It is the year 56 B.C., the Roman Republic is torn by civil war. The historical three man council, the first Triumvirate between Caesar, Pompeius and Crassus could not be renewed at the conference at Luca, and a bitter struggle broke out between the three rivals.
The player who reaches one of the following three aims, becomes emperor and wins the game directly:
Through the variety of victory-conditions, each player can be next to victory at the same time. This makes the game intensive and thrilling till the last turn.
To reach these aims, the players are drawing supplies from their provinces, collect gold that has been encashed by their governors and raid through the provinces of their enemies.
Every player takes on the role of one of the three rivals and plays the three following phases during his turn:
The player receive supplies: Legions and gold. Through the placement of his civil servants, he can focus on either additional legions or additional gold – depending on his strategy.
The player moves through his provinces to collect gold and to relocate his legions. Also he may attack and conquer provinces of his enemies. In this case, the Battle Bag – the only element of luck – comes into play and influences the battle’s result.
Using his collected gold, the player can execute up to three actions. Depending on the type of province he ended his movement in (political, military or competence province), the options of actions are different: In political provinces he may increase his political skills and persuade citiziens to be elected consul at the end of the year. In military provinces he increases his military skill and produces weapons to improve his situation in the Battle Bag. In competence provinces, finally, the player may increase both skills to reach competence victory.
All in all the game is built on simple and initiutive mechanisms that intertwine intensivily to provide a complex and varied gameplay. Basing the game design on the historical context, historical flair draws through the whole game.
Enter the time of Caesar and rewrite history!