07 - A Dark and Bloody Ground
Governor of the Western Territory had power, in case of hostilities,
to call upon Virginia and Pennsylvania for a number of men to act
in conjunction with the Continental troops, and carry war into the
Governor Arthur St. Clair, in a letter
to President Washington, Fall of 1789.
God's sake retreat! You will all be killed. There is Indians enough
to eat you all up!"
Colonel John Hardin at Kekionga (modern day Fort Wayne, Indiana),
October 19, 1790.
newly formed United States faced a challenge with its western territories.
Many of the soldiers and colonists of the original 13 colonies looked
forward to settling the regions along the Ohio River, but the new
nation lacked the resources and force to rapidly expand into the
areas beyond the Appalachian mountains. Further, the British had
not withdrawn from their western forts, in clear violation of the
Treaty of Paris, 1783. Great Britain sought to maintain the lucrative
fur trade with the native residents, as well as to put pressure
upon the new, upstart nation. As armed clashes and atrocities between
settlers and natives increased in ferocity, the way of the warpath
led increasingly to the dark and bloody ground of the Ohio frontier.
Dark and Bloody Ground is a simulation of the five year struggle
for control of Ohio in the Old Northwest Territory. One player assumes
the role of the leader of the United States armed forces (militia
and regular US Army), while the opponent operates the various Native
American nations, and their potential allies from Great Britain
and Canada. The game can, however, be played solitaire with little
Dark and Bloody Ground and issue #7 of ATO
Map - One full color 22"x34" mapsheet
Counters - 280 full color 1/2" die-cut pieces
Rules length - 12 pages
Charts and tables - 4 pages
Complexity - Medium
Solitaire suitability - Average
Playing time - Up to 12 hours
- Paul Rohrbaugh
Development - C. Rawling
Graphic Design - Craig Grando
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