[QUOTE]Originally posted by Mad Cow
[B]I was thinking of buying this Siege of Jerusalem, and maybe game from Columbia also. But I thik I might have trouble finding someone to play with.
What ancient board wargames would you reccomend? [/B][/QUOTE]
Siege of Jerusalem is out of print. Some copies surface from time to time on eBay. I was never terribly fond of it, being a gamer with a more strategic focus, but several of my friends swear by it as a landmark in wargame design.
One of the very best solo boardgames ever produced is "Peloponnesian War" by Victory Games (a now-defunct subsidiary of Avalon Hill). The player begins the game as supreme military commander of either the Spartan League or the Delian League. Depending on how things go, at some point you have to switch and command the other side! You will go back and forth until the game ends. The historical commentary and play notes explain the reasoning behind this design. The game is absolutely magnificent in execution and about as much fun as humans are actually allowed to have. This one is also out of print.
Another solitaire ancients game is "Fall of Rome," which appeared in the old SPI wargame magazine "Strategy and Tactics." Again, it is possible to pick up a stray copy here and there. You are the Empire staving off the barbarian incursions that eventually led to the demise of the western empire (an old computer rendering of this subject is "Annals of Rome," which you can download at [url]www.the-underdogs.org[/url]).
As for two-or-more player ancients games, some of the best (though again, sadly, out of print), in my estimation, are:
-Imperium Romanum II (West End Games)
-Keith Poulter's "Barbarians" (Decision Games)
-Caesar's Legions (Avalon Hill)
-Civilization - Advanced Civilization (Avalon Hill - AdCiv was made into a computer game which is also available at the underdogs Web site mentioned above)
-History of the World (Avalon Hill - again, there's a computer version)
-Deluxe Great Battles of Alexander (GMT games - they have a number of other titles both in and out of print - see their Web site at [url]www.gmtgames.com[/url])
There are others, of course, but this is a pretty good list, I think, coming as it does off the top of my head after a day at work.
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And the people let me down.
So, I turned the other way,
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