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Game: A Most Fearful Sacrifice


Publisher: (Web Published)
Series: Black Swan
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Hermann Luttmann
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It's early on July 1st, 1863, and Union Brigadier General John Buford’s 1st Reserve Cavalry Division is deployed to the west of the town of Gettysburg battling unidentified Confederate infantry advancing on the town. All morning long, the men in gray have pressured the Union cavalry. Help finally arrives in the form of I Corps commander Major Gen. John Reynolds. He rides up to the Lutheran Seminary, where Buford is directing the battle from its cupola. Reynolds calls to Buford, "What goes, John?". The cavalryman simply points to the long lines of advancing Confederates and says, "The Devil's to pay!". Reynolds then asks, "Can you hold?", to which Buford responds, "I reckon I can." Reynolds ends the exchange with, “Let’s ride out and see all about it”. And with that rather brief, mundane conversation began one of the most important and iconic military engagements in history – the Battle of Gettysburg. A Most Fearful Sacrifice is an epic two-player wargame with over 15 square feet of playing area and 526 playing pieces depicting the fighting that occurred during all three days of this decisive clash. The game utilizes a new ACW operating system called the Black Swan system, which is closely related to the popular Blind Swords game system first introduced in the game The Devil’s To Pay! by Tiny Battle Publishing. This version of the system is specifically designed to handle larger-scale battles yet keep rules overhead low. Players can simulate huge encounters in a reasonable amount of playing time. This is accomplished in one way through the use of card draws rather than chit pulls. Also, players will trigger activations by Corps instead of by lower-level formations but they still have tactical decision-making choices by needing to determine which Divisions get activation priority. Though at a grander scale, this system maintains a tactical feel about it and still emphasizes the three “FOW’s” of war … the Fortunes of War, the Friction of War and the Fog of War. Players will be challenged to deal with a constantly developing battle situation, never quite sure of what the Gods of War will throw at them, and thus they must always be prepared to deal with historically realistic “black swan” events. COMPONENTS: 1 – Full color rulebook 1 – Full color scenario Book with THIRTEEN scenarios. Nine use one of the two maps, four use both. 2 – Game Maps totally FIFTEEN SQUARE FEET of gaming goodness 4 - Sheets of a total of 352 13/16” (that's big) counters 1 – 5/8” counter sheet (176 counters) for the admin markers 90 - Cards to activate corps, initiate planned events, trigger unplanned events and create fog of war. 2 – Player Aids 2 – large, 11" x 17" Command Displays 6 – Dice (2 red, 2 black, 2 white)


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Date: 7/23/2022
Poster: Harvey M.
Review: A Most Fearful Sacrifice- Gettysburg Done Nice

No Dice No Glory reviews A Most Fearful Sacrifice by designer Hermann Luttmann and published by Flying Pig Games. " I really loved this game. What I like most of all is how Hermann put so many subtle but impactful mechanics in the game without making the game unplayable. In AFMS Hermann has revamped the Blind Swords system and has produced an epic game that covers the entire battle."
Date: 6/17/2022
Poster: Harvey M.

"Can the Union still snatch a pyrrhic victory by regaining full control of Little Round Top? As 6p.m. arrived, Union artillery fire at last came into play and the strongest Confederate unit of Law’s brigade becomes battle worn. This seems small consolation as in swift succession the remaining Union unit defending the peak of Little Round Top is first depleted and then shaken and forced to retreat. Little Round Top is totally in Confederate hands." A Wargamers Needful Things describes the action of a play through of the opening scenario of the recently published A Most Fearful Sacrifice, the latest development in Herman Luttmann's Blind Sword system for fighting ACW battles. Though billed as a learning scenario, it gives a dramatic first outing with this superlative game published by Flying Pig Games.
Date: 6/1/2022
Poster: Harvey M.
Rob Looks at A Most Fearful Sacrifice and why this is a Must Have!

Rob, at Rob's Tabletop World, reviews "A Most Fearful Sacrifice" by Hermann Luttmann and published by Flying Pigs Games. In this game, Herman Luttmann tailors the Blind Swords system to enable play of larger Civil War battles. The system emphasizes difficult decisions and leadership . I think Rob's title says it all!
Date: 4/26/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
Guests Hermann Luttmann & Mark W. Walker

No Enemies Here interviews designer Hermann Luttmann and publisher Mark Walker about their Kickstarter project covering the 3 days of Gettysburg, A Most Fearful Sacrifice now on Kickstarter. This is the last day of the Kickstarter campaign. Don't miss out on this assured classic game from Flying Pig Games!
Date: 4/18/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
The War Room 3-13-2021 With Special Guest Hermann Luttmann

A Most Fearful Sacrifice is getting quite a lot of buzz as it breaks through stretch goals on Kickstarter. But how can you go wrong with a Hermann Luttmann Civil War design, a map by Rick Barber and the production quality of Flying Pig Games. The War Room interviews Hermann Luttmann about the soon to be released project.
Date: 4/12/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
Interview with Hermann Luttmann Designer of A Most Fearful Sacrifice: The Three Days of Gettysburg from Flying Pig Games Coming to Kickstarter Today

The Players Aid interviews designer Hermann Luttmann about his newest Gettysburg game published by Flying Pig Games , A Most Fearful Sacrifice. (Now on Kickstarter)
Date: 4/11/2021
Here is the second tutorial I made for A Most Fearful Sacrifice

CounterProductive Games starts teaching us how to play A Most Fearful Sacrifice designed by Hermann Luttmann and published by Flying Pig Games.. In this tutorial, they cover fire combat.
Date: 4/11/2021
Re-live Pickett's charge?

A Most Fearful Sacrifice is an extremely expansive and detailed simulation of the 3 day battle at Gettysburg during the American Civil War. Designer Hermann Luttmann has reconfigured his "Blind Swords" system to handle battles of this size. Flying Pig Games has spared no expense on quality components. So get your first look at this game as the Players Aid gives you a preview. The game is currently on Kickstarter.
Date: 4/1/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
A Most Fearful Sacrifice from Flying Pig Games Kickstarter Preview

We can always use another Gettysburg game especially if it's designed by my buddy Hermann Luttmann. He has adapted his Blind Swords system to handle large battles in A Most Fearful Sacrifice, a game covering all 3 days of the battle. Look for Flying Pig Games latest Kickstarter campaign that begins April 6.