Command and Colors Ancients
Expansion # 2
Rome and the Barbarians
The Unit mix includes a new unit, that being the Barbarian Light Chariot. This unit is a strictly shock unit, there is no range ability. Its Close Combat abilities are augmented by rolling a additional die when the unit is at full strength. If the
The rest of the units in this expansion consist of Light Infantry; Shock, Bow and Slingers; Medium Shock Infantry; Light and Medium cavalry; and Chariots for the Barbarians. The Romans consist of Light units, Bow, Sling and Shock; Medium and Heavy Infantry and Elephants.
New special rules include Caesar’s Tenth Legion, which is given the addition of Range Combat; it is equipped with the pilum, as well as the normal Close Combat of normal Heavy Infantry. An additional Special Rule after the time of the Aquae Sextae scenario (102BC) is that Roman Medium Infantry could also use Range Combat in its turn. The Spartacus Rule, when the player plays the Spartacus card, he can roll additional dice during a combat turn. Slave units on a hill may roll burning logs
Another item included in the box is a complete geomorphic playing board. The reverse side of the board is also a geomorphic board that will be combined with a second board that is included in Expansion No3 to create a double sized board to fight Epic battles.
This Expansion requires the owner to posses a copy of Command and Colors Ancients as this entity does not include a complete set of set of the Rules, or a set of the dice required for Combat, nor a deck of command cards, all required to play the game.
Important scenarios include a two-scenario recreation of Rome’s worst defeat at the hands of the Germanic tribes, the ambush in the Teutoburger Wald and the destruction of three of Rome’s Legions. There are some seven scenarios covering the slave uprising initiated by Spartacus during the period of 73 to 71 BC.
This incarnation of the Command and Colors Ancients series extends the system from Carthage, through the Eastern Kingdoms and now into the realm of the barbarian tribes at the Western limits of the Roman Empire. I cannot wait to see where this system goes from here, kudos to the designers for a great game.