Sunday, August 13, 2006

Sword of Rome, Indonesia, and whatnot

I'll see everyone tomorrow. Now that our grognard quota seems to be met, time to start plotting a Sword of Rome game. This week seems booked, perhaps the 21st? (I could also be talked another CDG at some point, but Sword of Rome, as a four-player game, takes some coordination to play).

And some notes from recent games -- as it turns out, the map for Indonesia isn't quite how we've been playing it:
"The sea around Java Timur is split in two, a north half and a south half, and the two halves do not touch one another. Both the north and south halves touch the westernmost tip of Bali."
And finally, for those interested in Titan, David desJardin's invaluable strategy guide.


At 8:08 PM, August 13, 2006, Blogger Ted Kostek said...

Thanks for the strat guide to Titan! Looks great.

Re: Sword of Rome

I'm booked for this Mon already. I want to play this game, but we have a queue built up already. All those games are 2 player, while this guy is 4... Dunno. We can discuss Mon.

I have a client in town, but I should be able to make it 6-6:30 as usual.

At 9:21 PM, August 13, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

Now that I've been reading the rules to Hannibal and getting ready to play that $250 beast via PBEM, I'm very motivated to play Sword of Rome, which really seems a lot like a 4-player Hannibal... sort of.

Shifting Sands is on tap for tomorrow, but SOR is a good game for an all-day gamefest.

While were working out the minor details of scheduling an all-day game with 4-players, we could get a turn or so under our belt on ACTS. This could help with rules familiarization and make the eventual table-top version fly by... Just a thought.

I too enjoyed the Titan strategy guide. This tip is pure evil, "Sometimes it's a good idea to give an opponent full
points, by conceding, if the enemy legion is 7 high, so it can't acquire
an angel. This is especially true if the opponent has no angels, or if
the player will go over 500 points and will lose the chance at an

At 12:14 AM, August 14, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

I will be available for an all day fest on 8/21.

SoR? Any other wargame or euro? I'm there.

At 1:52 PM, August 14, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

21 August is going to be a dedicated board gaming day for me starting at 1000 hours.

At 12:27 AM, August 15, 2006, Blogger Brian said...

It's looking like a Sword of Rome game on the 21st, starting at 4pm.

At 1:52 AM, August 15, 2006, Blogger Jonathan W. said...

I am in for the sword of rome game.

At 9:54 AM, August 15, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

I'm in. I doubt we'll finish in 5-6 hours, but I'm pleased we're going to get it going.

Since I'll be at DL earlier, I will have my copy set up and ready to begin the drawing of cards at 1600 hours.

The rules, though not overly long, aren't trivial, so I would definitely recommend reading them 1-2 times prior to the event.

At 1:52 PM, August 15, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

I'll start reading over the weekend, but first I have to delete the Shifting Sands rules/exceptions/minutiae out of my brain.

At 1:53 PM, August 15, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

BTW, I noticed last night that we may have more than 4 interested. Is that true? Are we drawing straws?

Would hate to study the rules, to be left out.

At 3:22 PM, August 15, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

Don't delete Shifting Sands! You're going to need it when we assimilate others into the SABG Shifting Sands society. Mark? Ted? Anyone else?

I have Rob, Brian, Jon, and I on board for Sword of Rome. Who else?

At 3:28 PM, August 15, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

BTW, I'm trying to keep Shifting Sands, Sword of Rome, Wilderness War, Hannibal, and Twilight Stuggle all straight in my head right now....

Certain aspects of the rules vary slightly in all of these games (even excluding TS), such as step-loss taking procedures, siege rules, activation rules...

Luckily, I think I'm kicking French butt on-line in my WW game! The Pox event card where you can drop small pox on a big stack of enemy units is just viscious... I think Sword of Rome has a similar card, but my brain my just be confused...

At 6:53 PM, August 15, 2006, Blogger Brian said...

Michael said he was interested, but you, me, Jonathon and Rob were the original four from earlier. Someone has to sit out ... and I don't think it's going to be a game owner.


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