Does anybody know of any games that deal with the Greco-Persian War from a strategic standpoint. The upcoming Hoplite of GMT's GBOH system will deal with some of the battles. I know there are other games that deal with tactical battles from that war but are there any games dealing with the overall war? 

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Comment by Brendan Clark on March 9, 2014 at 9:07am

I think you make a good point Anthony: "Talented game designers can usually find a way to model almost anything." I was being too sceptical. The skillful use of victory conditions by a game designer can be used to create 'balance' even in historical scenarios where one side might seem to have little hope of winning. I couldn't find out any more about the Greek version but I followed up on Joseph's post and his link to board game geek - thanks Joseph.

I found some English rules online and discovered that back copies of the Vae Victis magazine that features 'Rather Dead Than Persian' are still available so I've placed an order for the 2003 publication. I've not been able to find a Vassal module for this game but after I've finished building the GBoH Hoplite Vassal module I might well build a module for 'Rather Dead Than Persian', if there's interest. 

Comment by Joseph on March 8, 2014 at 11:51am

Vae Victis has/had a game on this subject at the strategic level.

In the English transliteration it is jokingly titled: "Rather Dead Than Persian"

Hope this is useful.

Comment by Anthony Hicks on March 7, 2014 at 11:22am

I found this game. 

Persian Wars

The only problem is that it is Greek published and in Greek. I'm not sure about the availability. 

Comment by Anthony Hicks on March 6, 2014 at 10:57am

Peter Green's "The Greco-Persian Wars" is very good on the subject. I'll have to check out Persian Fire. I would need to review Green's book but it might be that the Greco-Persian conflict was a more disjointed set of campaigns. I don't remember. Talented game designers can usually find a way to model almost anything. 

Comment by Brendan Clark on March 6, 2014 at 10:16am

No board games as far as I've been able to find. There's some superficial coverage of the subject in the computer game market, as in the Total War brand.

Seems like you've hit on a gap. Now whether that's a gap in "the board game market", depends on whether there's sufficient interest out there and whether such a game would be seen as having enough challenge for both players. I'd guess that most would see a conflict between Greece and Persia as too one-sided.

I've recently started reading Tom Holland's fascinating book 'Persian Fire' about the rise of the Persian Empire, its expansion into Asia Minor, Egypt and eastwards into Bactria, the Persian Empire's civil war and the  great clash with the Greek city states. Now taken together, that looks to offer a range of challenges. Potentially enough to make for a good game. Any board game designers out there interested? 

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