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History of the Roman Empire

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(from UGG)

History of the Roman Empire covers the time-period from the Rise to the Fall of the Roman Empire in seven game turns starting in 60 BC (the first Triumvirate composed of Caesar, Crassus and Pompeus) until the last Emperor (Romulus Augustus) in 476 AD.
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The map contains the entire Mediterranean area as well as a part of Asia Minor.
Each of the up to four Players takes the role of one Roman Faction and one group of “Barbarian”-Peoples and by playing certain event cards you can gain control over minor Kingdoms.

The game is best suited for 4 Players but can be played by 3 or 2 Players as well.

Since every Player controls a Roman Faction and a “Barbarian” People it is not possible to completely remove a Player from the Game (The Roman Faction that Player controls can be eliminated but the Barbarians can not).
The Game “History of the Roman Empire” is not strictly historic but offers “a great lot of Flavour about this” with it’s 42 Roman Emperors (and Pretenders) and the 34 different “Barbarian” Peoples and minor Kingdoms. Since every Player controls Romans as well as Barbarians you will get all kinds of situations like Romans vs. Barbarians Romans fighting among themselves or Barbarians fighting other Barbarians.

The Emperor for each Roman Faction changes every Game Turn as well as the Barbarian Peoples that the Players control…

With it’s easy to learn rules (Players who are familiar with “Espania”, “Britannia” or “History of the World” will find some similarities and some new features) and the constantly changing Barbarians “The History of the Roman Empire” can be great fun.

The Players will have to decide how to use their Roman Legions as well as how to use the Armies of their Barbarians and of course where to plan new Cities and Forts (for the Roman Factions). Since it is worth much more Victory Points to control all areas of one colour soon everyone will try to establish his own small empire (and of course to disturb the others), until the more powerful Barbarians like the Goths or the Huns arrive and threaten to take control of the map. Each turn the Roman Factions spend some of their Victory Points on new Legions and/or Forts or Fortresses, the Barbarians do not use their Victory Points for recruiting Units but rather “mobilize” up to a certain number of Armies (how many units depends on the Barbarian People). Every game will present you with new Situations since the Players will work on and change their strategies and the 45 random cards will influence every game in a unique way…

At the end of the seventh turn, the players total their victory points and determine the winner.
Will the Roman Empire rise to Glory or will it be crushed by the Barbarians…

It’s up to YOU…

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Hoplite

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(from GMT site):
Hoplite, the 15th volume in the Great Battles of History series of games, allows players to recreate classic battles from the pre-Alexandrian Persian-Hellenistic Age, the heyday of the Hoplite (heavy infantry fighting in packed formation). This period is often considered to feature the birth of Western Warfare, as opposed to the Persian/Eastern style, which relied on archery , light cavalry, and mobility.

Exactly how hoplite warfare was fought – what really happened when “the bell rang” – is highly disputed by ancient military historians, even today. Hoplite allows you to test out your theories (well, our theories, using your dice) with eleven of the great battles of this era, from the Battle of Leuctra, featuring the huge 60-man deep phalanx of Beotarch Epaminondas …

… to the classic confrontations with the Persian missile-armed troops against the classic Greek hoplite phalanxes.

Hoplite uses detailed mechanics meant to convey all the possibilities of this style of warfare, from The Hellenic Law of Inertia, to Drift to the Right, to the special capabilities of the Persian Light Cavalry (Harassment and Dispersal) to three different levels of Hoplite advance to Combat (the Run Don’t Walk rules) and a whole lot more. We even still have some good old chariots!

And you get to fight what was the biggest land battle in European history up until Napoleonic times, the immense Battle of Plataea (truly the deciding engagement of the Greco-Persian Wars): two maps and about 250 combat counters covering The Greek Contingents from 26 City-States under Pausanias, Spartan Regent and General, vs. The Persians, Medes, Asians (Bactrians, Scythians, Indians and a whole lot of others) and seven Medized Greek city-states, under Mardonius, Persian Commander and son-in-law of The Great King, Darius I.
The package includes Simple GBoH versions for each of the battles along with special rules that highlight the hoplite style of warfare.

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Peloponnesian War

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Mark Herman’s solo design (which can also be played opposed or even multi-player) covering the classic era conflict
between Sparta and Athens. The solo rules are especially interesting, as you sit in the role of an Alcibiades, forced
to switch sides if your faction does too well without winning.
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