In anticipation of new adventures
This could be the farewell performance
for the Avalon Hill edition of the game with the Valley Games
scheduled revised version due out soon.
Llew Bardecki and Dennis Mishler between
blade thrusts. Public servants that warm the cockles of your
heart. Congress should be so dedicated.
say fate is a fickle Mistress, that you never can tell when she
will turn on you."
That can be said to be the perfect embodiment of some players
feelings after their glorious rise to power suddenly stops precipitously.
Where they go from being the First Man in Rome to just another
hayseed with no Greek in the blink of an eye (or turn of a card).
This holds true especially for this year's Republic of
Rome Final. This was a game where some factions were completely
sure of their victory only to have it snatched away in the waning
The following is a summarized recount of the Final providing
an interesting view on the game through one players eyes.
Crescent - Dennis
Gate- Sean - GM
Wreath - Chris
Hand - John
Coin - Kevin - Chronicler
Eagle - Lou
The game started with a coalition government to "better"
Rome. Unfortunately, not all factions received invitations regarding
the coalition and the Crescent faction did not cooperate. For
that, the Coalition banished two of his Senators to the hinterland
as Governors, for the betterment of Rome. Thanks to this banishment,
Rome continued to function. Unfortunately, the mighty Field Consul
of Coin, Aemilius (19) was provided with inferior weapons by
the Senate and a stalemate developed at the Sertorian Revolt.
In the next turn, Gate suffered the arrival of the Reaper
(Mortality), their faction decimated. This again shifted the
balance of power and the coalition shifted... leaving Coin out
in the cold, with it's Proconsul still at war. Hand, Eagle and
Gate took the reigns of power and recalled the proconsul against
his will. The Field Consul - Popillius (23) of Eagle was dispatched
to end the revolt and succeeded. Land bills began to provide
the masses with the land of Rome, and peace continued as Rome
The sands of time continue to fall, and the 3rd Gallic War
raised it's ugly head. Gate attempted to expand it's influence
to neutral Senators and failed miserably. The ruling coalition
of Rome shifted again, and now Coin and Eagle took over. New
legions and fleets were constructed, while investigations of
whether there were some kickbacks to Rome Counsel Tullius (28)
of Coin were blocked. The Pontifix of Hand quickly vetoed the
division of more land for the plebeians to the great displeasure
of the Rome populace. However, due to the concerns of Coin's
Rome Consul Tullius (28), a larger Land Bill was quickly substituted
to replace the Pontifix's misplaced land bill veto. A motion
was made in the Senate that Crescent was for the enemies of Rome
when he attempted to block the military buildup. The Field Consul
Julius (4) of Eagle stalemated the 3rd Mithirdtic War, and the
mighty Rome Consul of Coin Tullius (28) destroyed the Gallic
War with no losses. Peace and prosperity reign in Rome.
Sadly, this was not meant to last. Eagle faction was found
to be conspiring against Rome in what became known as the Cataline
Conspiracy and the Pontifix died as a result. A broad party coalition
formed in an attempt to rebuild the confidence of the people.
Cresent's Quinctius (18) was elected the Rome Consul and Wreath
began to flex it's power as the Field Consul. The Censor of Gate
- Aurelius (9) fined the corrupt Governor of Crescent - Calpurnius
(16) to show Rome he meant business. More swords were beaten
into plow shares, more land given to the plebs...and the plebs
The Reaper visited Crescent while Rome reorganized. Eagle,
Hand and Crescent formed a new coalition and took over governing
the republic. The Parthians arrived to cause a ruckus In a quiet
Senate session, the war is deemed to be serious and needs attention.
Unfortunately, Rome was not aware that Field Consul - Furius
(8) of Hand was a possible traitor to Rome. After dispatching
the war, he polls his troops as to their loyalty and if they
wish to follow him to march on Rome. Common sense prevails, and
the moment of concern passes.
Shockingly, peace continued to reign in Rome. Gate, Wreath
and Coin took over the Senate in an iron coalition. The Social
War arrives, as does more Mithartics. The Censor of Coin determined
that an example must be made, and Tullius (28) of Eagle finds
himself on the wrong end of a major prosecution. The Senate finds
him Not Guilty by a technicality, and the Roman rumormongers
have a field day. Concessions are given to the more deserving
members of the Roman Coalition, while Crescent and Eagle forget
to make their "payments" to Gate. On purpose? Only
they know. However, outside the farcical trial, Pompeius of Coin
(30) takes justice into his own hands and has Licinius (29) assassinated.
Rome approves. The wars are dispatched quickly and Statesman
Crassus (29A) and Lucullus (29B) arrive in the Coin faction.
Coin is on the rise.
... and then falls back down. Coin is bounced from the coalition
by Eagle, Hand and Crescent. Gate seizes Tullius (28) via blackmail
and seditious lies. Crescent tries to persuade Crassus (29A)
of Coin to break party ranks, but fails. Coin is under attack.
The solution is for a counterattack. Pompeius (30) of Coin strikes
back in an attempt to assassinate Cornelius (1) of Gate. However,
this time, he is seen. The plebeian mob rises up and kills him.
The Senate convenes a show trial against Coin's Faction Leader
Aemilius (19), and finds him guilty and has him executed. The
Era of Coin ends as fast as it started. Graft and corruption
run rampant through Rome. More prosecutions occur and Licinius
(29) of Gate is found guilty and executed. The Pontifix finds
a knife flung at him by Eagle, but it misses, and no one notices.
The Senate closes in a shambles.
Rome reconvenes for another day. However, suddenly and unexpectedly,
Hannibal (The drop dead card.) arrives to end the era of the
Senate and the Romans.
When the dust settles, Chris Greenfield of Wreath finds himself
the ruler of Rome with Sean of Gate wondering how he just missed
Overall - the interest in Republic of Rome has been
somewhat renewed with its anticipated re-release by Valley Games.
We look forward to more new players next year!
Leonard Omolecki and Steve Williams
check their knives at the door.
The finalists do their dirty work
for the people of Rome.