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Commands & Colors: Ancients (4th Printing)

  • UNIT LABELS: Five full-color sheets of unit labels to affix to the 345 wooden blocks.
  • MAP: One 22"x34" full-color mounted map + three sheets of Terrain Tile Overlays (double-sided)
  • CARDS: 60 Command Cards
  • 28-page Rule and Battle book
  • 2 full color Player Aid cards
  • 7 Battle dice




  • BoardGameGeek's Golden Geek Award as co-winner of Best Two-Player Game of 2007

PUBLISHED: 2005, 2006, 2009, 2012
DESIGNER: Richard Borg
ART DIRECTOR: Rodger B. MacGowan
COMPONENT ART: Mark Simonitch, Mike Lemick, & Rodger B. MacGowan
PRODUCERS: Gene Billingsley, Tony Curtis, Andy Lewis, Rodger MacGowan, Mark Simonitch

Price: $65.00 

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1. John on 3/17/2014, said:

A bit of rules to read, but after your first game you'll have this down with just the cheat sheet. Some wargames are enlightening, some are challenging, "C&C" is both of those but more than that -- it's FUN. You throw the dice into the box lid with vigor because you want those heavy cavalry to hit their opponents hard. Things move so quickly that you stay engaged and find yourself crossing your fingers for the chance to battle back with your exhausted men. Great father and son game -- I heartily recommend with kids over 12 years old.
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2. David on 7/18/2013, said:

One of the best, most simple but challenging board games of all time.
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3. Sven on 11/29/2012, said:

Outstanding strategy/wargame. Much more fun to play as expected. And that's only the base game...
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4. Raymond on 3/5/2012, said:

Love this product. I can't wait to get the rest of the ancient games.
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Commands & Colors: Ancients allows you to re-fight epic battles of the ancient world. Here the focus is on the two rivals for power in the Western Mediterranean – Carthage and Rome. Will you, as Hannibal, triumph over larger Roman armies; or as Scipio Africanus, will you beat Hannibal with newer tactics of your own?

Units in both armies can only move and fight when ordered. The command playing cards supply those orders, providing an element of luck that creates a fog of war and presents players with both challenges and opportunities. You must maximize your opportunities by playing your command cards judiciously. How well you handle the diverse units, their weapons, and the terrain, will determine victory.

Commands & Colors: Ancients contains the battles of Akragas, Crimissos River, Ticinus River, Lake Trasimenus, Cannae, Dertosa, Castulo, Baecula, Ilipa, and Zama.




Game Features

AGE 12+
PLAYING TIME 1 hour per battle