(from the GMT's website:)
Cataphract is defined as a heavily armored cavalryman modelled either on the Sarmatians (cataphractarius) or the Persians (clibanarius). He was the ultimate mounted armored warrior of the ancient world, trained in both shock and missile combat.
Cataphract portrays the development of the art of war wrought by the early Byzantine Empire, during the reign of Emperor Justinian, under his great Generals, Belisarius and Narses. During this period the Byzantine Empire, also known as the Eastern Roman Empire, for a brief period of time, re-captured a large portion of what was formerly the Western Roman Empire. Although successful in its attempts to reconquer Italy and North Africa, the Byzantine Empire's resources were insufficient to hold on to its gains.
Cataphract covers all the major battles that defined this era. To place these battles in their proper historical context, the Campaign Game, Justinian, is enclosed, which covers the quest to reconquer the Roman Empire under one ruler.
Thus, Cataphract contains the decisive battles of the era; a Campaign Game; plus a special bonus Viking raid scenario; and the land/naval leaders for an upcoming series of C3i Magazine Modules covering the Peloponnesian War.
Game Components :
700 Full-color 1/2" die-cut counters (includes counters for Justinian and 40 double-sided, full color galley counters.
2 34x22 full color back printed maps (including the map for Justinian)
21-page Rulebook (Cataphract)
12-page Playbook (Cataphract)
16-page Rulebook (Justinian)
1 11x17 Player's Aid Chart
1 10-sided die
DESIGNERS Mark Herman and Richard Berg
DEVELOPER Alan J. Ray
PROJECT EDITOR Gene Billingsley
ART DIRECTOR Rodger B. MacGowan
MAP ART Mark Simonitch
COUNTER ART Rodger B. MacGowan and Mike Lemick