"It's like having a friend stop by and show you how to play the game!" - First Reviewer
Learning SPI's Great Battles of the American Civil War

 

NEW!

12/23/12
Find links to scenarios, errata, and articles for SPI games!  Click here

11/22/12
Find the 'official' scenarios and variants to your favorite SPI games! Click here

1/12/12
Collecting all the known SPI games errata in one location! Click here

2/1/11
New ASL Training Discs in preparation! Fire Lanes, Mortars, Bazookas and AFVs! Click here

12/3/09
Beginning an Errata clearing house for SPI games. Click

4/11/09
Enjoy discussing old SPI games? Visit hobby legend Joe Beard's blog!

2/1/09
Discussing the objectives / tactics of TSS Click here!

11/4/08
New listings for  GBACW opponents Click here!

5/6/08
Discussing Bussey's opening moves for Pea Ridge

5/19/08
But wait - there's more! Page 2 of the Pea Ridge discussion!

4/21/08
Read a rollicking  discussion of tactics for Corinth!

3/3/08
Which optional GBACW 1.0 rules would you add to the 'standard' rules? Join the discussion! (here!)

3/1/08
Added an After Action report  and a Review of Pea Ridge! (Provided by John Leggat!)

2/4/08
updated News feature for Tactics blog!

2/2/08
added corrected Corinth counters!

2/1/08
added Learning tactics in GBACW  page - join the discussion!

10/14/07
Radio interview,
on Boomer Classics

9/17/07
Read
  GBACW stories

from the game's designers and developers!

Welcome! This website provides support for the original GBACW series of simulations.

This is also the home of the CD-Rom that uses audio/video tutorials to teach the original Great Battles of the American Civil War system. (Known as GBACW to its fans!)

The ten sessions provide detailed examples of how to play these SPI favorites. Though the games have long been out of print, they continue to be played, and fans watch for copies on eBay.

This CD can help you learn how to play all of these great games: 

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Pea Ridge

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Cedar Mountain

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Wilson's Creek

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Drive on Washington

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Jackson at the Crossroads

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or the mini-monster The Battle of Corinth

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New! Now play Stonewall: The Battle of Kernstown! (Click here!)

This disc also gives you the basis to play

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Terrible Swift Sword (Gettysburg)

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Gleam of Bayonets (Antietam)

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Bloody April (Shiloh)

Also on each CD are numerous player aids - scenario cards, victory point trackers, reinforcement schedules - and much more! 

Preview the "Learn the Great Battles" CD Menu! (click here)

Preview the "Strategies for Cedar Mountain" CD! (click here)
(big file - this will take a minute to download!)

Or check the rest of this web site to find out more about this gaming aid that combines the best features of personalized learning with the power of your computer!

(If you are looking for more information on the individual games listed, find that under "Game Photos" link, or click here )

Special Note:

The CD-ROM discs come "ready to play." Pop them into your computer, and they go!

System requirements: These CD-ROMs will play on any PC with Windows XP, 2000, or 98 SE.
Speakers are required if you want to hear the audio commentary.

   

This site was last updated 01/31/14

Page, CD, training materials, text and pictures all 2006, 2007 by Russ Gifford. All rights to the games are retained by SPI, TSR and GMT.