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"The rules provided by Matt are designed to allow the fast play needed to cover so much potential action, so that friends can complete their campaign in a day." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, checks out a fast play campaign system offered by Matt Irsik in Warning Order, which is a free, online wargames journal. Check out the action in Norm's test run through, and why he concludes that "…Matt has provided us with an engine that gets things moving and helps ensure that a campaign can be fought through relatively quickly to a conclusion."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/7/2022


Secrets to Teaching the COIN Series from GMT Games – A Guide to Making the Process Seamless and Getting Your Players to Enjoy the System

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"I always start the game out by reviewing those Victory Conditions and helping new players to understand what they mean. This can be the most in-depth part of the teach but is very important." Grant Kleinhenz, in The Players' Aid, shares tips he's developed from teaching the COIN system (COunterINsurgencies) to new players. Grant focuses on the fun, game flow and general strategy, for example a practice of which he says: "In my experience, new players don’t necessarily make that jump in their first few games."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/1/2022


Epic - Building an army in a day!

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"I plead this post title has at least a part truth - sort of!" Check out why Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, has "…been re-energised to start jacking up my Epic Waterloo project..."!

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 7/29/2022


Gaming the American Revolution – Ranking the Games We Have Played – 2022 Edition

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The Players Aid gives their opinion of some of the American Revolutionary wargames they have played in 2022. "n this post, I wanted to share with you some of our gaming experience with these wargames focused on the American Revolutionary War. We haven’t played all of the games on the subject, not even close, but we have played enough that we have a good cross section of the different takes on the situation and types of games to give you some insight into what we liked."

Poster: Harvey M.
Post Date: 7/9/2022


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A Close Look at a Neglected Gem

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Editor's note added on 5/15/2021.

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Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients
Publisher: GMT Games
Series: Commands and Colors Series
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Richard Borg

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 739
Date: 6/3/2022
Poster: Harvey M.
Alexander Successors Wars – as depicted by C&C Ancients

The Boardgames Chronicle provides 2 session reports on Commands & Colors: Ancients scenarios depicting some of the Successors battles after Alexander the Great's death, Paraitacene (318 BC) – first of the grand clashes between Antigonus and Eumenes, a battle to be long remembered. Gabiene – (317 BC) – a battle which almost ended the the War of Diadochi – after which Antigonus became a true Lord of Asia and most powerful pretender to inherit the Alexander’s legacy.
Article ID: 738
Date: 5/16/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
Strategy Article – Breaking The Line, Holding The Line in C&C: Ancients by BrentS; Part 3

"Why one army might become the defender in the clash of arms is dependent on many things." BrentS, in The Boardgames Chronicle, concludes his series on player strategy with GMT Games' Commands & Colors: Ancients. Check out the game element that is "...yet another example of how Ancients effortlessly models history without labouring it in detail."
Article ID: 737
Date: 5/13/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
Strategy Article – Breaking The Line, Holding The Line in C&C: Ancients by BrentS; Part 2

"A key concept in discussion of the clash of lines is the engagement frontage." BrentS, in The Boardgames Chronicle, continues his series on player strategy with GMT Games' Commands & Colors: Ancients. Playing "...not for certainty but for best probability...", when do you decide that "...moving into this whites-of-their-eyes range may be the right decision given cards held and the stage of the battle."?
Article ID: 736
Date: 5/11/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
Strategy Article – Breaking The Line, Holding The Line in C&C: Ancients by BrentS; Part 1

"C&C:Ancients has a deceptively simple rule set that belies its tactical depth." BrentS, in The Boardgames Chronicle, begins a series on player strategy with GMT Games' Commands & Colors: Ancients. Check out his insights: "In many cases these advantages are minor and incremental but they matter."
Article ID: 735
Date: 4/25/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
Adrianople Battle (378 AD) as depicted by EPIC C&C Ancients

"Being conscious of the large enemy cavalry contingents on the wings, I immediately attacked in the center." Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, brings us a birthday replay of the Adrianople scenario in GMT Games' Commands and Colors: Ancients. How do things go for Michal's Romans? "...as you can see barbarians get some really hot dice this evening!"
Article ID: 734
Date: 2/23/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
Epic Commands and Colors: Ancients

"Who isn't a sucker for Successors?" Prufrock brings us a fun replay of GMT Games' Commands and Colors: Ancients, using miniatures instead of blocks, so lots of great pictures! He's playing the Paraitacene scenario, and reaches a critical point: "Eumenes, knowing this was his last chance, decided to make a bid for victory." Does the gamble succeed?
Article ID: 733
Date: 12/24/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
Commands & Colors Ancients 2021 Open Tournament Results

"Open Tournament is definitely the largest, longest, most session-intense organized play for CCA created." Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, brings us his results from the Open Tournament for GMT Games' Commands & Colors. Did he have a good run? "The scenarios with elephants are unpredictable and after first game I was pretty upset due to completely unbelievable and improbable turn of events."
Article ID: 732
Date: 7/26/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
Revisiting Commands & Colors: Ancients

"The early play was all made by the Romans. A line command and double time card got them into contact early, and they quickly went out to a 2-0 lead." Prufrock has a solo go at GMT Games' Commands & Colors: Ancients, playing the Arausio scenario. So, do the Romans win? "With two banners needed for victory Caepio and his accompanying unit took a chance…".
Article ID: 731
Date: 7/18/2021
Poster: Mark D.
Top 3 Ancient Rome Themed Board Games

Listing my Top 3 Ancient Rome Themed Board Games. Prepared and shared by The Boardgames Chronicle.
Article ID: 730
Date: 6/18/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
Gaius Marius Roman Legion reforms during Cimbrian Wars as depicted by C&C Ancients

Gaius Marius & Lucius Cornelius Sulla had a tremendous impact on the Roman army development whereby they moved from the maniple to cohort system. The Boardgames Chronicle uses expansions from Command & Color Ancient published by GMT Games to replay the battles that followed these changes.
Article ID: 729
Date: 4/27/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
Roman conquest of Britain using C&C Ancients – Part 2

The Boardgames Chronicle presents part 2 of their series on Command & Colors Ancients published by GMT Games. In this scenario Rome is trying to conquer Britain but is being opposed by the "sassy" Queen Boudica.
Article ID: 728
Date: 3/24/2021
Poster: Mark D.
C&C: Ancients - Game Replay - Part #1

Yet one more exciting campaign with "C&C Ancients" - this time Roman Conquest of Britain. Enjoy detailed maps, historical background and game session reports for first three battles! Shared by The Boardgames Chronicle.
Article ID: 727
Date: 3/24/2021
Poster: Mark D.
Variant from Vae Victis #123 (PDF)

Variant for "Commands & Colors: Ancients", from Vae Victis magazine issue #123. Shared by David Smith.
Article ID: 726
Date: 3/3/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
Gothic invasion of Roman Empire using C&C Ancients & Vae Victis Scenarios

Vae Victis is an excellent wargame magazine published in French. Most game rules published have a English translation. The authors pretty often reach to the publishers and game designers form across the Atlantic. In issue number 123 The Boardgames Chronicle had a chance to familiarize ourselves with official mini-campaign (3 scenarios) for Commands and Colors Ancients. The topic – 4th century AD Gothic invasion of Roman Empire. Two initial battles / skirmishes (Marcianopolis & Battle of Salices) with culminating battle of Adrianople – one of the most crushing defeats of Romans in ancient history.
Article ID: 706
Date: 11/24/2020
Poster: Mark D.
C&C Net - Commands & Colors Enthusiast Site

C&C Net is a central repository for all things "Commands & Colors". News, articles, maps, downloads, etc. Hosted and powered by Alessandro Crespi.
Article ID: 725
Date: 10/19/2020
Poster: Doug Holt
Second Punic War in Spain

"...a lot was happening in the Carthage backyard, i.e. Spain...". Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, brings us three Second Punic War scenario replays from GMT Games' Commands & Colors: Ancients. Michal and his friend Marcin have a good time going at it, with Michal concluding: "I love to play CCA scenarios which have a lot of terrain features, allowing for tactical maneuvering."
Article ID: 724
Date: 10/2/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Alexander Successors in action – C&C Ancients – Paraitacene (317 BC)

Alexander the Great may have been a great military leader, but not such a good planner when he left his empire, "to the strongest." thus setting up an era of constant infighting among his Successors. The Boardgames Chronicle, using Commands & Colors: Ancients from GMT Games by offering this replay of one of the Epic battles scenarios when Antigonus, and Eumenes met in battle at Paraitacene in 317 BC.
Article ID: 723
Date: 8/30/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Commands & Colors Ancients solitaire challenge

For those of you who love a challenge, The Boardgames Chronicle has issued a solitaire gaming puzzle utilizing GMT Games 'Command & Colors: Ancients. Why not take a crack at this challenge?
Article ID: 722
Date: 7/27/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Review: Command & Colors Ancients

The Boardgames Chronicle gives us a brief review of Command & Colors Ancients published by GMT Games.
Article ID: 721
Date: 7/12/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Commands and Colors games – my 3 favorite

The Boardgames Chronicle looks at the popular GMT Games' series and tells us their three favorite games In the Command & Colors lineage.
Article ID: 720
Date: 7/7/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
[STRATEGIES] How to defend in Commands Colors Ancients?

In physics," what goes up must come down", but in wargaming, the adage "if you're going to attack you better know how to defend" is comparable. With this article, The Boardgames Chronicle has taught us to do both in GMT's popular Command & Colors: Ancients.
Article ID: 719
Date: 7/6/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Saturday Night Fights! C&C Ancients – Cannae!

The Armchair Dragoons hosts a Saturday night gaming session using Table Top Simulator and this Saturday they continue a session of Command & Colors Ancients from GMT games. Tune in to see if Hannibal can pull off another double envelopment at Cannae!
Article ID: 718
Date: 6/29/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
[STRATEGIES] How to attack in Commands Colors Ancients?

The Command & Colors series is very popular with gamers. It is also popular with The Boardgames Chronicle who now gives us the benefit of their experience on how to attack garnered from over 600 plays of Command & Colors: Ancients published by GMT Games.
Article ID: 717
Date: 6/20/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
C&C Ancients – most balanced scenarios – Alexander successors in Action!

Lying on his deathbed, the legend goes, Alexander the Great was asked to whom he would leave his empire. He supposedly responded, "To the strongest!". Those words set off a titanic struggle between his "Successors" that spanned the breadth of the known world. Although many gamers may not be familiar with this period of warfare, it is rich in pageantry as Macedonian phalanx, cavalry, archers, and even elephants clashed to achieve hegemony. The Boardgames Chronicle uses Command & Color Ancients from GMT Games to reconstruct some of the battles of the time.
Article ID: 716
Date: 5/25/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
C&C Ancients – playing EPICs during the lockdown, part 2

The Boardgames Chronicle continues their series of replays of Command and Color Ancients published by GMT Games with the epic battles of Adrianople (378 AD) and Argentoratum (357 AD).
Article ID: 715
Date: 4/30/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
C&C Ancients – Civil Wars of Tetrarchy

Let’s go back to ancient history and join the Boardgames Chronicle’s replay of GMT Games’ very popular Command & Colors Ancients mini campaign Civil Wars of Tetrarchy. Emperor Diocletian’s “Tetrarchy” system of shared power maintained calm for 20 years, eventually rivalries took over again. In 306 Maxentius proclaimed himself emperor, setting off another confused civil war. In 312, Constantine decided to resolve the dispute with Maxentius (his brother-in-law!) for control of the Western Roman Empire. With an army drawn from his western provinces of Britain, Gaul, and the Rhine, Constantine invaded Italy. He defeated Maxentius at Taurinorum, and expected Maxentius to hold out in Rome but instead he made a stand less than ten miles from Rome, in front of the Milvian Bridge crossing the Tiber River.
Article ID: 714
Date: 4/18/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
C&C Ancients – playing EPICs during the lockdown

The Boardgames Chronicle bring us another replay wrought by social distancing. This time they tackle Commands & Colors: Ancients playing the EPIC scenarios.
Article ID: 713
Date: 5/27/2019
Poster: Mark D.
CCA – Playing EPIC Cannae and Raphia Scenarios

There is really no better way to spend Saturday evening - for an ancient history and wargames fan - then EPIC CCA games! Cannae and Raphia - short session report in above link! Video produced by the folks Board Games Chronicle.
Article ID: 712
Date: 9/28/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Here's No Great Matter: Replay Using Miniatures

Prufrock, from the "Here's No Great Matter" blog, takes us through a game of Commands and Colors: Ancients using miniatures. Part 1 of a 2 Part article. Cool...
Article ID: 689
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
website

Article ID: 690
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
extra stickers problem

Article ID: 691
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 692
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 693
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 694
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
2nd ed. rules

Article ID: 695
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
scenarios

Article ID: 696
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Truceless War scenarios (PDF files)

Article ID: 697
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 698
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 699
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 700
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review of Greeks and Eastern Kingdoms expansion

Article ID: 701
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 702
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 703
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review of Roman Civil Wars expansion

Article ID: 704
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review of Roman Civil Wars/Rome vs. The Barbarians expansions

Article ID: 705
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
website for replays

Article ID: 707
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review of Imperial Rome Expansion Pack

Article ID: 708
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Colline Gate replay

Article ID: 709
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
video review

Article ID: 710
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
video review of Expansion #6

Article ID: 711
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
video review