I played this one as the Germans over VASSAL last night. I originally wanted to attack with my right flank, but lack of cards made me attack in the center. I got first blood, but then lost all three of my medium cavalry. They did weaken the center and it appeared my opponent, Peter, was suffering a shortage of center cards. My warriors then got into the action, causing major damage. Their ability to advance and battle again without a leader is very powerful.
Peter reinforced his center with his cavalry and some lights, and we battled away with our units dwindling. He ended up with one cavalry unit with one block stuck out forward. I needed one flag to win (as did he) but now I was out of center cards!
I threw my right flank at his, hoping my warriors could battle twice each. It almost worked, reducing a medium infantry to one block. In desperation Peter threw two medium cavalry against a full strength light infantry on the base line. It shrugged off the first attack, but two flags from the second attack meant that it had to retreat off the board, giving Peter a very narrow victory, 7-6.
Caesar and the 10th Legion did not move throughout the entire game. The mere threat though was enough to be very cautious on my left.
Good scenario, we will; have to play it again with sides reversed.
Yep - my centre cards where sadly lacking... but to be honest I was really thrown early on by King Billy's charge with his MCs up my centre - I thought that left him vulnerable (which it did) - but it also left me vulnerable! I have vague notions of throwing stuff in the way of the warriors just to slow them down - and I like how Bill said I reenforced the centre with my cav and thinks I new what I was doing - because the honest truth is a felt very disorganised and somehow couldn't seem to get a cohesive defence or offence together. Caesar will be having a word about battle field order and extra training sessions all round!
The Roman edge is the extra leader and larger hand size - because the German warriors are brutal. They rolled through my disorganised Romans and should have won the game for King Billy - but - sometimes Lady Luck just likes the look of those Roman generals better...
King Billy can perhaps claim a moral victory for this one
Pete and I played this again last night,swapping sides. While the result was the same, (7-6 to the Romans) the game played completely differently.
The beginning of the game saw light troops from both sides engaging with missiles to weaken the enemy line. The Germans were the first to attack, thrusting at the Roman center.
The Romans countered with Caesar leading the 10th against the German right flank. Within three turns Caesar smashed that flank, taking four flags without loss.
The Germans slowly ate away at the Roman center and turned on the Roman left flank, carving up some lights, and destroying a medium cavalry that could not retreat.
With both sides at 5 flags the Roman cavalry attacked, but lost a unit in battle back, so was one flag down. The Roman cavalry commander smashed one warrior unit, and a single Roman medium infantry was able to kill another with a 4 hit kill.
Another really tight battle that was great fun. We played over VASSAL again, and completed the game in just over an hour.
Leaders with heavy or medium infantry are very powerful. Caesar and a HI unit roll six dice, and will get a hit with each dice 50% of the time. The will get a second attack about every second time as well, making them the strongest unit in the game.
Big lesson. Caesar plus HI can move three hexes a turn! And get that Cav off the back line! Easy points to the opposition...
Well - I thought the Cav was "safe".... till you see Caesar run at you. No wonder he didn't use Cavalry much himself, the man runs like a horse. I wonder what other horse like attributes he had??
Bill won because he timed his Caesar attack very well - waiting till he could get three moves on the flank in a row. One to shuffle forward, then two to smash my forces. It was awesome to watch.
The Germans, who where doing well in the centre and drifting to their right just couldn't hold it together any more and probably should have retreated out rather than try to win it since it was now so close - but at the time I didn't realise Bill couldn't order Caesar any more and assumed the next turn it was all over anyway!
Played it twice yesterday with Daniele. Final scores were 7-1 and 7-0 for the Romans. In both cases the Roman player had the possibility to advance Caesar rapidly on the right using right leadership and/or double time cards. An attack by the Germans in the center-left Roman section seems possible and was partially performed in the second match. However, the German player just lacked the time to push the attack forward before his right wing started to crumble. A possible tactic might be to retreat units away for the advancing Caesar instead of throwing them at him to try to stop his advance, which is pretty much what the German player did in our games.