War Elephant, GMT's first module for SPQR, provides players with counters and rules for recreating two of the major battles of the Seleucid Empire, a legacy of the late Diadochoi period in Mediterranean history. The Diadochoi refined and reformed the Macedonian system of warfare perfected by Alexander the Great. There were, however, two major factors that made their tactical efforts somewhat less successful. None of them was anywhere near Alexander the Great in their ability either to understand or to utilize tactical systems. And, they loved elephants (to be honest, so did Alexander, but he never had the chance to use them). Thus, while this period is the heyday of the Macedonian art of war (if not exactly its apogee), we find the system becoming overly rigid and ill-served.
Those looking forward for even more of the Seleucid's futile efforts to rise above mediocrity should check out the extended module, Hammer of God, the Maccabean Revolt, in C3i Vol 1 No. 2, for which War Elephant contains all the counters.
366 full-color two-sided counters, including:
34 full-color two-sided double-size counters