Game? I thought you brought the
Frank McNally and Robert Hammond discuss
their patriotic duty to Rome.
Stephen Munchak and Richard Comfort
decide someone else should fight Hannibal.
Malinda Kyrkos, Robert Rezabek
and Mike Mularski peddle influence.
Dictator Benedict and the surviving
opposition during Rome's darkest hours.
Republic of Rome's return to WBC after a four-year
absence got off to a mixed start. We had a superb turnout for
the first heat, with 15 players, the ideal number for three games
appearing for service in the legions. Sadly, only one of these
had brought along a copy of the game, so we had to turn away
three players and make do with two 6-player games. Let this
be a lesson to ALWAYS bring a copy of the game, even if it is
a big multiplayer one. Anyhow, this difficulty aside, the prelminary
heats seemed to be a hit. Everyone enjoyed their games, including
the first time players. And, as always with RoR, the
games produced some exciting, tense, and just plain bizarre moments.
Heat 1, the first table at the end of the game faced five active
wars. In a desperate bid to save the Republic, the Rome Consul
Licinius and Field Consul Furius agreed to appoint Octavius Dictator.
Then the three of them, along with Master of Horse Flaminius
each went out to fight a war, roundly thrashing the enemies of
Rome in all three and saving the game in the process.
Meanwhile, at the other table, the threats came from within.
The last turn saw the Pontifex unexpectedly running Rome as
the Highest Ranking Available officer! This occurred after the
Field Consul had been sent away to the wars, the Rome Consul
had been assasinated, and the Censor had died in Mob Violence!
Heat 2 provided some fun as well. On the first turn, the
Hand faction's Pontifex Valerius was stripped of his title following
two Evil Omens events. Not content to subject only a single
faction to the pain, the Eagle Faction's leader saw his death
chit drawn three times during the game! This game also saw some
tremendous dealmaking to get the Scipio statesman into play after
Hannibal and all three Punic wars appeared on the board.
Rome survived the three preliminary games and all ended with
victory by high influence at game's end, including one with two
players in an absolute tie for first! This led to an equally
The overall theme of the next round seemed to be Death. This
began with Mob Violence in which nine death chits were drawn
and two senators succumbed. Later, an epidemic wiped 30 influence
and over 30 talents off the board in one stroke, killing both
the Master of Horse and Pontifex. As if it couldn't get any
worse, on the penultimate turn Internal Disorder caused the death
of three senators and revolt in four provinces. Combined with
three wars drawn on the last turn, this left Rome facing an astonishing
SEVEN active wars.
Before dealing with this threat, the Senate chose first to
address the matter of Cornelius as Consul for Life. It appeared
as though his Crescent faction had ample votes to make the motion
pass. The Star faction, however, appalled at this fiddling while
Rome was threatened with immolation, duly assassinated Cornelius
before the vote could be called. With this out of the way, the
senate moved to try to save Rome's skin by appointing a Dictator.
Showing an appalling lack of interest in saving the state, the
Eagle Faction's Dictator decided to march out with Rome's entire
army at his back to face a single war. Following this move it
was no surprise to anyone that he delcared revolt after squashing
All at the table agreed that it was quite likely the Dictator
would have been able to easily crush the remaining provincial
wars to give himself a victory by March on Rome, and even were
this not so, the Eagle Faction would still win on highest influence
as Rome fell.
Thanks again to all participants, especially the new ones,
and we hope to see you back next year for further glory to Rome!