On our last Craft Day we gathered around the table and decided to play an Epic game of Commands & Colors: Ancients. We positioned the two boards together and made a huge battlefield! Look at all of those troops lined up! Michael and I teamed together to face William the Unconquerable. It was an even match. Our fearless infantry and cavalry were arrayed before us!
Our initial plan was to hold the left and have the right charge forward and then roll the enemy's flank. Our clever opponent put that strategy to waste by attacking both of our flanks on his first turn. His archers and light cavalry inflicted casualties and our troops were in disarray.
After a few exchanges of blows in subsequent turns, the gods began to favor our cause. We dressed our lines and closed ranks. Our troops had grown weary of our opponent’s ranged and hit-and-run attacks. Equipment was cinched tight and swords were drawn as we began our advance to come to grips with our foe.
In subsequent turns we were able to surge forward with large portions of our troops. Swords and shields clashed as our heavy infantry pushed into the enemy’s lines. Our foe fell before us; his units crumbled and fled.
In the end we won the day! Commands & Colors: Ancients is an incredibly fun game that rewards solid strategy and clever tactics. Even though I love gaming with miniatures, the little blocks on the board capture the feel of ancient battles being fought much better that I had anticipated. It was a lot of fun to push them around the board and watch the ebb and flow of the game. I just wish that GMT would keep these sets in print!
If you haven’t tried Commands & Colors: Ancients you owe it to yourself to grab the basic boxed set and have a go.