Played this against King Billy a few weekends ago. We thought it looked really tough on the Romans. It was in the first game...
First game I was the barbarians, and Bill the Romans. We were right, the poor Romans got slaughtered. If the barbarian player starts with a couple of 3 or 4 unit move cards, they can very quickly roll up the banners needed where ever they attack. That, combined with an opponent that seems to have forgotten how to roll dice. The Romans maybe got a banner or two.
So we swapped sides... And the Romans this time did much better. This was the beginning of a string of poor luck for Bill (that carried into other games we play, aka - ASL) that not even the most hardy and patient of characters could survive. You know, the sought of rolling like "Aha! I need one hit against your unit to win! Roll 4 dice and miss them all, leader directed even... and then the battle back does four hits...". It was a true testament to Bill's character that all he did was sigh.
Hopefully soon, Bill will remember how to roll dice again
The Germans opened up with a Order all Medium card and sprung the ambush! But the initial success (Varus saw his cavalry unit destroyed and fled into the marshes) turned to failure when one of the Warriors charged too far into the Roman line and was wiped out along with their leader.
The Romans recovered and pushed some units forward on the right to screen that flank whilst moving units towards the left to stabilise their line. The German Warriors charged forward again but were caught by a Double Time move as a Roman general bravely led his unit in to kill off one last Warrior band.
This game really produced the panic of a surprise ambush, but the Romans managed to recover well.
Vittoria Barbari 6-3. Un ordine generale ai Guerrieri barbari schierati sulle colline da' inizio alla battaglia. La carica e' talmente furiosa che una delle fanterie medie romane viene spazzata via al primo assalto. Ma i romani sono tenaci e compattano le file tentando timidi contrassalti che conesguono qualche successo. Arminio preoccupato per l'andamento della battaglia ordina alla sua ala destra di intervenire mentre nello stesso momento anche l'ala destra romana si muove. Sono i barbari che hanno la meglio spingendo i resti delle unita' romane nelle paludi dove anche un generale romano perde la vita.