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[The post was initially published on my boardgames blog HERE Enjoy!]

Last weekend I had possibility to play with Piotr very interesting mini-campaign describing Constantine the Great ascent to power. In Roman history below battles are assigned to period called Civil Wars of the Tetrarchy (306-324 AD).

CCA "Milvian Bridge (312 AD)"

We started with very famous battle - between Maxentius, who proclaimed himself Augustus after Diocletian’s death and Constantine. The latter one later on ruled out Christianity to become state religion and in this battle - after a dream - requested soldiers to put cross on their shields as symbol of victory. That is really interesting story!

The initial set-up:


Well, try as I can - I think I played as Maxentius at least 3 times before - it is so hard to do anything with overwhelming power of Constantine. Thus I decided to boldly attack on my right, killing part of cavalry, leader and getting very surprising lead of 5-2. However, then I was hit. Hit rad - in the center - and despite ferocious attacks, I was finally smashed:


Still, it was fun to play - despite the odds - it is large and interesting scenario (there is only couple of 4th century scenarios in CCA).

CCA "Cibalae (314 AD)"

Still, Constantine power after defeat of Maxentius was shared with Licinius. I think that this is not surprising that both Caesars came at odds soon. And yeah, the clashed at Cibalae - Licinius mainly with eastern army (visible below) and Constantine with his veterans:


Well, this time I got upper hand - and it was not very finesse battle - the main clash was in center, the follow-up was in center and the coupe de grace was also there:


All in all we tied at 13 banners each which is pretty decent and just result. I encourage all of you to play that really interesting mini-campaign!
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Thank you for sharing.
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