The rush by online retailer Amazon to eliminate any non-book products bearing the Confederate flag appears to have claimed several innocent victims: Historical board games allowing players to recreate historic Civil War battles.
One of the games, Battle Cry, is published by Wizards of the Coast (also behind popular games like Magic: The Gathering) and was available on Amazon as recently as June 23, the day Amazon announced it would take down Confederate flag products for being offensive. Now, the game’s product page has disappeared entirely.
The likely reason is that the game’s artwork contains several Confederate battle flags, as befits a game about the Civil War (several Union flags are visible as well). Supporting this possibility is the fact that a single copy of an older Battle Cry print run is still available (it does feature any Confederate flags on its box art).
It’s difficult to argue that Battle Cry promotes hate in any way. The game simply allows two players to play 30 different scenarios based on major engagements of the Civil War. In that regard, it is little different from hundreds of other games recreating World War 2, the American Revolution, or even the ongoing war on terrorism.
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