GBoH: Taking it from the top

This blog is to chronicle my playthrough of my Great battles of History collection in mostly chronological order.
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Crimissos River battle, and where to next

Ryan Powers
United States
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First off, I finished the Crimissos River scenario, and the session report can be found here.

I had high hopes fro this scenario as it was a non-standard situation. Not more "Two ancient armies face off across a featureless plain." Unfortunately, the starting positions severely limit the choices both sides have, and so the first turn or two pretty much play themselves. After that you're left making the best out of your situation as best you can.

I think Carthage has a bit more interesting decisions at the river ford. But with so much of their army threatened from the start, if things go badly enough in the south, it'll be hared for the crossing to matter. And with my bad TQ charge rolls things actually seemed to go rather well for Carthage in the south for a while. As Syracuse, I was forced to dial back the hoplite assault a turn early to to cohesion hits.

While I would jump at a chance to play Tyrant still, including many of the less balanced scenarios, I don't see playing this one more than once more. I wouldn't mind at some point in the future playing just Carthage against a real opponent.

With arrangements for Cronium continuing, that leaves Chaeronea up next. However, I've already done a playthrough of The Great Battles of Alexander: Deluxe Edition in its entirety:

Chaeronea. Where Alex bites it. Again.
Lyginus: Zombie Alex vs the Triballians
Zombie Alex shambles to Pelium
Zombie Alex Crosses the Granicus
Zombie Alex vs Darius Round One (Issus). Fight!
Zombie Alex vs Darius Round Two (Gaugamela). Fight!
Zombie Alex attempts to Cross the Jaxartes + Bonus Samarkand Session report
Zombie Alex visits Arigaeum
Zombie Alex fights Porus, and then retires (Battle of the Hydaspes)

The zombie Alex bit started @ Chaeronea where Alexander died leading the charge against the Sacred Band. At the time, that was my third playing of that scenario, and he died in the same way all three times. And yes, I was playing that correctly. For the record, I have since played Chaeronea a fourth time, and young Alexander finally survived the battle.

IN any case, I'll be skipping over the Alexander battles at this point, so Tyrant's Abolus River scenario is up next. I even have it setup already, it's a pretty small battle. I just need to get some pictures before I start things off.

After that it will be on to Chandragupta, which I am very much looking forward to.
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