Old Boardgame Grognard
- Aug 31, 2008
Welcome all. I hope you will indulge this nostalgic AAR on the Rome of EU Rome. Yes, the game may be old and venerable - ancient even, especially with the new Imperator Rome being advertised now. But that seems very suitable!
I used to play this game quite a lot after it came out (just the original version, on disk!). When I saw the new Imperator game advertised/coming out, I thought I’d give it another go for old times sake! I lashed out and spent $2.50 for Rome Gold + Vae Victis (which I’ve never played).
So, while I used to play the original Vanilla game a fair bit, it was a long time ago, and much of the detailed memory and nuance of tactics, events etc has long since been forgotten. Though I'm sure things will come back to me (like militia getting slaughtered by heavy infantry, etc). Much will also be new gameplay introduced with Vae Victis. This is all good, as it helps the AI!
So, this will be EU Rome Gold with Vae Victis, but no other mods. Start is 474 AVC/280 BC - the Pyrrhic War.
I'm playing on Hard difficulty. Would have gone for Very Hard if I'd played this any time within gaming memory!
The style of this AAR will be gameplay with commentary, as short and sharp as I can make it (anyone familiar with my 'Quick and Dirty' format can expect the equivalent of that, except with a few more illustrations and quotes). It will not be a narrative or detailed history book. I simply can't afford to do that with two very detailed AARs to write at the same time.
This is intended as a quick, fun romp to anticipate what should be a far more handsome and sophisticated game when it is released. We'll see how this goes. Please feel very free to offer advice, comments, requests or suggestions along the way.
PS: I'll put in the odd Latin word or phrase along the way, but don't expect it to be right! Same with any illustrations being anachronistic. I'm just going for the vibe, not exacting historical and scholarly accuracy.
PPS: OK, mea culpa re it being that quick a romp, given it’s still going as at May 2021 as I write this! It’s become more of a substantive chronicle than I anticipated when starting it.
First episode up soon!
Senatus Populusque Romanus
(The Roman Senate and People)