Played this last night with Master Chief. I was Theban and he was the Spartans. Here's an AAR on the game.
An interesting smaller scenario that produced an intriguing game. Theban started with "Mounted Charge" by the 3 medium cav that targeted the 2 Spartan Light infantry. Hoped to pick up 2 quick banners. The result was 2 eliminated blocks for the Spartan infantry and a one block loss for the Theban horse. A quick counter, "Order 4 Units Left" by the Spartans had 1 Theban medium cav eliminated (0-1). Second turn had the Thebans pressing their cav attack against the light inf which eliminated it and evened the score (1-1). Then a number of turns was spent by both sides pulling back forward units and manoeuvring their troops into lines for a big push. Each side made the odd Ranged attack or small CC that raised the score to 2-2. The Spartans pulled back their whole line and waited while the Thebans slowly edged forward. Then a 'Line Command' card advanced the whole Theban line that pitched it into CC with half of the Spartan line. It cost the Spartan a light and a medium unit along with a leader (double helmets on the ldr casualty DR) and it was 5-2 to the Thebans. The Spartan then thought for a while to play 'Counterattack' and advanced what was left of their phalanx (2 heavies each with a leader and 2 mediums) at the Theban line. Took out the 3 Theban heavies to even the score (5-5). The Theban ldr managed to survive all this and it finally came down to an 'Order 2 units Left' card from the Theban to try and take out the last block from a Spartan heavy unit that survived the previous carnage. The Light infantry missed with their spears so the one remaining Theban Med cav charged and rolled a red square (and a sword) to take the game by the narrowest of margins (6-5). Cannot ask for better than that.
This was a lot of fun. It was very interesting how the middle game was just positioning and recovering from the little opening gambits. I don't think any of my games so far have had such a long period of positioning.
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2 solitaire games with the Spartans winning both 6 -3, and 6 -0. While the first game was fairly even, the second was a complete rout. The Spartan right flank completely dominated. 2 rolls taking out 2 complete Theban units certainly played a big part in the game.
Epaminondas laurels are tarnished or did a doppleganger show up. Four games say Spartans win 6-2, 6-5, 6-4, 6-2
Both the middle games felt closer as both sides had weakened units offering banner potential. The Theban player insists fortune was against him of course - twice attacks sputtered and battle backs eliminated the attacker in one game, in another a mounted charge at the outset failed. Mostly it was fun exploration of the game as both sides did a fair bit of maneuvering to create lines, use up marginal cards getting armies shifted as preferred. Despite the lop-sided overall results fun time.