Looks like John Poniske (Worthington Games's HEARTS AND MINDS: VIETNAM 1965-1975
and MMP's KING PHILIP'S WAR
) has a new game on the Battle for South Mountain in the works with Legion wargames. Titled FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN
, it's got large rectangular counters and oversized hexes. The advertising blurb promises a relatively simple but engrossing system.
In 1984, West End Games published Jon Southard and Richard Berg's SOUTH MOUNTAIN
game to a good bit of critical acclaim. It and Southard/Berg's follow-on games for WEG, SHILOH
(1984) and CHICKAMAUGA
(1986) were bundled up by Decision Games in their WAR OF THE REBELLION
quadrigame package (1993). Blue Guidon games had a DTP called THUNDER ON SOUTH MOUNTAIN
in 2000, but we didn't see a major publisher tackle the subject again until MMP lent the intricate Regimental Sub-Series (RSS) treatment to it in 2008 with SOUTH MOUNTAIN
South Mountain is a fairly obscure battle save for the more die-hard Civil War buffs/wargamers, particularly those with an interest in Antietam as this fight directly preceded (and affected) that one. One wonders, if FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN sees publication and turns out to be a commercial success, whether Poniske and/or Legion Wargames will try this new system on other battles. I can only hope that this happens; I have dreams of relatively smaller battles seeing the light of day (as briefly happened with SPI's TSS system in the pages of S&T and in boxed versions--recall STONEWALL, CEDAR MOUNTAIN, PEA RIDGE, DRIVE ON WASHINGTON, and others).
Do we need another Civil War tactical battle system? Is there room for one beyond what we have in MMPs/The Gamers Civil War Brigade Series (CWBS) and RSS? GMT's Great Battles of the American Civil War (GBACW), the inheritors of the TSS series? Other smaller efforts by other companies and DTP titles? What say the players?