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Subject: Playing Athens? rss

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Mark Turner
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After playing a couple more times tonight, it seems that Athens may have a slightly harder time than other players. It gets ruthlessly milled by Corinth, and is a little more limited in terms of freedom of action.

What have people found to be its major game plan? Does it need to focus on the peninsula? What are its major strategies?

Delian league has an easier time of it, but its main challenge seem - beyond point scoring - to effectively support Athens in its goals.

Any top tips?
 
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Mike Smith
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Avoid the fall of Athens itself by sheltering behind the Long Walls (if possible by the skin of your teeth so that plenty of Corinthian and Spartan resources are expended fruitlessly trying to take Athens) while using the fleet to support joint Delian and Athenian expeditions/city foundations away from Greece aimed at getting city victory points and bonuses from Status cards.

In other words something satisfyingly close to the actual Athenian strategy in the Peloponnesian War.

Diversionary offensives are possible into Argos and deeper in the Peloponnese in support of Helot revolt - you won't hold the gains of these moves but they can cramp the Spartan style.
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Gary
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Based on only 6 games played, I've seen Athens:

(a) Use their fleets to surround the Peloponese, trapping Sparta and Corinth into a land-based game.

(b) Abandon Athens under concerted attack from Sparta and Corinth and have to use a newly built city as their base of operations

(c) Build a navy in the Sea of Myrotan, destroy Sparta, occupy Laconia and play those cards about putting hoplites in the areas around Laconia. This may well have been bad luck on Sparta's part as the prepare cards that protect Sparta just didn't show up in the early game - but I enjoyed it (being Athens)

There seem to be fewer options in the game than in QMG:WW2, but what there are are interesting (at least so far). And that's probably a fair reflection of how the history was.




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