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Legions

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Legions.SIT (5.15 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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legions.zip (26.73 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
Emulation
This game works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

Excellent strategy game set in ancient times. You assume the role as king of an empire of your choice, and work to conquer your neighbors. There are scenarios as well as random maps to play. On the downside, the AI is rather poor.

I found this game in a bargain bin at compusa in '96. It sold for $5 or $10. It was actually one of many games that I picked up that day because they were cheap as hell, but it ended up being the most addictive. There is a lot of content in this game, and while the graphics may not be supreme its value lies in its strategy. It plays like a chess game, when played with a human opponent, and is usually very fulfilling but the computer player is not dynamic. Because of the amount of challenge in the scenarios, and the tricky situations created often by the random map generator, the predictability of the computer is often appreciated... this game gets really tough and challenges you to conquer all or nothing. I'd consider myself an avid player of this thing, and i thought when I downloaded it that it would just be a stroll down memory lane, but in the past month I've put at least 24 hours into it. Extended play dose make it kinda dull though. Wonderful interface, plays great in classic (10.3.3), Screen scales to as high of a resolution as you can have, addictive. TIP: don't build shit troops, ever. Build heavy cavalry and deploy them with a general in at least 4,000 men and you'll be able to concentrate on empire instead of defense. - Demosthenes

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Legions - Quick Start Guide

Legions lets you play either a historical scenario or on a randomly generated map. This Guide covers the game-play of a random game though it applies for scenarios as well.

The objective of the game is to conquer the world.

After setting up the game parameters you start out with one city (which is your HQ, lose it and you lose the game) and a few towns (the smaller squares).

*First of all* click on the flag and the soldier buttons on the left side (left column) of the screen. It shows armies and flags on the map, indicating ownership of settlements. (the hourglass button is for ending your turn)

What you will want to do now is to build up a powerful army and crush your enemies. Unfortunately powerful armies need a lot of supplies for maintaining them. So probably the best way is to use a small, but powerful army instead of masses of spear-men (which are only cannon fodder anyway). Unfortunately training powerful units (such as heavy cavalry) also uses up a lot of resources, which is where the goods come into the game.

Each settlements produces a certain amount of goods, whether it's food, wood, metal or else. By double-clicking on the settlement you can check for what they produce. Another way of getting the goods you need is to access "Market Trading" from the menu and simply buy the necessary goods. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find a chart for the unit training costs, but it's mostly pretty obvious. (for example, you need metal, horses etc. for training heavy cavalry)

Keep a close eye for the prices, since they can be pretty volatile at times and it's a good thing buying useful goods on stock when prices are down. (prices are influenced by e.g. demand, wars or diplomatic agreements)

Which brings us to the last part of this quick start guide - interaction with other nations. You have a few diplomatic options, such as declaring war, offering an alliance, offering an economic alliance. It usually takes one turn until you get an answer. Overall the AI is not too smart and Legions is probably much more fun with human players, but it can be challenging on a higher difficulty level.

If you should go to war, simply use drag and drop to send your armies. An enemy is defeated as soon as you conquer his city, so don't bother with conquering the smaller towns first. The outcome of battles is symbolized by two crossed swords and its color: Red indicates a lost battle, green a battle won. Click on it to see details.

Please feel free to edit or add something to this quick start guide.

- Bolkonskij (04.04.2010)
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Compatibility
Architecture: 68k

System requirements: Quadra, Performa, Centris and LC families, Mac OS 7.1 or later, 3MB free RAM, color monitor, QuickTime 2.0 for sound, supports AppleTalk Network Play.

Comments

MCP's picture
by MCP - 2012, May 3 - 1:08pm

Available now is a new archive with original installer and full documentation in PDF.

volte's picture
by volte - 2010, June 20 - 7:29pm
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I love this game! I have the manual hanging around somewhere. I'll see if I can find it and make a nice scanned PDF of it. (Hopefully that doesn't violate any copyright crap)

Bolkonskij's picture
by Bolkonskij - 2010, April 4 - 12:35pm

You're right about the presents, just talked with my fiancé about that the other day. We agreed that we will not be spoiling our kids with too much toys & else and we want them to appreciate what they have. They will definately get spoiled enough by their grandparents and aunties. On the other hand I imagine this 4-year old future daughter of mine with twinkling eyes in a Toys'r'us, begging to buy this new Barbie stuff. Let's see how long our resolution will last Wink

Btw - I wrote a small Quick Start Guide for Legions. Hope it'll make it easier for understanding the basics of the game. Having played it about 5-6 hours so far I like it more and more. Good little strategy game Smile

bertyboy's picture
by bertyboy - 2010, April 4 - 10:40am

Well there's never a right time to have children, you just do it and get on with it, and they're not that expensive fo the first 4-5 years. Have a 3yo sonalso , who, you may have heard lives on my Mac Pro. For the first few years there's so many gifts from parents, brothers and sisters and family friends, I buy very little stuff for him, or my daughter.

But free time drops off to nil, but you don't mind. And I had my son before we got married, there was just no time to plan a wedding (about 12-18 months) and then start trying for children and then wait another 9 months, due to our ages.

Bolkonskij's picture
by Bolkonskij - 2010, April 4 - 7:52am

Well, congratulations on the birth of your little daughter! Smile That's wonderful. My fiancé keeps persuading me that she would love a little baby girl/boy soo much. So I suppose it's just a matter of time now until I follow your example Wink

I had the same problem about finding any information on Legions. Which is amazing, because usually you find tons of info even for very old software. Makes me wonder if they really managed to sell more than two dozens of this game back in the day. Anyway I continued to play it a bit longer yesterday and may write a little FAQ, already understand the game better by now.

bertyboy's picture
by bertyboy - 2010, April 3 - 11:23pm

I didn't, my daughter was born within a week of my post so free time dropped off to nil. Other world events have kept me down to just 20-30 mnutes free time a day.
Did have a serious search for some sort of manual but I never found any mention of the game for Mac, allgame suggests that the PC version was released in 1995, but has absolutely no other info on the game, replacementdocs also draws a blank. One day I will get to it.

Bolkonskij's picture
by Bolkonskij - 2010, April 3 - 10:17pm

Did you try it bertyboy?

I gave it a try tonight and still have a bit of trouble understanding all the options and settings. There is progress though, but slowly. Definately one of those games you wish you had the printed manual next to you Smile except for that it seems to be a good turn-based strategy game. Worth a try!

bertyboy's picture
by bertyboy - 2009, July 28 - 10:34am

The interface looks very, VERY similar to Warlords, or Warlords II.

I think I'm going to like this one ....