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David A
United States
Los Angeles
California
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10
Dec 2006*
Best grognard game.
2006-12-14*
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Joel Toppen
United States
Gallup
New Mexico
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10
Oct 2004*
I LOVE THIS GAME!!! It really captures the feel of the epic siege of Jerusalem. Both sides have to plan their strategy carefully. Mistakes made early on can really affect the outcome. The only drawback for this game is the length of play. The complete siege can't be played in a weekend! Takes several weekends to complete.
2004-10-29*
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Thomas Prowell
United States
Seattle
Washington
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10
Oct 2006*
This is one of the most intense games I know. Because of the igo-hugo game system and bloody combat system, each side can expect a total roller coaster ride of emotions -- when it's your turn you're thinking "I'm winning, I'm winning, I'm winning! Whee!" And then your opponent takes his go and it's "I'm doomed, I'm doomed, flee, save yourselves." Great stuff.
2006-10-18*
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Elwyn Darden
United States
Richmond
Virginia
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10
Jul 2007*
One of the best wargames ever. While the campaign game is long, each of the scenarios is interesting and playable. The campaign game is remarkable for a siege game because you have real options about which wall and which section of the wall you will attack next.
2007-07-25*
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David Lubin
United States
Cranbury
New Jersey
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10
Aug 2007*
Jerusalem is a really tough city to crack, but it is possible - Highly recommend playing
2007-08-20*
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Luke Warren
United States
Dist of Columbia
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10
Sep 2007*
My third favorite game behind Empires in Arms and World in Flames. The amount of carnage is unbelievable, and it is an incredible simulation of siege warfare, something I have not seen done anywhere else. Beautiful map too.

Also has the unique aspect where after each 'assault phase', you take all the counters of the map and then reset up your units for the next phase. This allows you to not have to keep the game set up in between phases. Variable endings too. Cannot find a flaw in this game.

2007-09-26*
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Raúl García-Ortiz Miguel
Spain
Madrid
Madrid
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10
Nov 2008*
One of the best games I have. I have a MINT copy.
2008-11-21*
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Durin5000
Spain
Barcelona
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10
Sep 2013
Muy bueno aunque la secuencia de juego es un poco rara. La campaña es muyyy larga. Romano en terreno despejado = romano muerto.
2011-03-12
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Mark Sautman
United States
Evans
Georgia
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10
May 2013
Finally tracked down a nice copy of this. I had been looking for a detailed siege game and this fully met my expectations. Everything you could want is here - cauldrons, catapults, siege towers, rams, multiple walls and bastions. If you are looking for an epic siege game, this is it. Very brutal and deadly. Incredible tactical game. Campaign game is loong, but worth it.
2013-06-30
Jeb
United States
San Jose
California
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9.5
Jul 2010
Not an ancients guy but this is a fantastic game!

I like the way the game progressively assaults different portions of the city and slowly squeezes the city down.

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2013-05-16
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Thibault Nguyen
France
Paris
IDF
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9.5
Jul 2015
This is a demanding game: space, time, involvement. But what a pleasure to play, both strategically and tactically.

In fact each assault should not last this long: often the Roman player should seek to end it as soon as possible with the least loss possible.

Narrative is excellent and very fun. Still the game goes faster with 6 players, 4 Romans and 2 Jews.
2015-07-07
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David Dockter
United States
Minnesota
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9.2
Oct 2012
Epic. A total blast. Perfect four player game. Nice blend of epic grand tactical and strategy (prep between assault phases). See my session reports (Fall 2012) here on BGG.
2012-10-27
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Greg Ernest
United States
New Haven
Indiana
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9
Jun 2004*
A little hard to learn, but very rewarding. You'll need a big table space to lay this out, as the map is huge!
2004-06-06*
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Edward Philippi
United States
Chico
California
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9
Nov 2004*
This game has it all Mines, balista, Legionares in Testudo formations, desperate rock throwing millitia. This game is not a cakewalk for either side. Great game, of course I am increadably interested in siege warfare
By the way I've heard of people using this map for Squad Leader/ASL does anyone know how well it works?
2004-11-02*
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Simone Carannante
Italy
Anzio
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9
Jan 2005*
Great siege game.
2005-01-06*
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Martijn vR
Netherlands
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9
Apr 2013
If you love Romans and Sieges, this is the game to have.. a monster game, but one filled with exciting battles, emotional ups and downs and many tough choices..
2014-09-15
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Fred Rousseau
United States
White Sulphur Springs
Montana
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9
Jan 2007*
One of my all time favorites. An ancient lovers must. Powerful Roman Legions vs determined, hard to get rid of Judeans. Siege warfare.
2007-01-25*
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Christian Diedler
Germany
Stade
Niedersachsen
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9
Jul 2007*
Very nice and complex ancient game. Unfortunately the game needs some rules clarifications.
2007-07-12*
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Roberto Guijarro
Spain
Madrid
Madrid
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9
Sep 2007*
Fantastic game about a really weird topic. It is necessary a big, big table to play it. Exciting tactical problems. Perfect simmulation about ancient siege technics. A must have, but a game that is not easy to find
2009-02-22
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René Boxem
Netherlands
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9
Apr 2008*
Would love to play a campaign game!
2008-04-21*
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Gerardo Peinador
Spain
Madrid
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9
May 2008*
Con traduccion.
2008-05-06*
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Kim Meints
United States
Waterloo
Iowa
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9
Jan 2011
I rated the original version a 10 because it had all the scenario's included and not left out of the main game as this edition did ,then later to be added in a issue of The General .Thought that was slightly tacky.Plus IMHO the 1st & 2nd editions from Historical Persectives just had more charm with the map and counters than the AH upgrade
2012-12-04
Dale Drake
New Zealand
Matamata
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9
Jan 2012
Another game I had but lost and had to get again, picked a copy up mint and unpunched copy on ebay for $30 US! The counters are old but the map is timeless, you can find more scenarios online and the subject matter is compelling.
2012-01-15
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Chris Beckman
United States
St. Louis
Missouri
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9
May 2015
Refined version originally designed by Historical Persectives (both versions are good). This game is the historically underappreciated prequel battle to Masada...the few survivors from Jerusalem fled to the mountain fortress (the escape is covered in the game). The Map is huge, so you will need all of a very large table. Game is suprisingly playable with interesting components. Rules are well done and easy to digest. The Romans are under tremendous pressure to take the city in time, which requires the Roman player to be organized and relentless, exactly as they were in the actual campaign. Very intense game, with some interesting decisions to be made as to how to crack the Jerusalem nut. Has wonderful epic Cecil B Demille feel. Excellent city assault game with mining, ramp building and siege engines. Contains some of the most pitched fighting you will find in any cardboard battle. One of the most underrated wargames of all time. This works well solo.
2015-05-19
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Mark Pino
United States
Ashburn
Virginia
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Aug 2013
Had the original and loved it, lent it to a friend and got ruined in a flood. Had to buy the second edition. (caveat: most of my plays were with the first edition).

Great map - though the first edition had its own charms, and find the Avalon Hill rules much denser than the original.

Still, a great game I would love to play again.
2013-09-07
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Wes Robinson
Canada
Georgetown
Ontario
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8.5
Aug 2007*
Interesting topic and very innovative. I like this game.
2007-08-07*
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Paolo Cariolato
Italy
San Bonifacio (VR)
ITALY
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8.25
Oct 2008*
I played 6 complete campaigns, two, three and four players. This game is VERY complex and you better find someone teaching it to you. The feelings are great. The ebbs and flows of a siege are in this game. For me it's also very important that you can pack it up at the end of every siege period. This means you can play a monster game even if you don't have the space to let it set up (you can complete an assault in a long afternoon)
2003-09-04*
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Bill Gates
United States
Baltimore
Maryland
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8.25
Jan 2006*
Love siege games, and that classic "outmatched defender holding out against the odds" situation. Also like ancients, and love the time pressure on the Romans.
2006-01-30*
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Anders Labich
Denmark
Give
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8
Feb 2003*
A good and long war game for two players. BIG.
2003-02-27*
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Lawrence Hung
Hong Kong
Wan Chai
Hong Kong
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8
Dec 2003*
Stunning map. Detailed game on the ancient siege warfare. Both sides threw in their forces into the key defensive points of the fortress city. Artillery throwing oil and fire into the city, spears striking at silver plates, missile arrows in the air...all the chaos aspects of the Roman warfare are included.
2003-12-04*
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Luca Marcolungo
Italy
Colognola ai Colli
Verona
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8
Nov 2004*
I love siege games, and this is the best! Old mechanics, but a wonderful and epic game!
2004-11-10*
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Walter OHara
United States
Burke
Virginia
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8
Jun 2005*
The Squad Leader of Ancient Warfare siege games.
2005-06-23*
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Karl Deckard
United States
Seattle
Washington
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8
Nov 2005*
I am a really sucker for siege games and this one models this form of battle in a fairly realistic fashion.
2005-11-27*
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David G. Cox Esq.
Australia
Port Macquarie
NSW
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8
Apr 2011
A brilliant game well suited to team play for three or four players.

See my review for more details: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/438805
2009-09-06
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Jack Wraith
United States
Ypsilanti
Michigan
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8
Feb 2006*
Another classic. Difficult to find the time for it (and occasionally an opponent) but still a great grognard.
2006-02-16*
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John Gordon
Australia
Adelaide
SA
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8
Mar 2010
Classic system that works. I love to command the unstoppable force and manoeuver it against the immovable object.
2006-03-09*
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Peter Mogensen
Denmark
Odense S
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May 2006*
This is a great game... only downside is I never found out how to win with the romans.
2006-05-31*
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Arnold Neumann
Canada
St. Albert
Alberta
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8
Jul 2006*
Even if the Romans always lose in the end it is an enjoyable game. A remake to make this more play balanced would make this a classic..
2006-07-08*
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Michael Tisdel
United States
Plano
Texas
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8
Jan 2007*
Very nice game system and a well done game. This is one of the best 3 player games for wargammers. The game may be too complex for novices players.
2007-01-07*
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Forest Cole
United States
Houston
Texas
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8
Feb 2007*
This game is really a pleasure to play if you are into the time period.
2007-02-15*
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John Curran
United States
Ypsilanti
Michigan
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8
Jun 2007*
This is the most complicated game I own, IMHO. And it supposedly the streamlined edition! It's an outstanding theme, and a siege game that works. I don't mind all the detail but it does make for slow play.
2010-09-18
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Haroldicus Haroldicus
Canada
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Jul 2007*
Wonderful map. The combat system is quite complex, this is not an simple game. Siege warfare at his best with towers, ramp, archers, catapults, rams and hot oil falling on the Romans. Never have the chance to complete a game but I will never sell this game.
2007-07-24*
Pete White
Scotland
Edinburgh
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8
Jan 2008*
Excellent game, but a long, complicated counter fest.
2008-01-13*
Mark Mokszycki
United States
Snohomish
Washington
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8
Jan 2008*
An interesting and playable monster game. One of the most gorgeous maps of all time. Some short, manageable scenarios also exist (including a couple post-production add-ons). It has stood the test of time to remain an enjoyable game, despite its age. Not too shabby as a simulation, either.
2008-01-24*
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Andrzej Cierpicki
Malta
Gharb
Gozo
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8
Feb 2008*
A truly splendid game. Played to completion once (over several days), with 4 Roman (one per legion) and 2 Judean players - the Judeans just managed a hang on to a victory - tense and exciting; would get a higher rating if it didn't take so long to play through to completion!
2008-02-20*
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Ric Walters
United States
Plover
Wisconsin
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8
Mar 2009*
Played a friend's copy many years ago. One of the best siege games done and probably the standard up to GMT's Alecia.
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Brian Sielski
United States
Pequannock
New Jersey
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8
Aug 2010
One of the best Siege warfare games .... a must for an siege aficionado.
2011-05-02
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Martí Cabré

Terrassa
Catalonia, Spain
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8
Sep 2010
I seems a great tactical game and I want to play it further.
2011-08-15
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Miguel Ángel Sánchez Galán
Spain
Madrid
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8
May 2010
Beautiful map (not hard mounted, but full colored instead of the traditional ugly 4 color Avalon Hill maps) and very interesting siege situation for a tactical game in ancient wars that depicts siege warfare with great accuracy.
2011-02-12
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Scott Clinton
United States
Texas
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8
Sep 2012
Based upon 2 solo plays and a single 1/2 game vs an opponent. Nice detail and a great wargame of ancient seige warfare in a box with great Avalon Hill componets that would cost well over $100 today.

I broke it out again and would love to get the big scenario of this on the table some day but I still cannot find anyone brave enough to even try the intro battle.
2013-04-04
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