| Long ago during the time
of the Roman Empire, the Nabataeans built their own empire in
the deserts of Arabia. By controlling the city of Damascus, the
desert caravans, and also the Red Sea, the Nabataeans controlled
all trade between the Romans and the Far East. Everything that
came down the ancient Silk Road passed through Nabataean tax
collectors in Damascus. Every camel caravan that crossed the
Arabian desert was taxed by the Nabataeans. On the Red Sea, the
Nabataeans taxed everything that passed through their ports.
In this way they grew wealthy and powerful.
||This made the surrounding
civilizations jealous of their success. On several occasions,
the Greeks, Romans, and even the Jews attempted to attack the
Nabataeans. Each time they were either defeated, or bought off
with expensive gifts. The Nabataeans were quick to defend themselves,
and used camel cavalry, sometimes with two riders, each shooting
| Now, in this game, you
can command the Nabataean forces as they face the Romans. (Or
you can command the Romans as they face the Nabataeans.) Each
player in this two-player game commands an army, and decides
which units to commit to the current battle. Can you outwit your
opponent? But be careful, you will need to know when to dig in
and fortify, and when to send in the cavalry. Or perhaps even
call in the catapults. And if things get really bad, you may
have to rely on your secret weapon. But be careful, your enemy
has a formidable army as well, and he may be just as skilled
at knowing when to commit his troops.
You can play the part of a Roman General,
or as a Nabataean Strategos. (That's where we got the name from.)
Each side has powerful military units and various ploys. Now
you can develop your own strategies and pit them against those
of your friends.
Join the growing number of people
who enjoy playing Strategos!
Strategos is available for download.
It comes as an Adobe Acrobate File which you must print out on
your color printer. There are 16 pages in the file, but only
pages 2 - 12 are required for playing the game. It is best if
these are printed in color onto cardstock and then cut out.