A New General: 2nd Punic War Agathocles Tower AAR 1.24

I’m back with the next installment. This time recruiting a new up and coming general.
My Son.

Check out the before I played and after I won pics!  His first H&C game play.

It was another cool morning. Scipio pulled his cloak tighter and smiled. He was content to feel the cold breeze. Soon he would be hot. Hot from the rush of blood thru his veins and the straining of tearing the hearts out of more of Hannibals Punic army.
The Forces:


Fought in a hilly ravine, this ambush plays fast!
Low Rout Point count Carthage loses at 35.

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The Supreme Commander – Learning the Ropes

We just finished turn 3…… Took awhile to get our feet wet. Especially after a 2 week hiatus.

Turn 2 saw the French exercise the combat system. Clearing away a German Corp with a monster 3 step swipe on  the  +4 column with a DRM for Air. With all the Germans in Poland we try to trim the enemy down.

In hindsight the French could have afforded to be more aggressive. But you have this weight of history on you….sigh.

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Lots of detail and procedure that we are mistakenly applying. One wonders for instance if making a HQ could be any more freaking convoluted.

That said the Diplomacy system is fun. ’39 Sept-Oct sees the Italians lean towards the Allies.


Another unknown – populating Eastern Poland…do we ‘move units’ or ‘place units’  Does it happen immediately or within 3 turns?

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Conducting diplomacy is EXPENSIVE and can be executed on just one minor per turn.  The opportunity cost is therefore very high. Since we do not expect the French to last too long it makes sense to use them on the Italians and possibly even Spain.

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I think if I am going to play this title via vassal I will need a copy of it.

Otherwise in T2 the Axis built a lot of forces and put a little effort into some sort of Naval build up.  I guess I need to read the enemy charts and rules too.

I am tired of the flipping thru  pdfs without the rest of the charts and bits.



One more session next week then we will reboot and start the full campaign from scratch.

So far it is more interesting that I thought it would be.


Advance After Combat

Advance After Combat PodCast

Mitch is the guest and he talks about Next War: India Pakistan

his up coming title  is seriously interesting to me – Taiwan would take some real convincing. Mitch also talked about the inherent problems he had with the Korea title, specifically the up skilling of the NORKS. His newest scenario provides a look at a more ‘realistic’  set of circumstances based upon what we know or think we know. The good news is that the air war appears to have been tweaked also, in  particular as it pertains to strike packages.
Death Ride Series from The Grognard Simulations title was explored by David and discussed next. I was keen to hear how platoon level tactics played.

This review however was more of a mechanics discussion and an exploration of the add ons and chrome. I really thought this was pretty cool.

Not sure I am prepared to spring for the cost without knowing more about how it compares to say ATS, TCS. Not much around in the armour focussed platoon scale to talk about so this system is on my watch list.

BAR Prague

Damn Mitch.. I may have to spring for this. I was hoping to avoid BAR.

Dien bien Phu

Cute, light, next. I never really got into SoS system. But the guys dig it and local players here are saying good things. So time for a revisit? I still have the ATO DBP to deal with and a pending buy of Legion games title also.


Lots of this you have seen here already ala - Mantinea Battle Report , Dave played some of GBoH this month and shares first impressions. My take away was he liked it.

With Brendans new VASSAL module out I hope Dave and I can play at some point soon. Great title and a great way to enter the Ancients tactical gaming world.

Liberty roads I’ve been watching this for a long time. Still not sure I really need this? I just passed on a $40 buy price for it….hmm.

Then some off topic bits about sperm, sperm testing and women….ahem. Hilarious.

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