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Spirit Games (Est. 1984) - Supplying role playing games (RPG), wargames rules, miniatures and scenery, new and traditional board and card games for the last 20 years sells Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars

Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars


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Pericles is a 'sandbox' (unscripted) wargame that covers the ENTIRE period of conflict described in Thucydides classic history on the Peloponnesian wars. Pericles is a four-player game, where two teams of Athenian and Spartan factions fight for Hegemony in 5th Century Greece. Each team of two represents a faction vying for control of their City States, strategy, and honour.

Pericles uses elements from the Golden Geek best Wargame of 2015, Churchill, to simulate war as the extension of politics by other means. In the war portion of the game, it is US versus THEM (Athens versus Sparta), where each team implements their collective strategy to dominate Theatres of War, build economic strength, and fight battles to win Honour.

Pericles uses an Issue Queue preplanning mechanic that the playtesters have described an 'insanely fun.' After your Political assembly has debated and won issues, these issues (military, league, diplomatic, oracle) are secretly placed on the military map in one of the twenty Theatres of war.

Battle in Pericles is based on armies and fleets being led by the classic generals of yore, represented as Strategos tokens.

Players will experience periods of Peace, or periods of War where Athens and Sparta directly enter the fray. The end of the game is not set, and factions from the opposing sides can conspire to declare Peace, gain honour, and control the timing of how a game ends.

Pericles comes with rules of play for 3 humans, 2 humans or single human mode. There are 23 historical scenarios that allow you to experience the entire 60 year period.

Victory in Pericles goes to the side that conquers their opponents City State OR generates more honour points from geographic dominance and economic strength than the other. However, there can only be one, and the ultimate winner of the game is the victorious City State faction that has the most honour points. Pericles is a game of City State warfare balanced against Political infighting. As I stated earlier, Pericles is a game of US and THEM, but for the winning side it is a game of ME and YOU!


  • One Mounted Map Board
  • One Full-Colour Countersheet
  • Six Player Aid Cards
  • One 20-Sided Die
  • Rulebook & Playbook
  • 88 Cards
  • 190+ Wooden Pieces
  • 4 Cardboard Player Shields

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Playing Time
30 minutes to many hours
Game Type
GMT Games
No. Players
1-4 Players
Mark Herman
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