Module:Seven Pines; or, Fair Oaks

From Vassal
Publisher Hollandspiele Era Gunpowder
Year 2017 Topic American Civil War
Players 2 to 2 Scale Operational
Length 90-120 min


Filename Filetype Size Date Compatibility
Seven_Pines_or_Fair_Oaks_1.1.vmod Module 52.43 MB 13-04-2021 3.5.3
Seven_Pines_or_Fair_Oaks.vmod Module 52.37 MB 21-12-2020 3.4.6

Module Information

Maintainer Ryan Verstraten


For any questions or comments about the module you can contact me on Discord @ Fuzzedboef (CEST)#0893

Module 1.0 known errors:

  • The 'DONE' side of the 'D.H. Hill activation counter' shows the wrong artwork, it mistakenly shows Hookers' brigade.
  • Placement on right-click of Intrenchment- and Dig Markers is broken, it places an Elan Marker instead, the correct markers are available from the pieces pallete.

Module 1.1 update:

  • D.H. Hill activation counter artwork corrected.
  • Fixed right-click placement of Intrenchment- and Dig Markers.
  • Added optional mnemonic markers for declaring attacker and target, these are available off-map and from the pieces pallete.

Designed by Tom Russell, art by Ilya Kudriashov

The SHOT & SHELL BATTLE SERIES recreates battles fought during the mid-nineteenth century at the brigade level. Each brigade is represented by an ID counter and several Step Counters so as to model the gradual attrition of combat strength over the course of a day's fighting. Divisions are Activated in alternating impulses, with each Activation (or Elimination) degrading its ability to activate and coordinate with your other Divisions. The game is of moderate complexity, with five kinds of combat and three kinds of Intrenchments, but play is quick and relatively streamlined.

The first game in the series, SEVEN PINES; OR, FAIR OAKS, recreates the actions fought on May 31 and June 1 of 1862 during the American Civil War. A complex Confederate battle plan hatched by Joseph E. Johnston that called for coordinated flank attacks devolved into an unsupported frontal assault, resulting in the largest battle of the war up until that time, and one of the bloodiest. Beyond the historical scenario, there are scenarios which allow players to explore the feasibility of Johnston's actual plan, as well as what might have resulted had he been opposed by a more aggressive Union general than George B. McClellan.

There are special rules for crossing a swollen river over a soon-to-be-collapsed bridge, the strange case of General Casey's Division (whose conduct was either heroic or disgraceful, depending on who you were talking to), and the command confusion that beset both sides. But at its heart, it is a simple and straightforward game that provides an excellent opportunity to explore this exciting new system.

The 22x17inch hex map is set to a 250-300 yards per hex scale, with turns taking half an hour each.

Module Instructions:


Please go through the scenario specific rules to complete setup. The Divisions needed for each scenario are already on- or besides the map (stacked). Each player still needs to deploy the brigades per scenario rules. The Scenario- and Series Rulebook are provided inside the module under their respective buttons on the toolbar.


The 'step counters' from the physical version are represented by the green squares next to the counters, you can either right-click a counter to adjust a step or use ctrl + up arrow/down arrow to go through the steps. All steps are also provived for the disrupted- or limbered side of the counters. Elan, intrenchment and charge-markers can be added on right-click or with a keyboard shortcut.

Screen Shots


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