Rome at War:
Hannibal at Bay
Few personalities of the ancient world seize the
imagination like Hannibal Barca, Carthage's military
genius. Invading Roman Italy in 218 B.C., he won
repeated victories over the legions but could not
force the Romans to make peace. Meanwhile, Rome's
great general Scipio Africanus overran Carthage's
colonies in Spain and in 204 B.C. invaded the Carthaginian
homeland in modern-day Tunisia. Hannibal swiftly
returned home, setting up a clash between the two
Hannibal at Bay is a game based on Carthage's
final days, the campaign that made Rome into the
world's greatest power. Players take the roles
of the Carthaginian and Roman commanders (usually
Hannibal and Scipio) and maneuver their legions,
phalanxes, cavalry and elephants across the game
board and engage in combat.
The game pieces come in two sizes. “Long” pieces
are 1 and 1/3 inches long and 2/3 inches wide,
representing heavy infantry: legions or phalanxes.
Other pieces are squares 2/3-inch across each side.
These represent elephants, cavalry, artillery or
Each unit is rated for combat strength and morale.
Combat can take the form of assault, cavalry charge
or bombardment. Each player rolls a number of dice
equal to the total combat strength of his or her
units involved. For each result of 6, one hit is
achieved. For each hit suffered by a unit, it loses
one “step,” or level of strength.
There are five scenarios, or battle situations:
Watchtower of Agathocles.
Winter, 204 B.C.
Scipio sets up a cavalry ambush of Hanno's Carthaginians.
The Great Plains. April/May
The Carthaginian general Hasdrubal recruits a much
larger army to face Scipio's better-trained legions.
Cirta. May/June 203 B.C.
Massinissa and Syphax clash for the throne of Numidia,
with the Romans backing Massinissa.
Zama. October 202 B.C.
Hannibal and his undefeated army return to Africa
to fight for their home city, in one of history's
Tunes. May 255 B.C.
A battle from the First Punic War, as the legions
of Marcus Atilius Regulus face the mercenary
army of Xanthippus.
The game includes two semi-rigid mapboards, the
same type as those found in Panzer
Stock Code: APL0111
Status: This game is no longer available.