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Hoplite

COMPONENTS:
  • 4 full-color countersheets
  • 3 backprinted 22"x34" mapsheets
  • 2 Player Aid Cards
  • Rules booklet
  • Scenario booklet
  • Simple GBoH Player Aid
  • Rout Point Tracking Aid
  • One 10-sided die
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PUBLISHED 2014
ORIGINAL GAME SYSTEM DESIGNER Mark Herman
HOPLITE DESIGNER Richard Berg
DEVELOPER Alan J. Ray
ART DIRECTOR Rodger B. MacGowan
MAP ART Charles Kibler
COUNTER ART Mike Lemick, Charles Kibler, and Rodger B. MacGowan
PACKAGE DESIGN Rodger B. MacGowan
PRODUCERS Gene Billingsley, Tony Curtis, Andy Lewis, Rodger MacGowan, Mark Simonitch


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Grab your SPEAR And SHIELD

SLAP ON YOUR Corinthian Helmet

Great Battles of History is Back!!

 

Hoplite

Warfare in the Persian-Hellenistic Age

4th-5th Century BCE 

 

Great Battles of History Volume XV

 

The Battles of Cunaxa, Delium, Ephesus, Leuctra,

Mantinea, Marathon, Mycale, Plataea, Nemea, Coronea, and Tanagra

 

a Richard Berg - Mark Herman design

 

 

Hoplite, the 15th volume in the Great Battles of History series of games, allows players to recreate classic battles from the pre-Alexandrian Persian-Hellenistic Age, the heyday of the Hoplite (heavy infantry fighting in packed formation). This period is often considered to feature the birth of Western Warfare, as opposed to the Persian/Eastern style, which relied on archery , light cavalry, and mobility.


Exactly how hoplite warfare was fought – what really happened when “the bell rang” – is highly disputed by ancient military historians, even today. Hoplite allows you to test out your theories (well, our theories, using your dice) with eleven of the great battles of this era, from the Battle of Leuctra, featuring the huge 60-man deep phalanx of Beotarch Epaminondas …
 

… to the classic confrontations with the Persian missile-armed troops against the classic Greek hoplite phalanxes.

 

Hoplite uses detailed mechanics meant to convey all the possibilities of this style of warfare, from The Hellenic Law of Inertia, to Drift to the Right, to the special capabilities of the Persian Light Cavalry (Harassment and Dispersal) to three different levels of Hoplite advance to Combat (the Run Don’t Walk rules) and a whole lot more.  We even still have some good old chariots!

 

And you get to fight what was the biggest land battle in European history up until Napoleonic times, the immense Battle of Plataea (truly the deciding engagement of the Greco-Persian Wars):  two maps and about 250 combat  counters covering The Greek Contingents from 26 City-States under Pausanias, Spartan Regent and General, vs. The Persians, Medes, Asians (Bactrians, Scythians, Indians and a whole lot of others) and seven Medized Greek city-states, under Mardonius, Persian Commander and son-in-law of The Great King, Darius I.

 

 

The package includes Simple GBoH versions for each of the battles along with special rules that highlight the hoplite style of warfare.

Hoplite is the ultimate board game simulation on the birth of Western Warfare. And it lets you see how we stack up with the latest (June 2013) book on the subject:


Men of Bronze: Hoplite Warfare in Ancient GreeceDonald Kagan (Editor), Gregory F. Viggiano (Editor) 
      



 

Game Features

TIME SCALE Variable minutes per turn
MAP SCALE 100 yards per hex
PLAYING TIME

1 to 8 hours

NUMBER OF PLAYERS 1-4