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John Boone
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John Boone - Perdicus/Antigonus
Mark Simonitch - Lysimachus/Leonnatus
Nevin Ball - Craterus/Ptolemy
Chris Trimmer - Antipater/Peithon (first time to play)
Another good game. As always turn 1 had all players grabbing up spaces to establish their zones of influence. On my last card play I activated Olympias and moved her down into Crete out of the Chris Trimmer sphere of influence. At the end of turn 1, Nevin was the VP leader and I was the Legitimacy leader.

As is usual in turn 2, the remaining areas are tougher to take; usually being garrisoned by independents, requiring sieges, or fought over by two or three neighboring players. Chris concentrated on trying to add Greece to his holdings but didn't have much success while the other players in Asia tried to position their generals to protect what they got from turn one and threaten to take more from the other players. The north eastern mediterranean coastal provinces changed hands many times in turn 2 between Mark, Nevin, and I. At the end of the turn the VP totals were more even but I ended up being the low man with a good chance to bury Alexander in Pella early in turn 3 if not contested.

This one ended at the beginning of turn 3. I chose myself to go first (lowest VPs) and was two spaces from Pella with Alexander's body guarded by 16CUs (~24 Strength points) and no one with enough strength to oppose my burial for the legitimacy win. Nevin was making a great run for the VP win when he first defeated Lysimachus sending him to the Dispersed box. That enticed me to pounce on Nevin which opened up the way to Pella. Some of the changes we played with this time was 1) Naval interceptions counted as attacks for losing your Champion status and 2) Mark changed the range limit for using CUs in Naval battles. This is a new rule he added since our last game.

In an earlier post on Successors III changes I mentioned a change on the map. Mark was gracious enough to provide a JPEG of the changes for posting.
1. The transit point in Macedonia has been changed to a minor city, Chalcidice.
2. The sea route has been removed from Pella.
3. Aetolia is now part of Greece. There is a new event card for Aetolia also.
4. Greece is now worth 6 victory points because of #3 above.
5. Thessaly is now worth 2 victory points.

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Hello,

It seems like both play test games ended early. The first one on turn 2 and the second one on turn 3. Do you think that this will be normal? Is it only set up for this type of "quick game"?
 
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iamspamus wrote:
Hello,

It seems like both play test games ended early. The first one on turn 2 and the second one on turn 3. Do you think that this will be normal? Is it only set up for this type of "quick game"?


The game has only 5 turns. I haven't played enough to give a definite answer but I suspect the game should end during turns 3 or 4. Our two turn game was just being in the right place at the right time to take advantage of the unexpected results of the previous battle between Mark and Mervyn.
 
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