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) added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:13:39
2. Board Game: Carthage: The First Punic War added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:12:27
3. Board Game: The Rise of the Roman Republic added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:12:57
4. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:07:02
5. Board Game: Caesar: Epic Battle of Alesia added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:10:11
6. Board Game: The Republic of Rome added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:17:37
7. Board Game: Pax Romana added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:16:32
8. Board Game: Genesis: Empires and Kingdoms of the Ancient Middle East added by Herr Dr on 2016-04-18 10:40:33
9. Board Game: Polis: Fight for the Hegemony added by Herr Dr on 2013-06-08 13:31:21
10. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 09:58:25
11. Board Game: The Great Battles of Alexander added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:09:32
12. Board Game: SPQR (Deluxe Edition) added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:15:03
13. Board Game: The Great Battles of Julius Caesar: The Civil Wars 48-45 B.C. added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:08:07
14. Board Game: Boudicca: The Warrior Queen added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:21:21
15. Board Game: Roman Civil War added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:22:33
16. Board Game: Alexandros added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:26:38
17. Board Game: The Peloponnesian War, 431-404 BC added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:07:38
18. Board Game: Imperial Governor & Strategos added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:01:07
19. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome and Carthage in The Second Punic War 219-202 B.C. added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:23:40
20. Board Game: The Battle of Raphia added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:03:26
21. Board Game: Epic of the Peloponnesian War added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:15:51
22. Board Game: Imperium Romanum II added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:14:21
23. Board Game: Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar added by Herr Dr on 2016-04-18 18:58:24
24. Board Game: Syracuse (415/413 av. J.-C.) added by Herr Dr on 2016-04-18 10:42:43
25. Board Game: The Siege of Alesia added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:09:04
26. Board Game: Alea Iacta Est added by Herr Dr on 2016-04-18 10:45:34
27. Board Game: Vercingetorix: Twilight of the Gauls added by Herr Dr on 2016-04-18 18:54:24
28. Board Game: Field Commander: Alexander added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 09:58:54
29. Board Game: Julius Caesar added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 09:59:19
30. Board Game: Hellenes: Campaigns of the Peloponnesian War added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 09:59:39
31. Board Game: Trireme added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:02:03
32. Board Game: Caesar's Legions added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:02:40
33. Board Game: Alexander the Great added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:03:53
34. Board Game: Julius Caesar added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:11:55
35. Board Game: Lost Battles added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:08:31
36. Board Game: War Galley added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:11:06
37. Board Game: Successors (third edition) added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:18:13
38. Board Game: Sword of Rome added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:18:47
39. Board Game: Britannia added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:19:12
40. Board Game: Hispania added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:20:20
41. Board Game: History of the Roman Empire added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:20:50
42. Board Game: Caesar XL added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:22:10
43. Board Game: Druid: Boudicca's Rebellion, 61 A.D. added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:23:07
44. Board Game: Caesar in Gaul added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:24:32
45. Board Game: Troy added by Herr Dr on 2013-01-09 10:25:18
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