Just another notice: we're still looking for one to two more brave Roman soldiers for this game...
As stated before, we have no projected start date as of yet. And all prospective players, keep in mind that this is to be a light side-project of a sort. It'll be ongoing, relaxed, freeform but with preferable quality of writing.
Hopefully, our current three players (Merideth, Shounin and Duncan) are all still on board. If there's anyone else at the inn who has just a bit of time on their hands and an interest in this game, please let us know by posting here or PMing me.
And you other players, message your friends and get them to join...
I'm considering just jumping in as a fellow Legionnaire and starting this thing up in a week or so.
If everyone is okay with this, we'd start sometime around next Monday and Merideth would be our Centurion. I'd be handling most NPCs and the general plot outline, but feel free to write in dialogue for my NPCS or some of your own, etc.,etc.,etc. ... it is freeform after all.
I find smaller play-by-post games are more managable, anyhow...
Let me know what you all think of this. And Shounin, if you're still in, please post sometime. Thanks,
by me. Oh... Is Loki gonna join? Awesome.
Next week would be great, that will give me time to start my murder mystery...
*shameless plug moment*
which btw I still have open spots in...
*end shameless plug*
In the next week or so, I need characters from the lot of you!
This includes your name, background, personality, etc. Remember that the 13th Legion has been fighting in Gaul for nearly seven years now, so you've likely had a lot of combat experience, depending at which point you joined up. As you're all Legionnaires in Caesar's army, you're all citizens, albeit plebeians. The year is 52 BC.
The equipment you start out with will be your standard fighting kit, weapons (gladius, spear, knife), breatplate, uniform (cape, sandals, etc.), helmet, and other knick-knacks of your uniform (most of which are ornate)...
And our Centurion gets a fancy helmet and a whistle. (seriously).
Other than that, you have your personal rations and extra clothes.
Often, before an assignment, Mark Antony himself will provide you with gold, for expenses or bribes (while often taking a cut for himself), though the rest of your money is personal wages (most keep their stock in slaves, but that's up to you).
While you are an elite branch of the 13th, the other Legionnaires are not technically your underlings - though you are generally respected by the Legion. However, your little cell reports directly to Mark Antony. In other words, you don't take orders from some Centurion in another cohort, etc. As such, you might not always have the ability to call on other Legionnaires to help, but it is likely that you'll often be assigned some extra hands (sometimes from your own legion, sometimes from the non-citizen legions, or perhaps Ubian cavalry).
Feel free to be creative with your backgrounds (as always) - the only things you all have in common is that you're all soldiers in the 13th Legion and you're all Roman citizens. And as of the start of our game, you will just have returned from the Battle of Alesia, the last major engagement with the tribes of Gaul, and Vercingetorix, the King of all the tribes of Gaul, is about to surrender to Caesar.
Here is some historical background about the start of our game, from wikipedia (I know, I know... )
Julius Caesar had been in Gaul since 58 BC. It was customary for consuls, Rome's highest elected officials, at the end of their consular year, to be appointed proconsul and assume governorship of one of Rome's provinces by the Roman Senate, and following his first consulship in 59 BC, Caesar engineered his own appointment of Cisalpine Gaul (the region between the Alps, the Apennines and the Adriatic), and Transalpine Gaul ("Gaul beyond the Alps"). Although the proconsular term of office is normally one year, Caesar was able to secure his post in Gaul for an unprecedented ten years. With a proconsular Imperium, he had absolute authority within these provinces.
One by one Caesar defeated Gallic tribes such as the Helvetii, the Belgae, and the Nervii, and secured a pledge of alliance from many others. The ongoing success of the Gallic Wars brought an enormous amount of wealth to the Republic in spoils of war and in new lands to tax. Caesar himself became very rich since, as general, he benefited from the sale of war prisoners. But success and fame also brought enemies. The First Triumvirate, a political (although informal) alliance with Pompey and Crassus, came to an end in 54 BC, with the deaths of Julia (Caesar's daughter and Pompey's wife) and Crassus in the battle of Carrhae. Without this political connection with Pompey, men dedicated to the Republic like Cato the Younger started a political campaign against Caesar, arousing suspicion and accusing him of wanting to overthrow the Republic and become King of Rome.
Posted on 2008-07-01 at 17:10:02.
Edited on 2008-07-01 at 17:14:35 by Cap'n Lou
You like giving me a lot to do , it might time me a bit longer as I have PoD to post in, a whole diplomatic lunch, a college taster day 2moz and now I need to create a Roman Solder. Not that I'm complaining , it's nice to have something to do.
Posted on 2008-07-01 at 18:41:23.
Edited on 2008-07-01 at 19:08:22 by Loki