Battle Cry*

Battle Cry immerses players in the tumultuous era of the American Civil War, offering a low-complexity, highly modular board game experience. Through the strategic use of hexagonal tiles, players can recreate a variety of historical battlefields, bringing the conflict to life with an extensive collection of plastic miniatures representing infantry, cavalry, artillery, and leaders. The heart of the game lies in its innovative use of cards, which command troops across the battlefield's flanks and center, a system that would become the foundation for Richard Borg's acclaimed Command and Colors system.

Gameplay Overview

  • Modular Terrain: The game's terrain tiles allow for the setup of numerous Civil War battlefields, offering a new strategic challenge with each game.
  • Troop Management: Players manage a hand of cards that dictate the movements and actions of their troops, requiring careful planning and foresight.
  • Scenarios: Includes detailed scenarios for 15 historical battles, ranging from First Bull Run to New Hope Church, each offering unique strategic challenges.

Special Features

  • Historical Depth: Each scenario is rooted in historical fact, providing an educational as well as an entertaining experience.
  • Command and Colors System: Introduces players to Richard Borg's innovative system, blending ease of play with tactical depth.
  • Variety of Forces: A wide array of miniatures representing different military units allows for diverse strategies and replayability.


Battle Cry stands out as a gateway to both wargaming and the rich history of the American Civil War. Its blend of strategic gameplay, historical scenarios, and the innovative Command and Colors system make it a captivating experience for history buffs and board gamers alike. Whether you're orchestrating the Union's advance at Gettysburg or leading the Confederate charge at Chickamauga, Battle Cry offers a compelling dive into the strategies and conflicts that shaped a nation.

Nominated for 1 award.

  • 2 Players
  • 45 Minutes
  • 10+ years old
  • Easy to learn

We like Battle Cry so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

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