How many generals?

Newly released Conquest of the Empire by Eagle Games.
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How many generals?

Postby Flashman » Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:45 pm

Just wondering if it was ever part of the game that the number of generals (and therefore ultimately legions) a player has to begin with depends on the number of players in total?

The number of legions in the Imperial era tended to be set from about 25 to 30.

6 x 5 = 30
5 x 6 = 30
4 x 8 = 32
3 x 10 = 30
2 x 15 = 30

6 x 4 = 24
5 x 5 = 25
4 x 6 = 24
3 x 8 = 24
2 x 12 = 24

This could have important effects if

1. The total number of combat units available is limited,

2. Barbarians are introduced and therefore the strength of Rome in total vs Barbarians is a factor,

To put it simply, are there too few units on the board in 2 or 3 player games because of the limited number of legions that can be built?

Should players be allowed to combine the units of 2 or 3 sets in this case?

This also allows for "historical" setups whereby a full complement of legions is placed on the board at the start rather than players racing to conquer "empty" space.

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