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2012-07-18 Published and updated 6 maps (by Jim Duncan)

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Hi guys, it's time for some fresh news from Jim Duncan.

He updated 3 "previously released" maps

JD27 Panion (200BC)
JD44 Tagus River (220 BC)
JD45 Rhone River (218 BC)

And published 3 more scenarios.

JD122 Sardis (395 BC)
JD123 Raphia (217 BC)
JD124 Noreia (113 BC)

You can find detailed descriptions about each scenario inside the relative FORUM PAGE.

Thank you Jim for your continuous scenario contributions.

If you would like having a look to all maps created by Jim, then CLICK HERE and see his "Designer Page".

Don't forget to update your Vassal CCA extension with latest v 1.90 (for Jim Duncan maps)! CLICK HERE to download it.

Enjoy playing these CCA maps!

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2012-12-13 Published 3 new maps (by Brent Steeves)

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Hi guys, Brent Steeves kindly allow me to publish his last 3 scenarios about Neo-Assyrian Empire

BS08 Mount Uaush (714 BC)
BS09 Siege of Lachish (701 BC)
BS10 Til-Tuba (652 BC)

Thank you Brent for your scenario contributions.

If you would like having a look to all maps created by Brent, then CLICK HERE and see his "Designer Page".

Enjoy playing these CCA maps!

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2013-03-28 Published 5 new maps (by Jim Duncan)

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Thank you Jim for submitting 5 new scenarios on commandsandcolors.net/ancients map database.

JD131 Shechem (89 BC)
JD132 Papyron (65 BC)
JD133 Jerusalem (57 BC)
JD134 Nile (47 BC)
JD135 Arabah Valley (83 BC)

Your contribution is really precious.

If you would like having a look to all maps created by Jim, then CLICK HERE and see his "Designer Page".

Don't forget to update CCA Vassal extension with all his maps HERE (v 1.92).

Enjoy playing these CCA maps!

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2013-08-01 New TAG added

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Hi guys,

I've just added a new TAG named "Playable with" that contains one value only: Base Game.

This TAG will be useful to find all scenarios playable with base game only. The trick will be to use Roman/Carthaginian units instead of original ones.

I've used "earache" Excel file to find scenarios that fit this value (link to BGG file). Sadly this will cover Official Scenario only.
To assign this TAG to all other scenarios I really do need "unit list" for each of them... maybe inside an Excel file (similar to that one) or even adding lines to that file.
Is there anyone interested in helping me out with this issue?
Please let me know in the forum and/or over BGG.
Grazie
Alessandro

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2014-01-23 Forum thread for all scenarios

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Hi Guys,

I've added maps - forum link for all user submitted scenarios. That way it will be easier to ask questions about special rules or send any kind of feedback.

I hope both "scenario designer" and players will like this function.

Thank you very much, Russell, for this great suggestion.

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2014-06-19 New Point Army "The Spartans"

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Hi guys,

following a request from a BGG user I've setup a new Point Army: The Spartans.

You can find it HERE.

Can't wait to receive your feddback on the forum, obviously this a sort of "draft" and can be easily fixed with your suggestions.

Enjoy playing.

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2014-10-06 Published 5 new maps (by Jim Duncan)

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I'm happy to announce again the publishing of 5 new scenarios from Jim!

He managed to create scenarios for Lusitanian War (155-139 BC).

JD146 Calicinus (171 BC)
JD147 Thermopylae (191 BC)
JD148 Mons Veneris (146 BC) Lusitanian War
JD149 Itucca (141 BC) Lusitanian War
JD150 Erisana (140 BC) Lusitanian War

As has happened to some of the last scenarios, Jim updated them. For historical reasons I decided to leave both published versions (to avoid losing playing statistics and allow users to play both revisions).

Thank you Jim for submitting 5 new scenarios on commandsandcolors.net/ancients map database. Your contribution is awesome.

If you would like having a look to all maps created by Jim, then CLICK HERE and see his "Designer Page".

Don't forget to update CCA Vassal extension with all his maps HERE (v 2.2).

Enjoy playing these CCA maps!

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2014 Support

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During this year I've managed to create C&C BattleCry website, to stand among other C&C websites.

Over there you could find scenarios, rules, faqs and Vassal game modules all updated to latest version/revision/expansion.

Sometimes my intervention is timely, sometimes not so timely. So I want to personally Thank You for your patience.

In order to keep these three webistes online and running I'm here to ask for an effort to all users with whom I shared so far this wonderful adventure that I hope will continue for a long time.
Those who wish, without any obligation, could use PAYPAL form (available on right pane) and make its personal contribution.



Take care and have some nice Christmas Holidays!
Alessandro

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C3i Magazine Issue #21 (out now)

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C3i Magazine Issue #21

With the new C3i Magazine (#21) every Commands and Colors: Ancients player will enjoy three new scenarios by Richard Borg:

  • Umbria, 217 BC, Maharbal’s masterful ambush of a hastily marching Roman cavalry force;
  • Agathocles’ Tower, 204 BC, Scipio’s ambush of a large, overconfident Carthaginian mounted formation;
  • Cirta, 203 BC, a swirling desert battle between Syphax on one side and Laelius and Masinissa on the other, that decided the fate of Numidia.

 

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ScenarioX Army List - Added 9 new armies

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Recently I've added 9 new armies ready to use with Don Clarke's ScenarioX Variant Rules.

71. Early Cretan 800-200BC
72. Later Cretan 200-68BC
73. Paphlagonians 950-65BC
74. Early Villanovan Italian 1000-800BC
75. Later Villanovan Italian 800-650BC
76. Early Cyrenaican Greeks 630-314BC
77. Later Cyrenaican Greeks 313-74BC
78. Paionian 512-284BC
79. Lusitani 240-20BC

Don told me that he will add them in the next ArmyList "text edition" (maybe v9.0). Hope you like and enjoy.
Regards.

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Published 15 maps (by Greg Blanchett)

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Hi guys,
I've just ended creating "vassal maps" for all Greg Blanchett scenarios available.

Some maps were already present in our map database and some other are new. I've renamed existing maps to fitting storage into MAP DB, so you will find every map named like GBxx (where xx is the map creation progressive number).

Every map has got the original PDF available in download area. At the bottom of each page you will find a direct link to it.
If you prefer browsing everyGBxx PDF, you should go directly HERE.

Hope you enjoy all of them.

If you are searching for the Vassal module to play all GBxx maps online CLICK HERE.

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7th "Black Army": Sparta

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One of my biggest disappointments when I first went through the scenarios in Exp#1 (besides the absence of Thermopylae and Chaeronea) was seeing Spartan armies with the suggestion of using Persian blocks... I could understand it for Successors battles, after all they were being "Easternized", but Sparta???

You will say "well, there are just a few battles", if I remember well Leuctra and Mantinea, but the problem became bigger for me as most of the 15 scenarios I have designed (Greek Tragedy, Hellenica and Sacred Band) involve Spartans. Or at least other Greeks.

I began using the gray Roman army for those scenarios, better looking than the Persian but I was not fully satisfied... And then I found a cheap solution. I'm using glass stones as generic Victory Banners, and small plastic shields as Special Unit markers. This leaves me with 56 Black blocks (yes, I have all expansions)!!!

I've used them to build a 7th "Black Army": Sparta. The "only" thing I had to do was work on new, Spartan-like labels for these blocks (GET IT HERE).

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Simple Reference Cards

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GMT has chosen to include reference cards for all units, which they have upgraded with each Expansion. Surprisingly, none for the terrain, which is not very much used in the first scenarios but that appears progressively in the different Expansions and C3i scenarios. Someone at BGG made a one-page summary for the terrain.

When I have introduced other users to the game, they felt a bit overwhelmed when they saw me laying on the table the board, the cards, one page for the terrain, two double pages for the units... and sometimes got lost in front of all the columns and rows!

I wanted something simpler, if possible with symbols (not all of my opponents speak english), and avoiding things like "See Note 1" or cross checking a row and a column to find out that the column does not apply to that unit ("--"). And including terrain (yes, I know terrain does not appear very often, but when it does sometimes I've forgotten the details...).

The file can be downloaded HERE (linked to original file on BoardGameGeek).

"Read More" if you would like to see how it looks like and how to create it by yourself!!

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2009-02-13 Epic Scenarios List (Expansion 5)

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This is the complete list of all Scenario incuded in Commands and Colors: Ancients Expansion 5 (Epic Ancients).

CODENAME: all these maps will be named 5xx, where xx represents the progressive number.

Marathon (490 BC)
Plataea (479 BC)
Crimissos River (341 BC)
Gaugamela (331 BC)
Hydaspes (326 BC)
Paraitacene (317 BC)
Beneventum (275 BC)
Bagradas (253 BC)
Clusium (225 BC)
Lake Trasimenus (217 BC)
Dertosa (215 BC)
Arausio (105 BC)

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2013-02-14 Published 5 new maps (by Jim Duncan)

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In this Valentine's Day (for those who fell in love with this amazing boardgame) we are happy to announce the publication of 5 new maps from Jim Duncan.

JD125 Thymbra (546 BC)
JD126 Raphon (163 BC)
JD127 Marisa (163 BC)
JD128 Kedron (138 BC)
JD129 Asophon (103 BC)

Thank you Jim for your continuous scenario contributions.

If you would like having a look to all maps created by Jim, then CLICK HERE and see his "Designer Page".

CCA Vassal extension will be updated soon!

Enjoy playing these CCA maps!

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2013-07-16 Published 5 new maps (by Jim Duncan)

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And here it comes the "Summer Gift": more scenarios about Sicilian and Peloponnesian Wars.

JD136 1st Acragas (472 BC)
JD137 Motyum (451 BC)
JD138 Nomae (450 BC)
JD139 Himera River (446 BC)
JD140 Epipolae (441 BC)

Thank you Jim for submitting 5 new scenarios on commandsandcolors.net/ancients map database. Your contribution is really precious.

If you would like having a look to all maps created by Jim, then CLICK HERE and see his "Designer Page".

Don't forget to update CCA Vassal extension with all his maps HERE (v 2.0).

Enjoy playing these CCA maps!

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2013 Support

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Another Year is passing by and we can turn back to see the path we followed:
2008 - launched www.commandsandcolors.net/ancients website
2011 - launched www.CCNapoleonics.net website
2013 - launched www.CCSamuraiBattles.net website

Right now these websites are full with every available expansion (as to say units, scenarios, rules, faqs, online game modules).
We have 564 scenarios on CCA, 107 scenarios on CCN, 20 scenarios on CCS.
In the past months I've also tried to cut off some of the continuous "spam attempts" and sadly I have unwittingly created login problem to some of you... I've also managed to resolve them but I'll take this opportunity to apologize with you.
Sometimes my intervention is timely, sometimes not so timely. So again, I want to Thank You for your patience.

In order to keep these three webistes online and running I'm here to ask for an effort to all users with whom I shared so far this wonderful adventure that I hope will continue for a long time.
Those who wish, without any obligation, could use PAYPAL form (available on right pane) and make its personal contribution.

Take care and have some nice Christmas Holidays!
Alessandro

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2014-01-24 Support Banners

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A couple of lines to really thanks Steve Wright, Mark McGilchrist and Larry Doherty who contributed again this year!

I'm taking this opportunity also to introduce you the new "CCA Support Banners": they are available for each year now for all, who supports the website with a gift at least of 5 € (each year).

You can see a banner preview below.

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2014-08-29 Published 5 new maps (by Miguel Marqués)

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Hi guys,
after kind suggestion from Jim, I've noticed that Miguel Marques has done 5 new scenarios and received his permission to publish them on CCA website!
He also packaged them with his other 15 scenarios in one single document (ready to be downaloded HERE).

Here you can find a fast link to his "recently added scenarios".

MM16 Olpae (426 BC)
MM17 Amphipolis (422 BC)
MM18 Anapus River (415 BC)
MM19 River Centrites (401 BC)
MM20 3rd Mantinea (207 BC)

If you would like having a look to all maps created by Miguel, then CLICK HERE and see his "Designer Page".

Don't forget to update CCA Vassal extension with all his maps HERE (v 1.1).

Enjoy playing these CCA maps!

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New CCA Expansion in playtesting

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As Richard Borg says "We actually have a number of very interesting Commands & Colors: Ancients expansions in the works. One expansion is near completion, just need to finish playtesting a few more scenarios."

In the following link at Consimworld you will find some info about the next Expansion about "Commands & Colors: Ancients" mew Expansion.

CLICK HERE

 

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ScenarioX Army Building Guide

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Commands & Colors: Ancients is already a great game, but ScenarioX makes it even better, by allowing players to challenge each other with a wide range of armies from throughout history.  Alessandro's great work in providing a graphical reference for the ScenarioX armies was a good start, but it was still a complex process figuring out which army blocks one could use from CC:A to build these armies, and even harder to quickly see which two armies could be built to face each other on the battlefield.

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MILESTONE: 10.000 visitors

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I am proud to announce that our site has just broken the 10 thousand unique visits!
And these visitors have browsed more than 76 thousand pages since June 2008!

To celebrate this great event I would like to propose an unique scenario, written by Jim Duncan and set in Cunaxa (401BC): THE TEN THOUSAND - JD28 The Ten Thousand (401BC)

This has been based on the game about the Battle of Cunaxa designed by Richard Berg, and of the same name. I hope some of you enjoy the scenario and that you will all continue to enjoy the other many battles, articles and resources available on the site.

I would also like to thank all of you for this milestone, your daily support and continued efforts aimed to improve this great community.

Please feel free to send me any items you have concerning this beautiful game so that the site continues to grow.

 

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Published 15 maps (by Miguel Marqués)

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I've updated 15 maps by Miguel Marqués, creating the relative CODENAME.
From now on all maps by Miguel will be named MMxx, where xx represent his progressive number.

MM01 Thermopylae (480 BC) HELLENICA
MM02 Mycale (479 BC) HELLENICA
MM03 Tanagra (457 BC) HELLENICA
MM04 Cunaxa (401 BC) HELLENICA
MM05 Megalopolis (331 BC) HELLENICA
MM06 Pylos (425 BC) GREEK TRAGEDY
MM07 Sphacteria (425 BC) GREEK TRAGEDY
MM08 Delium (424 BC) GREEK TRAGEDY
MM09 Mantinea (418 BC) GREEK TRAGEDY
MM10 Epipolae (413 BC) GREEK TRAGEDY
MM11 Coronea (394 BC) SACRED BAND
MM12 Tegyra (375 BC) SACRED BAND
MM13 Leuctra (371 BC) SACRED BAND
MM14 Mantinea (362 BC) SACRED BAND
MM15 Chaeronea (338 BC) SACRED BAND

I'm also working on a VASSAL MODULE EXTENSION to play all of these scenarios online (Yes! with Spartan Army). Stay tuned.

In Download Section you will also find 3 separate PDF that groups these scenarios.
Click here to downlaod them: HELLENICA, GREEK TRAGEDY and SACRED BAND.

Thank you Miguel for these great maps!

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Christmas Holidays

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Christmas Holidays

Hello everybody, here they come... Christmas Holidays!!!

Best whishes for New Year 2009, full of fun and C&C:Ancients playing.

Smile

 

Stay tuned for a 2009 full of new scenarios, downloads and latest released CCA expansions 4 & 5.

Alessandro

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MILESTONE: 20.000 visitors

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[LIV] Hoc proelio trans Rhenum nuntiato, Suebi, qui ad ripas Rheni venerant, domum reverti coeperunt; quos ubi qui proximi  Rhenum incolunt perterritos senserunt, insecuti magnum ex iis numerum occiderunt. Caesar una aestate duobus maximis bellis  confectis maturius paulo quam tempus anni postulabat in hiberna in Sequanos exercitum deduxit; hibernis Labienum praeposuit; pse in citeriorem Galliam ad conventus agendos profectus est.
 
THIS BATTLE HAVING BEEN REPORTED BEYOND THE RHINE, THE SUEVI, WHO HAD COME TO THE BANKS OF THAT RIVER, BEGAN TO RETURN HOME, WHEN THE UBII, WHO DWELT NEAREST TO THE RHINE, PURSUING THEM, WHILE MUCH ALARMED, SLEW A GREAT NUMBER OF THEM. (160.000 PAGES VISITED!) CAESAR HAVING CONCLUDED TWO VERY IMPORTANT WARS IN ONE CAMPAIGN (NOW 20.000 HITS! AS UNIQUE VISITORS!), CONDUCTED HIS ARMY INTO WINTER QUARTERS AMONG THE SEQUANI, A LITTLE EARLIER THAN THE SEASON OF THE YEAR REQUIRED. HE APPOINTED LABIENUS OVER THE WINTER QUARTERS, AND SET OUT IN PERSON FOR HITHER GAUL TO HOLD THE ASSIZES.
 
 
20 thousand unique visits and 160 thousand page views!

To celebrate this great event I would like to propose an unique scenario, written by Jim Duncan
and set in Granicus (334 BC): JD40 The Twenty Thousand (334 BC)
 
Nowadays our Maps Archive counts 346 different Scenarios (85 official and 261 unofficial).
Many thanks to all Scenario Designer for help our map database growht.

 

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2009-02-11 New Website feature

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From now on, at the page-bottom of each map, you will see a new module titled "OTHER BATTLES...".

Over there you will see battles involving that specific WAR/CONFLICT.

Hope this new feature will improve your surifng all around CCAncients website.

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