Life and death come and go like marionettes dancing on a table. Once their strings are cut, they easily crumble.
What we see now is like a dim image in a mirror. Then we shall see face to face.
When Aaron wrote me asking if I'd like to play a Lost Battles game, I jumped at the chance, especially since I was eager to try out the new Vassal module that has come out.
I had previously set the game, which was the battle of Tunis.
Carthaginians against Syracusians in north Africa!
We rolled and I was going to lead the Carthaginian side and we agreed on playing with the "favour of the gods" mechanic, which is recommended by the designer. In fact I have to say, I really liked the new mechanic!
As in the historical event, my chariots simply charged and basically failed to do any good. But I was aided with some lucky command points, so I proceeded in reinforcing all my line, at the expense of battle bonuses or the possibility of using the chariots to flank the horrible columns of enemy hoplites rapidly approaching my position.
This was a good decision. Aaron was instead cursed with a low number of points at the start, so for two full turns his forces didn't advance in the centre, which gave me some respite even if I wasn't able to fully take advantage of this weakness. This was a mistake on Aaron's part, he should have conserved at least a semblance of command points just to bring more troops to the front lines, as soon as possible.
With A LOT OF LUCK, I was thus able to shatter an hoplite veteran unit with the Syracusan Leader in it, which had to follow unwillingly his men out of the battle. This greatly turned things in my favour.
But I also tried to rally with my poor generals, Hanno got killed - like he did in history. But so did my other commander.
Ok that was a mistake on my part: losing two generals gives you a -1 on the Army morale. Something that I paid dearly.
At the end - as historically was the case - my left wing panicked and routed from the field producing a chain reaction that made all the units flee! I had lost the battle.
In the end it was a close shave:
82 pts Carthage
75 pts Syracuse!
I had lost the battle, I had won the game.
As usual thank you Aaron, I always play awesome games with you.
We left with the idea of playing a campaign game, maybe three battles (the first three Successor or the Cesar campaign). What else could you want for 90 minutes play!?