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Gonsalvo26 Sep 2015 3:50 a.m. PST


We played our first game with these rules and enjoyed them a lot. I haven't seen many reviews that really discuss the mechanics of the rules in detail, so I made an effort to do that, including a step by step walk through of the last player turn of the game.


Report and many more pictures on my blog at:



KTravlos Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2015 5:25 a.m. PST

Thanks! Great game!

davbenbak Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2015 6:51 a.m. PST

Love your figures.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2015 7:49 a.m. PST

Thanks, nice AAR.

Dan Beattie Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2015 10:44 a.m. PST

Too bad this fine set of rules is not played at US conventions.

R Brown26 Sep 2015 3:54 p.m. PST

4 & 8. … I'll take a card.

Emperorbaz27 Sep 2015 1:23 a.m. PST

Great write up, very thorough

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Sep 2015 8:35 a.m. PST

Great looking game, Peter!

Hi Dan, I believe it has been played at some US conventions; there is also talk of a big Clontarf display game in the spring. An early prototype of the horse and musket version recently had an outing at Recruits in Kansas.

Best, Simon

Red Beard Baron Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2015 9:04 a.m. PST

Splendid rules, They really do handle the maniple system better than any other rule set I have encountered.

Great write up! The asinine Centricus should have known better than fight Hannibal on open ground. I myself prefer to employ Fabian tactics against Carthaginian armies…in that I sneak out the back before the game begins and enjoy pint at the nearest pub.

Gonsalvo07 Oct 2015 9:06 a.m. PST

I agree, the special mechanism Simon has used for the Manipular armies is elegant; with more practice the Roman player should be able to make better use of manipular tactics.

I suspect Centricus was feeling that open ground was a good thing for Rome – no place for Hannibal to place one of his dreaded ambushes!

<Of course, in fact it was laziness on the part of the host (moi), feeling that dealing with the rules for terrain set up and battlefield effects might be more than we wanted for a fairly sizable first game!>

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Oct 2015 4:30 a.m. PST

Some people find the single-hit nature of the small Roman units in TtS! a bit scary, but the depth of the line (4 ranks of units) gives it a lot of resilience. The organisation is described here:


Queen Catherine24 Nov 2015 6:59 a.m. PST

Peter, great AAR very helpful, best one I've found , yet!

Queen Catherine24 Nov 2015 2:22 p.m. PST

Just want to add that every time I hear the title, I want to add, "…but that's the sure way to bet."

Gonsalvo24 Nov 2015 2:54 p.m. PST

QC – glad you found it helpful. I definitely need to play again soon, probably with a different pair of armies.

colin knight25 Nov 2015 5:29 p.m. PST

Very detailed and helpful. I plan on some solo Biblical encounters.

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