Subject says it all. There is nothing in the rules that I have seen to prevent a location being developed when a battle is occurring there but it does seem slightly unthematic.
For instance in my current game Carthage just needs to develop Caralis to a city to place the last city marker and trigger one of the game ending conditions. Rome has advanced through Sardinia and Corsica and is now battling over Caralis.
It would be in the Carthages players interest to develop Caralis and trigger the game ending condition (they feel they might win with the current state of affairs as they dominate in Sicily). I understand the battle still has to be played out to its finale and so any city marker in Caralis might be captured by the Romans for final end game VP's, but does the battle in Caralis prevent the development of Caralis? as it would still be the best move for Carthage to develop it and trigger the end game.
Thanks for any help. Continuing to be a great game
Ok I played out that it could be developed. So Carthage developed Caralis, placing their last city marker in the middle of a battle triggering one of the end game conditions. The battle was played out to the finish and Rome kicked Carthage out of the Caralis and settled there capturing the city marker for 2 extra points.
But the Carthaginians had been correct in their accessment of the state of affairs as with their dominance of Sicily they won the game 49 - 44. First win for Carthage!
One further question about end game scoring of captured enemy starting locations. Syracuse is not counted is it as it starts the game as neutral, is this correct?
Tempted to set it up for another run through straightaway enjoying the game that much!
Great point. Completely missed that! Well in some alternate universe Carthage cheated, stuffed the Romans and won the Punic Wars!
I guess the world would really be a different place. Hannibal goes on to fame and glory ending up becoming the Emperor of Carthage. Punic language would be the basis for Mediterranean speech and our planets would be called Baal and Tanit.