Thursday, March 31, 2016

Micro Ancient (1976)

Micro Ancient (1976)


5.82353 out of 10 with 17 ratings
Board Game Rank: Not Ranked
War Game Rank: Not Ranked


The game recreates a battle during the Punic Wars, between the Carthaginian and Roman Republican armies. The Roman army counters represent a force of two legions, with auxiliary and other friendly foreign troops, totaling approximately 22,000 men. The Carthaginian army is typical of a mercenary type army, with counters representing some 30,000 men. Using the simple but comprehensive rules, up to six players are able to recreate a complete battle on any flat surface. The battlefield can be varied to suit any type of terrain, thus giving an extremely variable playing area.

Part of the Micro Warfare Series from Tabletop Games. The games in the series were intended to be played directly on the game table (without a mapboard) using rules concepts from traditional miniatures wargaming. The games offered an affordable alternative to the miniatures hobby in that they used un-cut cardstock counters for the game units.

Series II Additonal Armies
TTG-MA-A01 Persian
TTG-MA-A02 Macedonian
TTG-MA-A03 Gallic
TTG-MA-A04 British
TTG-MA-A05 Indian
TTG-MA-A06 Sassanid
TTG-MA-A07 Byzantine
TTG-MA-A08 Goth
TTG-MA-A09 Hun
TTG-MA-A10 Late Roman
TTG-MA-A11 Egyptian
TTG-MA-A12 Assyrian
TTG-MA-A13 Seleucid
TTG-MA-A14 Chinese
TTG-MA-A15 Norman
TTG-MA-A16 Saxon
TTG-MA-A17 Viking

  • Designer: (Uncredited)
  • Artist: Kris Whitmore
  • Publisher: Hurlbat, Tabletop Games
  • Year Published: 1976
  • Number of Players: 2 - 6
  • Suggested Number of Players: 2
  • Manufacturer Suggested Ages: 0
  • Playing Time: 120
  • Suggested Ages: 12
  • Subdomain: Wargames
  • Category: Ancient, Wargame
  • Family: Ancient Rome, Country: Greece, Micro Warfare Series
  • Alternate Names: Micro Ancient


6 out of 10
Jen bona ideo : tre tre malgranda batalo-ludo el kartono. Bedaŭrinde la mekanismoj estas tre komplikaj (ekz. oni devas kalkuli la damaĝojn soldaton post soldato). Tia sistemo ŝajnas tre eksmoda kompare kun pli lastatempaj ludoj (oni komparu kun Great Battles of Alexander: kiu uzas seslateran mapon, unu tabelon por batalo-rezultoj ktp).

7 out of 10
I'm making a computer game that will hopefully out-do this game of my childhood. ( When I was young this was the perfect game. Exceedingly cheap (big plus) and the ability to play any entire battle from the ancients period! Loved these rules!

4 out of 10
Great when I first got it - but that was way back. I had a lot of the expansion armies.

miniatures PDF version

8 out of 10
Essentially a minis game done with cardboard unit counters. I've got *all* the armies ever released. I slightly prefer the ancients game to the napoleonic.

6 out of 10
For me a golden oldie which I still play occasionally whilst pretending it's the 1970's again.

9 out of 10
Predecessor to the Metagaming MicroGames, makes a great take-along game, serves as a good introduction to historical wargaming for non-gamers or those used to genre games & RPGs. Easy to choose a complexity level for play.

I have all of the 17 counter sheets.

Ancient World > Punic Wars > Tactical Quasi-Miniatures

6 out of 10
I have all of the expansions for this game, too.
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