COMMANDS COLORS ANCIENTS
EXPANSION #1 Eastern Kingdoms
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Here it is the first expansion of the Command and Colors Ancients system. This set covers 21 scenarios in the pre-Christian era from Marathon in 490 BC to Magnesia in 190 BC. The antagonists in this incarnation include the Greeks and Eastern Kingdoms. Included are five of the battles of Alexander the Great and a special marker for Alexander himself. There are 21 total scenarios in this expansion.
The basic system remains the same although there are some additional units included to maneuver. These include Bow Infantry, Camel Cavalry, War machines and Slingers.
You still need a copy of the core edition of Commands and Color Ancients for use of the Map and the basic Rule Book. You are provided with the complete selection of markers needed to play these scenarios. Additionally, reprints of rules clarified in the second printing of Commands and Colors Ancients core edition are included in case the purchaser has a copy of the original rule book.
There are rule modifications for the inclusion of Elite units for the Persian Immortals and the Macedonian Sacred Band. These units utilize the ordinary infantry markers with the inclusion of a Special Units marker in the hex. This applies equally to the Macedonian Companion Cavalry. These units are allowed hits on helmets rolled and may ignore one retreat flag per turn.
The rules include a section where units from other armies may be intermixed with the current units to reflect the historical makeup of the actual participants in the battle. There are a couple of scenarios where the Carthaginians are facing the Eastern Kingdoms, as well as several scenarios where the Romans are opposing either the Eastern armies or the Greek armies.
Command and Colors Expansion is a solid recreation of ancient warfare, where most battles were a slugfest, both sides clashing until one or the other was destroyed or had the sense to leave the field. The gamer will enjoy playing these scenarios as well as the scenarios in the original core version, which was named Origins Game of the Year.