John B. Firer
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Just had an interesting situation during my latest playtest. It is Turn 3 (42BC), second to last Strategy Round and Ventidius (Tyranicide Faction) came out of Perusia and attacked Antony (Antonid Faction) in Rome. By attacking he obtained 1 Dignitas Point (DP) since the Tyranicides were the current Enemy of the State. He also hoped to siege Rome and take it thus securing 3VPs and the SPQR marker (3DPs). Antony was defeated and retreated to Neapolis with only 1 legion remaining.

Unfortunately, Ventidius suffered a leader loss, was wounded and was removed until the end of turn Recruitment Phase. He was replaced by a legate with a depleted army of 4 legions. Seeing an opportunity, Octavius (Octavian Faction)sent an army under Decimus Brutus of 7 legions and 2 auxiliaries and a siege train to attack the Tyranicides in Rome. If successful, there was a good chance of taking Rome by siege during the end of turn Surrender Phase. However, rising to the occasion (and helped by Praetorian Cohorts) the anonymous legate defeated Decimus and stayed besieging Rome. Unfortunately, he will only suffer attrition at end of turn since he only had 2 legions remaining after the Second Battle of Rome (3 SPs required to roll on siege table).

This hopefully gives you a glimpse into the dynamics of "Ides of March".

Thanks for your interest,

JBF
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Andre
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The Geek page for this game indicates 2 or 3 players, and there are three "factions" in the game description. Who plays whom, when only 2 players play? And does this game really take 300 minutes, as indicated on the geek page?
 
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Andre,

The Rubicon module is a two player game - Caesar vs. Pompey. In addition, there are two other two player scenarios - 1) Triumvirate (Octavius, Lepidus and Antony) vs. the Tyranicides (M. Brutus, D. Brutus, Cassius) and 2) Antony vs. Octavius (with Lepidus as a wildcard).

The entire campaign game (9 turns) will probably take longer than 300 minutes

Thanks for your interest,

JBF

 
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