Bloody April 

The Battle of Shiloh, April 1862








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Date published: 8/1/1979

Designed by: Richard Berg

Developed by: Rich Berg & Tom Walczyk

Data: Regimental level Civil War battle game using prize-winning TSS system. Two game maps, 2000 counters, individual leaders, fire and melee, morale, stragglers, gunboats, and more. Includes full historical article.


The long awaited follow-up to the super hit Terrible Swift Sword. But how do you follow an act like TSS? Berg added more chrome for this immensely important battle. But this is not the gradually  expanding battle that Gettysburg offered. In Bloody April, both sides are largely on-board from the beginning, and rather than clear fields and roads to follow as in TSS, at Shiloh the field is densely wooded and the Union is disorganized. Perhaps the difficulty was not with the many new rules Berg offered, as much as it was with the difficulty of getting organized, and conducting an exciting experience, instead of a multitude of pitched battles with lots of new chrome and bookkeeping. 


2 Maps, where 1 hex = 115 yards. There are 1200 Counters.
Each unit is a Regiment or Battery or Leader. 
Each strength point = 100 men or 1 gun.

Each turn is 20 minutes of real time.


Bloody April arrived as a 4" box game, Cat# 2510 and in z-pack Cat# 2511.


The preorder price in January of '79 was $16. It was published at $27. In 1981, with the arrival of the double boxed set of Jackson at the Crossroads  and Battle of Corinth, which would debut at $25, both TSS and Bloody April would be offered for $25 each. ( See advertisement below.)

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Magazine Issue # Date Yr Article Type Article Name Author Author2 PageNumber
Moves 40 Aug/Sep 1978 Works in Progress Designer's Notes

Moves 41 Oct/Nov 1978 Works in Progress Designer's Notes

Moves 42 Dec/Jan 1979 Works in Progress Designer's Notes

Moves 43 Feb/Mar 1979 Works in Progress Designer's Notes

Moves 45 Jun/Jul 1979 Works in Progress Designer's Notes

Moves 49 Feb/Mar 1980 Review FO Eric Goldberg
Moves 54 Dec/Jan 1981 Review Civil War Survey: Capsule Critiques of Games in Print Steve List
Moves 56 Apl/May 1981 Operational Analysis Moves in English Pete Bartlam
Moves 56 Apl/May 1981 Advertisements Advertisement: SPI's Great Game Lineup

Strategy & Tactics 56 May/Jun 1976 Feedback Feedback Questions

Moves 57 Jun/Jul 1981 Advertisements Advertisement: Great Battles of the American Civil War Vol. 5 & 6

Moves 59 Oct/Nov 1981 Advertisements Advertisement: Jackson at the Crossroads and Battle of Corinth

Strategy & Tactics 70 Sep/Oct 1978 Works in Progress Works in Progress SPI Staff
Strategy & Tactics 71 Nov/Dec 1978 Works in Progress Works in Progress SPI Staff
Strategy & Tactics 74 May/Jun 1979 Works in Progress Outgoing Mail: Works in Progress SPI Staff
Strategy & Tactics 77 Nov/Dec 1979 Other Type SPI BESTSELLER LIST Jul / Aug '79

Strategy & Tactics 78 Jan/Feb 1980 Feature Article Outgoing Mail Brad Hessel
Strategy & Tactics 78 Jan/Feb 1980 Errata Errata / Addenda Available Updates Eric Goldberg
Strategy & Tactics 78 Jan/Feb 1980 Other Type SPI Bestsellers List, Sept/Oct 1979

Strategy & Tactics 79 Mar/Apl 1980 Feature Article SPI BestSeller List Nov/Dec 1979

Strategy & Tactics 80 May/Jun 1980 Feedback SPI Bestsellers Jan/Feb 1980:

Strategy & Tactics 82 Sep/Oct 1980 Advertisements Military Game Titles from SPI (Advertisement)

Strategy & Tactics 83 Nov/Dec 1980 Advertisements FP Ad for Various SPI Games

Strategy & Tactics 86 May/Jun 1981 Advertisements AD: Full page ad for Bloody April


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