The following is a playtest report of the game, "Hellenes" by Mats Eden:
In the 46th year of our king Archidamos’ reign, the oppressive nature of our emeny showed it’s ugly face. This led to the people of Athens raising up against their masters during New Year festivities. Things soon got out of hand, and a civil war was raging in Athens. The corrupt rulers of Athens abandoned their people and instead turned to Hera, praying for revenge.
Archidamos saw his responsibility to support the freedom seeking Athenians and gathered the forces of the Spartan league in Corinth in the spring. Meanwhile, Athens – true to their treacherous nature – instigated a revolt in Messenia.
As Archidamos was not looking to save his own best interests first, but rather save the Athenian people, he continued with his plans and marched on Athens in the early summer, setting siege at Midsummer. Only a small force from Corinth were sent to deal with the unfaithful Helots. A force was also sent from Corinth to support the valiant defenders of Potidea against the besiegers as rumors was abundant about a barbarian horde coming down from the north to aid Athens.
In the late summer, Athens reaped their evil harvest as the Plague struck the city. Almost a third of the Athenian troops fell victim to the Grim Reaper. In the north, the barbarians showed up in front of Potidea. The hapless leadership of the besiegers were paralyzed by the bad news from Athens and failed to act with these new reinforcements.
As fall approached, bad omens were filling the sky over Athens. Realizing the need to take care of domestic issues, Archidamos prepared to break siege and return to Messenia. More Bad Augury made the Coalition uneasy, an as a mean to peace the army, it was let lose to pillage before withdrawing to Corinth again.
Tied by his obligations as the Coalition leader, Archidamos realized he had to stay in Corinth for the winter. With sadness he saw the Helots surviving over the New Year’s festivities. A raid was sent from Thebes to Larissa, besieging it. From Potidea, grim news came of heavy losses during the winter as the food stocks were diminishing.