Trifletraxor Posted August 1, 2009 Report Share Posted August 1, 2009 (edited) ROME is the longest enduring civilization in western European history. It is synonymous with empire, legions, dictators, gladiators and decadence. The Romans have been an inescapable influence on our lives. Much of modern law, European languages and even some political systems are based upon their legacy. The efforts of this once mighty nation still echo in our psyche, making Rome a perfect setting for roleplaying campaigns. Whether you prefer the gritty underhanded corruption of Roman politics, fighting great battles against Rome’s enemies, or participating in the spectacular excitements of chariot racing and gladiatorial combat, ancient Rome can cater to your needs. In its own peculiar way, Rome is the archetypal metropolis, the original upon which our modern cultures are but a pale shadow. Welcome to the Eternal City, and plumb its treacherous depths . . . . This book contains setting information for role-playing in Rome during its Monarchy and Republic. The content focuses on the city and culture of Rome from its legendary founding in 753 BC, to the end of the Republic in 27 BC. Seven hundred years is an incredible length of time, which makes it difficult to cover the period in any detail. Though readers may find the following contents more comprehensive than any previous role-playing supplement on the era, it still only scratches the surface! Despite the focus on the city itself - rather than its burgeoning empire - game masters should bear in mind that to a Roman, Rome was the centre of the world, and the provinces merely places to conquer and reap taxes from. On a more practical level, there simply wasn’t room to add any additional material covering the regions and enemies of the empire! Most of this book contains dates and periods to indicate when certain historical events occurred: * The Monarchy, 753-509 BC – The founding of the city to the overthrow of the Monarchy * The Early Republic, 509-264 BC – The start of Republic and conquering of Italy * The Middle Republic, 264-133 BC – The Punic Wars to the Gracchi reforms * The Late Republic, 133-27 BC – Political instability and civil wars leading the end of the Republic Since this is a historic setting, most of the information has been carefully researched to be as accurate as possible, drawing on the archaeological and historical theories current at the time of publication. Many of the cultural conventions described may seem odd or even wrong, but where space permits their accuracy has been illustrated using quotes from Roman and Greek authors contemporary to the time, or within a few generations of the period. Due to the dearth of written material surviving from earlier times, most of the information is skewed towards the lifestyle and culture at end of the Republic, and at best are only generalizations. Although primarily a historical guide to early Roman life, some supernatural and mythological elements have been included in the Magic and Creatures chapters to provide for Game Masters desiring a mythic campaign. These aspects are more subtle than their earlier archaic Greek counterparts and demonstrate Roman superstition prevalent at the time. The layout of the book places the cultural sections first, leaving the majority of chapters involving game mechanics and campaigns to the latter half. By Pete Nash. 220 pages. Published by Alephtar Games June 2009. Supplement for this setting: Veni, Vidi, Vici Edited December 5, 2011 by Trifletraxor Quote Ef plest master, this mighty fine grub! 116/420. High Priest. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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