Thursday, March 6, 2008
Hannibal: Rome vs Carthage
Visited Mudhoney last night to give H:RvC a go. He has had the game for a while now but it's never hit the table. I turned up around 7:30 and the box was opened, Mudhoney had already read the rules and teh geek had provided us with some player aids so the board was quickly set up.
The board is amazing, it looks lovely and gives a good feel for the game and the world in that era. I'm a bit of a map geek anyway, but it's a really nicely put together board.
I took control of Hannibal and his armies while Mudhoney grabbed Rome and her legions. the first round took a bit of time as we were learning as we played but things started of well. hannible moved into France while Rome started marching her armies North.
The next couple of rounds had Hannible get into Northern Italy while another of his armies had to quickly march back to Spain to take out an annoying counter attack by Rome.
A couple more turns in and we had picked up the flow of the game and it was motoring along. Unfortunately by this time things were getting late, I rushed my armies into Rome to see if I could win but Nero and his roman militia were too much for Hannibal and his single elephant. My generals were routed and my forces lost.
Scratch one game but we both now have a great understanding of the game and are looking forward to a rematch. The game is a little daunting at first, but after a couple of rounds it all comes into place and works very well. the components are great, the cards look nice and the counters are good quality. Again the map is the best part of the goober, I would love a nice print of it.
This game is now on my wish list, if the cost was a little less I would pickup a copy now.