Loosely inspired on SPI’s “The Conquerors”, The Fate of All is an operational / tactical simulation covering the first four years of the campaign led by Alexander the Great against the Achaemenid Empire ruled by Darius III.
The final goal is to give a realistic representation of ancient warfare, without strange salads of godly interventions, auguries and Homeric duels. In the end, players will find that the problems faced were similar to those encountered during the Napoleonic era or the American Civil War.
The four maps cover Greece, part of the Balkans, Anatolia, Egypt and the Middle East up to Babylon. The scale is 30 km per hex with monthly turns.
The maps are designed using the latest archaeological studies and findings, but despite centuries of research several things are still only vaguely known: Some examples are the extension and path of the Persian Royal Roads, the location of several important cities and the exact route of Alexander’s Army. In these cases, the “most accepted theory” rule has been used.
Counters are 5/8″, each one representing a formation, from a Macedonian Phalanx Taxis (approx. 1500 soldiers) to a Cavalry Ile (200 – 300 mounted soldiers). Commanders and naval forces are also represented and will be key elements for the final victory.
Rules are centred on the problems of army organisation, supply and morale: Commanders are essentials, armies must be organised in a balanced way or they will move slowly, cavalry must be used for foraging, raid and reconnaissance, morale must be kept under control using sound military achievements or donations.
Political aspects are also a key element: Actions like Plundering and Sacking will have a negative impact on the local support by the ruling class and population, and both sides will have to use money or threats to gain it back. Last but not least, treason, revolts and dubious allies will be a problem too.
Battles can be fought using Strategic Combat, still realistic but quicker, or to their full extent using the Tactical Rules and Map – probably the best choice for a decisive battle.
All the classical sources and several modern military-focused studies are being used during development. In particular, The Anabasis of Alexander by Arrian has been chosen as the main and most reliable classical source for two reasons: Arrian based most of his writing on the now lost Ptolemy’s account of the campaign, and he was himself a military commander, thus having a better understanding of the problems and key facts of a military campaign.
- 4x 90×60 cm matte plasticized map, covering Greece, Anatolia and the Middle East
- 1x Battle Map
- 5x 5/8″ matte plasticized counter sheets
- 20x Fate Cards
- Rules Booklet
- Scenarios & Designers’ Notes Booklet
- Strategikon Booklet, containing examples and suggestions for the Commanders
- 2x Charts & Tables booklets
- 4x Player Aid Charts
- 2x 10-sided dice
- 10x zipbags
- 30 km per hex, one month per turn
- Units representing various formations, from Phalanx to Chariots
- Order of battle and commanders based on primary sources and the most recent historical research
- Realistic supply problems with realistic and possibly violent solutions
- Cavalry Reconnaissance, Foraging and Raiding
- Reaction Movement, not so easy retreats and catastrophic routs
- Attrition and Army Morale, your first problems in the morning
- Naval Warfare
- Satrapies, Taxation and Bribes
- Revolts, Treachery and worse
- Five Different Scenarios with different complexity
The Anger of Achilles
The four decisive years of Alexander’s campaign, 334 BCE
In the Spring of 334 BCE, Alexander is finally ready to put in practice what his father Philip planned: a full-scale invasion of the Achaemenid Empire. Leading an army of Macedonian veterans, warlike Thracian tribes and potentially unreliable Greek allies, Alexander quickly marches toward the Hellespont.
Far away at his Court in Persepolis, Darius sees no real reasons to worry: Last year, the Satraps of Anatolia had already defeated the Macedonian advance guard, using only a fraction of the forces available to the Empire. Moreover, the young and impulsive Macedonian King is apparently always on the front line, leading the cavalry. Killing him during one of his ill-conceived charges will be enough to plunge Macedonia into chaos.
Maybe the Great King is right. Or maybe, the anger of the new Achilles will be heard as far as Babylon.
Ten Thousands, Again
Parmenion’s preparatory expedition in Anatolia, 336 BCE
In the Spring of 336 BCE, having finally squashed the open unrest and rebellions in Greece, Philip II of Macedonia sets in motion his most audacious design: The invasion of the Achaemenid Empire.
The inaugural phase of the plan entailed the dominion over the eastern shores of the Aegean, in order to create a safe logistical base before advancing into Central Anatolia. To this end, Parmenion, one of the most capable Macedonian commanders, is entrusted with an army of 9,000 infantry and 1,000 cavalry.
On the Persian side, the Great King Artaxerxes IV is a young puppet in the hands of the powerful vizier Bagoas, and both are too busy with court intrigues to worry about an insignificant war at the margins of the Empire. The Aegean Satrapies will have to provide for their own defence.
As usual, the Gods laugh at the plans of the mortals. Within six months, Philip will be assassinated by one of his bodyguards, Artaxerxes and Bagoas will both lose the traditional Court Poisoning Contest, and things in the Aegean will get more complicated.
It All Comes to This
The final clash between Alexander and Darius, 331 BCE
The year 331 BCE etches itself into the scrolls of time as the epoch of a war that would shape the course of empires and echo through the corridors of eternity, as two titans clash upon the tapestry of conquest and ambition.
Alexander, an indomitable force fuelled by the fire of Macedonian might, faces a new, formidable army raised by Darius. The impressive numbers and apparently unlimited resources of the Persian empire are counterbalanced by the Macedonian experience and leadership, making everything still possible.
The Persian offers for an appeasement, including a colossal amount of gold and the hand of one of Darius’ daughters, are disdainfully refused by Alexander, leaving battle as the only possible choice.
Whatever the outcome, it is a clash that will resonate through the ages and leave an enduring mark on the world.
The Greek revolt following Alexander’s death, 323 BCE
When the news of Alexander’s death reaches Greece in the summer of 323 BCE, the Athenians see their long-awaited chance to break the Macedonian hegemony and reinstate their position as one of the dominant powers in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Leosthenes, a well-known and respected general, is appointed as supreme commander. During the previous months, he has already quietly recruited 8000 mercenaries who served under Alexander in Asia, now reinforced by 6000 Athenians, 2000 additional mercenaries, and 7000 men from other Greek city-states. More forces are expected to join the newly formed alliance as soon as the news from Babylon will be confirmed beyond any doubt.
On the Macedonian side, the immense empire created by Alexander has outlived him only by a few days, as his Companions divided it among themselves and are on the brink of a civil war. Nonetheless, an existential threat to the heart of the Macedonian power cannot be ignored and could force them to leave their ambitions aside, at least for a while.
The Shattered Bonds
The first Diadochi war, 320 BCE
In 321 BCE, most of the internal rebellions caused by the untimely death of Alexander and the subsequent splitting of his empire have been quelled, and the Diadochi are finally ready to put every energy toward their common goal: Killing each other.
As Perdiccas moves to settle the score with Ptolemy, a coalition formed by Antipater, Craterus and Antigonus prepares to invade Anatolia, hoping to undermine Perdiccas’ dominant position and to bring support to Ptolemy before it’s too late.
The defence of Anatolia is entrusted to Eumenes, a previous secretary of Alexander raised to the rank of general thanks to his capabilities. Perdiccas also assigns Neoptolemos, an able officer but with a reputation for troublemaking, to act under the command of Eumenes.
As Antipater and his allies move into Anatolia by land and sea, Perdiccas’ faction is hit by a string of defections: Neoptolemos, the fleet admiral Cleitus the White, the Lydia Satrap Menandros, and the Karia Satrap Asandros all side with the enemy.
It’s only the beginning of a bloody war that will claim the life of most of its protagonists.
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