2nd Megiddo – Josiah vs Necho II

2nd Megiddo – Josiah vs Necho II

Rated 4.67 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)


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Archers, chariots, javelin throwers, infantry, initiative, and the Mount of Megiddo itself all play their part. This is a two player non-card driven war game. The Egyptians have to get 1/3rd of their forces, within a time limit, off the opposite map board edge. The Judeans either have to delay them, or inflict sufficient losses on them. Historically, the Egyptian forces were on their way to help their allies the Assyrians against the Babylonians. To do so, they had to pass through Judean territory. We do not know why Josiah went to war against Egypt. The Assyrian capital, Ninevah, had already fallen to the Babylonians and Medes in 612 (read Nahum). The remaining Assyrian forces had regrouped at Haran, but in 609 they were forced west of the Euphrates. It appears to be at this time that the Egyptians under Necho II were coming to the Assyrian’ aid. King Josiah marched out to meet them in battle. Perhaps Josiah opposed the passage of Necho’s forces through the pass at Megiddo (See 2 Chron.35:20-24) because he feared that the growth of either Egyptian or Assyrian power would have adverse results for the continued independence of Judah. (TKB 2 Kings 23:29). Pharaoh Necho II sent word to Josiah that God had told him to immediately attack Babylon “so stop opposing God who is with me, or He will destroy you.” (35:21) Yet, Josiah refused to accept the word of the Lord from Pharaoh Necho II and went to fight against him on the plain of Megiddo. “Josiah, however, would not turn away from him, but disguised himself to engage him in battle. He would not listen to what Pharaoh Necho II has said at God’s command but went to fight him on the plain of Megiddo.” (35:22) Josiah was wounded by an archer in battle and died in Jerusalem and was buried in the tombs of his fathers (35:23-24). There was great mourning in Judea and Jerusalem. This is 2nd Megiddo, King Josiah vs Pharaoh Necho II. Can you change history?

3 reviews for 2nd Megiddo – Josiah vs Necho II

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Blake Watson

    This game got it just right. Hebrews seem to have several different attack options: Fight early, fight middle, or end fight. Can also do a hit and run mixed strategy also. Egyptians have to head towards the board edge, so their initial formation is important. After that, they have to respond / counterattack. Once battles happen it is a free for all. The innovative initiative rule makes the exact counting of losses or hexes impractical. The smaller markers fit perfectly and are useful. The chariot charge rule is dangerous, fast, fun, and furious. Again, the fighting in this game is a free for all! It is a blast. Also like the rule about King Josiah hiding. Counter art is good. Long map board reminds me of AH Africa Korps and The Road to Wiltz from AH Squad Leader.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Brent Robison

    The long map is unusual. The Hebrews have the initiative. The Egyptians are forced to respond to what the Hebrews do. They Egyptians have to march across a long map board and be ready to have their right flank hit, a rear attack, or attack a frontal attack with a Hebrew stand and defend. Exact victory conditions vary (within a range); which gives this game a fog of war feel. King Josiah is also hiding in a chariot (and until the chariot is damaged you don’t know where he is). Game runs about 2-3 hours. The maneuverability and speed of the chariots is engaging. Good fun battling!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Josh Shephard

    Great game. Just right quantity of pieces. Living rules update are a must. Attack! Attack! Attack! This game is simple but highly re-playable as the Hebrews have several attack options available. The Initiative rule and the King Josiah rule add excitement. The Hebrews must employ hte old double-move tactic ala TAHGC Third Reich. That is the key to any possible Hebrew victory.

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