112 Hellespont (323 BC)
Alexander's death in 323 BC threw his empire into a state of political and military turmoil, with his generals and governors claming independent kingdoms as his “Successors” (the Diadochia). Perdiccas inherited the main Macedonian army and the title ‘regent of the Asiatic Empire.’ A coalition of other successors formed against him. An army under Craterus was sent to Asia to confront Perdiccas and his allies. Perdiccas sent Eumenes and Neoptolemus with an army to the Hellespont to prevent Craterus from crossing into Asia. Neoptolemus, jealous of Eumenes, deserted with a few hundred horse and joined forces with Craterus. After crossing, when Craterus and Eumenes met, each had around 20,000 infantry but Craterus’ phalanx of veteran Macedonians was superior. Eumenes relied on his more numerous cavalry. Both sides stationed their phalanx in the center and cavalry on the wings. Craterus, commanding the right wing, charged at the onset. He was slain, and his cavalry scattered. On the other wing, Neoptolemus confronted Eumenes, and in single combat, Neoptolemus was killed. Craterus’ infantry, by now surrounded and leaderless, surrendered. Eumenes invited the defeated Macedonians to join him. They agreed, but took off by night to rejoin Antipater, the regent of Greece and Macedonia. The Battle of the Hellespont removed two contenders, but the War of the Successors would go on for another 40 years.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.
Craterus’ Successor Army (Use Carthaginian blocks)
• Leader: Craterus
• 5 Command Cards
• Move First
Eumenes’ Successor Army (Use Greek blocks)
• Leader: Eumenes
• 6 Command Cards
If one of your leaders is eliminated your command is reduced by one Command card. If the leader is lost during your turn, do not draw a new Command card at the end of your turn. If the leader is lost during your opponent's turn, opponent selects one Command card at random from you and it is discarded. If you eliminate both opponent leaders you win at once.