“A House Divided”:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/701 is an excellent introductory wargame. It is still popular after 28 years, which says it all.
I went over to my b-i-l’s last night and we played the short 10-turn 1861 scenario using the basic rules. We played with all the pro-Union optional rules, to give Tully an advantage. He didn’t need them as he won comfortably.
The components are top-notch, however, we were a bit caught out by some “map errors”:http://www.boardgamegeeks.com/thread/19113. Atlanta and New Orleans should be victory cities, but the map is printed wrongly and caused confusion. I hope Phalanx send me stickers for the board, otherwise I’ll print and stick the corrections myself.
People complain that the game is too simplistic, but Tully has not played any wargames other than Risk before and hates my monotone rules explanations, so it was perfect. It is also a flexible system, with two rules sets – Basic and Advanced, and many optional rules, with the impact on game balance shown. There are also different scenarios, for 10, 20, 30, 40 or more turns. It means you can customise the game for the situation. As we play more, we’ll ramp up the rules complexity.
Maybe if Mikko had tried a 20 turn scenario he would have “enjoyed it more”:http://www.melankolia.net/gameblog/archives/2004/03/a_house_divided.html?