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Angela Kincaid
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The evening started out as a war -- I played my first ever wargame, Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage. Let me put up the results, then I'll ask my questions.

We started by reading through the rules, getting an idea of what we could do. We decided to look up the specifics on them as the time came.

Turn 1:

So we had our initial setup (I was Rome, Steve D was Carthage). In the first turn, I played a minor campaign. I realized that the initial setup put me right across from Carthage with some warriors and a general. What the heck, I sailed across the mediterranean and attacked. I could see no reason to do anything but go straight at Carthage immediately. Well, when we read the rules for handing out Battle Cards, I could see. He got 12. I got 6. Eeek. Amazingly enough, I won the battle on the third round. With all of his 12 cards, he'd only gotten 1 frontal assault and one wild card, thus could not match my 3 frontal assaults. When he retreated, his general and one CU (all that was left) retreated OUT of carthage.

I then started laying siege to the city.

Victory Points at the end of round 1: Steve 7; Angela 10

Turn 2:

I managed to turn carthage to my side and win the game in the first round of strategy cards. Having nothing to lose, we decided to see if I could hold Carthage until the victory round, which I did. I attacked Hadrimishium with 3 CUs (it had 2). Again, he had 11 cards, and by now I only had 5 (weak general). Again, I won, though this time in the first round. Such unbelievable luck.

So in the end, Rome once again conquered Carthage.

Results: Angela the Roman kicked major Carthaginian Steve D butt.
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Which brings me to my questions:

* On a major/minor campaign, it says move any three/two generals. May I move the same general three/two times?

*Similarly, What if I only have two generals when I play a major campaign? Do I lose the third move?

*Can GENERALS retreat into a walled city, or just CUs?

* Can unescorted generals be attacked? (couldn't find this anywhere in the rules) How?

* Steve D. felt the carthaginian reinforcement scheme was a bit...um....limiting.

* Steve G. said it was wierd the game didn't make things more...even in the reinforcement phase. I think hey, Rome actually won, surely the game is skewed to re-enact that (which is why I chose Rome -- I really needed a win). Thoughts?

I feel this game has much promise, and could be very very in depth. However, due to dumb luck, I managed to win handily in less than 2 (of possible 7) turns. Even so, it took 4 hours, mostly because we were trying to figure out the rules. In retrospect, it doesn't seem that difficult, you just have to go through it once or twice before you get the flow of things. Still, I think Avalon Hill's playing time of "under three hours" is a tad bit optimistic.

 
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I will attempt to answer your questions to the best of my limited knowledge

* On a major/minor campaign, it says move any three/two generals. May I move the same general three/two times?
A: No.


*Similarly, What if I only have two generals when I play a major campaign? Do I lose the third move?
A: Yes. In our games this used to lure the Romans out of good defensive positions. The Romans are so hungry for movements!

*Can GENERALS retreat into a walled city, or just CUs?
A: Yes generals can retreat into walled cities. Cover the 'stand' with the city marker is what we do.

* Can unescorted generals be attacked? (couldn't find this anywhere in the rules) How?
A: I believe this is covered in the 2nd Edition rules found in this site. The isolated general is 'dispersed' as per regular ruling. If the general is Hannibal, he is killed instead.

* Steve D. felt the carthaginian reinforcement scheme was a bit...um....limiting.
A: I believe that's the point.

* Steve G. said it was wierd the game didn't make things more...even in the reinforcement phase. I think hey, Rome actually won, surely the game is skewed to re-enact that (which is why I chose Rome -- I really needed a win). Thoughtspp
A: No, the game is not even in terms of reinforcement. But Carthage has got Hannibal. Each side has to develop different tactic. Funny, in our games Hannibal won 5 out of 7 games...

By the way, I just watched someone play Wallenstein. I was always intrigued by the Thirty Years War, imagine my disappointemnt when I found that no 'special powers' are built into the different sides.

Cheers!
Walter
 
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Re:Session Report
I agree with all of Walter's answers. I wanted to add that I find the game quite balanced and maybe tilted to Carthage with the second edition rules. (In the first edition, losing Hannibal was an instant loss for Carthage.)
That's why I love playing people who want to bid for side and give me some PC's to play Hannibal! :-)
 
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