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Fight Like Channing Tatum (Online): A Short, Bloody History of Roman War Games
Posted January 21, 2011 to photo album "Fight Like Channing Tatum (Online): A Short, Bloody History of Roman War Games"
As The Eagle’s battle scenes demonstrate, the Roman Army was one of history’s most effective war machines. Legions of gamers, both in board games and online, have tried to emulate them.
Slide 6: Getting on Board with Conquest of the Empire
In 1984, the Milton Bradley company, known for such baby-boomer favorites as Life, Chutes and Ladders, and Twister, released a somewhat complicated historical game that went on to become not only a collector’s item but also the forerunner of almost three decades of Roman-themed games. Conquest of the Empire was part of Milton Bradley’s “Gamemaster” series, described by the site Board Game Geek as “known for their big boxes, big boards and tons of plastic pieces. The quality of these light war games had not been seen before, and likely served as the inspiration for many games released later by publishers such as Eagle Games, the later Avalon Hill and especially Fantasy Flight Games.”