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TKindred Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2017 5:30 a.m. PST

Can't be done. needs to be more period specific.

What makes WAB and Impetus such great systems is that they are just that: A set of core mechanics/rules, with era-specific add-ons to model/game specific eras and armies/empires/etc.

rmaker19 Apr 2017 10:49 a.m. PST

Hastings and Agincourt aren't Ancients. And Chalons is borderline.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member19 Apr 2017 11:54 a.m. PST

Others: Marathon, Leuctra, Zama, Plataea, Pydna.

Oh -- these are alphabetical, ain't they? Oops.

Who asked this joker19 Apr 2017 3:11 p.m. PST

I find Cannae is a terrible battle to even replicate. The Roman's made severe tactical errors which cost them their entire army…4 consular armies! Most gamers are not willing to fall into the same trap.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2017 4:29 a.m. PST

I totally agree that Cannae would not be a great test battle – first, very big and second – like Who Asked This Joker is point on!

Khusrau20 Apr 2017 8:57 a.m. PST

rmaker, I think you will find the vast majority of 'ancients' rules cover up to quite late medieval periods before gunpowder technology dominates the battlefield. Perfectly acceptable to refer to Agincourt and Chalons in this context, as no one has specified, Classical, Late Classic, Early/High Medieval or any other distinction. The most dominant ancients rules in use over the last 40 years by WRG covered 3000 – 1500 CE.

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