FREE rules for ACW wargaming – Give Them the Cold Steel!

Monday Knight 012

Ed McKie has graciously allowed the Johnny Reb Gaming Society to publish here on our website his new rules for miniature wargames for the American Civil War (ACW) period.  He maintains a support site which has more details on these new rules. It is a Yahoo site where quick play sheets and game counters can be found.

Give Them the Cold Steel is an interesting addition to the pantheon of published rules for ACW wargaming, and are worth a look, especially since Ed has provided them as a FREE service to the wargaming community.

Here are the rules and supporting files:

Please try out these rules when you get a chance, and report your likes and dislikes by adding comments to this blog post. Feel free to suggest any improvements or house rules, or any after-action reports!

Thanks Ed for your generous contribution to the JRGS and our CHARGE! website!

Categories: Civil War wargaming, Product reviews | 7 Comments

Post navigation

7 thoughts on “FREE rules for ACW wargaming – Give Them the Cold Steel!

  1. what scale is the ACW rules for

  2. Robie Cagle

    Kaleb, the rules are meant for 15mm or 10mm according to page two of the rules download.

  3. Anonymous

    I live in West Milrd New Jersey I had made a 4×8 Bull Run Diorama looking for someone to game with joeluberto.jl@gmail?com Joe Luberto

  4. Neil

    I tried these rules this afternoon. It’s a solid set. Like the cards and the fire resolution rules. There are a lot of morale rolls required. It makes sense why they are needed but their quantity slow things down. The same goes with the list of modifiers. They all make sense, but because the lists are long it takes a bit to go through them. What I would recommend to gamers who feel the same way is to shorten the list of modifiers and\or frequency of morale rolls. For the game designer, I’d recommend extending the list of cannons in the Weapon table. I had to research the capabilities of the 10lb Parrott gun in the middle of the game because it was not in the table. I played tested these rules with my WW1 figures to see if the game was enjoyable enough to purchase ACW figures. I’m happy to say that, yes, this game is enjoyable enough to make it worth buying figures for it.

  5. Neil

    Is the “average die” referring to a 6-sided dice?

  6. Jim

    What are the measurements on your basing for units. The look awesome.

  7. Mike Layton

    Are the counters available?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at

%d bloggers like this: