The American Civil War strategy game is completed and will be available soon
Matrix Games and Western Civilization Software (http://www.west-civ.com) are pleased to announce that Forge of Freedom has reached gold status and will be available soon. Based on the robust and versatile Crown of Glory engine, Forge of Freedom allows players to refight the American Civil War from either side in this grand strategy wargame. By combining area movement on the grand scale with optional hex based tactical battles when they occur, Forge of Freedom provides something for every strategy gamer. However, Forge of Freedom is not limited solely to military action, you can also control economic policy with governors and use diplomatic tact to win the support of foreign nations during what was to be the bloodiest battle in US history.
The diplomatic and economic systems have been streamlined and improved since Crown of Glory to be more user-friendly and also suited to the period. Rather than multiple minor nations, each state has its own Governor and they will make demands on you and shift their attitudes according to events. In addition, you will have to manage diplomacy with the European powers to try to sway them towards or against intervention. Over 1,000 historical generals are included along with an option to know their abilities ahead of time or have to find out the hard way, as happened historically. Railroads, rivers and cities all play important roles, as do elections which occur at both state and national levels. Every effort has been made to bring you as thorough a simulation of the American Civil War as is possible, from 1860 to 1865, from the skirmishes and raids in the West to the pitched battles in the East and the Naval blockade.
Forge of Freedom will provide both experienced Crown of Glory players and newcomers alike adequate challenges without the hassle of a complicated interface or steep learning curve. Thanks to Forge of Freedom's turn-based design, the game moves at whatever pace the player decides. The new engine and methods used for diplomatic, economic and social strategies make running a country fast and easy. While your armies march across a regional movement map, battles will allow you to play at a smaller scale as we saw in Crown of Glory. In the detailed battlefield map, each side is trying to capture and achieve objectives, making forts and defensive outposts more critical and important.
For more information and the latest news on Forge of Freedom check the Matrix Games page at http://www.matrixgames.com and the Forge of Freedom forums. Forge of Freedom is slated for release late November early December. Click here for more information on 'Forge of Freedom: The American Civil War 1861-1865'.
I went searching for this game all over the net in a hard copy and could not find it.
Is this game only sold in a downloadable version? My daughter was looking for it for me for Christmas and said she called Matrix and they told her it was only available through the site as a d/l..If thats true that is really dumb...Anybody have any other info on it.?
Actually, from the publisher's point of view, there is nothing "dumb" about offering a product in a download version only. The price is the same as a boxed version, but their cost is a fraction. The plus side for the purchaser, believe it or not, is generally much better support and more timely updates. Also, generally, you can get a copy of the game on CD sent to you for a small additional fee.
I have dozens of boxed games I have purchased over the years, and just a few download games, but I have had much better support from my download games than any of the big box retailers.
OK I bought this game...It's really interactive and plays out like a board game with a lot more to it..It's fun to play but I am not sure why Bueregaurd (check spelling) has 5 stars and Lee has 4 which makes him more powerful as a General...Hmmmm....