Victory Results:
 63 %
Record a victory for BOTTOM ARMY  37 %
Total plays 46 - Last reported by Riclev on 2023-05-07 08:44:03

Historical Background
After repeated incursions into Moesia and Dacia by the Goths under Cniva, the Roman Emperor Gaius Messius Quintus Decius (often called “Trajan Decius”) moved to confront the barbarian invaders. Accompanied by his son Herennius Etruscus and his general Trebonianus Gallus, Decius led a major military expedition into the lower Danube, where he forced Cniva with his main army to abandon the siege of Nicopolis. Decius and the Romans pursued Cniva through difficult terrain and after a series of forced marches caught Cniva near Abritus. The Battle of Abrittus is also known as the Battle of Forum Terebronii.
Cniva had divided his forces prior to the battle, and even though the Romans easily defeated the enemy front line, when they pursued the retreating enemy into the swamps, Cniva’s concealed forces attacked. Cniva’s tactical maneuver proved to be very successful and the Romans were surprised and slaughtered. Decius’ son Herennius was killed early in the battle, but the emperor proclaimed that “the death of one soldier is not a great loss to the republic” and continued fighting. Decius himself was slain soon thereafter, gaining the distinction of being the first Roman emperor killed in battle against a foreign enemy.
After the battle, Trebonianus Gallus was acclaimed the new emperor. With his army shattered, Gallus was forced to allow Cniva to leave with his spoils and promised to pay tribute in order to keep the Goths from invading the empire again.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?

Light Infantry   Light Bow         Warriors           Heavy Cavalry         Leader  
2   2         8           2         3  
    Light Bow Auxilia Medium Infantry       Heavy Infantry Light Cavalry     Medium Cavalry Heavy Cavalry       War Machine Leader  
    2 3 2       2 1     2 1       1 3  

War Council

Goths
Leader: Cniva
5 Command Cards      

Roman Army
Leader: Decius
4 Command Cards     
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Victory
6 Banners

Special Rules
Imperial Legions rule is in effect for both armies.

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Riclev replied the topic:
1 year 1 week ago
Our group played this six times, with four wins for the Goths and two for the Romans - in other words, in line with the stats above. However, one Goth win was 6-5 and could have gone either way, so with a following wind the Romans have a chance. The key is not to be afraid of moving into the marshes as the die roll reductions nullify the Goth warrior advantage when fighting Roman auxilia. It's a good scenario and relatively short, with no game of ours running beyond 40 minutes.
Erik Uitdebroeck replied the topic:
2 years 2 months ago
Thanks for the quick reply.

Erik.
Mark-McG replied the topic:
2 years 2 months ago

A light unit is on a marsh and wants to evade; does it have to stop (while evading) on the adjecent hex?

 
no

www.commandsandcolors.net/ancients/the-g...ains/1074-marsh.html

Evading (and retreat) are not normal moves
Erik Uitdebroeck replied the topic:
2 years 2 months ago
Hi everyone,

Just one quick question:

A light unit is on a marsh and wants to evade; does it have to stop (while evading) on the adjecent hex?

Thanks for your time,
Erik.
Mark-McG replied the topic:
4 years 1 month ago
probably an error, but since Imperial Legions applies only to Medium & Heavy Infantry, it is defacto Roman only.
RiverWanderer replied the topic:
4 years 1 month ago
"Imperial Legions rule is in effect for both armies."

Why both armies? Surely only applies to the Roman army.
cannoneer replied the topic:
7 years 9 months ago
Just played this solitaire last night and it came down to a Roman cavalry charge that netted them 2 banners, and a 6-5 win. Very exciting and balanced scenario.