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Robert Ridgeway
United States
Greenville
South Carolina
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10
Aug 2010
Played each scenario to a different Beethoven symphony: Classicism [Imperium Romanum] meets Romanticism [Furor Teutonicus]. Unforgettable.
2010-10-10
Was George Orwell an Optimist?
United States
Corvallis
Oregon
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9
Jun 2007*
I've mostly played Scenario III, Teutoburger Wald and Scenario IV, Idistaviso, which have pretty much everything I look for in a game. Interesting problems for both players, limited intelligence (Romans don't know the German OOB or dispositions), playable at one sitting. The Romans and Germans must play very different games, both of which are intriguing. I'm interested in this historical period, and that coupled with the great game play makes this ideal for me.
2009-07-19
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Kim Meints
United States
Waterloo
Iowa
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8.5
Mar 2013
Still find the original GDW edition as more charm even with only the one scenario.BUt still a good ancients game.
2011-01-08
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Denmark
Sorø
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8
Mar 2009*
Don't be scared away by the dull looks of this game. Once you get it right, its great!

Even though it looks like something from a previous millenium (not entirely incorrect!), the mechanism and the historical part makes it work in a great way. This is a game for the semi-amateur-historian. You can almost imagine the mighty roman legions marching across Gaul. splendid strategy card mechanism. I will hopefully play this a lot more in the future!
2009-03-20
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Rick Beetham
Canada
Orleans
Ontario
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So many games.... so little time...
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8
Jan 2010
I've always enjoyed this game (when I can find someone to play it). I especially enjoyed the use of battle formation commands within the actual combat - it gives a sense of actual command (instead of just moving pieces and rolling the dice)
2010-02-25
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Stefano Naitza
Italy
Cagliari
Unspecified
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8
Jun 2012
An absolute classic from 70's...
2012-06-21
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Rich Levinski
United States
Seattle
Washington
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Nov 2014
Cool cat and mouse tactics!
Rating may change with more plays...
2015-02-04
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John Hooper
United States
Dickerson
Maryland
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7.5
Jan 2009*
A hidden gem. Rules are presented in "Programmed Instruction" which make the first couple of scenarios rather dull. Once rules for hidden units and ambushes are introduced though, the game really shines. The opposing armies must be handled differently, as each has different strengths and weaknesses. The German tribes should almost never take on Roman Legions in the open, while the Romans need to avoid terrain such as woods to avod being ambushed. However, victory often requires taking these risks. Highly recommended if you can find a copy.
2010-04-23
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Chas Bernard
United States
Michigan
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7.5
Dec 2012
Solid game. Each side has their own strategy which must be mastered: the Romans play a game of decisive maneuver and massive force at point of attack; the Germans one of guerrilla war and delaying tactics. Scenario IV is probably the best, requiring upmost precision by both players.
2012-12-15
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June Hwang Wah
Singapore
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7
Oct 2003*
The tactical card system added some sense of uncertainty to the combat results table.

Played this again (scenario 4) for the first time in years. The tactical cards can provide huge swings in combat results. I destroyed 2 legions separately in woods due to lucky card selection and die rolls.
2010-02-28
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james kenlon
United States
Unspecified
Florida
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Aug 2004*
An old game that I even made an ADC2 gameset for. Have only played some of the basic scenarios, some of the later ones look pretty cool. My interest in this era has waned as of late.
2004-08-24*
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Richard Seeley
United States
Columbus
Indiana
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7
Dec 2004*
The ambush rules and the tactical combat cards are what made this game for me.
2004-12-05*
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Jim Pulles
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
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7
Oct 2005*
Multiple scenarios make this game eminently replayable. It's fun to watch the fewer, but highly trained Roman Legions march through hoardes of barbarians on the road to victory.
2005-10-15*
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Forest Cole
United States
Houston
Texas
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7
Feb 2007*
I probably like this game more than most as it covers an aspect of Roman history not often covered elsewhere. It actually has some good variety with ambushes, hidden movement, etc.
2007-02-15*
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Abner Niedermayer
United States
Baltimore
Maryland
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7
Jun 2007*
Love the paper rock scissors tactical cards, interact to effect CRT, hidden movement, ambush, and hunt make this an exciting game
2007-06-08*
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Nameless Necromancer
United States
Lexington
Kentucky
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"In the Red Army it takes a brave man not be a hero." - J.V. Stalin
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7
Sep 2007*
Never understood why this wasn't as popular as AH's Alesia game. I'd play this one any day.
2007-09-02*
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Brian Scott
United States
Randolph
New Jersey
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7
Feb 2008*
I always liked this game - not all the scenarios work very well, but the ones that do are fun and often tense right 'til the end. Haven't played it in years, but would like to try it again sometime.
2008-02-12*
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Andy Linman
United States
Allen
Texas
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7
Mar 2008*
I think this one is a bit underrated. This is an excellent game for those who appreciate asymmetrical forces. It uses the 1776 system, pretty much lifted directly, including the tactical cards. The first two scenarios are just for learning the game. Unlike most reviewers, my favorite, and that of everyone I've played the game with, is Scenario 3, which features the Romans not even knowing their victory conditions at the start of the game, with the Germans set up hidden. I remain convinced that the Roman player does have a chance to win this one, but I've never seen it happen.
2008-03-05*
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Bill Morgal
United States
Elkridge
Maryland
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Experiencing senility daily since... I forget.
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May 2008*
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"Varius, WHERE ARE MY LEGIONS?" Great game. Uses the tactical cards first developed in AH's 1776. Various scenarios offer a wide variety of battles between the Romans and the Gauls. It has been awhile since I played, but I remember some of them being quite exciting.
2008-05-24*
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John Bandettini
United Kingdom
London
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7
Sep 2008*
The Romans in Britain. Not a bad game, but not as good as Alesia. Uses the tactical cards that are used in 1776.

One of the first games I got that had scenarios rather than a set game. It took some getting used to, lucky it was quite a good game.
2009-12-04
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Michael Sanches
United States
Anaheim Hills
California
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If you don't need tweezers to play the game, it is not a wargame!
7
Jan 2013
One of the 3 Tactical matrix, strength point, in-hex combat games. Always fun to play.
2009-03-26
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Fred Rousseau
United States
White Sulphur Springs
Montana
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7
Apr 2009*
This is a fairly decent game. It is somewhat easy to learn and plays solitaire well. It's been about 8 years ago when I last played it. If I remember correctly, Once your army is outnumbered it is extremely hard to win a battle. There are several scenarios and I remembered liking each one.
2009-04-25
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Jack McHugh
United States
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
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7
Dec 2010
Very playable but some scenarios are better than others. Great game to introduce someone to ancient gaming this side of Command & Colors: Ancients.
2010-12-05
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John Graham-Leigh
United Kingdom
Westbury
Wiltshire
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7
Aug 2010
This game was a delight when I first got it over 30 years ago. The fog of war touches were highly original and several of the scenarios made for exciting play. Still play it occasionally - dated but worthwhile.
2010-08-30
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Scott Gillispie
United States
Chamblee
Georgia
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7
Feb 2014
for solitaire
2014-02-05
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aruom aruom
Italy
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Oct 2012
All'epoca lo snobbavo perchè troppo semplice per un wargame. Ora lo sto rivalutando. E' buono per chi si avvicina per la prima volta ad un wargame. Per i giocatori esperti risulta troppo banale.
2012-10-31
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Blazing Apostle
United Kingdom
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6.8
Aug 2010
very good
2010-08-17
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D T P
United States
Pikeville
North Carolina
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6.5
Dec 2008*
Interesting game with Romans. You got to love those AH people. They never ceased to find ways to get Germans into a war.
The game has some limited intelligence rules and uses tactical cards like those in 1776. The cards add a real sense of leadership and tension to the game. But they also make the game almost unplayable solitare. The map is colorful and functional.
Many scenarios and can be played in a single afternoon. If you want to be Caesar. This could be the game for you.
2008-12-23*
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Robert Carroll
United States
Lawrence
Kansas
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6.5
Feb 2013
Classic AH . . .
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Gregory Smith
United States
Nashville
Tennessee
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6
Jan 2007*
I have two copies of this game, although I can't say exactly why. It looks and plays a little like the Avalon Hill D-Day game, with different numbers on the counters.
2007-01-05*
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Jim Marshall
United Kingdom
York
North Yorkshire
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May 2003*
Old-style Avalon Hill hex and counter game. Mix of scenarios of which a couple are good (more were available via the General, I believe), but play balance is not great even in those. Some nice mechanics - hordes of tribal German warbands vs. small number of Roman legions and auxiliaries, with tactical combat cards influencing the combat results .
2003-05-17*
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Andrea Angiolino
Italy
Rome
European Union
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6
Apr 2004*
Nice job with original ideas - as the manoeuvre cards for the battles. Not one of my favourite wargames, even because it is so old... but I like the theme a lot.
2004-04-19*
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Russell Gifford
United States
South Sioux City
Nebraska
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Sep 2005*
Very exciting, and with the unique cards for attacks brought a very different game experience.
2005-09-05*
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Andrew MacLeod
Canada
London
Ontario
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Jan 2009*
Not the most colourful wargame in the world, but great fun nonetheless.
2006-05-19*
Charles Vasey
Scotland
Mortlake, London
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Dec 2006*
Odd game, it never seemed to be of its target era. Interesting subject though.
2006-12-30*
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Paul Denhup
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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Feb 2008*
Romans: step away from the Rhine!
2008-02-20*
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David G. Cox Esq.
Australia
Port Macquarie
NSW
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Feb 2008*
Battle resolution with the tactical cards makes this a delightful game.

See my review for more details: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/296146
2008-02-25*
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Mauro Bertolino
Italy
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6
Sep 2010
Got this for free from an old friend. We used to play some scenarios a lot since it was very nice the use of cards, the first time we had them in a wargame. Some scenarios are not balanced at all.
2009-08-21
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Keith Plymale
United States
Winston Salem
North Carolina
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6
Nov 2013
Another great game.
2013-11-15
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Paul Rahn
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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6
Feb 2015
The use of battle cards for the resolution of combat detracts from an otherwise good game. I don't like guessing games.
2015-06-16
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Gregory Palmer
United States
Lutz
Florida
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5.99999
Sep 2013
Old style hex based game including multiple scenarios with different rules and options including varying unit capabilities and an early version of a point system for unit strength where Roman legions can break into individual cohorts. A full (united) legion is greater than the sum of its parts but you may need to divide to conquer. The best (and most balanced) of the scenarios has a hidden placement (ambush) option for the German tribes in a search and destroy mission for the Romans. Shows its age but has a number of good points. Also utilises the Tactical Card Matrix CRT system better known from 1776.
2005-05-18*
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Christian Diedler
Germany
Stade
Niedersachsen
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5.5
Apr 2006*
Classic game, not many possibilities, but quite a good design for the time.
2006-04-18*
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Jonas Björklund
Sweden
Lerum
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5.5
Jan 2014
[Given by Peter G. through krigsspel.se 2013-10-07]
Only temporary rating, after reading the rules and looked in the box.
2014-01-01
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Chuck Cothran
United States
Wilmington
North Carolina
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5
Nov 2002*
Classic
2002-11-08*
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Steve Bernhardt
United States
saratoga springs
Utah
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5
Jul 2005*
Played once, I overran the Romans because of lucky die rolls...basically activated all the German tribes and crossed the Rhine in about 20 places. Okay game.
2005-07-06*
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Paul Braley
United States
Modesto
CA
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5
Oct 2005*
A decent game, nothing to special, but I always enjoy the Roman theme.
2005-10-08*
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Mark Humphries
Philippines
Unspecified
Metro Manila
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5
Nov 2006*
Will sell/trade locally
2011-04-29
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Rob Winslow
United States
Rochester
New York
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5
Dec 2012
A decent game for its time, quite outdated now.
2012-12-12
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Robert Pollard
United Kingdom
Bristol
Avon
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5
Aug 2010
Have played this game numerous times. It also plays really good solo too. One of the best ancient boardgames I own.
2011-04-28
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Chris Harding
Australia
Adelaide
South Australia
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5
Aug 2014
Played this 25 years ago ftf at a wargaming club in Toowoomba, thought it was a great game back then, only just got my own copy in Aug 2014. Not sure if I will play it again anytime soon, but I have good memories off it.
2014-08-18
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