Originally published at: https://statelyplay.com/2019/05/21/fort-sumter-the-secession-crisis-arrives/
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When we heard about the partnership between GMT Games and Playdek, it was like hearing that your two favorite people were finally tying the knot. I mean, they’re so right for each other! It was only a matter of time before this pairing started to bear fruit and, today, they have their first born! (I’m discounting Twilight Struggle as that was pre-partnership and has turned into a titillating ménage à trois with Asmodee) It’s Fort Sumter and it’s coming to mobile and Steam today. Right now, as a matter of fact.
Fort Sumter is the brainchild of game design genius, Mark Herman. You might recognize the name from Washington’s War, Churchill, Fire in the Lake, and so many other titles that it would be unwieldy to list them all.
Going over his ludography, you’d notice that while most of the games are strictly for the grognard crowd, there are a few exceptions. Churchill is more negotiation euro than wargame and Fire in the Lake is a COIN game which, while war-like, tend to not follow the usual hex-counter tropes wargames are associated with. Fort Sumter fits into that group. It’s more of an area control/hand management game than wargame and, in fact, shots being fired means the game is over.
Taking place in 1860-61 when southern states were mighty pissed about a certain bearded Kentuckian winning an election and decided to start splitting from the US. One player plays the angry secessionists while the other the Union and, in abstract fashion, the card-driven game allows you to play cubes to the board, score points, and get yourself in a good position once Beauregard starts firing.
The game is short, lasting only 20-30 minutes on the table, and is a hoot to play. While a bit on the abstract side, there’s enough history here to hold anyone’s interest, if that’s your thing. Or you can ignore it and just push cubes around.
Being a Playdek joint, we can assume it will have robust online play as well as an AI worth playing against. We know it’s coming to mobile (iOS and Android), but we’re not sure when. Considering that it’s already available for PC/Mac on Steam, it may just be percolating in the interwebs and will show up in the App Store of your choice shortly.