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 (99 of 100) - B10

Aaron Thorne
United States
Valley Park
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Play Report: Time for my final play of Lost Battles. For this challenge, anyway. I like the game, so it won't be my final player forever. This time the battle of Bagredas was played. I chose this scenario because it is a Rome vs. Carthage scenario, and introduced some units I hadn't played with before: African elephants and Roman Legions. At the start, the Roman infantry are outnumbered by the Cartiginan forces, which consist of infantry, elephants, and lots of cavalry on both wings. I figured the Romans had no chance, but I was wrong, wrong, wrong.

The Romans won a major victory, 109 to 75. They did this by taking advantage of the morale benefits of legion infantry and turtling in the center. The Carthaginian cavalry ran circles around the Roman forces, but they couldn't break them. And the Roman legion infantry hit the Carthaginian center hard. On turn 9 they even broke the Carthaginian center, though they never moved forward to claim it. There were lots of casualties on both sides, but the Romans started with fewer points worth of forces, so they had the handicap benefit in their favor. The Carthage player needed to do a lot better if he wanted to win.

Lost Battles - Final Impressions: I like this game a lot. It plays very differently from Commands & Colors: Ancients, which has been my favorite "ancients" battle game since it came out. Lost Battles plays almost as fast as C&C does, and the way that morale panic spreads throughout an army is really interesting (and totally frustrating when it happens to you). The only thing I don't like about Lost Battles is the fact that combat involves lots of dice rolling and checking a full page worth of modifiers. That drags on a bit, but it isn't a deal breaker. Everything else is great: the variety of scenarios, the art design, the tactical decisions the players have to make, and the overall pace of the game. Definitely a keeper.
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