|Coversheet from ziploc edition|
The Manassas is a regimental game recreating the First Battle of Bull Run containing 320 large, 5/8" x 3/4" counters and two wonderful, period-flavored maps making a 36" x 48" five-color playing area. Rulebook, charts, and tables round out the components.
|Rulebook, charts, and tables|
Evidently, Manassas was once sold at the Visitor's Center at the Manassas National Battlefield Park. Research suggests that a reduced game map is available for a sale in the bookshop. Next trip to D.C., I will need to confirm such for myself.
Finding an unpunched copy of this rare game produces a conundrum for me. The difficult decision is whether or not to punch the game. In my younger days, I would immediately open a game and set about punching and clipping the counters. Today, I hold off until I am certain the game will see action on the table. Well, that does not always hold true! I often tear into a new game with great gusto with hopes of getting it onto the gaming table. With a rare item such as this, perhaps a more deliberate approach is needed.
Punch or not; that is the question.