Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage *PRE-ORDER*
This game uses the very popular card system which first appeared in Avalon Hill's We the People game to detail the struggle between Carthage's Hannibal and the Roman Republic in approximately 200 BC.
HANNIBAL & HAMILCAR is an asymmetrical card driven game for 2 players set in times of epic struggle between ancient Rome and Carthage. It presents a conflict between two super-powers of Antiquity from classical Clausewitzian perspective, according to which a power only reverts to military operations when there is no other way to achieve the goal: political dominance.
HANNIBAL has been designed by one of the most acclaimed designers in the World, Mark Simonitch. 20th Anniversary Edition of the game includes new scenarios and variants. Certain game mechanics were streamlined, while producing exactly the same game results as the golden classic. The game original rules and components were updated by Mark Simonitch and Jaro Andruszkiewicz.
Players use Strategy Cards for multiple purposes: moving generals, levying new troops, reinforcing existing armies, gaining political control of the provinces involved in the war, and introducing historical events. When two armies meet on the battlefield, a second set of cards, called Battle Cards, are used to determine the winner. Ultimately both players seek victory by dominating both fronts: military and political.
HAMILCAR, set during the first conflict between Rome and Carthage, known as the First Punic War, is a companion game sharing components and using similar mechanics. It introduces a naval system and naval battles. Both players compete for control of the world’s primary sea, in a conflict which will be described as the first war between an elephant and a whale - the struggle of a land-based empire versus the world’s naval power. Rome's goal was to break out through the island chain of Sicily, Corsica and Sardinia - Carthage's defensive line to contain Rome on the Italian peninsula.