As I am leary about the ease of play of Command and Colors Ancients and how the board is divided up like Memoir 44 and it seems like a game for beginners I was wondering what people consider the best ancient warfare game in that period on that scale, and I mean not a grand strategy game but something like Field of Glory but not miniatures based.


Has anyone made anything like that that is ALSO popular and played on Vassal quite a bit?



Views: 667

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Commands and Colors Memoir style suits ancients battles well. It a good fun competative game. Sometimes easy is best. Beyond that the next best thing would be GBoH. Those are quite more complex/realistic, wich consumes more time to play.

Commands and Colors is great when you want to play three or four games in no tie. Great Battles of History take an entire afternoon and then some.


I guess it's up to the amount of time you have for a play. Having both is well too.

I do in fact have both! I love GBOH but find little time to play it. I play a lot on vassal live
C & C ancients is actually suprisingly good and well suited to Vassal play...there are also some pretty epic scenarios. I initially thumbed my nose at it thinking it was too simple, but was pleasantly suprised at how good it can be. Many people think it is too luck dependant, but it actually rewards planning and correct use of he various troop types.
SPQR deluxe? Or anything else in the GBoH-series for that matter

GBoH, hands down. It has its flaws, but blows away the

traditional movement pulsing for feel.


I started playing GBoH and then I tried Simple Great Battles of History. Nevert went back.


SGBoH plays faster, gameplay feels almost the same, and gets same results.



Ancient Battles Deluxe (VPG)
For an absolute oldie but goodie, I'd say make sure you pick up a copy of TAHGC's Caesar Alesia. I think everyone has been on the mark regarding game recommendations here. My personal preference is Great Battles of History given how rich and deep the series is. The old SPI classic games from the SPI Prestags Master Pack are a great walk down memory lane as well.
I'll plea for an oldie but goodie--the AH version of THE SEIGE OF JERUSALEM.  It's got such an amazing feel when you are doing assaults--lots of tactical color and the difficulties for both the Romans and the Zealots are a great deal of fun.  Plus, the components (particularly the map) are terrific and very evocative of the period.  I'm a fan of GBOH and CAESAR: ALESIA I'll admit, but this game remains my all-time favorite ancients board wargame.


Help Center

Latest Activity

Steve replied to Chuang Shyue Chou's discussion What are you reading?
"Just Started “ On To The Yula “ by Edwin Hoyt"
25 minutes ago
Michael Wilding commented on brian s. b.'s group zun tzu
"Good news.  The Zun Tzu site is back online.  It looks unchanged except the forum is not…"
11 hours ago
Nathan posted a video

'Storming Gold' - 6 June 1944. [The Greatest Day [MMP, 2015]

'Storming Gold' (6 June 1944) - Introductory Scenario #1 from The Greatest Day [MMP, 2015] Game and Series Designer: Adam Starkweather For other TGD/GTS vide...
16 hours ago
Andy Loakes commented on Andy Loakes's group Limey Yank Games
"Our Biggest Update Ever? April's LYG update is complete. If not our biggest update ever, it is…"
23 hours ago
John Hitchens joined Eric Walters's group

WW II Russian Front Games

If you are writing about GMT's Eastern Front Series, check out that Group. This is for all the…See More
John Hitchens joined andy malcolm's group

War: Gaming on the PC

Post here about war gaming on the PC, games like Steel Panthers, Combat Mission, the various works…See More
John Hitchens joined Charlescab's group

Vassal War Game Players

A group for sharing and creating vassal log files of games to share with othersCharles CabellSee More
John Hitchens joined blue's group

SF and Fantasy and Anime games

I will talk about the game of SF and Fantasy.Please feel free to write as a manager here though…See More



CSW Related Links

© 2020   Created by John Kranz.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service