From: Utlima Thule
This forum seems to have dried up, so I thought I would see if anyone is still playing the game, and whether they believe it to be a finished, well rounded game with plenty of fun to be had? (Any of the iterations, let me know which one you prefer).
Yes it is good.
I personally prefer the scope of the original AJE scenarios rather than the geographically concentrated scenarios of Birth of Rome. But thats a matter of taste, as the BoR set are very different and have very different challenges.
Just sticking with AJE there are 5(? - should double check) main scenarios - 3 from the Civil Wars of the Late Republic, one on AD69-70 and the final one in the 180s (Septimus Severus et al). The Roman armies behave very different to the non-Romans (various Pontic forces in the early civil wars and Spanish tribes). The scenarios aren't balanced - so there are easier and harder factions in each scenario (usually 3 sides).
So you can learn with one, and even against the (pretty good) AI, have a real struggle with a different faction in the same scenario.
Once you feel you have exhausted all the scenarios/sides against the AI, get into PBEM. At that stage, esp in the 1vs1vs1 scenarios, things get fun and dirty very quickly.