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This is a complete makeover of the popular game of the Society of Ancients that came out in 2002.
The game is designed for 2 players, but may be played by 3, 4 or 5 players. there is one Roman and four Barbarian factions: Scotti, Picti, Atacotti and Saxoni. The year is 367AD. The legions have been withdrawn from Britain to take part in a civil war on the continent. The Island is rich but underdefended, and the surrounding Barbarian peoples decide it's time for loot and plunder.
Game components consist of a 58cm x 84cm mapboard of Britain (in two sections), 400 counters, each 18mm x 18mm, which need to be cut out, rulebook and reference sheet. Players will need a 6-sided die.
At the beginning of the game the Roman player has at his disposal a single fleet, two commanders (one Dux and one Comes), 36 steps of infantry and 24 steps of cavalry, and initially controls all the towns. He is also able to set up 23 forts along the coastline in Roman territory.
Each Barbarian faction has one chief and 40 steps of infantry. The Scotti and Saxoni each have three fleets whilst the Atacotti and Picti each have two. The Roman are thus heavily outnumbered but start from well-fortified positions.
The game lasts for 10 turns. The objective of the Barbarian player is to destroy as many Roman towns and forts as he can, and demolish Hadrian's Wall, whilst the Roman player must hold on to as much as possible until the end of the game.
A turn sequence incorporates attrition for units in woods or bog, lightning strike raids by Barbarian troops transported by fleets, overrunning of small detachments by larger forces, pitched battles, desertion of demoralised Roman troops, the sacking of towns and forts, and the arrival of reinforcements. Roman commanders and Barbarian chiefs play their part in organising attacks and contributing to their forces' combat factor.
Get more details from the Society News Page .