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Warship Battering-Rams

In 2004, underwater archaeologists began making an extraordinary discovery. Eleven warship rams, helmets and other debris were recovered from the seabed in exactly the area where historians speculated that the Battle of the Egadi Islands between Rome and Carthage had taken place.

The Carthaginians had the best navy in the Mediterranean, and the Romans were expert fighters on land but not at sea. But on 10 March 241 BC the Roman fleet successfully ambushed a convoy of Carthaginian ships near Sicily. Caught by surprise, 50 Carthaginian ships were sunk and 70 were captured while the Romans lost just 30. This unexpected victory changed history and won Sicily for Rome.

See three of the enormous recovered warship rams, used on that day, as well as a video re-enactment of the battle, in our Storms, War and Shipwrecks exhibition. 

Creative Assembly, makers of the Total War games, created the realistic video re-enactment of the Battle of the Egadi Islands in the exhibition using the Total War game engine and art. Find out more about the battle, and see some of the re-enactment, in their short video below:


We’re almost there, folks!

The final boss battle in Puzzlestuck is actually 3 battles - so assemble your teams carefully. Each boss has unique abilities and may require different strategies to defeat. 

Through the end of 2016, if you post your endgame screenshot after beating the game and let me know about it, I’ll link your post in the Hall of Fame. Bonus points for creative/unusual team compositions! 

Check out the art credits here:

Labeled Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers originally consisted of Iron man, Ant-Man , the Wasp, Thor and the hulk. The original Captain America was discovered, trapped in ice (issue #4), and joined the group after they revived him. A rotating roster became a hallmark, although one theme remained consistent: the Avengers fight “the foes no single superhero can withstand.” The team, famous for its battle cry of “Avengers Assemble!”, has featured humans, mutants, robots, aliens, supernatural beings, and even former villains.

They Call Us the Not Enough Gun Squad

In pursuit of a powerful Sabbat Elder, one player assembles a crew of the bad asses in the game. Certain that he was unable to assemble enough “gun” to kill his target, he dubbed this group “The Not Enough Gun Squad”. The name caught on and because people liked the name, more and more Vampires signed up until everyone’s confidence level rose and they changed their name to “The Just Enough Gun Squad”

When the Squad assembled to battle their foes, the Elder took one look at them and beat the crap out of the entire group. When he asked about them who they were, the PC replied “The Just Enough Gun Squad”

“No,” Said the Elder, “But cool name though.”


                                     "We need a battle cry. Suicide Squad, assemble!                                                                                 That sounds ridiculous. Who says that?                                                                                                       You got a better idea?                                                                                                                 Yeah. Suicide Squad, k i l l!“

When the Avengers assemble to battle Ultron, a couple of them pull Steve aside and ask him how the search for Bucky is going. He shakes his head, expression sad and forlorn and tells them it’s not, that Bucky just doesn’t want to be found.

Cut to the end credits sequence: Steve, exhausted and battle worn, opens the door to his apartment, propping his shield against the wall before shutting the door. “Hey, man,” a voice greets him and the camera pans over to two people sitting on Steve’s couch. It’s Sam and Bucky, both holding video game controllers, punching madly at the buttons.

“We won,” Steve says with a sigh.

“Saw the news,” Sam says, not taking his eyes off the screen.

Steve just stands and watches them. “Everything good here?”

“Dude keeps kicking my ass at Mario Kart.  Six wins in a row,” Sam says, squinting at the TV and leaning forward in his seat, intensity rolling off him in waves.

“Make that seven,” Bucky announces as throws his arms up, triumphant.

“Goddammit,” Sam says as he tosses his controller on the coffee table. “No more. My ego can’t take this.”

“Didn’t take you for a chicken shit, Wilson,” Bucky says with a grin. He picks up the discarded controller and waves it at Steve.  “How about it, Stevie? Want to give it a shot?”

“Maybe later.”

“I guess if you’re scared …” Bucky lets his voice trail off.

“I just helped save the world,” Steve says as he motions for Bucky to scoot over and make room on the couch. “Video games don’t scare me.”

He picks up the controller. “Okay. Ready to lose, Buck?”

“For starters, man,” Sam says as he leans across Bucky and grabs the controller from Steve’s hands. He turns it around so that it is now the facing the right way.

“Oh. Thanks.”