Commands & Colors: Ancients
Commands & Colors: Ancients
|Setup time||~15 minutes per scenario|
|Playing time||20 minutes - 2 hours|
|Skill(s) required||Hand management, Strategy|
Commands & Colors: Ancients is a board wargame designed by Richard Borg, Pat Kurivial, and Roy Grider, and published by GMT Games in 2006. It is based on Borg's Command & Colors system using some elements similar to his other games such as Memoir '44 and Battle Cry designed to simulate the "fog of war" and uncertainty encountered on real battlefields.
Commands & Colors: Ancients focuses on the historic period of 3000 BC - 400 AD.
The core game includes several hundred high-quality wood blocks in two colors for the Roman/Syracusan armies and Carthaginian army. Sheets of stickers representing different unit types must be affixed to the blocks prior to initial play. 16 small wooden blocks representing "victory banners" and 7 larger plastic dice must also have stickers applied. Extra stickers are included for use as replacements. The game also contains a full color rule book, color scenario book, and two colorful two-page double-sided "cheat sheets" for players to reference during play for dice results and unit statistics. The board is a folded card stock which is laid flat for play. Hexagonal terrain pieces are laid on the board when called for by a scenario. A deck of command cards is included.
Units are arranged on the board according to maps and scenario descriptions in the scenario book. Players are dealt a number of command cards equal to their "command value" for the chosen scenario. Often players have different command values and therefore different amounts of cards. Players take turns playing their cards to "order" units, generally allowing the ordered units to move and conduct combat. Cards often refer to a section of the battlefield, either left, center, or right, or some combination of these. There are also many special cards that allow very specific actions. Play continues until one player earns the requisite number of victory banners for the scenario. Victory banners are earned each time a player completely eliminates an enemy unit or leader.
Six expansions have been released for Commands & Colors: Ancients.
- Ancients Expansion #1: Greece & Eastern Kingdoms
- Ancients Expansion #2: Rome and the Barbarians
- Ancients Expansion #3: The Roman Civil Wars
- Ancients Expansion #4: Imperial Rome
- Ancients Expansion #5: Epic Ancients II
- Ancients Expansion #6: The Spartan Army
Commands & Colors: Ancients won the 2006 Origins Award for Historical Board Game of the Year, the 2007 BoardGameGeek Golden Geek Award for Best 2-player Game, and was a nominee for the 2006 Charles S. Roberts Award for Best Pre-World War II Boardgame.
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- "Origins Award Winners (2006)". Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design. Archived from the original on 2007-12-14. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
- "2007 Golden Geek Award Results". BoardGameGeek. Retrieved 2008-06-23.