I have to say that I was a bit shy about the EPIC approach. I really like the normal games, and though that EPIC might be trying to push the concept a bit to hard.
When I got the Roman Civil War Expansion it included this scenario, so my son and I gave it a try.
How wrong was I!
EPIC is great. We punched and counter punched our way though the afternoon, taking far longer than we would normally take to play a game, but without realising it because the action was so intense.
In the end the Romans got the acendancy, but not after some hard slogging, and soon after the Carthaginians collapsed. It my view it played closer to my understanding of ancient battles than the standard game.
I don't think we will play it all of the time (it takes a lot of room to play) but I am looking forward to more EPIC games, including multiplayer games.
This was a very tied battle with both sides scoring at the same time. The terrain is flat and the armies are quite equal. The Romans must move medium and heavy units by two hexes to quickly deploy them where needed while the Carthaginians need to make good use of elephants and cavalry and press with their strong center. In our case we were up to 12-12 and the dice fell in favour of the Romans for a 13-12.