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Philip Sabin
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Yesterday, Eric, Alan and I ran four successive refights of Delium at the
Valhalla show in Farnborough, lasting only an hour each on average. Eric and Alan are shown below, with Eric on the right. They provided the figures, while I brought the cork tile terrain. Several people joined in during the day.



The first refight saw battle joined quickly all along the line, with Pagondas on
the Theban right advancing down off the hill. He left two hoplite units behind
with the intention of reinforcing the centre, but shortage of commands prevented
them carrying out this manoeuvre. Hippocrates managed to panic the Theban
centre on turn 4, and then he turned to outflank Pagondas's men. On turn 5,
both surviving wings of the Theban hoplite line were routed, with Pagondas being
lost while trying to rally his troops. This stunning achievement by the
Athenian underdogs was rewarded by a victory margin of 131 to 42 - over three
times the threshold of 29 needed for a major victory.

The second refight saw the Thebans adopt a much more cautious approach. They
held back on the left and right, and focused their commands on sending two
hoplite units to reinforce the centre. Despite this tactic, Hippocrates still
managed to rout the Theban centre on turn 5. This emboldened the Athenians to
advance their left wing hoplites against Pagondas, and their left flank horsemen
turned the tables and saw off the more numerous enemy cavalry on this wing. It
looked like another Theban debacle was imminent, but Pagondas fought on
heroically, rallying three hits and putting the Athenian left to flight on turn
8. Meanwhile, the Theban left resisted the advancing Athenian right, aided by
the victorious Theban horsemen who curved round behind the enemy hoplites. On
turn 9, Pagondas turned against the enemy centre and scored a hit which put the
whole Athenian army to flight. The Athenians still won a clear game victory by
103 to 78 thanks to their initial success.



In the third refight, I commanded the Thebans myself to try to avenge these
humiliations. I started by shifting my average light infantry left to
strengthen the vulnerable central hill, with a hoplite unit also gradually
moving left in support. This tactic paid off handsomely as the whole Athenian
centre and left became spent under pressure from Pagondas's advancing wing,
while my horsemen looked like triumphing on both flanks. Unfortunately,
disaster struck on turn 4 when Pagondas died while leading his men. When the
enemy horsemen on my left managed to turn the tide and shatter one of my cavalry
units, the demoralisation caused by Pagondas's death carried away not only the
other cavalry unit but also the whole of my hitherto victorious centre.
Everything looked black, but I persevered, and was rewarded on turn 6 when my
victorious right flank cavalry rolled up the wavering Athenian left, allowing my
hoplites to turn and panic the enemy centre, killing Hippocrates in revenge.
The unengaged Athenian right then voluntarily withdrew from the board when faced
by the twin threats from my fresh left wing and my spent but victorious right.
However, the Athenians still just achieved a clear game victory, albeit by the
much lower margin of 98 to 82.

In the final refight, we decided for once to use free deployment. This took
almost no extra time at all. The Thebans put all their light infantry on the
hills and concentrated six hoplite units under Pagondas on their left, to assail
the enemy key zone. The Athenians mirrored this hoplite deployment and put most
of their cavalry on their left, but advanced in the centre and on the right
while holding back their left. The Thebans quickly won the cavalry fight on
their left and encircled the Athenians, and on turn 5 Hippocrates was killed and
the entire Athenian centre and right fled, followed on turn 6 by their unengaged
left when a cavalry unit there was shattered. Finally it was the Theban turn to
win a clear game victory, but only by the minimum possible margin of 80 to 65.

As is typical for hoplite battles, these were rapid affairs, with luck playing a
significant role (especially as regards the fate of the generals). However,
there was also a surprising amount of subtle manoeuvre and difficult decisions,
as in the second game when the Athenians had to decide whether to counter or to
ignore the enemy horsemen who had penetrated to their right wing zone. All four
battles developed differently, and they saw continuous tactical experimentation
to counter the weaknesses revealed by earlier refights.
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Phil McDonald
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Green with envy.

When you will be doing a second print run so I can buy a copy of LB?

Or have you got a private stash of them to sell?

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David
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Apparently the next edition of LB comes with all the components you see in the photos above.
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Snowman wrote:
Apparently the next edition of LB comes with all the components you see in the photos above.



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Philip Sabin
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I fear that a reprint will not be practical, at least for the foreseeable future. If you want a copy of the full game, try Noble Knight or the BGG marketplace on this page. For figure gamers, I do still have spare copies of the boardgame rules booklet and charts available for separate sale.
 
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Russell Woodland
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Great looking game Philip

Quote:
I fear that a reprint will not be practical, at least for the foreseeable future.


Makes me glad i purchased the game when I had the opportunity. Must get it back to the table again sometime soon
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