Games about the Peloponnesian War
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A list of games that revolve around the Peloponnesian War. You know, that little scuffle between Athens and Sparta, 431-404 BC.

This is a tough conflict to simulate for a couple of reasons. First, there is the question of which strategies to permit. Do you allow the Spartans to attack the Hellespont in 431 to cut off Athenian grain, even though it didn't happen historically until much later? What's to prevent the Athenian player from adopting the Periclean strategy for the entire war?

Second, many historians believe that were it not for Sicily, Athens would have won the war. Armed with this hindsight, what motive does Athens have for attacking it?

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/338316/athens-sparta-and...

These are the major games on the conflict that I could find.
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1. Board Game: The Peloponnesian War [Average Rating:6.04 Unranked]
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Let's start with the oldest one I could find on the geek. From Simulations Canada. I've never played this one.
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2. Board Game: The Peloponnesian War, 431-404 BC [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:3103]
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An old Mark Herman game. Designed primarily to be played as a solitaire game. Each turn you roll to determine if you're playing the Athenians or the Spartans, and a chart determines your general course of action.

Decent, but somewhat dry. Does not work well 2 player.

See also http://mountford.net/ppw/
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3. Board Game: Epic of the Peloponnesian War [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:9668]
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It's epic alright. A monster from Clash of Arms. I own it. I've read the rules. It looks cool. I doubt I'll ever get anyone to play it.

Edit: Set it up, started playing it solitaire, and lost the will to continue. I can already see the up front calculations for raising troops being a massive AP issue if I ever played it f2f, many people have complained about the cards, and the overall gameplay seems like much more work than fun. I seriously doubt more than a handful of people have ever played more than a few turns before giving up.
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4. Board Game: Athens & Sparta [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:5070]
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A block game from Columbia. Each turn is 4 years, so 7 turns total. I haven't played this one, but based on what I've read it's not an attempt at simulation, but a light wargame with a Peloponnesian War theme.

There seems to be some concern regarding victory conditions.
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5. Board Game: Hellenes: Campaigns of the Peloponnesian War [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:1884]
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Another block game, this one from GMT. This is a somewhat more detailed version than Columbia's Athens vs Sparta. Someone was kind enough to put together a comparison:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/458790/athens-sparta-and...

Again, I own it and I've read the rules but I haven't played it yet. It looks good, though. I hope to play it soon.

I finally got a chance to play it yesterday. It's good. It's not a hardcore simulation, but it does abstract several important historical facts nicely.
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6. Board Game: Perikles [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:1044]
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The Peloponnesian War as a euro game. Each player vies for control of one or more of the major city-states of the period. Whoever ends up with control of a particular city-state gets control of its forces for the upcoming battles.

I own this one as well and I enjoy it. It's got good theme, good mechanics and it's relatively short.
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7. Board Game: Imperial Governor & Strategos [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:8226]
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Imperial Governor and Strategos are two different games.
Imperial Governor is a multiplayer, Strategos is the two players version about the Peloponnesian War.
This was my first game on this topic
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8. Board Game: Spartan [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:9659]
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Though not directly dealing with the Peloponnesian War, this installment of SPI's PreSTaGS system features the units and tactics of the period. Scenarios included several historical battles of the time, and I'm sure battles between Athens and Sparta could be constructed.

A tactical game, it will not enable you to fight the entire war.
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Not yet released, but looks interesting. Seems to have a mix of different mechanics.

Update: Picked it up last year and I've played it a couple times this year already. Very nice war/euro combo, and plays in under 3 hours.
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10. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients Expansion Pack #6 – The Spartan Army [Average Rating:8.38 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.38 Unranked]
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There are few battles in this expansion about the Peloponnesian war.
Though these requires both the base game and the 1st exp. in order to be played.

Commands & Colors: Ancients

Commands & Colors: Ancients Expansion Pack #1: Greece & Eastern Kingdoms
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11. Board Game: Peloponnesian War [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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I can't say much about it as I don't own this one, though it seems to fit the bill.
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not a real boardgame, more of a miniature, but it's about ancient greek warfare in the classical period.
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a complement to the above mentioned hoplomachia
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14. Board Game: Sparta versus Athens [Average Rating:5.20 Unranked]
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A new game from S&T magazine. I read over the rules a bit but haven't tried it yet.

[Update: Wasn't impressed. Traded.]
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15. Board Game: Syracuse (415/413 av. J.-C.) [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:6476]
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This apparently covers the land and naval battles as well as the siege of Syracuse itself during the Peloponnesian War.
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16. Board Game: The Siege of Syracuse 415-413 BC [Average Rating:5.85 Unranked]
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Another game that focuses on just the siege of Syracuse during the Peloponnesian War.
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Tactical warfare using the GBoH system. Includes some battles that occurred during the Peloponnesian War.
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18. Board Game: Sphactérie (425 av. J.-C.) [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:8017]
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Battle of Pylos/Sphacteria
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19. Board Game: Amphipolis (424/422 av. J.-C.) [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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Battle of Amphipolis
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20. Board Game: Quartermaster General: Victory or Death – The Peloponnesian War [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:2617]
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A new title in the Quartermaster General series, with Athens, Sparta, Corinth and the Delian League each playable.
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21. Board Game: Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:2087]
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Mark Herman has revisited the The Peloponnesian Wars in his latest design: Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars

... now on P500 at GMT:

https://www.gmtgames.com/p-587-pericles-the-peloponnesian-wa...

I play tested this and loved it, even though I am not an "Ancients" guy.
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22. Board Game: Pride and Glory: The Peloponnesian War [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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A new game that I know very little about. Apparently you can get a P&P version if you like.
 
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