The Peloponnesian War 431 - 404
Indeed the Greek Gods are fickle. After several years of almost
exclusive Athenian victories, the Gods again smiled on Sparta,
which won more games than Athens. But they did switch sides often.
In one game, the auguries die rolls stopped the Athenians cold.
While their treasury was a huge 10,250 talents to Sparta's 300,
they only had five operations in four turns. Thus, Athenian bellicosity
fell to the surrender level through successful Spartan sieges
and ravaging. In another game, the Spartans were able to cut
the Athenian grain supply from the Black Sea areas and won enough
small battles to force an Athenian surrender. But the Gods did
not always smile on Sparta. After a small army made its way past
attempts and ravaged all the way down the Asian coast, the Spartans
lost all their ships and half their hoplites during the rest
of the first turn. As a result Sparta was too weak to continue
past its first operation of the second turn.
The final game saw former champion Brian Mountford as Sparta
pitted against Orhan Omer as Athens. On the first turns, both
sides tasted both successes and failures. Sparta ravaged the
Asian coast, assaulted Macedonia and Stagirus, and reinforced
Potidaea, but lost a battle at Larisa and its fleet at Corinth,
and incredibly skirmishes killed six Spartan hoplite
strength points. Meanwhile Athens sent a fleet to Byzantium to
guard its grain supply and destroyed the Spartan Allied fleet
at Corinth. Both sides failed to cause rebellion attempts. The
second turn only saw three operations before ending on Auguries
die rolls, but in that time the Gods turned against Athens. Corcyran
allies suffered a civil war and Delian League allies Lampsacus
and Iasus rebelled. Sparta reinforced Macedonia, and eventually
killed all the Athenian allies in the north. On turn 3, the Delian
League rebellion spread to Olynthus. Sparta again ravaged the
Asian coast, sieged Torone, and reinforced Corinth and Potidaea.
Athens sent a fleet to siege Melos, again assaulted the Corinthian
fleet, and attempted to re-siege Potidaea. In the battle for
Corinth, the Athenians won the naval battle, but Sparta won the
land battle and retained control. The Athenian siege at Potidaea
failed. By the end of the turn, lost battles and the affects
of Spartan ravaging, drove Athenian bellicosity to the surrender
level. Thus did Brian Mountford regain the championship of PPW.
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