A couple of months ago I was fortunate enough to have Phil Sabin offer me another game using his Legion II rules. The battle was Chaeronea, and the victory was Phil's - playing the Greek coalition!
Yes, I managed to charge Alexander into danger, get him killed almost immediately, and then attack in uncoordinated fashion with my phalanx until, being put to the sword, I was forced to retreat what I could of the army. Phil won the battle convincingly, and a rather rueful Prufrock was left to absorb the lessons of the day!
It was a great experience, and an excellent opportunity to try out Legion using the VASSAL module that has been put together to allow online and distance play.
For those interested, the module is downloadable here from the vassalengine.org site. You need the Legion rules to play, and they are available from the Society of Ancients.
Here are some screenshots from the game.
|My Macedonians, with Alex on the left, full of confidence.|
|Phil's Greeks, waiting for us.|
|My initial attack didn't look too bad to my untutored eye...|
|But the Greek response showed me what a mess I'd made!|
|The place where Alexander was killed.|
|And here we are, getting in our own way, while the Greeks create superior attacks.|
And our battle line only degenerated from there as Phil pressed on.
As I hope readers can see, the VASSAL module makes Legion easily playable, even for people on opposite sides of the globe.