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Subject: Pax Romana Session Report: Thru Eastern Eyes. rss

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Micheal Cunningham
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After a much amusing game earlier, if one can call 75 years of
constant bloodshed in Asia Minor amusing. We had decided to play
again, this time tho it was left to random what powers we would be
controlling....well for some of us.

The allure of Romes power was to much for Rowan, so with the glint
of shiney red gleaming in his eyes he settled in to begin randomly
mixing his counters about and preaching the virtues of a united
Roman empire. Chris at this point was sitting back, happy and
content he had set all his starting pieces in place and awaiting on
the two "slowest" powers.

Greece who was ruled by the iron fisted grip of Colin was pondering
his starting tactics while glancing my way and wondering if once
again we would salt the earth of Asia Minor in blood and leave
nothing but broken cities and deserted towns in our wake. I was
glancing at Colin and thinking the same thing, then the first turn
started.

In a surprising draw, alliance ended up in my hand, and more
inclinded to see peace intially then the start off a 75 year war. So
it was Greece and The East signed a non aggression pact and peaceful
travel and cultural exchange thru ports. This lead to growth in
both empires as Carthage and Rome began dealing with barbarian
tribes in neighbouring lands, pacifying the regions. Rome moved into
Gaul, while Carthage lead the charge in pillaging Hispania of all
its natural resources. The one item of note, was Greece construction
of an embassy in Bruttium and with silky words of friendship
retained their hold on the bottom of Italia.

Battles were few and spread, tho tribal resurgances did pester Rome
and Greece slightly during their ethic cleansing campaigns thru Gaul
and the Danube. Even a slave revolt, nearly started the flames of
rebellion in Italia before been quashed by a legion. Still a few
events of historical note snuck in, the commander of a Greek
garrison in Hispania managed to talk his men into taking native
wives. This lead to the establishment of a Greek settlement, horse
breeding been its main source of income. From documents attained by
a "detained" Carthage courier it was found a "donation" had been
made to keep the settlement untouched by the Carthage expenditonary
force which was moving thru Hispania at the time building
recruitment stations.

As an ill wind blew across the eastern lands, a minor scuffle broke
out over who really should be in charge or the lumbering armies
which at the time were escorting peaceful colonists around Asia
Minor forming new settlements and academies of learning. One army
lead by a disgruntled commander tried to talk his men into mindless
rampage. To his mens surprise the travel needed for such an affair
made their knees weak, so they snuck up on a newly formed garrison
and set to. Much assured that their valiant display of martial
courage had been noted by the other army they plodded back into the
city for a drink. Taking with them the garrisons pay chests to pay
for repairs.

Just after the display of Eastern ineptitude *mutters darkly* mass
recruitment began on all fronts and supplies called into allow the
construction of settlements all over the lands. Peace resided over
Asia Minor once again as Greece and The East continued their
alliance..another timely card pickup. Rome and Carthage continued
their recruitment building and ethnic cleansing of rabid barbarians
inhabiting civilised lands. Greece also extended the hand of
friendship thru the Danube, like lambs to the slaughter the
barbarian tribes failed to notice in the other hand a gleaming
spear. So it was peacful garrisons, dotted the rugged terrain of
the Danube.

At this point Greece and The East had come to an arrangement of Asia
Minor and were settling predeterminded areas as they exhanged
cultural ideals and the fruits of truely civilised nations. During a
dinner at the Bruttium embassy a drunken commander of one of the
Romes Legions stationed nearby made a disparaging remark about the
Greek embassadors wife. Riled by the remark relating the noticeable
similarities supposedly between a horses rear end and his wives face
the Greek forces on "training" exercises near the border came
charging into the fray and demolished the legion resting after their
own "training" manuvers. Fired by the victory and seeing a path
open to Rome (..who would have guessed... a road to Rome.)they
continued on with a double march, breaking the walls and sending the
few defending legions scattered before them.

Some would say it was an amazing raid, others would look back and
wonder how the Greek force managed such a daring strike. For those
in the East and Carthage, it was noted that the Roman main army was
deep in Gaul, returning from pacifying Britannia at this time. A
timely moment handed to the Greeks by the gods.... or merely a
grumpy quartermaster angry over not been able to afford his
mistresses tastes had taken to "conveying" his "friends" movements
to a cousin in Athens. His friend been a milking cow attached to
the Roman army as it had marched north towards Britannia.

The East seeing Romes walls in tatters lazily yawned and drifted its
sleepy gaze upon the still smouldering city, word had reached Rome
of the Easts armies marching and fleets gathering. With speed a
letter was sent, asking the mighty East for guidance in matters
spiritual pertaining to the woes of the Roman empire and why it was
besieged by enemies on all sides?...what had the peaceful forces of
the Roman peace corp ever done to anyone. Perplexed by such an
insane letter, the Eastern invasion was halted, due to belief plauge
and delerium had broken out in Rome.

It was while the main Eastern army was left sitting camped, having
been gathered to invasion embarkation points that a strange incident
is noted. A detachment of Light infantry "disappeared" while
escorting a retired army commander and his wealth towards Antioch.

So it was an enraged Roman army came racing back in time to repair
Rome and instill pride back into the people with their exploits in
Britannia, but a pall hung over the empire. Romes pride had been
stung. An outbreak of disease in the Sicilies caught Carthages
medical community by storm, excited to test new theories and
medicines they gained the permission to travel to Corsica, Sardina,
West Sicily and East Sicily. To protect themselves from getting to
close to infected natives, the Carthage army went ahead
and "purified" the reseach areas. Establishing a Carthage naval
institute in Western Sicily as well, the medical trials would come
to naught. Sadly for the native, none were saved. Saddened by the
loss of so many people, Carthage built towns and cities in tribute
to them upon the islands forever swearing to remember them.

Greece and The East continued to flourish expanding, building new
settlements and older ones grew into their own. New cities formed
for trade to pour in and out of. By now all the Danube was slowly
been cultivated to Greek tastes and garrison outposts once on war
standing now were surrounded by ermerging towns. For the East,
Scythia and the Chersonese became two of their newest territories
forming a glowing golden trade route which reached from newly
civilised lands to Cyrenaica. It was there in Cyrenacia from the
city walls that the large dust cloud was noted in the distance, a
large Carthage army was on "training" manuvers near the
Libya/Cyrenacia border. Due to the shipping budget been spent on
town restoration and city development programs the Carthage army in
Libya stayed where it was, training.

Then a change in the winds bought disturbing news to Greece, the
Pergamums had signed an alliance with the East and this fact now
tiped the balance in Asia Minor. The war drums pounded and with
thunder of the mighty elephants marching with the armies, the army
of The East began its move. Heading towards Pergamum to help its
new allies throw off the yoke of Greece oppression in Ionia. Such
was the terror instilled by the sight, Greece lauched an attack
first, seeking to destroy the innocent Pergamums before their allies
could aid them. As it was it was a hollow victory, as Eastern
forces captured Greek settlements and purged the area of their
forces while gathering in the last units of the Pergamum freedom
fighters. Not wishing to engage the main Eastern army the wiley
Greek commander decided upon a terror campaign hopping to shatter
the Easts morale. Still it was with speed that the East managed to
chase the Greek army into hiding within a hastily refortified costal
town, now bulging with Greek refugees made this town into a packed
city. A city reeking of fear.

While the clash of spears and beating of shields had been resounding
across Asia Minor, Carthage had been building trading ports along
its costline and into Hispania, allowing for easier access for its
expeditionary forces to move more quickly towards Gaul. Rome itself
was not sleepy at this point either, in a brazen act of imperial
might, it annexed the Greek Bruttium embassy and its lands also
gaining a toe hold in the Danube with a quick march across the
border. Causing more concern for Greece as it and The East eyed
each other for the war to come in more force. The smell of blood
and tang of metal hung in the air, as the world paused wondering
what horrors were about to be unleashed, would Carthage march on
Rome?, would Rome squash the peaceful Greek honey farms spread thru
out the Danube? Would The East and Greece turn Asia Minor into a
charnel pit?

Who knows.. but the battle hardened commanders of these Empires and
the brave souls they sent forth into battle. Tales for another time
it would seem, as due to mutual agreement the commanders entered
their metal galley and headed to the heavens... but a gleaming
memory upon their peoples minds, and a fiery tale of "Once gods
walked amongst us".....once upon a time.
 
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Neil Randall
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Wonderful write-up. Thank you.

Mind if I post this on Consimworld?

Neil
 
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Colin Hunter
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great write up mate... shame we couldn't finish our epic struggle. Next time you won't be so lucky...
 
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Man, that sounds awesome. Were you playing East? That was great diplomacy to keep Greece off of you long enough to build up. It benefited Greece too, but once Greece attacked Rome, East sprung. Very opportunistic. I have been a victim of trusting too much on occasion too. :-(
 
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Micheal Cunningham
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nrandall wrote:
Wonderful write-up. Thank you.

Mind if I post this on Consimworld?

Neil


Sure, go ahead. Was fun writing up our game and more then likely will note down the next time we clash. Hopefully from the victors standpoint *grins* arrrh

Mike " Once Proud Eastern Commander "
 
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Micheal Cunningham
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ibn_ul_khattab wrote:
great write up mate... shame we couldn't finish our epic struggle. Next time you won't be so lucky...


Gah!! I hope next time we aren't placed again right beside each other lol Or else I can see we'll once again turn Asia Minor into Ashes Minor.
 
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Micheal Cunningham
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Man, that sounds awesome. Were you playing East? That was great diplomacy to keep Greece off of you long enough to build up. It benefited Greece too, but once Greece attacked Rome, East sprung. Very opportunistic. I have been a victim of trusting too much on occasion too. :-(


Yes, I was playing the East. Having played Greece last time against the player who played the East last.. we both knew what could happen, that and the fact neither of us would back down in Asia Minor. So we settled for splitting it for the time, and building up our infrastructures to supply the war we both knew would come. I think we probably would stalemated for another turn if not for the " Alliance with Pergamum " Card I picked up in my last activation, which also happened to be the last of the turn giving The East extra forces and ones behind their lines currently.

Yes, I know the been to trusting as well...I think we have all been in that seat before heh.
 
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I think the Roman player was a bit to trusting.

I believe this game does a great job of showing why the Punic wars were inevitable. Rome isnt really safe until the Islands are captured. And to leave Bruttium in the hands of the Greeks? Thats madness! Thats blasphemy! Thats treason!

Of course that will be a rare day when one of our Roman players reaches Britania. I bet that felt good.

awsome write up!
 
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yeah holding bruttium was a bit of a surprise, it partly happened because the SOFA managed to keep them at bay and just generally cause trouble for rome. Holding it in turn two was all politics. I was pretty surprised not to see it fall. But he got it turn three. Ironically the fact this made rome weak gave them much more ability to manouvre later on as they were pretty much left unchecked to expand (a major mistake on the part of carthage in my opinion, but then I bore the brunt of the expansion). Rome was left almost ungaurded and could have easily been burnt to the ground... I guess Greece was an obvious choice for agression as it was on the most victory points. Still a rather odd game. Our previous game was much more normal.

 
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One time my Carthaginians managed to get to Britain. Rome was in a sorry state though. The problem, of course, with investing in Britain is that it is a low return for the effort and you still run the risk of having the long supply-line cut, so you may not see anything out of it.

The deal between Rome and Greece is almost always beneficial to both and antagonistic to the others. Each side needs to go into the deal understanding that it normally cannot last. Even if Bruttium is given up, Greece and Rome end up fighting in the Danube for expansion (the OOs also drive this), or in Greece or Rome home provinces should one side get too far ahead. It's an untenable alliance.

While it lasts though, Greece can do some heavy damage to the East and Rome buys enough peace to become a power. With Rome's emergence, Carthage is in real trouble unless Greece can help against Rome.

Carthage and East have fewer ways of getting together, but they also have fewer conflicts. The diplomacy in this game is quite complicated really. At first glance, it wouldn't seem so, but when you play, you can rely on nothing.

 
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completely agree. One of the complications is that players will constantly want to take advantage of preconceived notions. So for example if it seems logical for two powers to team up one side may try to leverage a bit extra out of the truce, result it may payoff big for them or it may drive them to the other side. Also knowing your players can affect this as well. In our game the roman player's usual modus operandi is to do buildup and turtle until he is unstoppable or has lost the game. It can be necesary to try and punish him for such one eyed devotion to a particular tactic. This might involve actions against the "normal" run of play. This is the beauty of the game. It has such a rich diversity of metagame and strategy, wonderfully elegant.
 
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