Alexander the Great (board game)

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Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great box cover
Alexander the Great box cover
Players 2
Age range 12+
Setup time 15 minutes
Playing time 2 hours
Random chance low
Skill(s) required Tactics, Strategy

Alexander the Great is a board wargame first published in 1971 by Guidon Games.[1] Printed when board wargaming was relatively new, this game was designed by Gary Gygax. When Guidon went out of business, Avalon Hill contacted Gygax to secure an agreement to revise and publish the game, and working with Donald Greenwood[1] the game was published again in 1974.

The game recreates the ancient battle at Gaugamela in 331 BC between the Macedonians and the Persians. Players choose to portray either Alexander the Great or King Darius III. The game uses small cardboard counters and a hex-based movement system common to wargames of this era. Pieces represent infantry, cavalry, phalanx formations, chariots, and elephants. A unique feature of the game is a sliding morale track to determine which combat results table is used for combat resolution.

Alexander's Other Battles is a supplement to Alexander the Great published by Guidon Games in 1972. It provides additional counters and maps for the battles of Granicus, Issus, and Hydaspes.


  1. ^ a b Sacco, Ciro Alessandro. "The Ultimate Interview with Gary Gygax". Retrieved 2008-10-24. 

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