That's Karl on the left. Eternity on the right.
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Zama 202 – An Epic lesson in laying down the Smack Daddy
Convic 7, Melbourne. April 19, 2008.
Six experienced (and not so experienced) players set up Zama 202 Epic Scenario.
The Roman good guys versus the Carthage bad guys faced each other. This would be a fight like no other!
Rome began by drawing first blood as a lone Carthaginean elephant went down due to a humble javelin attack. And the battle was on.
A quick right hook by our right flank general advanced the Roman light cavalry within throwing range. On the left my Medium Cavalry moved partway up (within charging distance) as our light infantry in the centre continued to harass the might grey beasts.
The timid Carthaginian forces countered with little movement, but a few javelins and stones of their own. This would be their fatal mistake.
Scipio gave the order for a mounted charge and the results were devastating.
My medium cavalry (on the Roman left) devastated the Carthaginian cavalry and a slinger. One cavalry, a bit too eager got slaughtered by a Warrior counter-attack. Score 3-1.
On the right flank, the light cavalry attacked and surrounded the Carthaginian light horse which had no room to evade or retreat! A few flags later and most of Carthage’s cavalry were dead or routed. Score 7-1.
Carthage’s counter-attack of light and auxilla on OUR right had no effect on the mobile Roman horse. My Medium Cavalry fared worse and, although attempting to evade, got cut down before they could do so. Score 7-2.
In the centre Carthage attacked the light Roman troops who easily evade their attack.
We continued to harass the elephants in the middle while our right took another flag.
The weakened Carthage facing me charged their warriors (supported by some auxilla) who managed to kill my medium horse and my leader! My revenge was swift as the out-of-position warriors were swarmed by my remaining horse and medium infantry. The auxilla were also killed.
With continued damage on our right flank, the score was swiftly 12-5.
Carthage ordered their heavy troops for a final charge into the Roman centre (which advanced all their medium troops with a line command). The elephants proved devastating (one rolled 3 ‘swords’ on its attack and ended with 5 hits!). But, weakened by earlier javelins, soon one elephant unit collapsed. Followed by a second one in the same command. But, those elephants did manage to capture a few flags in their blaze of glory.
Final Score: 14 – 7, Roman Victory
Here is a picture of the aftermath. Notice the incredibly depleted Roman left and Carthage Right. Also note the final fallen elephant in the centre and the big ‘hole’ left by the charging elephants. This was a solid line before their final attack.
Not pictured is the Roman Right, which was pretty much just a bunch of Roman Horse etc. As I don’t recall Carthage getting a single flag on that flank.
This was an absolute blast to play. With three of us setting up, it only took about 10 minutes at most (take down was 5 minutes as all 6 cleaned up). The game took about 90 minutes to play, but I believe with 6 experienced generals would take under an hour. I am really looking forward to any opportunity to play Epic again.
Damn I missed this!
Read the rulebook, plan for all contingencies, and…read the rulebook again.
Great report! If you have the experienced players, Epic games are awesome. If you don't have experienced players, they are realistic!
- Last edited Wed Apr 23, 2008 2:59 pm (Total Number of Edits: 1)
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If you have the experienced players, Epic games are awesome. If you don't have experienced players, they are realistic!