WAB weekend at Warhammer World
30-31 October 2004 (an
Romans against the Slaves
About 75 people entered the WAB weekend at Warhammer world in Nottingham. For us , coming
from the Netherlands, it was worth travelling nearly 1000 KM too be let down,
betrayed and backstabbed in the "Rome in turmoil" event !
We had been preparing for nearly 6 months and
expectations were high. We could never have expected that things would work out
as well as we hoped. We have been enjoying every minute of it.
The map (top) and the emerging battles (bottom)
8 Roman players took on the roll of the heads of the
big powerful Roman families like the Claudians and Julians that helped shape the
empire. Though theoretically fighting
for the glory of Rome each of the Roman players played a separate faction out
for them selves only and happily
waged war with each other. 7 Barbarian (Non Roman) players represented the
King/chief of one of the peoples fringing the
Roman Empire (Carthaginians, Celts, Germans, Macedonians, Greeks, Seleucids and
Ptolemeans) and one slave player played the leader of the various servile
revolts that occurred in the Roman Empire during this period.
• Money: Every Roman and Barbarian player started with a certain amount
• Influence cards: All Romans started with influence cards; the number of votes
that player has in the Senate. But after an assassination of all Roman generals
in Italy by one of the invading Roman (!) armies, this changed dramatically.
• Map and Province Cards: We were using a historical map of the Roman Empire.
Each Barbarian leader and the Roman Consuls looked after cards representing each
of the provinces in their civilisation/culture.
Outline Of Play
There were 5 battles over the weekend 3 on the first day and 2 on the second.
There were a series of phases to go through in the run up to each battle (see
below). All through the day during all phases players were encouraged to enter
into diplomacy with each other, plan
scheme and back stab – in a gentlemanly fashion of course!
Warhammer World has about 100 tables to play at.
In character debate (Award Triumphs)
Vote for Consuls
2. Orders Phase
Pay for extra troops
3. Battle Phase
Hand over lost Provinces
A much smaller Greek army is getting surrounded by Carthaginians and Romans.
Every single battle was great fun to play. We
had very friendly partners in the backstabbing part, but also our opponents had
the right attitude and made pleasant games possible. It was possible that more
fractions attacked the same province, so very often battles were unequal. But
that never was something that stopped Alexander the great or Julius Caesar from
There even were battles where the loyalty shifted to
the other party during the battle...
Many thanx to the organisation (Rob Broom, Ewan
We will be back, and greetings to all players, especially to Phil Freer and his wife
who formed the Carthaginian empire with me.
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