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Subject: Commands & Colors: Ancients - Battle of Akragas rss

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Mark Hendrix
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Okay so I managed to get in a game of C&C:Ancients. First time out for my opponent, so there was some checking...okay lt. auxilla can advance like X and so forth.

The Syracusuan Tyrants had sent their famed captain, Daphnaeus to seek an engagement from the Carthaginian commander Himilco in a decisive battle for control of Sicily. Hamilco set seige to the city of Akragas in order to force Daphnaeus to met him on the plains surrounding the city.

Daphnaeus aligned his forces strong to his right with his LT, Dionysius leading the right flank in command of his medium cavalry.

Himilco set his heavy chariots on either flank and played strong to his right (the Syracusian left) with archers, heavy and medium infantry all led by his LT, Mago.

Daphnaeus was well set for battle as the commands he issued had the initial success of preparing a wheel left manuever and his right flank of light infantry, medium horse, and lt auxilla surged forward to make contact. The center composed of hvy inf slowly marched in good order forward to support the wheel left command.

Himilco had some initial problems with relaying orders and his pincer movemtn was slowed as only his mounted units saw the flags issuing the orders and they surged out with little support from surrounding units. The chariots were weighed down too much to match the light cavalry and so only the cavalry made contact on the Carth. left trying to stop the Syracusian surge forward. They charged in but lost their hearts after a short time and nearly flad from the battle field. The chariots on the Carth. right under LT Mago surged forwards making a hit and run attack, inflicting no loses but taking none of their own.

The Syracusin wheel started to make contact slowly, but gaining momentum and crushed the Carthagenian forces before them. Himilco's own unit was destroyed and he fled with his personal bodyguard narrowly escaping.

Mago saw his oppertunity for greatness and ordered a widespread charge taking the Syracusian forces by surprise. The units aligned before him were mowed down and Daphnaeus was forced to admit defeat and leave the battlefield with what was left of his forces. The Carthagenians allowed his to withdraw as they were in little shape to pursue.

Carthage wins 5 Banners to 4 over Syracuse

I chose to keep the cardplay and such light and focus on the cinematic play of the game...the way you might describe it to your friends afterwards.

(This departs from actual history where Daphnaeus' well trained forces managed to force the almost totally mercenary Carthagenian army to withdraw. But as in history, the victorious forces were unable to take rapid advantage of their victory.)

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