Wargamer Weekly: Lost & Found

By Joe Robinson 28 Jul 2017 0

Last night I watched a film called Dragon Blade, featuring Jackie Chan, John Cusack & Adrien Brody. It’s kind of terrible, so I wouldn’t recommend it (I have a habit of watching dubious martial arts-based flicks) but the entire plot, such that it is, is inspired by a theory that Roman Legionaries were settled in the Far East along the Silk Road.

In 53 BCE, the army led by former Consul Marcus Crassus was dealt a disastrous defeat at the hands of the Parthian Empire, leading to the man’s death. Thousands of prisoners were recorded to have been taken, and the Parthians were apparently known for relocating prisoners far away from the place they were captured. Chinese chroniclers from 36 BCE record the capture of foreign troops who used a “fish-scale” fighting technique, which many attribute as the Roman-style Testudo formation. These soldiers were later theorised to have been allowed to settle in China, with a town called Li-Qian, or “Lee-Jen” being a likely candidate.

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Despite the film being a bit naff, the idea of Roman Legions turning up where they’re not supposed to has always fascinated me, mainly because I’ve always been fascinated by the Legions as military units. The infamous Legio IX Hispana which mysteriously vanished after AD 120 is another source of myth and legend, although the films they’ve made about them haven’t been that good either.

A tome I enjoy referring to is Stephen Dando-Collins’ book Legions of Rome. It’s a fantastic work examining the Imperial Legions in detail, collecting all of the known information about individual units. In terms of military history it provides more of a top-level overview between 30 BCE and 400 AD, but it’s still a great read for the Roman Military enthusiast. No, on with today’s weekly round-up!

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There are a couple of key talking points for the Wargame Company That Was Promised this week. First up; for those of you who love the accessibility that Steam affords, you’ll be pleased to hear Gary Grigsby’s War in the West is heading to Steam on August 3rd.

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I can’t seem to find an actual review of the original release on The Wargamer, although you can read an interview here. We’ll definitely be doing a dedicated review of this game though, reflecting back on how it handles three years after it was released.

In terms of new releases, Command LIVE: Pole Position is out and available to purchase for the princely sum of £2.99 | $2.99. James is currently looking at another game, and he’ll be moving on to this once he’s done.

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Finally, we’ve got a development diary looking at some of the new units and specializations coming to Order of Battle’s upcoming expansion, Burma Road (ED: Another road, see? I knew there was a segue in there somewhere). Click here if you want to get a sneak peek at the SAS, Gurkhas, Artillery & more!

Humble Store Sale

This isn’t a formal ‘bundle’ as you’re want to see the discount-friendly store promote, but they are having a The World at War event where a bunch of war-themed games are up to 80% off. Deals of special consideration to the discerning wargamer are:

Company of Heroes (-75%)
Company of Heroes 2: Master Collection (-75%)
Steel Division: Normandy ’44 (-10%)
Men of War: Assault Squad 2 Complete Edition (-80%)
Hearts of Iron IV Cadet Edition (-50%)
IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946 (-75%)
Hearts of Iron III DLC Collection (-75%)

There are a few more, not all of them the kind of games we write about here, but these represent the highlights. Let us know if you pick any of them up!

And the rest…

RETRACTION: Last week we highlighted a game to you called Poseidon – Project Dark Sky. Upon further investigation it seems more arcade-y than simulation, so we’re probably not going to follow up with any further coverage on this one. Sorry about that.

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Finally, Graviteam have released a new piece of DLC for their hyper-realistic wargame Tank Warfare: Tunisia 1943 titled Longstop Hill. This update features two operations of 21 turns that focuses on the battle of Djebel el Ahmera, between the German 5th Panzer Army and the British 78th “Battleaxe” Division.

That’s all for this week’s news update – have a good weekend!

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