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2006
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2
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Best with 2 players
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Playing Time
60 minutes
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Commands & Colors: Ancients
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Commands and Colors: Ancients
指挥与军旗:古代篇
指揮與軍旗:古代篇
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From the designer (about his Commands and Colors system, C&C: Ancients, and Memoir' 44):

"Commands & Colors: Ancients depicts warfare from the Dawn of Military History (3000 BC) to the opening of the Middle Ages (400 AD). Quite an ambitious undertaking for one game, yet Commands & Colors by design is a unique historical game system which allows players to effectively portray stylized battles from this time in history. The 15 battles, showcased in the scenario booklet, although stylized, focus on important terrain features and the historical deployment of forces in scale with the game system. The battles include Bagradas, Cannae, and Zama."

"The scale of the game fluctuates from battle to battle. For some scenarios, an infantry unit may represent a legion of fighters, while in other scenarios a unit may represent just a few brave warriors. But the tactics you need to execute conform remarkably well to the advantages and limitations inherent to the various units, their weapons, terrain and time."

"Unlike its older brother, Battle Cry by Avalon Hill (Hasbro), Commands & Colors: Ancients is moderately more complex and contains additional historical details without the battlefield clutter. Most scenarios will still play to a conclusion in less than an hour."

"The command card system, drives movement, creates a true fog of war and presents both challenges and opportunities. There are four types of command cards: Leadership cards, Section cards, Troop cards and Tactic cards."

"The battle dice system resolves all combat efficiently and quickly. Each battle die has one Light, one Medium, one Heavy, one Leader, one Flag and one Swords symbol."

"The game mechanics, although simple, will still require strategic card play, historical tactics, timely dice rolling, and an aggressive yet flexible battle plan, to achieve victory."

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Official Website: http://www.CCAncients.net

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Components (2nd Edition):

  • 1 Battlefield Game Map (Not mounted version but cardboard paper)
  • 45 Double-Sided Terrain Tiles
  • 60 Command Cards
  • 7 Battle Dice
  • 2 Player Reference cards
  • 1 Rule Book
  • 1 Scenario Book
  • 345 Blocks:
    • 220 Small Gray and Brown Blocks
    • 16 Small Black Blocks
    • 81 Medium Gray and Brown Blocks
    • 12 Large Gray and Brown Blocks
    • 16 Rectangular Gray and Brown Blocks
  • Assembly Items:
    • 5 Block and Dice Label Sheets

New/Updated Components (3rd Edition):

  • Mounted Double-Sided Battlefield Game Map (half of the Epics map on back)
  • Rule Book
  • Block and Dice Label Sheets

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Fifth Edition
Publisher: GMT Games
Artist: Rodger B. MacGowan
Year: 2014
Product Code: 0509-14
Size: 12.00 x 9.00 x 3.00 inches
5.75 pounds
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Publisher: GMT Games
Artist: Rodger B. MacGowan
Year: 2011
Product Code: 0509-11
Size: 12.20 x 9.06 x 2.99 inches
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Publisher: GMT Games
Artist: Rodger B. MacGowan
Year: 2009
Product Code: 0509-09
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Publisher: GMT Games
Artist: Rodger B. MacGowan
Year: 2006
Product Code: 0509-06
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3 Scenarios in Portuguese
Scenarios from base game translated in Portuguese. With the permission and original artwork from GMT. Please feel free to point out any errors you may find.
Portuguese
2015-03-30
9 CCA All official scenarios results tracker
This is file to keep track of all your games in CCA - all expansions, all official scenarios, grouped. Key features: - Contains all official scenarios - Scenarios are grouped in campaigns, sorted by campaign start date - Contains reference which blocks are needed for scenario - Allows for summing number of games and blocks gained / lost with each player - Track how many scenarios (out of over 170 official ones) you played and how many are still in front of you - Has feature for more than 1 game with particular player (see Player 4 set-up) The file is filled with some sample data; please erase it before starting the usage. In version two I thought about linking each scenario co ccancients.net website, but as this is pretty long endeavor I am differing it for now.
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2015-02-27
2 commands and colors ancients en solo
commands and colors ancients en solitaire (how to play commands and colors ancients solo). fr. pdf.
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2015-02-20
4 C&C Ancients Block Analysis
Excel file with all the blocks listed in the Raw Data column and a bunch of Pivot Tables with different summary cuts of the data. Slice & dice to your heart's content!
English
2015-02-02
17 Freeloading Phill's Reference Chart
Includes all units and terrain. 1.21 removes blank page and fixes symbol font error.
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2015-01-24
18 CCA unit chart - all 8 armies on 2 pages
OK, due to (somewhat) popular demand I've split my unit chart into 2 pages, landscape. Foot units on one page, mounted and leaders on the other. Print double sided and you're good to go. Enjoy!
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2015-01-16
14 CCA unit chart - all 8 armies on 1 page
Here's a 1-page CCA unit chart with the usual info but also with unit sticker artwork as well. My philosophy is any time we can take a solid CCA reference and crunch it down to a single page, it's a good thing. It's certainly worked for me, and it's actually usable at 8.5 x 11, but better of course at 8.5 x 14, 11 x 17, and beyond. At 8.5 x 11 of course, it fits in the box. I believe all the unit info is error-free but if not, I'm depending on my BGG comrades to set me straight. If someone can figure out a way to easily integrate the wagon unit info into this, let me know. I admit it's an omission which bothers me, but oh well.
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2015-01-13
15 CCA consolidated terrain - 1 pager
Updated comprehensive terrain chart. Still uses Laurence Cutner's basic layout, but descriptions have been abbreviated/updated where necessary to provide a cleaner, more usable presentation.
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2015-01-13
14 CCA unit markers - all 8 armies!
I've always liked how you can use the banners in Memoir '44 to show which units are under orders, so I thought I'd use the CCA Victory Banner symbols as the starting point for getting this functionality into CCA. Markers for all 8 armies are included. Recommend printing double-sided on good stock.
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2015-01-13
7 C&C Contents
How many Gameboards, Terrain Tiles, Command Cards, Battle Dice, Blocks, etc. are in the Base Game and in the Expansions?
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