Baptism at Bull Run. The Battle of First Bull Run. July 21, 1861.


This section provides information to help players learn the strategic and tactical the nuances of Baptism at Bull Run.


Sample Games

Two sample games for Baptism at Bull Run are presented below. One game highlights a Union victory, while the other a Confederate victory. Both games were played during the latter stages of playtesting—that is, using the final published rules—and were started almost concurrently.

A note about the names of these games: NION and MUIN. During playtesting each game was assigned a "codename". Specifically, each game was assigned a letter from an ancient alphabet. We started with the Greek alphabet, with games named: ALPHA, BETA, GAMMA, etc. The alphabet used during the late stages of playtesting was the Ogham (or Old Irish) alphabet, from which NION and MUIN were taken.

With that in mind, the two sample games are present below:

Union Flag   Confederate Flag
Playtest Game NION: A Union Victory   Playtest Game MUIN: A Confederate Victory
Playtest game NION was played by Brian R. Mullin (USA)
and Andy Wright (CSA) and ended in a Union victory.
  Playtest game MUIN was played by Garry Haggerty (USA)
and Will Green (CSA) and ended in a Confederate victory.


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Last Updated: 2009-01-18 18:45 EST


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Pencil & Wash Drawing: "Colonel Burnside's brigade, First and Second Rhode Island, and Seventy-first New York regiments, with their artillery, attacking the rebel batteries at Bull Run.", by Alfred R. Waud (1861).