It is July of 1861 in the United States. Several Southern states left the Union and Confederate Armies are nearing a clash with Federal forces by a railroad junction in Manassas, Virginia. The War Between the States is about to begin. This is where you – the player – come in. Welcome to Nation Torn Asunder (NTA). You will fill the role as a senior commander fighting for your side – North or South, Union or Confederacy – in the American Civil War. As a player in this game, you manage and guide a select group of Generals and their armies towards victory. The GM does most of the 'grunt work' behind the scenes stuff for you. Note: The use of ‘he’, and ‘his’ should also mean ‘she’ and ‘hers’. The general game flow is that each turn you confer with the other players on your side, come up with a plan, and then submit orders to the units you control. The Game Master (GM) takes those orders and implements them on the map. Units move, capture territory and battle the enemy. You provide the broad guidance to your forces (go here, entrench, and such) while the GM handles the details of implementation. Of critical importance is the player’s Avatar, for the values the player assigns to that character influence the course of the game greatly. Will yours have great initiative, able to get moving despite obstacles? Alternatively, will he be a master of battlefield tactics or even the domestic political scene? You decide where your character shines. If this looks like a game for you, please post in the forum a statement to the effect that you would like to join, and which side you will play on. You may also add a short (if I have to scroll to read it, it is too long) character biography, an image, or other game color item. There is no requirement to do so though. The game plays the same whether or not you write something for flavor. If you have questions, please let me know them. Richard Borg’s Battle Cries is the basis for this game. MastahCheef117 and his War Between the States game in another forum also inspired me to this effort.