Ryan Powers(keethrax)United States
Finished up the Pataliputra scenario:
Pataliputra. A first battle for Chandragupta and I
The experience was quite interesting and very enjoyable as an introduction to Chandragupta. I made plenty of bone-headed moves while adjusting to the new system. Despite being essentially a variant of the GBoAlexander rules the play is completely different.
I already made a hash of when to break the Dharmayuddha restrictions as I didn't actaully need to break them to punish the Mauryan chariots in the center. I think anyhow. I could have moved the cataphracted elephants forwards and relied on orderly withdrawal cohesion to break the Mauryan center. At least I think I could have. The elephants would have been drastically slowed in the attempt, and so may have instead been swarmed by infantry while attempting this maneuver.
The guild and tribal rout rules had a big impact on this battle with Chandragupta losing most of his allies after only one turn of actual combat.
The Nanda rout points grew quickly as a function of the two big striking units (CH and EL) not being ralliable. Somewhat like the big infantry units in Alexander, but with lower TQs and no "Phalanx Rout" rules to perhaps save them, they go away quickly and never come back. Not to mention that if they are elephants, they just may take other units with them.
All in all it was fun and I'm looking forward to Magadha battle. I'll be using the Camp Assault version so will need to read up on how fortified camps work. I'll likely continue to use the optional Dharmayuddha rule, so we'll see how the hidden info portion of that affects solitaire play.
In any case, I'll be traveling again in the near future, so Magadha will have to wait until October.