New Game?

Hannibal: Rome and Carthage in the Second Punic War is a new and innovative turn-based strategy game that puts you in command of the Carthaginian military during a period of total war over land and sea with the young Roman Republic. With this military juggernaut of the ancient world at your disposal, you will vie for control over Italy, Carthage, Spain and the Mediterranean Sea using a combination of strategic political maneuvering and sheer tactical skill both on land and sea. Play consists of two layers; the first is a strategic layer where you must prudently steer your forces to the destruction of Rome’s army and the ultimate destruction of the Republic and city itself. At your disposal are a variety of unit types and historical commanders from which to form your armies. On the tactical scale, when meeting the enemy in battle, skilled leadership and a knack for war come into play as you use a simple but engaging battle system to best your opponents.

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Interesting links, thanks! I always love a good map. This is one thing which really caught my eye:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1908_Messina_earthquake

Now, I am afraid that I still haven't done the order of battle for the Diocletian scenario, but that is next on the list. I had some cleanup to do with the earthquakes and their frequency. I don't want any scenarios to start with a disproportional number of earthquakes even if they are "due" in some sense. For example, I don't want to make the destruction of Pompei a certainty for the first scenario. (Pompei isn't in the game, anyway, but everyone understands what I mean).

Here is screenshot of a tidal wave as opposed to an earthquake from testing. Really, the only difference in the end is the icon used for the notification, which is pure chrome, of course. Well, the text is a little different because this is from the 395 scenario and the state religion is now Christianity, so the message has a monotheistic phrasing.

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So, I have started on the "Diocletian" scenario and here is the scenario menu:

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I am still tweaking the order of battle for this scenario. I will try to post a screenshot or two next weekend.
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I am still pondering on mercenary recruitment from outside the empire. To me, it seems likely that a lot of mercenaries came from the Scandinavian countries. And if that is true, then could mercenaries have came in large quantities from other areas as well.

Some time ago I heard that mercenaries from Sweden were going to Rome as early as 1 BC (or thereabouts). I suppose I need to search for some literature on the subject. Or perhaps just search the interwebs for information.

To me, this area seems to be lacking in scientific research. But what do I know. :lol:

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Thank you for the updates. :)
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Hi Orm,
I am still pondering on mercenary recruitment from outside the empire...
That is an interesting hypothesis. I don't have much information myself on this matter. I do note that A.H.M. Jones said in his book (The Later Roman Empire) that there is no data on the status of "foreign" auxiliaries after retirement. He notes that of the Germanic officers which are attested, all of them retired in the Roman Empire rather than returning "home." Presumably most of the lower-ranking soldiers did, too.

If service in the Roman army was sufficient to attract recruiting from nearby areas, why not from areas somewhat farther away? But I don't know of any organized recruiting by the empire in such areas. Of course, I don't know that they didn't have some mechanism for that, either.
To me, this area seems to be lacking in scientific research. But what do I know. :lol:
Well, you know enough to raise an interesting question. :D

On another topic, I have completed the first pass for the order of battle for the Diocletian scenario. I still have to tweak the figures for the naval personnel, I think. But here they are:

Carinus: land forces = 206,368, naval forces = 19,000,
Diocletian: land forces = 125,652, naval forces = 13,000.

This puts me a little lower than Warren Treadgold's estimate, but I tend to think that in general I aim lower than he does in my view of total numbers.

Without "showing my hand" let me say that Carinus seems to have the upper hand, and that I don't believe very much that a disgruntled officer assassinated him at the crucial moment of the Battle of the Margus. As many know, the supposed motive was a previous act of adultery on the part of Carinus and the officer's wife.
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I had also promised a screenshot or two, so here is one. I just realized this week that I hadn't made provision for enactments to repair or build baths and aqueducts, or to beautify cities. So, I changed the "Urbs Nova" enactment button to "Urbes" and that button now launches a submenu, which will look like this:

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