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Gunnar17 Feb 2016 8:16 a.m. PST

We recently had another game of To the Strongest! at club. This time I had made a dedicated grid, and we also used BigRedBat's excellent chits which made for a visually more pleasing game than the last one.

Here the Byzantine Empire clashes with the Fatimid Caliphate in Syria, some time around 1000 AD.

It was great fun despite some beginner mistakes, and we'll definitely pay more To the Strongest! in the future. For a full AAR plus many pictures and some general thoughts about the game, head over to Hook Island!

AUXILIAPAL17 Feb 2016 9:10 a.m. PST

Great rules, very nice images, thanks!

vtsaogames17 Feb 2016 11:15 a.m. PST

Congrats on your new recruit.

Great War Ace17 Feb 2016 11:23 a.m. PST

I wouldn't want to tackle Byzzies with Fatimids. Not now. Not ever. Byzzies are the toughest troops in the then-known world. They lost their empire through "death by a thousand cuts", mostly political intrigues weakening at the top, then economic troubles, then civil wars, finally, invasion/betrayal from within. Battlefield losses were far fewer than victories. I'm not aware of a single battle that the Byzantines lost against Egyptians. But then, I can't actively recall a single battle either, so that doesn't mean much after my foregoing blather! ;)

Gunnar18 Feb 2016 2:27 a.m. PST

Thank you for your kind words, gentlemen.

As for Byzantines vs Fatimids: I guess this game reflected the historical realities then, as the Caliphate did lose. It was a close call though and things weren't decided until the last few turns.

goragrad19 Feb 2016 6:35 p.m. PST


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