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Nick Pasha01 Aug 2020 7:44 p.m. PST

My wife and i have been enjoying command and colors since February and it has helped us through our seclusion. We started with Tricorne basic, moved on to the extension and then began Ancients. we just complete Ancients basic and have moved on to the 1st extension. Today we played Pydna. We don't use blocks. I converted my 15mm figures to fit on the board. When we play a scenario we take sides, play then switch sides and play it again Sam. Today was my turn to command the Roman Army. The legions recreated history and caught the phalanx in rough terrain, breaking through and eliminating 3 pike units and other cavalry and infantry units. The Romans won 8 banners to 7, so it was close, but the flexibility of the legions proved to be decisive. The rough terrain negated the impact of the Macedonian cavalry as they can't enter rough terrain and battle on the same turn. My elephants also kept the cavalry from being effective.

I would like members who play the game to post their reports here and give ideas.

USAFpilot02 Aug 2020 9:07 a.m. PST

I'm a fan of the C&C games having played Ancients, Medieval, Tricorne, Napoleonics, and Memoir 44. (I like Napoleonics the best because of the added rules of "combined arms" and the rule concerning the formation of infantry squares.). I like that you switch sides and replay; that's what my opponent and I do. It keeps things fair as many of the scenarios are not balanced.

I've tried playing regular miniature war games and find that the rules often break down when you don't have some type of grid. Moving figures with rulers or tape measures becomes very problematic and you run into all sorts of issues not covered in the rules. C&C is a fairly clean system with only a few anomalies that you can work out with your opponent before you play.

Uparmored03 Aug 2020 5:19 a.m. PST

Hey Nick,

Are you sure your wife enjoyed playing or was she just humouring you?

Did she also comment on, point out or enjoy the fact that "the legions caught the phalanx in rough terrain, breaking through and eliminating 3 pike units and other cavalry and infantry units."..?

If she did hold the same amount of enthusiasm as you then sorry, I'm wrong about women and probably explains why I'm forever alone (thank god I'm alone :), even though women are hot, they annoy me )

Nick Pasha03 Aug 2020 5:48 a.m. PST

My wife plays games only if she thinks she can win. She stopped playing monopoly and risk because she kept losing. This is a game she can win. She has been asking me to play instead of the other way around. We have been married 40 years and I know when she is trying to humor me. It may have started that way but she is all in now. I know most women have no interest in wargaming but whose fault is that? We men have to initiate women into the hobby just as we initiate children into the hobby. You have to peak their interest, then teach them the rules. then make sure they have a chance of winning. My wife's weakness is her lack of knowledge about military history even though she was a history teacher. As a retired history teacher this is an opportunity for me to teach her about military history and how the troops were used. She is learning and honing her strategy. She is learning how to use the various types of troops. I know women who can kick ass in gaming. I have found women gamers to be as aggressive, as competitive and as ruthless as male gamers.

Nick Pasha09 Aug 2020 8:01 p.m. PST

Battle of Gaugamela scenario – Persians won 8 banners to 6. The battle went back and forth until Alexander and his companions were eliminated by a Persian chariot. The Persians fought the battle exclusively with their cavalry, chariots and elephant. The elephant, chariots and most of the light cavalry were eliminated but they did their job in eliminating the Macedonian cavalry on the Persian left and light infantry in front of the phalanx. The Macedonians did not get the cards they needed. One of their HI pike units damaged the Persian Heavy cavalry reducing it to 1 stand and leaving the attached general alive. the HC accepted the flag rolled and retreated 2 hexes. However its survival won the battle. Next turn the HC were ordered and attacked a 2 stand HI Pike unit and eliminated it to win the game. History was changed as the Persians won, Alexander was eliminated and Darius survived.

AICUSV06 Oct 2020 9:23 p.m. PST

I tried to teach my wife how to play Chess. When I explained how the knight moved she accused me of lying and refused to ever play another game with with me.

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