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Heirs to Empire: Wars of the Diadochi is a scale and model agnostic mass battle game set during the wars to divide Alexander's empire between his successors.  It is a period of roughly 40 years of conflict.  It features big battles, small skirmishes, political intrigue, alliances, betrayal, and everything tha can make a historical wargame great!

Heirs to Empire uses an expanded system made popular in Osprey's Men of Bronze in the Osprey Wargaming Series.  Therefore, it is scale and model agnostic.  The mechanics have been tweaked ot help reflect the large scale battles common in this period.  It evolves to allow players to use armies that fit the scale of combat in the Diadochi Wars.  In addition, it has an expanded campaign system and a streamlined set of Scenarios.  Finally, it establishes the unique armies and units of Diadochi armies.  

Enjoy your games battling rival Diadochi!

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Charles A July 07, 2020 9:49 pm UTC
Can you describe the differences and expansions from “Men of Bronze”? I thought was a really fun, if slightly underdevelopment, fast play set of rules to cover Hellenic Warfare from approximately the Persian Wars through Gaugamela. “Conquest! Rome in Italy” expands this rules system to include Roman warfare prior to the Punic Wars including the Pyrrhic Invasion. The system focuses on the ‘big picture’ of ancient Classical Warfare with clever ideas about supporting units in melee and the practical differences between phalanx, legion, non-phalanx infantry, warband, missile units, skirmishers and cavalry.

I wish that some of the concepts had been a bit more polished: What exactly is a Base Width for purposes for moment? I think a Base Width refers to the individual soldiers in a unit, and not the phalanx, warband or peltast as a group; but I am not certain. Also, do units supporting a melee remain fixed in the combat until either side routs? The Macedonians really need rules for Companion...See more
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Eric F September 22, 2020 5:47 pm UTC

Here is the big differences with Heirs and Men of Bronze. The CORE combat mechanics are very similar. However, the rules expand the idea that Hellenistic armies were much larger than traditional Greek Hoplite or Early Roman troops. Therefore, armies are broken down into Left, Center, and Right wings. Each wing has their own Commander's Gaze points and work as their own mini-armies. You need to have these different wings and units work together to achieve victory.

The game also is a higher level tactical combined arms game. Formations are assumed and not detailed. Therefore, you can focus more on using cavalry, infantry, and support troops working together. Smaller tweaks are charges, limited mobility, new special rules, Measurement Units instead of base widths, new army lists, expanded Hellenistic history, etc.

Finally, the rules also include Campaign rules to link battles together into a larger campaign, including multi-player campaigns. There are...See more
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Charles A September 22, 2020 6:35 pm UTC
Thanks for your reply. I have already purchased these rules along with at least three hard copies of “Men of Bronze” and a Google Play Books pdf of that Osprey product. I also eagerly await your next Osprey rules set focusing on wargaming battles between Rome and its enemies.

Unfortunately, I have not fully read “Heirs to Empire,” but they do look very interesting. Why couldn’t these rules allow us to game Alexander’s career? I think you would need to rate Hypaspists as a unit, and have some rules to simulate the Persian duel melee/missile units such as the Sparabara and Immortals. You have already supported “Men of Bronze” extensively by providing new Army Lists with interesting historical insight into their battles. Dare we hope for some of the same for “Heirs of Empire”?
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Eric F September 23, 2020 9:38 pm UTC
Yes, new content will likely appear on my blog in the future. :)
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Eric F October 20, 2020 5:44 pm UTC
Speaking of which, in December 2020 there will be a new army list for this game available on the Blog.
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Eric F November 23, 2020 3:16 pm UTC
New list on the blog here:

The Mauryan Empire that was on the Eastern Edge of the Seleucid's Empire.
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Charles A November 24, 2020 1:33 am UTC
Thanks for the new Army List on your “Blood and Spectacles” blog! This new force really expands the possibilities with these “Heirs of Empire: Wars of the Diadochi” rules. I hope to try a battle between the Seleucids and Mauryans over the Holidays.
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