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   Attila is a strategic wargame in Europe around year 450.

   This is an uncommon game during an historical poorly known period. It was a period of ruins for roman cities. it was also a period where warriors people pillaged, settled and build kingdoms while becoming Christians. Attila was a barbarian warrior. But he was also an intelligent man, who spoke Latin and visited Constantionople palace when he was young. His declining army came to Rome doors. then Attila met Pope Leon 1st the great who convinced him not to pillage the city.

   This game develop religious and diplomatic aspects, with barbarians people assimilated into Orient and occident Roman Empires. The pope travel to rally barbarians people (Visigoths, Franks and Burgundians). Attila can invade the Roman Empire and even become Pope.

The illustration

   On a parchment background, we can see a beautiful monochrome draw of Attila riding his horse. The draw is not signed.

Opening of the box

   The box contains the map, Romans and Barbarians counters, 6 playing cards to resolve combats, 1 combat table, the rules of the game, 1 calendar and 6 diplomatic playing cards.

The map

the map represents the Europe. the red lines represents frontiers of the Orient and Occident Roman Empires. To my mind, the map is missing colours to be best readable.

The counters

   10 different colours are used to represent the Huns, the Romans and 8 Barbarians tribes. Some white counters are used to indicate a reduced value after combat. Some yellow counters are used to indicate agriculture zones devastated temporary or definitively. The counter on which Virgile is quoted "Fugit irreparabile tempus" (Irrecoverable time glides away) is of course used for the calendar.

   The 6 large playing cards are used for combats, the 6 smaller are for diplomacy.

The rules

   The rulebook contains 17 pages in four languages (Italian, English, German, French).

   The object of the game for Attila is to occupy at least a city in the orient Roman Empire, one in Gaul, one in Italy and occupy cities for a value of at least 20 points.

   Each turn is divided into 6 phases:
   - Barbarian movement
   - agriculture area devastations
   - Barbarians attacks
   - power reduction on besieged roman units
   - Romans movement
   - Romans attacks

   The diplomatic playing cards are used when pope Leo I enter in Lugdunum, to rally the Burgundians. It is also used in case of conflict between Leo I and the Attila to become Pope.

An article from Spain from the magazine "Maquetismo y Simulación" n°15

Some price (2004-2006):

N° EBAY Price EBAY Country Date Remarks
5917609417 EUR 20 France 6 sept 2004  
5926818683 EUR 41,50 Italy 21 oct 2004  
5951490640 EUR 53 Germany 30 Jan 2005  
5953626001 EUR 63 Germany 06 02 2005 unpunched
5189770823 EUR 15,65 Germany 01 may 2005 uncomplete
5213024899 EUR 32 France 03 July 2005  
5233773127 $ 168,10 ! Italy 2 sept 2005  
5238757496 $ 91 USA 15 sept 2005 unpunched
5290232084 EUR 63 Italy 5 oct 2005  
8713465331 EUR 55 France 26 oct 2005  
8711277019 EUR 17,60 France 29 oct 2005  
8753629705 EUR 15 Italy 25 jan 2006  
8755873080 EUR 79 Italy 2 feb 2006  
8790279606 EUR 76 France 11 apr 2006  
8794893869 EUR 9,38 Germany 16 apvr 2006  
8811092919 EUR 19,50 France 20 may 2006  
6060018030 EUR 21,50 France 27 may 2006  

ATTILA overview

reference: W114
A game for 2 players from 15 years on
Time of Game: 4/8 hours
Degree of difficulty: 2 (quite easy)
Date: 1981 ?
Authors: International Team


Attila on boardgamegeek
Attila in LA CAVERNE
Attila on Tric-Trac

Another game on this period: Decline and Fall

A book ?

The classical "The history of the decline and fall of the roman empire" by Edward Gibbon

I am looking for:
- a copy of one article on Attila published in SIMULACRUM N° 11

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