BLUE vs GRAY: THE CIVIL WAR CARD GAME
HOW TO SET UP A GAME
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Begin by reading through the board setup section. Jump down to the close ups and click back to return to your section in the board setup. The other section, deploying cards will come in handy when the game begins. It describes the crucial theater divisions. When you've through the play area set up, you're ready to go, move on to the ORDER OF PLAY page to take you through the steps of a turn.
BOARD SETUP
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Start by clearing a 3 foot by 3 foot flat space to use as a board. (See CLOSE UP # 1 for an image of a fully laid out game board.)
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Next place the AT START Map Cards in the center of the play area.  It is IMPORTANT to make sure the map's printing faces the Southern Player. (See CLOSE UP # 2 for an image of the 4 AT START Map Cards.)
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Now put the Supply card and the Combat Results card in the lower right-hand corner of your respective side of the board. (See CLOSE UP # 3 for an image of a game board.)
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Place your decks in the center of your respective sides of the map.
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Leave some space (one card width) between your deck and the map, as it will be the place for your Cadre during the game.  (See CLOSE UP # 4)
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As cards are discarded, place them in a row (face up) above the Combat & Supply cards in your lower right-hand corner.
DEPLOYING CARDS
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EASTERN THEATER deployments, for both players, are placed on the "eastern" side of the deck and the Cadre.  By "eastern" we mean the side that corresponds to the Eastern half of the map (i.e., the half with Washington and Richmond).  For the USA player, that will be their left side, for the CSA player it will be their right.  (See CLOSE UP # 5)
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WESTERN THEATER deployments, for both players, are placed on the "western" side of the deck and the Cadre.  By "western" we mean the side that corresponds to the Western half of the map (i.e., the half with Kentucky and the Mississippi).  For the USA player that will be their right side, for the CSA player it will be their left.  (See CLOSE UP # 6)
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NORTHERN NAVAL UNITS are deployed into the notches that are created between Map Cards B & E (in the Eastern Theater) and Map cards A & C (in the Western Theater.)  (See CLOSE UP # 7)  (Please note that it is permissible to deploy a Western Naval Unit before Map Card C is played.)
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Go on the ORDER OF PLAY page to start playing.

 
CLOSE UP #1
(Full Game Board)
Northern Player's side of the board (USA)
Blue vs Gray - Example Photo
Southern Player's side of the board (CSA)
In a fully developed game such as this, notice how almost all available space is needed for deployments. . The AT START Map Cards were initially placed much closer to the Northern Player because as new Map Cards are drawn, the map grows toward the Southern Player.

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CLOSE UP #2
(AT START MAP CARDS)
Northern Player's side of the board
Blue vs Gray - Example Photo
Southern Player's side of the board
Note the map printing reads from the CSA player's side. .
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CLOSE UP #3
(COMBAT & SUPPLY CARDS)
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Note the COMBAT CARD (R31) and Supply Card (R33) in the lower right-hand corner of each player's respective side. .
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CLOSE UP #4
(CADRE LOCATION)
Northern Player's side of the board
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Southern Player's side of the board
Note the 5 CSA cards in the Cadre, 3 commanders and 2 Divisions, tuned sideways beneath the map and just above the deck. . Stonewall Jackson's command can be just barely seen along the right edge.
The single face up card at an angle beside the deck is the CSA player's hand.
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CLOSE UP #5
(EASTERN THEATER)
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Note that the Eastern Theater deployments are placed on the same side of the map as Washington and Richmond.  (Map Cards B, E, H, etc.) . For the CSA, Jackson and J.E. Johnston each have commands in the Eastern Theater.

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CLOSE UP #6
(WESTERN THEATER)
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Note that the Western Theater deployments are placed on the same side of the map as KENTUCKY and the Mississippi.  (Map Cards A, C, F, I, etc.) .
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CLOSE UP #7
(NAVAL UNIT LOCATION)
Blue vs Gray - Example Photo
Northern Player's side of the board
Note the natural notches that are created on the Northern player's side between Map Cards B & E (in the Eastern Theater) and Map Cards A & C (in the Western Theater). . If a second naval unit is deployed in either the Eastern Theater or the Western Theater, it should be stacked above or below the unit already there, so both units are clearly visible. (Look in the Western Theater of CLOSE UP # 1 to view a second navel unit deployed in the same theater.)
Please note that Porter (the card on the left) is deployed in the Eastern Theater, and Foote (the card on the right) is deployed in the Western Theater.
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Copyright 1999 Q.E.D. Games, Inc. All rights reserved.  BLUE vs GRAY: THE CIVIL WAR CARD GAME and the term ENIGMA are TM Evan Jones.