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Founding Fathers: Civil War & the Gilded Age

Double your fun with this sequel to Founding Fathers!




The Civil War and the three amendments that followed have been called the Second Founding. With this Founding Fathers expansion kit you no longer need to stop at the Civil War. Instead, continue on to face the tough challenges of the War Between the States and beyond, including:

  • Reconstruction
  • Transcontinental Railroad
  • Rampant corruption
  • Industrial action
  • Spanish-American War
  • The Great War

These are just some of the elements in a new narrative to weave.

In addition, this set adds the Variable Outcome cards that provide more random outcomes for major war events, including several in the base game.

Important Note: This is an expansion kit for the Founding Fathers board game, which is required to use this product. It is fully compatible with the previous Founding Fathers: Offices & Statesman and Founding Fathers: Ladies & Orators expansion kits.

New Play Features

  • New method of electing the president
  • Player option to attract Congressional support
  • Smoke-filled rooms rules for choosing Presidential nominees
  • Nomination fights
  • New offices, such as the Admiral
  • Possibility of serving a third term, or non-consecutive terms

Statesmen include

  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • William Tecumseh Sherman
  • George B. McClellan
  • Grover Cleveland
  • William McKinley
  • George Dewey
  • Henry Halleck
  • Andrew Johnson
  • Every major party Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidate

Green Edition

Find out more about the environmentally-friendly, lower-cost Founding Fathers: Civil War & the Gilded Age - Green Edition

Latest News

  • 2019 November 22 - Green Disks. We have been able to return to using green disks.

  • 2019 September 13 - Green Disks. Because TheGameCrafter is out of green disks, and will probably be for some time, we have replaced them with white disks. This has absolutely no effect on play. If however, you want to get green disks when they become available we explain how to do that here.

  • 2019 March 26: FAQ updated

  • 2019 March 26: fix to typo on A War to End All Wars card incorporated

Components: see below.

Play options

  • Two new scenarios
  • Compatible with all previous Founding Fathers expansions
  • If intending to play using the solo or two-player rules, be sure to download the Solo Supplement (below)


What This Is:

This is not a mass-produced game, but printed-on-demand . We have uploaded the artwork, rules and specifications, but The Game Crafter makes it only when you order it. Learn more.


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Average Rating 2 reviews
Publish Date March 06, 2019
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Department Games
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More Info Founding Fathers: Civil War & the Gilded Age web site

Why buy this?

My first impression was extremely positive and I hope to do an [Eras] A-H grand campaign soon.

  • Voting, politics and negotiation
  • Card-based gameplay
  • Historical accuracy and immersive detail

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  • This game contains a premium upgrade called UV Coating that makes the printed components more durable.


See It In Action

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