Ancients Wargames: The glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome
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List of games discussed on Episode XI (Jan 8, 2013) of Guns, Dice, Butter. Data files on GDB consimworld discussion board.

Some stats:

4 games (HRC, RoR, Brit and C&C) account for about 1/2 of the owners.

Berg has about a 1/3 of the titles; Herman next with 6 (collaborations with Berg for the most part).

GMT has about a 1/3, with Avalon Hill Classic 2nd with 7.

Cult of the new alive and well here: 60% correlation between year published (newer) and ratings (high).

Only 5 heavies: SoJ, Epic of Pel War and Republic of Rome (probably pushed up by non wargamers), Cathage/RR Berg's recent GMT titles.

About half the games published in the last ten years.

Pretty much traditional mechanics (hex/space and counters). 2 CDWs (HRC & SoR) and a couple of block games.

I've listed my favorites at the top of the list.

Many of these games have been discussed on my podcast: Guns, Dice, Butter ...along with conversations with the designers, the historian Adrian Goldsworthy (episode XXV) and a survey of the topic (episode XI)




Note: I've added 4 games to the list

Related blog: Ancients Wargames and Wargaming




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1. Board Game: The Siege of Jerusalem (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:2047]
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Epic game

If you like ancients, you MUST give this one a go...the top of the heap.

Posted a series of session reports starting here: 1,944 Anniversary Reunion: Team Judea vs Team Roma

Conversation with designer on Episode XI on Guns, Dice, Butter
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2. Board Game: Carthage: The First Punic War [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:2671]
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Incredible game.

It's all here: the damm Roman senate, politics, operational war of maneuver , logistics, land/sea and kitchen sink.

If you like ancients, another must play.

A few of my MANY session reports regarding the game:

May 17, 2013: Back to Carthage

1st MN Returns to Carthage: 1st Punic War: Turns 264 BC > 259 BC: Fall 2014

Carthage must be destroyed yet again: 1st MN's Match Game...and a Whiff of Thunderbolt.

Caution: you need a high pain threshold to play the Romans - you will be hit by disaster after disaster. But, like Rome, just soldier on.
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3. Board Game: The Rise of the Roman Republic [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:3609]
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Another incredible game.

Kicked off Mr.Berg's strategic/op ancient war series.

AAR: Berg on a Stick: MN State Fair & Ancient World Series: 1st MN Tries Rise of the Roman Republic and yells "GIVE US THUNDERBOLT!": AUG 28, 2015
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4. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:118]
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Rabid following

Rabid following with legendary tourney at WBC in the summer and BPA's WAM convention. Also, traditionally kicks off WBC along with Paths of Glory
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5. Board Game: Caesar at Alesia [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:1948]
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Outstanding classic!

Session report: 2,063rd Anniversary Rematch at Alesia: Team Roma vs Team Gaul
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6. Board Game: The Republic of Rome [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:315]
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A hoot and holler!

An absolute riot with the right group. Always fun when all the players lose by allowing the Carthaginians to win.
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7. Board Game: Pax Romana [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:1595]
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PAX!

Posted a number of session reports in 2012: Ex: St Pat Day Madness and Legend of the Sacred Band of Iconium

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8. Board Game: Genesis: Empires and Kingdoms of the Ancient Middle East [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:3316]
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Improves on PAX!

Session report: Some Bronze Age Friday Nite Hittite Fun: 1st MN Gives Berg's Genesis a Whirl: July 31, 2015
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9. Board Game: Polis: Fight for the Hegemony [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:479]
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Fabulous game.

VERY abstracted, but, a lot of fun. Low complexity, but enough dials, nobs and levers to keep us engaged. And, it is played on Yucata.

Session report: Prancing in Peloponnese: 1st MN Gives Polis a Punt: Some Gopher Thumbs Up: March 19, 2016

Interview with designer: Episode XXV Guns, Dice, Butter
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10. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:84]
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Not bad; has a big following in the hobby.
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11. Board Game: The Great Battles of Alexander [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:3617]
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Great Battles of History began here. Great system.
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12. Board Game: SPQR (Deluxe Edition) [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:1192]
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Wore out my SPQR game; still haven't picked this one up.
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13. Board Game: The Great Battles of Julius Caesar: The Civil Wars 48-45 B.C. [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:2937]
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Part of the GBoH Berg/Herman offering.
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14. Board Game: Boudicca: The Warrior Queen [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:5258]
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Enjoyed it. Old school (I go You go.. yuk ), but, still fun. See my session report: Berg, a Druid Chick and a Few Wicker Baskets: 1st MN Plays Boudicca and Gives It THREE Thumbs Up
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15. Board Game: Roman Civil War [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:6219]
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Part of a series. AAR for another game in the series: Herman the German: Counter Insurgency in the Ancient World: 1st MN dive's into Miranda's Germania
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16. Board Game: Alexandros [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:8277]
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Not a bad magazine game.
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17. Board Game: Peloponnesian War [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:2960]
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Solitaire

From Mr.Herman & VG - so, it has to be good. Also, my mates highly recommend this one.
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18. Board Game: Imperial Governor & Strategos [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:7867]
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An Enrico recommendation.

Received as a gift from a fellow gamer.
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19. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome and Carthage in The Second Punic War 219-202 B.C. [Average Rating:6.74 Unranked]
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Another Enrico recommendation and another gift.
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20. Board Game: The Battle of Raphia [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:8550]
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...and another Enrico diamond in the rough recommendation.
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21. Board Game: Epic of the Peloponnesian War [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:9459]
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The Beast Awaits.

I will conquer this beast someday. House rules on CSW website.
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22. Board Game: Imperium Romanum II [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:2810]
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Legendary

Legendary offering spanning the history of Rome.

Interview with the designer on episode XV of Guns, Dice, Butter

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23. Board Game: Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:757]
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Love the concept: COIN goes to ancient Rome. Can't wait to play.
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24. Board Game: Syracuse (415/413 av. J.-C.) [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:5776]
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Love the subject. Unfortunately, I had a misfire with the game: A WAil...A Misfire...and a Lament or Two:..Syracuse: August 2, 2015

Hope to try again.
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25. Board Game: The Siege of Alesia [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:4245]
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GBoH comes to Alesia. AAR: XMAS 2012 at Alesia: AAR of The Siege at Alesia The GBoH just didn't work for us with this battle. Rare Team Berg/Herman misfire.
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