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Death Valley: Battles for the Shenandoah
Death Valley: Battles for the Shenandoah
by GMT Games (2019)
Player Count
1 to 2

Playing Time
5 hours to 20 hours
  • Wargame
  • American Civil War
  • Civil War
  • Post-Napoleonic
  • Designers
  • Richard H. Berg
  • Greg Laubach
  • Mechanisms
  • Hex-and-Counter
  • Chit-Pull System
  • Dice Rolling
  • Grid Movement
  • Movement Points
  • Line of Sight
  • Artists
  • Rodger B. MacGowan
  • Mark Simonitch
  • Charles Kibler
  • Family
  • Great Battles of the American Civil War
  • Country: USA
  • Players: Two Players Only Wargames
  • Rating: 10/10 from 1 users


    "Death Valley: Battles for the Shenandoah" is the seventh installment of the Great Battles of the American Civil War (GBACW) series, published by GMT Games.

    Death Valley: Battles for the Shenandoah contains eight battle games with multiple scenarios. They range from division level contests on half sized maps to two map battles between armies. Experienced players will be able to play many of the scenarios in one sitting. The rules compare the development of the cavalry, and the changes in infantry and artillery organization and tactics in 1862 and 1864.

    Three Battles of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862
    In a campaign still studied in military academies, Confederate General Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson engaged and defeated the Union forces pursuing him. Greatly outnumbered and at times facing three Union armies, Jackson defeated them all within ten weeks, at one point completely freeing the Shenandoah Valley of Union forces. Three battles from Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign are featured.
    • Kernstown, March 23, 1862
    • Winchester, May 25, 1862
    • Cross Keys and Port Republic, June 8-9, 1862
    Five Battles of the Shenandoah Valley Campaigns of 1864
    • New Market, May 15, 1864
    • 2nd Kernstown, July 24, 1864
    • 3rd Winchester, September 19, 1864
    • Fisher's Hill, September 22, 1864
    • Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864

    The Great Battles of the American Civil War Series:

    This series is one of the hobby’s longest-lived design concepts, springing from the legendary regimental level Gettysburg game – Terrible Swift Sword (SPI) – designed by Richard Berg in 1976. Under GMT, the rules system has remained stable, but has shown remarkable flexibility to allow each game to smoothly incorporate additional rules to reflect the historical battles. The series relies on interactive chit-pull mechanics to simulate the oftentimes-chaotic nature of the 19th Century battlefield at the regimental level.

    Changes have been made to the series rules for Death Valley in order to enhance their clarity and simulation value. Veteran players will find the revised rules to be very familiar, with the main differences being in the user-friendliness of the rulebook, as well as how the game "feels", especially for players versed in Civil War tactics.

    1960 counters
    Three 22" x 34" double-sided maps
    Two 17" x 22" double-sided maps
    One GBACW series rules booklet
    Two Battle booklets
    Sixteen Activation and Turn Record charts
    Two Player Aid Cards
    One Terrain Effects Chart
    One 2nd Disorder Chart
    Two 10-sided dice

    TIME SCALE: Each Turn = 1 Hour
    MAP SCALE: 145 Yards Per Hex with 25-Foot Elevations
    UNIT SCALE: 50 Men or 1 Cannon per Strength Point

    description from GMT website

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