The Akkadian Empire and Its Army
|DBA I/11. (a)||Variant Army for I/11. (a)|
|Akkadian 2334BC-2139BC||Akkadian 2334BC-2139BC|
|1||HCh (Gen)||1||HCh (Gen)|
|2||3Sp or 4Pk||1||
3Sp, 4Pk or 4Bw
|1||7Hd||1||2Ps or 7Hd|
Substituting the four bases of Ps for Bw and allowing an option for one more Bw, reducing the Pk in a way to make the army more swift, light and effective.
In terms of the DBA tactical warfare factor interpretation, emerges the principal problem. This is the incapacity of Bw to confront and became superior against Pk. The unique solution is, in this case, to attribute a factor (+ 4 vs Pk, thus making a +1 difference) more accordingly to that historical reality, in such a way that the Sumerian commander could experiment and understand the difficulty on holding the Akkadian forces. That advantage, mathematically speaking, gives to the bows 21 victories, 5 pushes and 10 defeats, on a 10 for 1 proportion.
This fact suggests that apart from the high degree of playability and pleasure of the DBA game, it reverts that punctual situations suffer the process of generalisation (however this generalisation is understandable). At last, I state here the idea for keeping the rules, the basic structure (philosophy), as they are, changing only the combat factor for three to four main historical periods in history: Pre-Classic, Classic, Dark ages and/or Medieval.
GADD, C. J., ´The cities of Babyloniaª in The Cambridge Ancient History [=CAH] - Volume I/Part 2 - Early History of the Middle East, 3ª ed., Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1971.
GARELLI, Paul, Le Proche Orient Asiatique. Des origines aux invasions des peubles de la mer, Paris, PUF, 1969.
GARELLI, Paul; NIKIPROWETZKI, V., Le Proche Orient Asiatique. Les empires mésopotamiens, Israel, Paris, PUF, 1974.
PARROT, André, Sumer, Paris, Gallimard, 1981.
SALES, José das Candeias, A Ideologia Real Acádica e Egípcia, representações do poder politico pré-clássico, 1ª edição, Lisboa, Editorial Estampa, Colecção Nova História, nº 33, 1997.
´Sargón's Chroniclesª in Ancient Near Eastern Texts - Relating to the Old Testament (=ANET), (Ed., James B. Pritchard), 3ª ed. with supplement, Princeton/New Jersey, Princeton University Press, 1969.
´Sargón's Legendª in Ancient Near Eastern Texts - Relating to the Old Testament (=ANET), (Ed., James B. Pritchard), 3ª ed. with supplement, Princeton/New Jersey, Princeton University Press, 1969.
WISE, Terence, Ancient Armies of the Middle East, London, Osprey Publishing, 1990.
See Rob Hanks' A Bow of Contention.
Comments, questions or suggested additions to this page can be sent to Chris Brantley, IamFanaticus@gmail.com.
Last Updated: Oct. 26, 2001