- May 13, 2011
Hi and welcome to my 2nd AAR
Due to some reasons mentioned in the respective thread I had to put my DH AAR into hiatus since pretty much nowadays I can only play AGEOD games.
I wanted to try to make more a gameplay based AAR instead of the narrative one I was writing for DH, since it seems more easy and enjoyable to write, which is good for a lazy guy like me.
I will be playing as Rome the historical winners and my opponent will be Geoffrey Griggs. I have already played 2 AJE games and 1 WIA game against him, having won one of AJE and lost the other 2 games. He is a better player than me but I don't plan to loose this time.
He may or may not make some updates of his own for this AAR, it depends on his busy schedule.
A bit of historical background regarding this war for those not familiar. The First Punic War was the first of 3 struggles between the two great powers of the Western Mediterranean, Rome and Carthage. And like most of the great wars it started with something apparently small and unrelated that escalated quickly.
The Mamertines—a group of Italian mercenaries originally hired by Agathocles of Syracuse—occupied the city of Messana killing all the men and taking the women as their wives. After having established themselves they started raiding and pillaging all nearby lands, making them enter in conflict with the rising Greek power of Syracuse, a significant state on it's own but overshadowed by the titans that were Carthage and Rome.
Having been defeated and fearing the wrath of Syracuse, the Mamertines requested both help of the Carthaginians and Romans. Carthage was the first one to reply to their call, negotiating with Syracuse a cease of hostilities and sending a garrison to Messana. However for some unknown reason, the Mamerites changed their minds and betrayed Carthage, petitioning an alliance with Rome and expelling the Punic Garrison.
The Senate after much arguing if they should help a group that had basically unlawfully stolen a city, decided to help the mercenaries and send troops over the fear of Carthaginian hegemony over Sicily.
And so the First Punic War starts, with Carthage and Syracuse on one side and Rome in the other. Of the Mamertines, they faded from history after the beginning of the war, so in this game they act just as the locked garrison of Messena.
The first update will come in a couple of days as this game still only recently started.