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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Me the Body of Patroclus"
Giant Battle Trojan War
According to the Iliad,
when the tide of war had turned against the Greeks and the Trojans were
threatening their ships, Achilles “friend” Patroclus convinced Achilles to let
him lead the Myrmidons
(Achilles retinue) into combat. Achilles consented, giving Patroclus the armor
Achilles had received from his father, in order for Patroclus to impersonate
Achilles. Achilles then told Patroclus to return after beating the Trojans back from their
ships. Patroclus defied Achilles' order and pursued the Trojans back to the
gates of Troy. Patroclus
killed many Trojans, including a son of Zeus, Sarpedon. While battling,
Patroclus' wits were removed by Apollo,
after which Patroclus was hit with the spear of Euphorbos.Hector,
thinking this was Achilles, then killed Patroclus by stabbing him in the
stomach with a spear.
This game deviates from the Homer epic to propose an
all out effort by the various heroes to retrieve the body ofPatroclus
Command 1: Agamenon of
Mycenea with Menelaus of Sparta -- 1xLCh/4Bd (CnC), 2xLHCh/4Bd, 4x4Sp, 1x2Ps
Command 2: Achilles of
Phtia-- 1xLCh/4Bd (Gen), 6x4Wb, 1x2Ps
Command 5: Odysseus of Ithaca
with Ajax of Salamis -- 1xLCh/4Bd (Gen), 1xLCh/4Bd, 4x4Sp, 2x2Ps
Achaeans fight as independent
commands.Commands are comprised of 8
elements each, demoralized when they lose 3 elements with their general counting as 2.
Break/Demoralized = elements
need an extra PIP for a forward move, toward enemy side edge. Per element, not
group. Normal rules apply to movement to the side(less than 90d or rear or any
movement within the deploymentarea.
board.Not the Big Battle rules for
Army loses the game if 4 out
of 6 commanders are lost or when 50% of army is lost-- 20 elements lost (not
Agammenon rolls 1D6-1 for
PIPs for each command (so it is possible for a command to receive 0 Pips for a
bound). Agammenon gets the highest roll, Achilles gets the lowest (but can
always move himself if in his chariot
if he gets no PIPs), the other 5 get whatever Agammenon gives them. ( When any element contacts Petroclus then
Achilles gets the highest die and Achilles rolls and allocates for the
generals.If Agammennon is lost before
this happens, Menelaus becomes CinC, next Odyessus, next Nestor.Likewise if Achilles is lost after he gains
The commands of Hector and
Paris are the native Trojans and Dardanians. Aeneas commands the Sea People
mercenaries.Hector allocates standard
d6 dice as he sees fit, without regard to high and low among all three Trojan players.
Each command is the full 12
elements, and demoralized if 4 elements are destroyed, lost with 6 gone . Thus,
the Achaeans have better troops and slightly more of them, but are handicapped
by their command structure, whereas the Trojans should have better
command/control.Trojans lose if 2 of 3
generals are lost or if army loses 50% -- 18 elements(lost not just
demoralized). If Hector is lost then Aeneas becomes the CinC.
For both armies, all chariots
have dismounted blades that can be substituted for the chariots for 1 PIP per
chariot .The named heroes, only, may
also remount for 2 pips per individual.Also the named heroes may use the Big Battle rule for the CinC of adding
a +1 once per game after the initial score has been rolled.
Petroclus is dead, in the
center of the table.Capturing the body
will eliminate 5 elements worth of losses to the side that brings it to their
board edge.To move it, an element need
only touch it and move as normally.The
body occupies no gaming space so it cannot protect an element from attack.If two opposing elements touch it, then they
are considered in frontal combat, the winner taking possession.If an element in possession loses a combat,
the winner gets it. Only Chariots and dismounted blades can retrieve the
body.It stays to front or back of the
capturing element that faces the enemy edge.
There are no camps or BUAs.Some areas of Bad Going and a couple of Hills
should be placed around the battlefield, but it is vastly just the open plains
To increase the game to 10
players (this needs increased space and time)
And to the Trojans (this
command rolls his own die, is demoralized with 4 loses, and destroyed with 6.
Command 4:Hittites -- 1x General in
2-horse 3-crew chariot (HCh), 1 x 2-horse 3-crew chariot (HCh),2x2-horse2-crewchariots(LCh),4xHittitespearmen(3Pk),2xAnatolianorSyrian
spearmen (3Ax), 2 x archers (Ps)
Historical note: I first put together my Trojan War collection in 2001. I posted a question to Fanaticus as to how to organize the armies. Chris Brantley suggested this scenario. I added the Petroclus aspect. I ran this game at Historicon in 2002.
I ran this again at the March 2017 Adepticon Convention. It played just as well with DBA 3 as it did originally with DBA 2. Just some slight changes in the army components. Base Width moves speeded up play.
The game had 10 players
Another view, taken by Bill Hupp. Yours truly standing on left.
Chariot combat in the center. Hector's command captured Patroclus' body, defending against Agamemnon's attack. Hector hits the Achaean leader in the flank, but loses. Patroclus' body falls to the Achaean's side which held it for duration of game.
Combat between Nestor (lower left)/Achilles (yellow shields) and the Hittites
Final fighting in center, after loss of Hector
Hector and Aeneas were destroyed so Trojans lost. Achaeans captured the body of Patroclus.