Lionrampant's 2015 10x10 Challenge

A blog to record my thoughts as I play through the 2015 10x10 challenge.
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Game Played (77 of 100) - B1

Aaron Thorne
United States
Valley Park
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Play Report: Finally, I have made it to Lost Battles. While I have been looking forward to playing this, it is also somewhat intimidating. How many other games come with a 200+ page book that describes in detail the system and why it is the way that it is? That is some crazy attention to detail. Add to that the fact that the rules are over 40 pages long (admittedly, some of that is pictorial examples), and there is a lot going on here. And I didn't even know until recently that this thing comes with an entire campaign game, called Empire, inside the game box. Crazy.

Anyway, for the first game played, I picked 1st Mantinea, because it has no odd terrain and is mostly hoplites. In my play, the Spartans took four turns to kick the Argives off of the field (the started running away), but almost all of their units got spent in the process, so when applying the handicap rules the Argives won, anyway. I had a hard time calculating the specific difference, but I think the Argives won a clear victory because handicap points were 92 for the Argives vs. 68 for the Spartans (24 point gap) and the handicap threshold was 27 points (40 less the original 13 point difference).

Who really knows, though, because I screwed up a bunch of rules. For some reason I was convinced that spent units could not attack. This is not true, they can attack. I also was pretty consistently mis-applying combat modifiers, but not consistently enough to say that both sides had it fair. I know I messed up command points at least once, as well. So, in my next play, 1st Mantinea will get played again, and let's see if I can do it right this time.
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