My Thoughts on Conquest of the Empire
I know that I am somewhat late and I don’t want any wise cracks, but I just now got around to getting Conquest of the Empire. I have yet to play, but would like to.
I played CoE back in the 80s while in college. I was too poor to have my own set, but I managed to get in several games with friends. I was all too happy to see Eagle Games put out the new version and overall, I am quite pleased with it. But there is something that bothers me and it was on my mind all day at work. When I got home I searched around on the net to see if anyone else had mentioned it, but I could not find any such evidence. How about my local gaming compadres?
This is what concerns me: As far as I can tell, there is no reason that I would want to buy cavalry or catapults over infantry. They cost more and are less effective. Maybe if they had some kind of special use, but if they do I cannot seem to find it. Did I miss something here? This REALLY bugged me today. I was so happy with the new changes in CoE2. The senate thing was cool. I like the alliance thing and the influence markers are great. So what happened with the battles? Could I have had too much Peach Fresca when I was reading the rules? Could I have accidentally been sent the unfinished proto-type rules in some kind of a quality control error?
Please tell me your thought on this. There MUST be a reason to spend the Roman Citizens hard earned taxes on cavalry and catapults. If my worst suspicions turn out to be true, then I hope you will allow me to share with you some proposed house rules that may remedy the situation. I would like to know your feedback.