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Introduction    en español    in italiano    auf deutsch
A card game of the Ancient Roman Empire. Without a proper method of succession, once the Roman empire ran out of members of the original Julio-Claudian family, it was forced to experiment with various methods of choosing its emperors. Eventually this situation broke down to such an extent that emperors lasted only long enough to attempt one major project before departing for the Elysian Fields forever. As this was a period when Rome was beset by invaders from several sides, it did not bode well for the future of the empire.

Learn more about the history at the Time Line.

In this game each player controls a number of imperial candidates whom they try to push to the top position to gain honor and prestige by solving some of Rome's many crises before quickly yielding to the next emperor.

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Ordering the Game
As of March 19, 2016 you can order this game at The Game Crafter. This version includes a tuckbox and a small rules booklet that fits inside. Visit the site for pictures of this version.

Alternatively you may print it for yourself.

Making the Game Yourself
  • long form color instructions (ten pages including examples, HTML) and/or
  • brief instructions (four pages, PDF)
  • one color copy of the cards (ten-page PDF)

  • Provide some way of tracking points. We prefer Poker chips; pencil and paper also work.

    3. Cut out the cards.
    4. Glue together the ten backs of the A and the ten backs of the B candidate cards as explained in the appendix of the instructions.

    Congratulations, if you have completed all of the above, just read the rules and you're ready to play. Happy gaming!

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    Created: October 19, 2013