Deus Ex Venatio!
Not another war !!!
Happier times in the Senate ...
year has passed and there is a new first man in Rome. Chris Bartiromo
was able to successfully navigate a tumultuous and war weary
senate to claim his position as first man after an 11-year absence.
Indeed, although this was his second championship, his name had
heretofore been absent from the laurels roll simply because he
It's said that every year Republic of Rome is played
that some sort of theme becomes pervasive throughout all of the
games. This year's theme would have to have been "What can
you do for me?" Again and again the Roman senate would seemingly
grind to a halt until certain factions contributed considerable
talent donations for political favor. While to some extent this
is the normal 'modus operandi' of the political climate and has
fit perfectly within the historical context, this year it reached
near epidemic proportions and threatened the very health of Rome
The use of the Hannibal 'drop dead' card was again an overwhelming
success in both preventing end game decimation of the Roman Senate
and allowing for a fair and equitable end-game. The mass end
game assassinations fly in the face of history. Many players
were frustrated and discouraged when the last turn of the game
would turn to a single roll of the dice deciding the victor.
This year's preliminary heats passed without much fanfare.
Peace was the rule of the day throughout Rome. Mortality attempted
to rear it's ugly head - especially with a first turn epidemic
in one of the heats - but Rome stayed healthy and the effects
of mortality were minimized for a change.
This year's Final was quite unlike any I have seen in the
past. Rome was surprisingly quiet and peaceful. Until the very
end when it seemed all of Rome's enemies allied to form a mighty
host to sack Rome. The once splintered Roman factions attempted
to band together to fight back the combined might of the outside
horde. The Roman legions fought valiantly but were ultimately
defeated by the relentless assault of so many foreign armies.
This Final really stuck because never before has random chance
worked in such a way to cause almost every war and revolt to
come into play one after another. It eventually reached a point
where Rome had no chance of surviving no matter what the players
did. Since Rome did fall and the game did win rather than a player
it became necessary to use the fallback method to determine the
ultimate winner of the tournament. This is similar to the way
we advance players into the Final from games where there was
no outright winner. Each faction's influence is totaled and in
the end Chris Bartiromo came out on top with a sizable influence
advantage. Whether this got him a prime seat at the weenie roast
as Rome burned is unknown.
After the embers cooled - it was a very entertaining year
in the Roman senate. It is always exciting to see players devise
a new strategy to win the game. One of the things that makes
Republic of Rome such an interesting game is that there
is no set strategies to win, every iteration is different. No
two games are really ever alike. As always - we look forward
to next year!