Veni, Vidi, Vici: Session Report, 5 Jan 2006
Four noble Caesars gathered to carve up the decaying Roman empire. Jefficus, Jonius , Simonius, and Benius Maximus assembled their legions and prepared to wage an epic struggle across the known world.
Jeff started off in good position with an insolated stronghold in Egypt. Simon had Sicily as an island fortress and Mesopotamia under his thumb as well. Jon, I think, had a majority of his holdings on the continent, while I had a solid base in Greece.
I made a major move East, capturing Turkey, booting Simon out of Mesopotamia, and cutting his army nicely down to size. At the same time, I built my navy to five galleys, where everyone else had just one, in order to make the Mediterranean my own personal pond.
Jon and Jeff slugged it out in mainland Europe with Jeff keeping Spain and Gaul, and Jon securing Italy. However, the battles decimated both of their armies, while mine was still sitting on the sidelines polishing its armor. Jeff was able to keep Egypt built up and fortified, discouraging any desert adventurism.
Simon made a jump from Sicily to southern Italy to challenge Jon for domination of Rome, but he was eventually booted off the continent. Taking advantage of the situation, I slid in behind him and took over Sicily.
At the same time, Jon and Simon were racking up serious chaos points, taxing their subjects into a frenzy. In this game, the people with the top two levels of chaos loose victory points each turn, which can add up to a serious penalty compounded throughout the game.
In the end, I was able to pull ahead, fueled by a profitable city nestled away far in the East with my powerful Navy and mint condition army ready to pounce. Jon did a great job securing his domination of Italy and even with my hordes I was loath to dislodge him. Simon made a painful run at my soft underbelly the last year, pillaging my homelands in Greece and Turkey, but it wasn't enough. Jeff ended up with a solid second place, with low chaos, and Egypt, Gaul, and Spain quite secure.
What a great game!