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Scott Clinton
United States
Texas
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10
Oct 2012
Vastly under-rated on BGG.

This is a board game that is to simulate one single particular (very important) battle in ancient history and it does so VERY well and in such a manner you can teach most 10 year-olds the basic game.

With a half dozen variants about (and off the top of your head if you just think about it regarding setup) help replay a ton.

WHAT THE HELL MORE DO YOU WANT FROM A GAME DESIGNED IN 1970! And please note the co-designer of this fantastic game!

A solid 10
2013-02-25
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Robert Ridgeway
United States
Greenville
South Carolina
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10
Jul 2010
Exciting and dynamic design that is the benchmark for outstanding ancient battle simulations. Two additional battles taking advantage of this system were provided in "The General" magazine.
2010-10-10
Kim Meints
United States
Waterloo
Iowa
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10
Sep 2011
The Guidon 1st edition was a landmark design that gave me lot's of play time and when they added in the expansion kit-Alexander's Other Battles with Granicus,Issus and The Hydapspes it got even better.

AH's 1st edition sort of fell flat since they didn't have back printed counters like the less professional made Guidon game. Map was OK if not somewhat garnish(garnish,that's putting it mildly ).
The 2nd edition with back printed counters and a slightly toned down map made it much better.The 2 extra battles in the General helped expand the game.

To me still one of the great players game and a blast to play solo.Plus it always looked and felt like an ancient battle.Still play it a couple of times a year.
2014-02-15
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Michael Sanches
United States
Anaheim Hills
California
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If you don't need tweezers to play the game, it is not a wargame!
10
Jan 2013
Excellent presentation of ancient combat. Good components. Relative short game. Very tense.
2013-01-09
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Heath Avery
Australia
Mount Keira
New South Wales
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9
Jun 2009*
An excellent and inovative game system..seems to favour them macedonians and rightfully so...morale scale is a great idea I have actually designed a scenario"battle of the granicus"using half the map and the game counters..the map is ordinary but the rules are fine
2010-08-13
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Ken Soo
United States
Plano
Texas
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9
Feb 2008*
This what my introduction to board/war-games. It changed my life.
2008-02-07*
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Ant Parker
Australia
Melbourne
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9
Mar 2013
Good light wargame - Interesting that it was authored by Gary Gygax of D&D fame five years prior
2013-03-30
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George Falconer
Canada
Winnipeg
Manitoba
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8.7
Feb 2012
This game is a gem. Designed by Don Greenwood and the immortal Gary Gygax. This game plays fast and ferocious. Well balanced (with careful Macedonian play) The map-board is a little plain, but I always liked the look of this one (something about the counters).
2011-03-30
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E Butler
United States
Hughesville
Pennsylvania
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8
Oct 2001*
A fairly straight forward battle, with enough variation in troops to make it interesting. The moral rules are really a great idea, wish there were more games that had incorperated that idea.
2001-10-27*
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Mark Kolenski
United States
Haverhill
Massachusetts
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8
Feb 2005*
Not a bad game at all!
2005-02-25*
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Christopher Sprunger
United States
El Paso
Texas
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8
Mar 2007*
One of my favorites, played more times than I remember.
2007-03-20*
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Judy Krauss
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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8
Aug 2007*
Copy of 2nd edition rules, General mag Ramses variant, plus a set of 2nd edition counters added.
2011-05-18
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Paul Smith
United States
California
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8
Sep 2007*
This game got me into WarGaming in the 70's. Beware the Sacca.
2007-09-04*
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John Bowers
United States
Cleveland
Texas
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8
Apr 2008*
Love this one
2008-04-08*
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ian cam
United Kingdom
Staines
Middx
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8
Mar 2009*
Nice light war game by the legendary Gary Gygax which captures the feel of the period. The units are all named so you get an evocative riot of elephants, chariots, Agrianians, Companions, Dahae Horse Archers and Sakae Cavalry. More playable than many later attempts at the genre but the map has to be seen to be believed.
2009-03-16
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Gene Dickens
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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8
Oct 2009*
Classic!
2010-06-26
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Karl Laskas
United States
Austin
Texas
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8
Apr 2010
Terrific achievement for the time. Maybe the best of the classic wargames
2013-03-01
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Hue Kim
United States
Hilo/ Madison/ Milwaukee
Hawaii/ Wisconsin
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8
Feb 2010
Good game. I only played this one solitaire, but thought it had some interesting mechanics with good detail.
2010-02-12
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Grant Whitley
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8
Apr 2014
Amazing that this came out in the early 70s. Manages to mostly overcome its odds-based CRT model. The CRT(s) themselves have some interesting effects to distinguish them from the typical 70s combat systems, like the "melee" result that locks two units in place. Morale is handled elegantly; as your morale degrades, you are forced to fight on different CRTs with progressively less favorable outcomes. The reverse is true if your morale improves.
2014-04-25
Eric Johnson
United States
Rohnert Park
California
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7.75
Nov 2008*
The genius of this game is the sliding combat results charts based upon morale. The Macedonians can defeat the Persians in spite of being vastly outnumbered because Alexander's well-trained and disciplined troops will stand and fight while the vast, hastily raised Persian levies might not. Excellent historical flavor. Recommended.
2010-03-18
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Dale McUmber-House
United States
New London
Missouri
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Jan 2012
My first game dealing with morale; I really liked it then, but haven't played it in decades.
2012-01-28
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Blazing Apostle
United Kingdom
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7.2
Aug 2010
great stuff
2010-08-17
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Michael Von Ahnen
United States
Dallas
Texas
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Aug 2004*
Very good game, particularly if you are up for the advanced rules using facing. I have found it to be very balanced. I have always used the historical setup, which I think improves game balance. Once the battle starts, it usually leads to the end of the game.
2004-08-18*
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Nomadic Gamer
United States
Palatine
Illinois
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7
Sep 2013
dated. Unrealistic morale system.
2004-11-19*
Richard Seeley
United States
Columbus
Indiana
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7
Jul 2009*
Don't get flanked in this game as it can have devastating results.
2008-04-21*
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