Thursday, December 22, 2011

Ancients Scenario Hunting

For kicking off our Hail Caesar campaign, our local wargaming group (HAHGS) is going to run a scenario game as an introduction to the rules for players considering participating in the campaign.  The battle we are going to run is the Battle of the River Sambre, where Caesar was ambushed by the Belgic tribes of Gaul, and was lucky to get out with a very narrow victory. In looking for an order of battle and a map for this event, I came across the scenario page for the Commands and Colors - Ancients site.

Commands and Colors is a very well reviewed set of boardgame rules written by the renowned author, Richard Borg. I've always intended to give these rules a try someday, especially considering that they are supposedly very easily adaptable to miniatures play, but I have just never found the time. The scenario page though is a treasure trove for game masters looking to put together a game based on a specific Ancients battle. Work needs to be done of course to adapt the units to any specific rules set other than Commands and Colors, but irregardless of that, one can almost directly port the orders of battle and unit deployments into rules like Hail Caesar, Field of Glory, or Warhammer Ancient Battles. In fact, I intend to use one of the Sambre scenarios from the site for our own battle upcoming in January.

So if you are looking to spice up your Ancients gaming with a few historically based scenarios but are a little lost putting such a game together, check out the scenario page at:

Commands and Colors Ancients Official Website

And if you are curious about how our Hail Caesar version of this scenario plays out, check back sometime in January when I surely will be posting an after action report.


  1. C&C is a great game - I have five of the ancient sets and C&C Napoleonics as well.

  2. I have the all of the series games and will should be receiving the new one with the Spartans shortly. Let me know if you ever want to play.

  3. Good to hear from you, Justin - you're not able to get out again yet, are you?