Hannibal & Hamilcar: Rome vs Carthage by one of the most acclaimed game designers in the world, Mark Simonitch
Mark Simonitch & Jaro Andruszkiewicz
English, German, French, Spanish, Czech

HANNIBAL & HAMILCAR is a card-driven political game for 2 players set during the Second Punic War, the epic struggle between ancient Rome and Carthage. That conflict has in many ways defined our modern reality. It took Rome over 100 years to win the competition with Carthage and three long wars were fought in the process. Our game takes considerably less time. Some scenarios are playable in under 30 minutes.


HANNIBAL has been designed by one of the most acclaimed designers in the world, Mark Simonitch. This 20th Anniversary Edition of the game includes new scenarios and variants. We have streamlined certain game mechanics, while producing exactly the same game results as the golden classic. The game original rules and components were updated by Mark Simonitch and Jaro Andruszkiewicz.

HANNIBAL has won numerous awards, including the Golden Geek Best 2-Player Board Game Award and the Golden Geek Best Wargame Award, and is ranked 14th on the BoardGameGeek.com’s Wargame Rankings.

HANNIBAL is actually more of an asymmetrical political game than a wargame. It presents a conflict between two superpowers of Antiquity from a classical Clausewitzian perspective, according to which a power only reverts to military operations when there is no other way to achieve the goal: political dominance.

The long-awaited HAMILCAR companion game is also included in the Anniversary Edition.

HAMILCAR, which is set during the First Punic War, is a stand-alone game using similar mechanics. It introduces a naval system and exciting naval battles. Both players compete for control of the Mediterranean Sea, in a conflict which will be described as the first war between an elephant and a whale – the struggle of a land-based empire versus the world’s naval power. Rome’s goal was to break through the island chain of Sicily, Corsica, and Sardinia – Carthage’s defensive line to contain Rome on the Italian peninsula.

20 Anniversary Edition of the Hannibal Rome vs Carthage

  • This is a game with a history. Designed 20 years ago and still considered one of the best two player games ever published.
  • This game tells a great story. Hannibal’s elephants crossing the Alps are one of the most remembered events of all time.
  • This game is very well balanced and tense. The final result is unknown to the last card play.
  • This game has gone through a very well thought out update. It is now easier and faster to play. It plays considerably shorter. It is graphically more appealing. It is even better than it used to be. And there is more in the box: another stand-alone game: Hamilcar. And… find out yourself what else.

Game details:

  • 33” x 22” (840 × 560 mm) double-sided mounted board
  • 1 Rulebook
  • 1 Playbook
  • 1 Scenario book
  • 2 Player Aid charts
  • 1 Reference map / 2007 edition tables
  • 14 plastic Roman General figures
  • 10 plastic Carthaginian General figures
  • 65 classic Hannibal Strategy cards
  • 10 additional Hannibal Strategy cards
  • 17 multi-use Strategy cards
  • 19 Hamilcar Strategy cards
  • 48 Land Battle cards
  • 18 Naval Tactics cards
  • 28 Roman General cards
  • 15 Carthaginian General cards
  • 110 Political Control markers
  • 66 Combat Units
  • 23 General markers
  • 10 Walled City markers
  • 5 Large Walled City markers
  • 11 Tribe markers
  • 5 Siege markers
  • 4 Siege Train markers
  • 10 Roman Ships counters
  • 10 Carthaginian Ships counters
  • 1 Naval Supremacy marker
  • 1 Corvus marker
  • 1 Proconsul marker
  • 1 Dictator marker
  • 1 Turn / Truce marker
  • 15 Supply markers
  • 1 Archimedes Engines marker
  • 1 Citadel marker
  • 1 Forgotten Tactics marker
  • 1 six-sided classic die
  • 1 six-sided Naval die
  • 2 six-sided Siege dice (white and red)
  • 2 six-sided Retreat dice
  • 1 plastic storage tray for miniatures (with closing lid)


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Supporting files you can download for the game

Hannibal & Hamilcar - Rules
Hannibal - Rules
Hamilcar - Rules
Hannibal – Short Player Aid
Hamilcar – Short Player Aid
Hannibal & Hamilcar - Rules
Hannibal - Rules
Hamilcar - Rules
Hannibal – Short Player Aid
Hamilcar – Short Player Aid