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The Gettysburg Cyclorama: The Turning Point of the Civil War on Canvas
The Gettysburg Cyclorama: The Turning Point of the Civil War on Canvas
by Boardman, Sue & Porch, Kathryn, & Thomas, Dean
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $26.04
43 used & new from $19.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy!, August 30, 2015
I expect this book to be a finalist if not the winner of the Bachelder-Coddington award.
This is a gorgeous, loving, and full-color look at a national treasure that is part of the construction of how we see this battle.
The whole is contained in a physically handsome oversized book that is a pleasure to hold.

This is both a history of and a close look at the restored Gettysburg Cyclorama that is on display at the park.
Cycloramas are huge oil paintings, 40 by 400 feet, which were very popular prior to movies.
Displayed in specially constructed buildings, patrons use a covered walkway to enter the viewing room.
From a platform about 12 feet high, surrounded by the battle, most were awe struck.
The first two chapters cover the creation of a cyclorama and how their display.
These painting weigh about six tons and require a team of artists months to complete.
Paul D. Philippoteaux painted four Gettysburg cycloramas for display in America.
These chapters cover the “for profit” business and what happened to these cycloramas when the profit ended.
Lastly, they tell us about the restoration project that restored the current Gettysburg cyclorama to its’ original condition.

Chapters 3, 4 and 5 tell about the hidden portraits and details of the Gettysburg cyclorama.
As Philippoteaux learns about the battle and to sell tickets, he made changes to the existing cycloramas.
Changing the painting caused changes to the souvenir program too.
However, since it is easier to change a program than a painting, differences accumulate and the author gives us some intelligent ideas on these.

The balance of the book is a detailed look at the cyclorama based on the ten Tipton photographs.
Each chapter opens with a two-page section of the cyclorama.
The next page contains the original Tipton photo with a modern color photo taken from the same height.
These two photographs address how we are preserving our parks and can make you question improvements.
The next page is a full-color view of the section of the cyclorama with a key.
The balance of each chapter is an explanation of each key with blow-ups and modern photos.
Each chapter has endnotes.

The book ends with a Bibliography and full index.
This book is a joy to read while exploring the details of the cyclorama and seeing the hidden messages.


Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords Character Add-On Deck
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords Character Add-On Deck
Price: $15.69
45 used & new from $10.69

5.0 out of 5 stars You can use these in the other games, August 29, 2015
While Pathfinder character decks are designed for a series, they can be used with any of the adventure games.
You may find a duplicate character; the Afro-American female appears in Rise of the Runelords character deck and as a character in the base game Wrath of the Rightness.
Additionally, you may find some changes in presentation of information but all the needed information is there.
Each game contains four new characters for use in the named game increasing playability and allows more than four players in a game.
You must have a Pathfinder base game to use these cards

This is a good set of characters with two cohorts, weapons, spells, armor and monsters.


Diamond Comic Distributors TDCO-09 Pathfinder Card Game Rise of the Runelords Character Add-on
Diamond Comic Distributors TDCO-09 Pathfinder Card Game Rise of the Runelords Character Add-on
Offered by UnbeatableSale, Inc
Price: $34.71

5.0 out of 5 stars Allows more players, August 29, 2015
While Pathfinder character decks are designed for a series, they can be used with any of the adventure games.
You may find a duplicate character; the Afro-American female appears in Rise of the Runelords character deck and as a character in the base game Wrath of the Rightness.
Additionally, you may find some changes in presentation of information but all the needed information is there.
Each game contains four new characters for use in the named game increasing playability and allows more than four players in a game.
You must have a Pathfinder base game to use these cards

This is a good set of characters with two cohorts, weapons, spells, armor and monsters.


Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords - Character Add-On Deck
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords - Character Add-On Deck
Offered by Jetpack Comics
Price: $19.19
7 used & new from $15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Usable in all games, August 29, 2015
While Pathfinder character decks are designed for a series, they can be used with any of the adventure games.
You may find a duplicate character; the Afro-American female appears in Rise of the Runelords character deck and as a character in the base game Wrath of the Rightness.
Additionally, you may find some changes in presentation of information but all the needed information is there.
Each game contains four new characters for use in the named game increasing playability and allows more than four players in a game.
You must have a Pathfinder base game to use these cards

This is a good set of characters with two cohorts, weapons, spells, armor and monsters.


D.R. Harris Marlborough Shaving Soap Refill
D.R. Harris Marlborough Shaving Soap Refill
Offered by The Luxury Barber
Price: $13.05
9 used & new from $13.05

5.0 out of 5 stars Great, August 29, 2015
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This is the shaving soap I like the most and use most.
The masculine sent and good lather makes shaving a pleasure for me.
This refill is an exact fit for the wooden bowel, unwrap it, drop it in maybe shift it a little with a finger and you are good to go.


Magic: The Gathering Arena of the Planeswalkers Game
Magic: The Gathering Arena of the Planeswalkers Game
Price: $29.49
21 used & new from $22.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Less than magic, August 29, 2015
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My son is an avid Magic player and we both enjoy board gamming making this an idea game for us.
The components are very nice; the Planeswalkers are full color in an action pose.
Their creatures are the color associated with the Planeswalker.
The playing board is an area of sand and water colored accordingly.
The rulebook is in full color with plenty of illustrations.

This is a game with some serious problems, none of which are fatal but taken together damaged our playing experience.
First, the rulebook has no index or useful table of contents. This resulted in flipping pages and searching for what we read.
This became more of a problem as we tried to reconcile rules.
The most serious example being each player starts with a 500-point army.
This is a Planeswalker and two creatures. A second rule says a Planeswalker can summon two creatures each turn.
This will add about 150 points to an army each turn, so why is their a 500-point rule? We were unable to find an answer to this on-line but found the question with no problem.
A second problem is each spell has a cost but nowhere is their anything about how to pay this or how much you have to spend on spells.
One rule says that when you run out of spell cards, you have no more spells.
The rules talk about “Heroes” but offer no explanation nor are any identified in the game.
Line of sight and movement are well thought-out and work well.
Combat is not difficult; you roll dice and apply damage less defensive actions.

We feel that this is a “Base Game” and the publisher did not wish to say that. They expect to add the missing items in expansions later.
Lastly, the rules have an unfinished rushed feel to them. Additional play testing and edition would have corrected problems and improved game play.


The First Battle for Petersburg: The Attack and Defense of the Cockade City, June 9, 1864
The First Battle for Petersburg: The Attack and Defense of the Cockade City, June 9, 1864
by William Glenn Robertson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $22.38
37 used & new from $16.82

5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to hold and read, August 23, 2015
Small battle histories are a favorite of mine. These are the battles where we see what combat was really like.
A small battle captures the feelings of isolation, communication problems and intelligence failures that are a part of any battle but seems clearer here.
In the hands of a skilled author, a small battle history is both an informative and enjoyable read.
This book is an exceptionally good account of Butler’s June 9 raid on Petersburg, the planning, personalities, battle and aftermath.

The Army of the James is not one of the “great” Northern armies of the war. Saddled with a political general as commander and trapped on the Virginia coast, they became a replacement pool.
Butler understood what the situation could mean for his future planned an operation to retrieve some of his reputation as a general.
Improperly garrisoned, Petersburg is a critical link in the supply chain for Richmond and the Army of Northern Virginia.
Butler plans a raid that will overrun the garrison, destroy the bridges over the Appomattox River and get back to the safety of his lines in about 36 hours.
Why this did not happen as planned is a fascinating story of how things go wrong.
Central to the story are the old men and boys that fight to save their city at Rive’s Farm.
This is one of the few battles where civilians fight veterans during the war in sight of their homes.

Hal Jespersen provides excellent maps to complement the author’s very readable text.
Illustrations and photographs grace almost every page reminding us that these are people.
Footnotes, at the bottom of the page, a full index and Bibliography mark this as a serious history.
Lastly, this is a physically hansom that is a pleasure to hold and read.
A book that can be proudly given as a gift and will be a joy to receive.


Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Wrath of the Righteous Character Add-On Deck
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Wrath of the Righteous Character Add-On Deck
Offered by AMA INC
Price: $16.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A good addition to the game, August 23, 2015
The basic set contains illustrations and information about playing the four characters in this set.
While not necessary for enjoyable play, they will allow for up to six players in a game.
The deck contains 110 cards divided between the new characters and 13 weapons, six armor, eight monsters, seven barriers, 18 henchmen, 14 blessings, eight ally, 13 spells and nine items.
Monkey’s Paw, Potion of Night Vision and Potion of Striding are new items.
New allies include a carbuncle and mastiff, joining an aklys, battle aspergillum and flaming heavy pick in weapons.

Crowe is a human male Blood ranger is a strong fighter, who plays as a mauler or spell ranger.
The sorcerer Seoni is a human female starting with five spells and four blessings, with the role of element master or corruptor.
Adowyn, a human female, is a hunter with a wolf cohort. She has a good starting mix of weapons, spells and blessings for her role as pack leader or blight scout.
The only non-human is Shardra a female dwarf shaman with a lizard cohort. A total of 10 spells and blessings fit her role as a visionary or sprit guide.

The box art illustration on the Amazon page is not the same as the box art for the item.
The two characters on the left are not in this set. Crowe and Seoni replace them.


Magic the Gathering Origins Fat Pack
Magic the Gathering Origins Fat Pack
Offered by MTGbiz
Price: $31.95
47 used & new from $30.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift for Magic players, August 22, 2015
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I am not a Magic player but my son is and this was his choice for a birthday gift.
The nine packs contain a mix of the current “new” cards with some extras that can be useful for a player.
My understanding is that this is the box to buy after a player has the Deck Builder’s Toolkit.
These two boxes give a player an excellent chance to build a winning deck.
The additional “Lands” in this box supplement and support this set in building a deck.
The Player’s Guide is a full color booklet with all the cards in this set and write-ups on the major characters.


Adventure Time Fluxx Game
Adventure Time Fluxx Game
Offered by The Game Addict
Price: $14.91
19 used & new from $14.91

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Change is constant!, August 22, 2015
This review is from: Adventure Time Fluxx Game (Toy)
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Fluxx is a themed card came where the goals and rules are in a state of flux.
You start with a simple rule, draw three cards, play one and do what the card says.
Cards change the number of cards you draw or play how to win the game and just about every other aspect of the game.
The result, depending of the players, is a fun fast-paced constantly changing game or a frustrating angry experience.

This is edition of Fluxx based on the Adventure Time cartoon; the art is simple with basic color in keeping with the cartoon.
The characters are all here, some presented in an unusual way but always fun.
The rules are on a large two-sided color page.
The FAQs are worth reading after you read the rules.
The rules are not difficult and most of the cards do not require interpretation to play.

Playing Adventure Time Fluxx required a little more arithmetic and reading than my grandson has.
I feel this game is more in the 10 to adult range, not the eight as advertised.
We have not played the other editions of Fluxx and cannot comment on how this game compares with them.
Overall, the game is not difficult to learn, the graphics are right for the theme but you have to have an adaptable group of players to enjoy it.


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