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Abolus River done, on to India

Ryan Powers
United States
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Played through the Abolus River scenario, which means I'm temporarily done with Tyrant: Battles of Carthage versus Syracuse. Didn't have an "in progress" thread here because it was done in one session.

While it has some features that I normally don't like, I still quite enjoyed the scenario. The two sides face off from edge to edge on half a map. And really only use half of that since Syracuse starts against an edge and Catana-Carthage starts in about the middle of the map.

I did write up a session report. As you can see it only took two turns. And by the end of two turns there were no leaders left to oppose Timoleon. An odd occurrence. I lost one leader in combat with a unit, two in personal combat, and one was surrounded with ZOCs and run down.

So limited choices due to setup and size. A battle that starts at fairly close range. These would normally be downsides. However in this case I think they turn it into the best learning scenario I've seen yet for the Alexander/Tyrant system.

If I'm ever teaching this system again, this is definitely the scenario I want to use.

It's got hoplite vs hoplites in the center, hoplites vs medium infantry on one flank, and cavalry on the other. The close range means combat will happen fast, and the lack of reserves means it will be decisive. You *will* see someone's line get demolished, and there's even a good chance you'll see it neatly rolled up just like in the illustrations in books. This nicely shows the downsides of linear formations, as well as why not having reserves is bad.

Reading the Chandragupta rules now. I have some traveling coming up, so I'm not sure when I'll get to it at this point. It's one of the reasons I've been cranking through so many of the Tyrant ones. I wanted the trips to happen in a gap between games so I can read the rules while traveling and then be able to apply them when I return.
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