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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Starting here and below; games I haven't played in the ancients category.
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Block game.
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More blocks.
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Naval conflict in the ancient world.
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An oldie.
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Another AH oldie: 1971...and the end of the Young Guard category games.
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Forerunner of Carthage: The First Punic War/Roman Republic games.
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Relatively new offering in the category.
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Naval combat in the ancient world if you don't get enough from Trireme.
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Britannia comes to Spain.
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Haven't played; Enrico said not bad.
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Picked up a copy at WBC a couple of summers ago.
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Berg's first bite at Booooooudica.
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Update on Caesar's Legions.
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Complete with heroes and gods, but no Brad Pitt.
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