Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars 460-400 BC
Publisher/Brand: GMT Games
Product Code: GMT1701
Pericles is a ‘sandbox’ (unscripted) wargame that covers the entire period of conflict described in Thucydides classic history on the Peloponnesian wars. Pericles is a four-player game, where two teams of Athenian and Spartan factions fight for Hegemony in 5th Century Greece. Each team of two represents a faction vying for control of their City States, strategy, and honor.
Pericles uses elements from the Golden Geek best Wargame of 2015, Churchill, to simulate war as the extension of politics by other means. In the War portion of the game, it is us versus them (Athens versus Sparta), where each team implements their collective strategy to dominate Theaters of War, build economic strength, and fight battles to win Honor.
Pericles uses an Issue Queue preplanning mechanic that the playtesters have described as ‘insanely fun’. After your Political assembly has debated and won issues, these issues (military, league, diplomatic, oracle) are secretly placed on the military map in one of the twenty Theaters of war. Battle in Pericles is based on armies and fleets being led by the classic generals of yore, represented as Strategos tokens. Players will experience periods of Peace, or periods of War where Athens and Sparta directly enter the fray. The end of the game is not set, and factions from the opposing sides can conspire to declare Peace, gain honor, and control the timing of how a game ends.
Victory in Pericles goes to the side that conquers their opponents City State or generates more honor points from geographic dominance and economic strength than the other. However, there can only be one, and the ultimate winner of the game is the victorious City State faction that has the most honor points. Pericles is a game of coopetition. As stated earlier, Pericles is a game of us versus them, but for the winning side it is a game of me versus you!
- One 22" x 34" Mounted Mapboard
- 1 Countersheets
- 88 Cards
- 190 Wooden Pieces
- 4 Cardboard Player Shields
- 6 Player Aid Cards
- One 20-sided die