AC09 Caudine Forks (321 BC)
The Samnite commander, Gaius Pontius, hearing that the Roman army was located near Calatia, sent soldiers disguised as shepherds with orders to give the same story which was that the Samnites were besieging Lucera in Apulia. The Roman commanders, completely taken in by this ruse, decided to set off to give aid to Luceria. Worse, they chose the quicker route though the Caudine Forks. The area round the Caudine Forks was surrounded by mountains and could be entered only by two defiles. The Romans entered by one but when they reached the second defile, they found it barricaded. They returned at once to the first defile only to find it now securely held by the Samnites. At this point the Romans, according to Livy, fell into total despair knowing the situation was quite hopeless.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.
Leader: Gaius Pontius
Take 6 cards
Leaders: Titus Veturius Calvinus, Spurius Postumius Albinus
Take 4 cards
Units cannot battle UpHill to hill hexes. These hexes are unreachable from the "middle line" area.
Samnite army flee is realtive (up army must flee on the top side of the board, down army must flee on the bottom side).
Roman army on the Left Flank must flee left, Roman army on the Right Flank must flee right and Roman army on the center can choose which side to flee. Every Roman Unit that exit the map count as Victory Point for Samnite Army.
We played it with the following two interpretations:
1) Roman Units have to retreat *directly* left or right (no upward or downward movement).
2) Romans *can* attack from hill to hill, or from the "sides" of hills or the "backs" of hills (front behind defined as towards center).
Mark-McG wrote: I looked at playing this today, but it simply seemed too hard, and the retreats too odd.
Not even sure this was an actual battle, wikipedia describes it as "an event"
It seems you are right Mark.
This is also confirmed in podcast which I was recently listening to (The History of Rome).
itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-history-of-rome/id261654474 - episode 15b I think.