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  • Real Meaning of SPQR

    I start to understand why SPQR really stands for:

    "Sono Pazzo Questi Romani": They are Crazy These Romans
    BoRG

    You may not be interested in War, but War is interested in You - Leon Trotski, June 1919.

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    • Ahhh -- the Slaughtered Lamb -- I've missed this place !!!

      Do they serve Prune Juice for old people here ???


      Franzius of Noricum

      Purveyor of fine fresh Prunes - guaranteed to be less than two months old. ( when I acquired them)

      I like Dogs far better than most People

      As our Supply Sargent once said "If'n you only got one - order one - If'n you got Two - turn one in !! (???)

      BoRG

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      • This hallowed place has its spirits...

        I could not have deserved such a glorious send off as I received...

        And I can tell you, Franzuis... the sound of those squeaky sandals you sold my brother could truly wake the dead as he walked with me into Rome!

        Scipius Parthicus
        On the Plains of Hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of victory, sat down to rest-and resting... died. Adlai E. Stevenson

        ACG History Today

        BoRG

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        • Originally posted by Admiral View Post
          This hallowed place has its spirits...


          I could not have deserved such a glorious send off as I received...

          And I can tell you, Franzuis... the sound of those squeaky sandals you sold my brother could truly wake the dead as he walked with me into Rome!

          Scipius Parthicus
          Ahhh -- but he stole nothing from you in the dead of night

          A wise Purchase indeed

          Sandals for sale -- one gold coin for one sandal and just three gold coins for two
          I like Dogs far better than most People

          As our Supply Sargent once said "If'n you only got one - order one - If'n you got Two - turn one in !! (???)

          BoRG

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          • Originally posted by Kaiser Franz View Post
            Ahhh -- but he stole nothing from you in the dead of night

            A wise Purchase indeed

            Sandals for sale -- one gold coin for one sandal and just three gold coins for two
            Yes but they're all left-footed
            BoRG
            "... and that was the last time they called me Freakboy Moses"

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            • Originally posted by Arthwys View Post
              Yes but they're all left-footed
              I have fond memories of my days in the Military -- During basic training, I was frequently told - by God's direct representative here on earth, that I have two left feet -- as were many of my compatriots as well -- That being the case, and knowing that my DI was never wrong -- it became necessary to stock up with the appropriate footwear for my clientèle.

              I like Dogs far better than most People

              As our Supply Sargent once said "If'n you only got one - order one - If'n you got Two - turn one in !! (???)

              BoRG

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              • Originally posted by Major Sennef View Post
                I start to understand why SPQR really stands for:

                "Sono Pazzo Questi Romani": They are Crazy These Romans
                We are indeed...
                History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. Napoleon Bonaparte
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                "I am Arthur, King of the Britons!"

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                • Did you know????

                  Were any of the other players aware of this?

                  In gameturn 2, when a part of Rome was set on fire, a murder attempt was made on Senator Plinius. This moment was ideally chosen as it was chaos when the capital burned - nobody would have noticed the murder attempt.

                  I rolled the dice to see if the attempt was a succes. It was a succes. So I sent a PM to senator Plinius to announce that he had been stabbed during the fire and his bloodied body dumped in one of the burning buildings.

                  However, a day after I sent the PM to Plinius I received a PM back from senator Plinius saying that he was aware of the attempt on his life and that it was not fair that he was killed as he had been forewarned. Plinius - due to RL - did not communicate this to me right away. So I was unaware that he had been forewarned of course.

                  Having received the warning sent to Plinius by PM as evidence, I immediately considered the murder attempt to have 'failed'.

                  Guess who had warned Plinius that he was going to be murdered????

                  Senator Honorius

                  Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.- Napoleon

                  It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.- Herman Melville

                  Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

                  BORG

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                  • Dissapointments also...

                    As the gamemaster, I had three great dissapointments during the game:

                    The first one was the offensive around Nisibis against the Parthians in July 82 AD (gameturn 5).
                    The Roman generals Rubinius and Scipius had surrounded the Parthian HQ at Nisibis. I had made a beautiful map and since this was a military forum I thought that besieging the city - while another Parthian General was arriving from the East - would be a great intermezzo from all the politics. However, it never started, some players we there and then gone...there just didn't seem anybody who wanted to take the initiative and start the fight or maybe they were unable to do so because others were not a dedicated
                    I really didn't understand this . Thus after a month - in order to save the political game I decided to drop the entire offensive. This actually hurt. But in the end, it saved the game.

                    The second one was the murder mystery concerning the Parthian spy Orontes Zig. Orontes Zig had been captured and enjailed, but one of the players of SPQR had bried the jailors to murder him in order to prohibit him for speaking. I had made up a murder mystery where the players could interview the jailers - I even made a map of the prison bird's view and side view of the prison. But nobody - except for Senator Torienius - was interested in playing the murder mystery. This was also a dissapointement. I wanted to do something different then just play the basic SPQR - entertain in a different way - but there was little interest for it...which I found rather odd also

                    The third dissapointment was gameturn 6.
                    Of all the gameturns this was the weakest. Practically no responses and no interaction between the players. I thought the game was dying at that moment and feared the worst. But luckily, the game did not die instead, in gameturn 7, SPQR got even more heated then ever, with many newcomers and many unexpected twists and turns...
                    Gameturn 6 was played during Christmas time 2008, so I believe this was the reason why gameturn 6 never took flight But SPQR survived yet again...darn RL



                    Greets,
                    FATE
                    Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.- Napoleon

                    It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.- Herman Melville

                    Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

                    BORG

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                    • Originally posted by Stratego View Post
                      As the gamemaster, I had three great dissapointments during the game:
                      The first one was the offensive around Nisibis against the Parthians in July 82 AD (gameturn 5).

                      The Roman generals Rubinius and Scipius had surrounded the Parthian HQ at Nisibis. I had made a beautiful map and since this was a military forum I thought that besieging the city - while another Parthian General was arriving from the East - would be a great intermezzo from all the politics. However, it never started, some players we there and then gone...there just didn't seem anybody who wanted to take the initiative and start the fight or maybe they were unable to do so because others were not a dedicated
                      I really didn't understand this . Thus after a month - in order to save the political game I decided to drop the entire offensive. This actually hurt. But in the end, it saved the game.[/QUOTE]
                      The problem you had there was that all eyes were now focused on Rome. Most of the major players were now gearing up for the confrontation that all knew would come. It was at this point that the Imperials knew the future of Rome and the outcome of The Emperor would have little if anything to do with Nisibis.

                      You may remember that I tried my darnest to keep up the interest with my multiple characters. Sadly, they were abandoned to rot in that city when the campaign was abandoned.

                      The second one was the murder mystery concerning the Parthian spy Orontes Zig.
                      Orontes Zig had been captured and enjailed, but one of the players of SPQR had bried the jailors to murder him in order to prohibit him for speaking. I had made up a murder mystery where the players could interview the jailers - I even made a map of the prison bird's view and side view of the prison. But nobody - except for Senator Torienius - was interested in playing the murder mystery. This was also a dissapointement. I wanted to do something different then just play the basic SPQR - entertain in a different way - but there was little interest for it...which I found rather odd also
                      Did you consider that only Torienus would have had any motive or politcal advantage to investigate?

                      The third dissapointment was gameturn 6.
                      Of all the gameturns this was the weakest. Practically no responses and no interaction between the players. I thought the game was dying at that moment and feared the worst. But luckily, the game did not die instead, in gameturn 7, SPQR got even more heated then ever, with many newcomers and many unexpected twists and turns...
                      Gameturn 6 was played during Christmas time 2008, so I believe this was the reason why gameturn 6 never took flight But SPQR survived yet again...darn RL
                      The Empire knew that the moment was near. It chose to wait out the eye of the storm. All happened as predicted.......

                      BoRG
                      Last edited by Salinator; 16 Apr 11, 23:07.
                      Flag: USA / Location: West Coast

                      Prayers.

                      BoRG

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                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PtsX_Z3CMU

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                      • Originally posted by Salinator View Post
                        The Empire knew that the moment was near. It chose to wait out the eye of the storm. All happened as predicted.......

                        BoRG
                        By turn 6, we pretty much had the brakes locked up on anything that we didn't approve of. If I pull out my saved messages (yeah, still got them) I could find some correspondence from the turn I think.
                        "This life..., you know, "the life." You’re not gonna get any medals, kid. This is not a hero business; you don’t shoot people from a mile a way. You gotta stand right next to them... blow their heads off."

                        BoRG

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                        • You folks did all the "Heavy Lifting" -- I was just a poor merchant studying "Animal Husbandry" and trying to make a coin or two now and then
                          I like Dogs far better than most People

                          As our Supply Sargent once said "If'n you only got one - order one - If'n you got Two - turn one in !! (???)

                          BoRG

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                          • Originally posted by Kaiser Franz View Post
                            You folks did all the "Heavy Lifting" -- I was just a poor merchant studying "Animal Husbandry" and trying to make a coin or two now and then
                            And a job well done. Your character added much interest and flavor......plus a few intrigues. When you started the rumor of Parthians heading for Rome, it was............never mind........
                            Flag: USA / Location: West Coast

                            Prayers.

                            BoRG

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                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PtsX_Z3CMU

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                            • For those watching Game of Thrones on HBO:

                              This is not necessarily a good thing but Jaime Lannister kind of reminds me of Drusus

                              "The blade itself incites to deeds of violence".

                              Homer


                              BoRG

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                              • SPQR II - Barbarian Dawn

                                Any suggestions for possible game turn events are welcome!

                                Since we'll be playing with a Western and Eastern Empire I will need twice as many events as I did in SPQR

                                Keep in mind that we'll be playing in the last decennium of the 4th century AD.

                                Any problems facing the Empires (religious, social, economic) in between 350 and 450 are welcome...don't make the tasks too easy for the Emperors.



                                Thanks,

                                Greets,
                                FATE
                                Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.- Napoleon

                                It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.- Herman Melville

                                Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

                                BORG

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