my last update the sound of the long roll hasn?t stopped.
Ever since Norb graciously opened the game to our modders
it has been a non-stop avalanche of new material that is always
highly anticipated and then greedily consumed by our little
community of Volunteers.
off are two expansive and dense maps from the beginning of the
Overland Campaign that were released in early March. Our
very own and talented 122nd Ohio has given new
nightmares to all of us whether you fight for those in gray or
righteously uphold the cause of Union! The
Wilderness is now available for your footsore and tired men to
slug it out amongst the dark and foreboding forests west of Fredericksburg
battlefields. Beware though, it?s easy to get
confused and lost in the expanse of green and trying to coordinate
your army while in the midst of an attack or while being attacked
is no small task. Now you can learn what
General U.S. Grant and the Army of the
suffered through during those miserable days of May 5-6, 1864.
Take the role of General Robert E. Lee and surprise
your enemy by going on the offensive and reduce the
?s numerical superiority to naught using the woods and thickets
to your advantage. You can always take a
breather in Tapp Field as long as you don?t get captured!
great ?packaged mod deal? released in early March is the
fantastic Olustee Battle with a bunch of goodies included.
Produced by Crikey with a map by Wrangler
this mod is a must have as the community slowly chips away at all
the different theaters of the war. Long overdue
and a brilliant feature of this mod is, of course, a USCT (United
States Colored Troops) sprite!! Included is the
Olustee OOB for Open Play, 5 scenarios, new music, and also
flag and USCT flag for the FM version of the OOB?s! There
are also new splash screens and intro screens if you so wish to
on to the latest and greatest from our scenario creator
extraordinaire MarkT. In my opinion
nothing makes this game as great or as enjoyable as well written
scenarios as evidenced by the stock scenarios and all the MANY new
scenarios created for Antietam,
to those already ?must haves? is 35 new Champions
Hill scenarios for use with Louie Raider?s
Champion Hill map!! That?s right the
Western Theater is getting it?s due and is not being overlooked
by our fantastic modding community. The
Vicksburg Campaign highlighted Grant?s brilliance and now you
too can fight your way to the
and the doorstep of that great prize of
. Play one of the most important fights in the
arguably most important campaign of the entire war! Only
in Take Command.
promised and forthcoming from MarkT are new Wilderness
scenarios for the already released maps and a revisitation of the
Antietam Battlefield and the struggles on the south end of
now I?ve saved the best for last.
again travel to the Western Theater of the war and step back in
time to December 31 ? January 2, 1862 along the banks of the
cold Stones River next to the town of
. A brilliant recreation in two maps has been
graced to us all again by 122nd
who is incredibly fast in his endeavors and strives to bring
both unmatched creativity and historical accuracy to his map
works. Set in the cold gray and brown winter of
these maps truly capture the terrain and atmosphere of that
fateful fight. The cedar thickets and limestone
outcroppings are faithfully recreated along with a new cotton
field sprite and other structures created specifically for these
have to mention that I recreated a brand new Stones River OOB
also included in the download package for use with his maps.
Much time, effort and love went into getting the OOB right
and I do believe it is a great representation of the early/mid war
and CSA western armies. MarkT is
currently in production of many new scenarios to be released
shortly using both the maps and my OOB.
as you can see, once again much is happening and continues to
happen in our fantastic Take Command Civil War gaming community.
Our beloved game has grown in leaps and bounds far beyond
its initial release. There is no greater value
for the dollar in any computer wargame on the market! Between
all the maps, scenarios, graphics and community mods it?s truly
more than 5 games wrapped into one!!
next time I remain and will always be,