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Bobby Lee

A project in Blaine, WA by Columbia Games

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Replay and study the campaigns and battles of Robert E. Lee in the American Civil War, 1861-65. A superb strategy game for ages 12+.
Backers: 303
Average Pledge Per Backer: $92

Funded: $28,021 of $20,000
Dates: Oct 7th -> Nov 11th (36 days)
Project By: Columbia Games
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Shipping Date (December 18)

November 10th - via: kickstarter.com
Backers: Our planned shipping date for Bobby Lee is December 18th.  That assumes no problems with our printer and with Iran.   Shipping on that date ought to get you delivery in the USA by Christmas, but no guarantees. As for Canada and overseas,... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #3 ($28,000): Historic Leaders

November 10th - via: kickstarter.com
Wow, now I have to make good on a promise for historic leaders.  We will add them if we make $28,000.  I wanted to say $30,000, but that would be a promise I would likely not have to keep. If we make this goal we will include historic leaders for... (Read More)

Historic Leaders

November 7th - via: kickstarter.com
Many fans of Bobby Lee have asked for historic leader blocks.  By that they mean images of generals like McClellan, Grant, and Lee on the various army blocks.  I have never been a big fan of this kind of thing when historical reality rarely fits... (Read More)

Entrenchments For Sale (Cheap)

November 7th - via: kickstarter.com
A backer just asked me the perennial question:  If you don't make 25000 USD, will you make the entrenchment blocks available as an add-on for me to buy? Probably yes, but not for sure. It kind of depends how close we get. Heck, I'm hoping we get... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #2, $25,000: Entrenchment Blocks

November 7th - via: kickstarter.com
If we make a stretch goal of $25,000,  we will include extra blocks to allow players to deploy entrenchments in their battle positions. Using them will be a trade-off:   improved defense in exchange for restricted battlefield mobility.     (Read More)


November 7th - via: kickstarter.com
Backers: We made it.  Bobby Lee met its funding goal of $20,000 this morning.  Thanks to all for the great support.    Now for Stretch Goal #2... Tom  (Read More)


November 6th - via: kickstarter.com
Backers: We had several Stretch Goals planned for Bobby Lee, but it would seem we over-estimated the popularity of the American Civil War. Since we are unlikely to get many of our stretch goals launched, we have decided to make sure our loyal backers... (Read More)


November 6th - via: kickstarter.com
Is the Kickstarter edition of Bobby Lee special in any way? • Only the Kickstarter edition gets a deluxe mounted map.  • Only the Kickstarter edition gets  two copies of the rules. • Only the Kickstarter edition gets Blue & Gray dice. •... (Read More)

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Discover the artists, singers, producers, entrepreneurs, game developers, and inventors of the future at DJ Grandpa's Crib, the unofficial Kickstarter Podcast. With a fresh voice and inspiring interviews, this weekly podcast celebrates the creative genius in each of us. Don’t miss a single episode! (Read More)


November 1st - via: kickstarter.com
Greetings: We posted a new Video with some contentious words as to why non-wargamers should back Bobby Lee.  And my version of a Rebel Yell... Tom  (Read More)

The Great Tactical Debate

October 25th - via: kickstarter.com
The current 3.0 beta rules have the same tactical sequence as 2.0.  Specifically the Battle Turn breaks down into five phases: 1. Retreats 2, Morale 3. Battle Fires 4. Battle Moves 5. Supply Rules 1.0 were similar with one important change. Battle... (Read More)

Bobby Lee Rules - Beta 3

October 25th - via: kickstarter.com
Greetings: The latest edition of Bobby Lee 3.0 Beta rules is on our website for free download.   Mostly typo fixes, but also some changes to rail control, enfilade, and cavalry.  Best Tom  (Read More)

Bobby Lee Beta-2

October 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
Greetings; Just posted a Beta-2 of Bobby Lee rules.   Fixed some typos, added a new graphic for Enfilade, and generally cleaned up our act here and there.   The previous edition page count of 20 is down to 12 in 3.0. Check it out.  Click here to... (Read More)

Beta 3rd Edition Rules

October 21st - via: kickstarter.com
Bobby Lee Rules Click here to preview the 3rd edition beta rules.  Comments and feedback welcome.   Email: orders@columbiagames.com  (Read More)

Bobby Lee Battle example video

October 21st - via: kickstarter.com
 Detailed example of play showing a Confederate attack on Gettysburg.  (Read More)

Civil War Bundle

October 15th - via: kickstarter.com
We have added the three decks of Dixie to the Civil War bundle for no extra money.  We can't actually change the Reward text since Kickstarter prevents this after a Reward has one or more backers.   But the three decks will be included. Tom  (Read More)

Faster Gameplay

October 12th - via: kickstarter.com
As we continue to revise and playtest Bobby Lee, our main goal has been to reduce playtime for this game.  Versions 1.0 and 2.0 were good, but an entire game 1861-65 could take 10-12 hours to finish.  That was barely acceptable twenty years ago... (Read More)

Bobby Lee 3.0 Changes

October 11th - via: kickstarter.com
The new version of Bobby Lee has some significant changes from earlier editions.  The new rules are a blend of previous 1st and 2nd editions, the best of both, but there are also many new ideas. Tweaks to Victory Points help with play balance. Less... (Read More)

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