For my AAR on the 1st Punic War I am trying to write in short how it started.
First: there isn't really a short version to say it
Second: could it be that the ingame description of the cause is wrong? It goes directly against what I have read about the war.
The ingame description says that Carthage allied with Syracuse and the Carthaginian fleet supported the Syracusean army. However, in the book I am reading about the 1st Punic War and also on Wikipedia it says that the Carthaginian fleet supported the Mamertines. Even more, it says that it was actually the Carthaginians who saved the Mamertines and that the Mamertines afterwards got fed up of the Carthaginian garrison and thus called the Romans for help.
Also, I wonder why Hanno Messina is as a general in the game, didn't he return to Carthage after losing Messana and was crucified? (Poor guy btw, saved his soldiers and as a thanks got crucified!)
It's not really game-related nor very important, but I think it's an interesting story so I just wanted to have some clarification to better understand this
Link to the book: http://www.amazon.de/The-Fall-Cartha...ref=pd_ys_iyr2