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  • SPQR Gameturn 5 !!!

    april, 82 A.D.

    It’s on a rainy spring afternoon in the middle of a lively debate when a young exhausted man is led into the senate under escort of the Praetorian Guard. Due to this unannounced visit, all senators are curious to find out what the meaning is of this interruption.
    The young man, dressed in a dirty and worn toga presents himself as Mithras, the personal messenger of King Vologes. When asked by senator Calvisius if he is to be trusted, the messenger immediately lifts his fist in the air, showing the monarchial ring of Armenia, the one that has been worn by all its kings since the beginning of the nation and which once had been worn by king Tigranes and now king Vologes.

    “My master has given me this ring to wear as proof to you that my presence here is in HIS name! Since he has no kingdom anymore he entrusts me with it, for the hope of our nation is now in my hands…”

    After this, he hesitatingly moves forward towards the Emperor, sitting in the middle of the senate. Having bowed for his grace with much respect, he takes off the monarchial ring and offers it to him. After the Emperor accepts it, the man looks up with the words: “…now the fate of Armenia is in your hands!” and offers a scroll, hidden in the folds of his toga:


    Tigranakert, 19th of March

    To our most valued ally,
    the generous People of Rome, its wise Senate and great Caesar

    I can only pray to my God that my messenger will arrive safe and sound to Rome to deliver this most urgent plea.

    We would like to urge, even beg, our allies to free us, the Armenian people and it’s most unfortunate king from the horrible Parthian rule. Their presence here is no more that of an ally that has come to liberate us from political turmoil, but one of pure egocentric conquest!

    It hurts me to see my people suffer so greatly under the oppression of the enemy army. I can assure you that my people are hoping, praying and waiting to break their chains and to fight to the death for their freedom. The first legionnaire that will tred on Armenian soil will be our signal to rise up to defeat our common foe and to welcome our liberators with open arms. But we cannot hope to defeat them alone.

    Join us Rome! Move now, before no son of Armenia is left…

    Your loyal servant and ally,
    King Vologes of Armenia


    THE WAR IS ON !!!!
    Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.- Napoleon

    It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.- Herman Melville

    Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

    BORG

  • #2
    The advisor's two denarii...

    As you will all notice, I have not included a poll with this gameturn.
    The reason for this is because, we will now be fighting a campaign to get mighty Parthia on its knees. It will not be a political debate, although all players and non-players will certainly be involved in the strategical aspect of the campaign...

    How will a campaign be played?

    I will post the map I made of the area where the campaign will take place. The players should use it as reference in order to formulate their strategies. This will be the basic campaign map OR simply Map A.

    There will also be a second map (Map B), which looks the same as Map A, but it will be divided up by a grid with letters underneath and numbers on the side. It's this map that the appointed generals will use to move their armies across the region. For example: they will move from square 4E to square 4F!

    Starting the campaign !
    Now for starters, the Emperor will have to decide which generals will be appointed to lead the campaign. This can be general Paulus with one legion and general Drusus with another legion, he may also appoint a fictional general that will be played according to the wish of the majority of the senate or if he wishes, himself. He may give the generals an extra legion from a neighbouring province to strengthen its current force. For example: he may give general Paulus an extra legion from Judaea...giving general Paulus two legions to command!

    Main army and detachments
    Once it has been determined which generals will lead the campaign, the generals will have to divide their force into two parts:

    the MAIN ARMY (with all the infantry and a number of cavalry) that will be used to fight the battles
    AND
    a seperate number of CAVALRY DETACHMENTS that will be used solely for reconaissance of the hostile territory...they will provide info on the enemy positions and other points of interest concerning the campaign.

    The Generals
    Now, although everybody will be able to give advice on the way the campaign should be led, ONLY the generals will be allowed to decide where their army and detachments will move to. I only want to hear it from them at the end of each gameturn ! It is their call !!!!

    Movement
    The main army can only move 1 square per turn without loss in morale or troops. They are however, allowed to move 2 squares per turn, but this is risky for they hereby run the danger of having their supply lines and communications overextended. Everytime a general decides to move two turns, a die must be rolled and depending on the outcome of the die + the popularity of the general with the army, the main force will lose MORALE and TROOPS.
    The reconaissance detachments can move two squares each turn, without loss in morale or numbers (they are cavalry). They can however, lose troops by entering a "wrong" square or by stumbeling upon the main Parthian army!

    Special squares
    Desert: If the main army end his turn on a DESERT square they will have to do an immediate dieroll to see how much MORALE and TROOPS will be lost !
    Mountains: If an army ends up on a MOUNTAIN square, they will not have the possibility to make a second move because it slows them down...
    Special: All along the map there are some "special" squares which contain positive or negative INFO or EVENTS...this can be a suprise attack from Parthian hillmen or bad weather which will slow the army down BUT it can also contain some friendly supporters for your cause, which will give you the lastes info on the enemy troops, mercenaries that will join your army or an abundance of supplies for your troops !

    The enemy
    I will be playing the enemy army and I will play according to the type of general I have under my command. So if the die roll gives me a general of 4 insight, I will be an easy and dumb opponent. If the die roll gives me a general with 11 insight, it won't be your best day yet !!!!
    But, do not fear, my army must follow the same rules as the Roman army. Only thing is that I know where you are, but YOU don't know where I am...logically if the Romans will be entering MY country...

    Turns
    Game turn 5 will be divided in four minor gameturns (gameturn 5 A, 5 B, 5 C and 5 D each represents 14 days) lasting two days each where the next move of both armies are discussed and revised. I recommend that you find the enemy army and crush it before these 4 turns have passed, otherwise the war will continue into the next gameturn...and WAR IS EXPENSIVE !!!!




    Greets,
    FATE
    Last edited by Stratego; 30 Oct 08, 20:15.
    Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.- Napoleon

    It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.- Herman Melville

    Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

    BORG

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    • #3
      Question...I mean 2 Questions...

      So the only ones taking part in this thread are the Emperor and the Generals?

      And will you have the emperor choose some other lucky to replace the now deceased General Falco?

      -Alexander AKA Senator Honorious

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      • #4


        "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
        Ernest Hemingway.

        In english "silence" means yelling louder than everyone else.

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        • #5
          Nice maps. Who drew those up?
          History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. Napoleon Bonaparte
          _________
          BoRG
          __________
          "I am Arthur, King of the Britons!"

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Torien View Post
            Nice maps. Who drew those up?
            Stratego, he had trouble uploading them so I offered to help him out.
            "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
            Ernest Hemingway.

            In english "silence" means yelling louder than everyone else.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Conlin View Post
              So the only ones taking part in this thread are the Emperor and the Generals?

              And will you have the emperor choose some other lucky to replace the now deceased General Falco?

              -Alexander AKA Senator Honorious
              No...everybody plays! But now only the generals involved in the campaign make the FINAL decisions...
              Senators can give (good or bad) advice on the strategy to use, the troops to employ etc...and remember senator Honorius, there's always something that usually comes in between



              Greets,
              FATE
              Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.- Napoleon

              It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.- Herman Melville

              Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

              BORG

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              • #8
                you cannot fight a war without a map

                "Senators, Emperor,

                Before we start our deliberations on the conduct of this war, I think it is only proper to give public thanks to the producers of these fine maps! It is my stern believe and Jupiter be my witness, that we at the Senate can do you both honour by producing a swift and victorious end to this war as a result of your mapping."


                "Before we go any further I think what we need to know the location of our legions in this map.
                Where, what hex, is general Drusus' legion located?
                I know that general Paulus last report was from the border area of Syria and Armenia (C-V?) from where he sent his accurate and relevant political and battlefield intel to the Senate. His vicinity to Armenia's capital Tigranakert would make him ideally situated to conduct further operations!"

                "This brings me to the next issue of overall command.
                Apart from that general Paulus has been for years the senior and most experienced commander on the ground in that area, while his previous track record would make him the perfect candidate to lead this campaign. To decide anything else would be an affront, not only to Paulus but to commanders everywhere who silently and capably do their duty for Rome."

                Plinius
                Roman Senator
                BoRG

                You may not be interested in War, but War is interested in You - Leon Trotski, June 1919.

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                • #9
                  Once the generals are known that will be directly involved in the campaign, the initial positions of the Roman armies and their numbers will be posted, together with the lastest intel on the enemies positions !



                  Greets,
                  FATE
                  Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.- Napoleon

                  It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.- Herman Melville

                  Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

                  BORG

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                  • #10
                    Two principles

                    "Senators, Sire, People of Rome

                    Rome is going to war again! Although we are Rome, with a proud tradition in warfare, this is never a decision to be taken lightly, especially not against a heavy weight opponent as the Parthian empire. We will be victorious however if we keep a few never altering principles in mind:

                    Primo: War costs money!
                    It is my strong conviction that Rome should reserve more funds for a quick and victorious conclusion of this war, right now. As the senior Roman Senator present I can testify that all wars I have witnessed in my long career cost money and always more than budgeted! Especially the inglorious, often overlooked but really essential aspect of logistics will eat our budget quicker than we can say: 'Croesus'. We should open our imperial coffers and provide the troops with what they need to finish the job."


                    "Secondo: support from the home front
                    As mentioned I do have strong views which general should be nominated for overall command during this campaign (see my earlier words above), but I feel that the best way to make it easier for the Gods to support Rome, we should make sure that this war has all domestic support it can get. Therefore I call for a Senatorial hearing of all candidate generals. Generals are invited to present their views and plans here."

                    "Such Senatorial hearing will:
                    a/ ensure domestic support for the war effort as this sort of transparency will ensure the incumbent general of Senatorial, imperial as well as a popular political support base. News services can provide sanitized details of the hearings to the public.
                    b/ enable Senate and Emperor to exert its influence on the strategic direction of the war, while leaving its operational conduct in the capable hands of the general."

                    "As long as we will observe these two principles , we will it just make easy for the Gods to grant us victory.
                    Senators, Sire, Fellow Citizens of Rome: I'm not promising an easy victory, I'm promising an unavoidable victory!"

                    Plinius
                    Roman Senator
                    BoRG

                    You may not be interested in War, but War is interested in You - Leon Trotski, June 1919.

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                    • #11
                      Will infantry have advantage over cavalry in mountains?
                      "All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers ... Each one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which he was born." - Francois Fenelon

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by delboy View Post
                        Will infantry have advantage over cavalry in mountains?
                        Since the reconaissance detachments are smaller units of cavalry, they will not suffer from MOUNTAIN nor DESERT squares...
                        Of course...it's another thing if 2000 cavalry units are sent up together as reconnaissance! This is no reconaissance anymore, but an army of cavalry !
                        A reconaissance detachment is allowed to move two squares, just because it is small, less dependent on logisitics/supply and therefore much more mobile!
                        If however, a general wishes to send up such large forces of cavalry (as the vanguard of an army for example) they will suffer the same as a regular army BUT they will be able to move two turns because they are all cavalry...they will NOT be considered as RECONAISSANCE detachments however!



                        Greets,
                        FATE
                        Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.- Napoleon

                        It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.- Herman Melville

                        Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

                        BORG

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for info.
                          "All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers ... Each one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which he was born." - Francois Fenelon

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                          • #14


                            Senators of Rome,

                            I, Titus Macedonius, strongly urge that Legatus Drusus, Governor of Germania, commander of Legion XXII and Legion VII be given overall command of our legions as they march into Parthia. General Drusus, as we all know, has proven his worth in suppressing the rebellion in Moesia. I can think of no greater general in all of the empire.

                            I, Titus Macedonius, do also pledge to personally finance the raising of soldiers from the areas surrounding my family lands. The men are formidable fighters, and have in the past marched to glory against Eastern barbarians! If the Emperor approves, I will send funds and recruiters immediately.

                            I also urge my fellow senators to give what they can in support of the war effort. A strong Rome is what we need. We must show these Eastern scum the point of our swords!

                            For the Gods, for the Emperor, for the Empire! Rome marches to victory!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by delboy View Post
                              Thanks for info.
                              Let me clarify, just to be certain...

                              The main army (infantry+ cavalry) can move 1 square every turn, but can move 2 BUT must do a die roll...
                              Large cavalry (more than 500) can move 2 squares every turn...but is ellegible to lose morale/troops if it ends up in a DESERT square
                              The main army (infantry+cavalry) can move only 1 square in the mountains...
                              Large cavalry (more than 500) can move only 1 square in the mountains...



                              Greets,
                              FATE

                              PS: A square can only be occupied by one force at a time; MAIN ARMY or CAVALRY DETACHMENT or a CAVALRY FORCE !!!
                              Last edited by Stratego; 31 Oct 08, 16:34.
                              Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.- Napoleon

                              It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.- Herman Melville

                              Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

                              BORG

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