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Apple Macintosh Software Game - 'American Civil War, Vol I', 3½" Floppy Disk, 1990 Object Reg. No: HT 13667

Electronic board-game dealing with the Bull Run to Chancellorsville battle in the American Civil War. The series used the same format but different battle scenarios. Each volume contained one of six famous battles. This version was first released in 1990.

This is a Macintosh version that uses 3½ inch disks. An Apple II version uses 5¼ inch floppy disks.

This is one of a series of games in which software micromanaged the actions of the individual units for example battalions or artillery assets.

There was also a campaign editor that allowed users to create their own scenarios, as many as they liked. An icon editor allowed the one player to edit the graphics. The player was the army commander and the player could play either side. The commander gave general orders to divisions and regiments. The software would then micromanage the orders.

The game had a sound capability that was determined by the limitations of the hardware.

The Macintosh allowed mouse control and had high definition graphics.

This object was collected because it was designed and produced by an Australian software development company, the Strategic Studies Group, commonly known as SSG, that makes strategy war games.

In 1983, the donor's parents gave him an Apple II Europlus. He used it for essays, medical school assignments and games. He became especially interested in war games and he stated that an Australian Sydney-based company Strategic Studies Group had the best war games at that time, which he began and continued to collect.

This item is part of a representative collection of hardware, software, trade literature and promotional material that documents the history of the Apple company, and its contribution to, and impact on the computer industry and society.
A white cardboard box in printed sleeve,. The box contains two black 3 1/2 inch floppy disks with labels, a scenario booklet of 28 pages, a Games Manual of 48 pages, a Macintosh supplimentof 4 pages, a fold out poster of 5 maps and a subscription order form.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Chee-Yan Hiew, 2006
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 30 mm (Height), 185 mm (Width), 245 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Approximate case dimensions.

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Tagged with: computer games, computer software, computers, computing, education, entertainment
Themes this item is part of: Internet Macintosh User Group (iMug) Collection, The Apple Computer Story - The Graphic User Interface 1983-1984, Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: software
Inscriptions: On sleeve " Decisive Battles of the American Civil War, Vol I Bull Run to Chancellorsville" Roger Keating, Danny Stevens, Ian Trout

with a sticker,
" Mac/Classic/Plus SE/II/LC/ all Mac II series
Color on II Series and LC
System 6.0 or later required
1 Megabyte RAM Required

The rear has introduction and screen images and includes the following text: ©1990 Strategic Studies Group. Made in Australia.

1: The booklet: "Game Manual Decisive Battles System"
2: "Decisive Battles of the American Civil War, Vol I Scenario Booklet"
3. "Decisive Battles of the American Civil War Vol 1 (macintosh Suppliment)

Floppy Disk Labels: "Decisive Battles of the American Civil War, Vol I - Disk One"
MACINTOSH ©1990 SSG Version All Rights Reserved
Manufacturer: Strategic Studies Group, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1990

Strategic Studies Group.

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