. When I eventually get to play the game I'll happily report how it plays - the mechanics look interesting.