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 Post subject: Byzantium - A Martin Wallace Wargame (Pic.Report)
PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:15 am 
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Martin Wallace - Warfrog Edition 2004

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"The Byzantine Empire, all that is left of the old Roman Empire, meets one foe after another in a desperate struggle for survival. Having held back the Persians she is now about to meet her eventual nemesis, the Arabs!" (Excerpt from the box)
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What you'll get inside the box:
1. A medium sized mounted map, an excellent quality..
2. Counters of 2 different sizes and colors (silver and copper) for your bezants..
3. City tokens of 3 different color (purple for Byzantine, white for Arabs, and orange for Bulgars)
4. Army displays for a maximum of 4 players..
5. A good set of rule in 3 different languages..
6. An assortment of items: Emperor's & Arab Guard, turn marker, 6 dice, cubes, tokens, field army pawns..

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Initial setup for a 2-player game, you can get 4 players to play simultaneously, and that crude dice-tower was home-made by my children, a siblings' project made from used cardboards done in 30 minutes - mind you the rough built, haha..

Each player received a predetermined strength for his/her Arab and Byzantine armies and also a small treasure for both. Yes, you play for both Arabs and Byzantines, you win by having stakes for both. All players will need to expand territories for each of their factions to accumulate victory-points. However, any side that can conquer Constantinople will ultimately win the game. You can also get VPs by building churches and mosques, that happens only when you're rich enough. Otherwise, your income is needed on the battle front of your ever-expanding realms.

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Our modification to the map, let's called it our House Rule but it's historically correct and we'd say it gives a better balance when playing a 3-player game, but also a good strategic maneuvering for a 2-player game. An important note: white roads representing desert trails can only be used by Arab armies since only they how to navigate the desert. The Byzantine masters the sea, but the Arabs can also launch their own fleet..

Only Byzantine and Arab towns were tokened, Persian towns were left without since, historically, they resisted less and they have no field armies to defend with. Players will want to conquer these Persian cities as quickly as possible and defend them for it's a guaranteed stable source of income. I would love to see a Persian-variant of the game..

Historical notes: Actually there is a village called Dumat al-Jandal that were used by one of Khalid al-Walid's detachments when he crossed from the Iraqi Front to the Syrian Front in 634 AD that made a surprise appearance behind Byzantium's line of defense in Palmyra. (Yarmuk 636AD The Muslim Conquest of Syria, p.47, Campaign Series, Osprey Publishing 1994, David Nicolle)

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Ultimate victory, the conquest of Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantium..

Beware of the Bulgars, they can be bribed by any player to attack Adrianople and Thessalonica and render jeopardy to your expedition. So players wishing to attack Constantinople by way of the Aegean must prepare well in advance. The game is divided into 3 turns, each consist of unlimited moves until all players pass their turn. Remember, before passing (the first player to pass becomes the first player to move on the next turn) your turn and let your opponent wreck havoc please collect taxes. These taxes can only be collected once per turn, so use it well to extend your turn or prepare for the next turn of hell.. yeah..

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 Post subject: Re: Byzantium - A Martin Wallace Wargame (Pic.Report)
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Initial setup, my factions took Mecca and Palmyra while Sholeh's (my 5th grader son) took Tabuk and Nicaea..

Cubes of your color represents strength and possession many things: field armies that do most of the fighting and absorbing the casualties of your battles and sieges, elite cavalry that adds punch to your field armies, levies that defend your cities when besieged, transport mules that move your armies, and your controlled cities that provide income.

Cubes is free when taken from your limited reserve, but will cost you more when taking from the dead-pool. Cubes will also be needed to take other actions: expanding your cities (increasing defense rating and income), building fortifications, undertaking war on the same faction, launching fleets, taking the Emperor or Caliph's elite bodyguard, bribing the Bulgars, levying taxes, building churches and mosques, and ending your turn..

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My son's initial move was to capture Jerusalem, as a springboard to his expansion of the Levant either to Alexandria (Egypt) or up to Damascus (Syria), nice move I say, but he is exposing his rear flank, I will exploit this soon, haha..

Both of your factions will need a steady income from capturing towns, so plan carefully ahead so not to congest both of them since they can not enter each other's territory by rule of the game..

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With a series of brilliant consecutive moves, my Arab army is already at the doorstep of Tabuk by taking Medina and Dumat al-Jandal on the way. meanwhile, my Byzantine army is conquering the Persian towns of Hira, Ctesiphon, and al-Ubulla..

A note to Martin Wallace: he named Baghdad for Ctesiphon and Basra for al-Ubulla, both not historically correct since Baghdad was founded by the Abbasid Caliphate in the 8th century AD well after this period and Basra was a military-canton established by Umar the Caliph after he conquered all of Persia. (A History of Islamic Societies, p.41-46, Cambridge University Pres 1997, Ira Lapidus)

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End phase of the game, my son lost his Arab armies having being annihilated on the plains Damascus. His Byzantine army came to the rescue only to find that a trap was set up in Antioch by my Byzantine field army..

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 Post subject: Re: Byzantium - A Martin Wallace Wargame (Pic.Report)
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let the picture speaks for itself:

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A tribute to all IBG members and die-hard wargamers.. :hormat:

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 Post subject: Re: Byzantium - A Martin Wallace Wargame (Pic.Report)
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satu lagi tema war yg menggelitik...setelah devil horseman

salut nih untuk pak agung yang berkenan meluruskan rule hhehehehe

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 Post subject: Re: Byzantium - A Martin Wallace Wargame (Pic.Report)
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wahhh, menarik jg nehh game nya......
great sesrep, jd pengen coba :D
tp lbh tertarik lagi ama dice tower nya, keren euy :rg_thumb:

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 Post subject: Re: Byzantium - A Martin Wallace Wargame (Pic.Report)
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affaizaki wrote:
satu lagi tema war yg menggelitik...setelah devil horseman
salut nih untuk pak agung yang berkenan meluruskan rule hhehehehe

maap komandan, Devil's Horsemen belum sempat digelar.. jadi maloo :silent:

dniel wrote:
wahhh, menarik jg nehh game nya......
great sesrep, jd pengen coba :D
tp lbh tertarik lagi ama dice tower nya, keren euy :rg_thumb:

siap bawa kalo ada yg siap main.. btw, denger2 kolektor Wallace papan atas aja belum sempet mainin.. :pentung:

apa perlu how-to-make-your-very-own dice tower di-tutorial-kan? :sick:

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 Post subject: Re: Byzantium - A Martin Wallace Wargame (Pic.Report)
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dahusband wrote:
btw, denger2 kolektor Wallace papan atas aja belum sempet mainin.. :pentung:

hmmm.....
sepertinya cuman mampu koleksi aj pak, lum mampu maennya :ngacir:

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 Post subject: Re: Byzantium - A Martin Wallace Wargame (Pic.Report)
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yg ini kok gak ada link dijualnya pak bos.. hehehe

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raykuro wrote:
yg ini kok gak ada link dijualnya pak bos.. hehehe

maaf bro Felix, yang ini masih disimpan baik-baik.. belum akan dilego, anak2 masih demen banget.. :hormat:

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 Post subject: Re: Byzantium - A Martin Wallace Wargame (Pic.Report)
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raykuro wrote:
yg ini kok gak ada link dijualnya pak bos.. hehehe


wah klo ini di jual... bisa gempar IBG :lol: :lol: (ada apa dengan pak agung)

klo ada gejala byzantium mo dijual...... langsung tak kirim spotter dengan target a few acres of snow wkwkkwkw

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