The Roman Republic

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Costs: Free
Frequency: 2 RL days = 1 Game Month
URL: [ dead link ]
Type: alternate history, Rome, RPG
Last-Update: 2010Jan20
Keywords: free, open-ended, www, human, historical, wargame, economic, rpg


Players create a character and work with other players to make their family the greatest in Rome. The Roman Republic is a Play By Post RPG in a historical alternate universe where players can impact the fate of the Roman Empire as a Senator, Legatus or maybe even Dictator.


The year is 104 B.C., and for the first time since Hannibal crossed the Alps, the Republic of Rome faces real danger. Coming out of the Northeast in 113 B.C, through Germania, the Cimbrians and the Teutons harassed and pillaged Rome's Gallic Provinces. In 109 B.C. the Cimbrians destroyed consular legions under Consul Gnaeus Carbo and killed Consul Gaius Cassius Longinus. Despite that the path to Rome lay open however, the Cimbrians took the opportunity to pillage the provinces, giving the Romans time to rebuild.

But the Cimbrians are far from Rome's only enemy. In Africa in 113 B.C the Numidian King Jugurtha declared war on his Rome-backed brother Adherbal, capturing Adherbal's city of Cirta and executing him and several Roman merchants in 112 B.C. In response the Senate declared war. However distracted by events in Gaul, and with Jugurtha's guerrilla tactics and his ally King Bocchus of Mauritania the war has stretched on without resolution.

Further east, King Mithridates VI of Pontus continues to harass his neighbor King Nicodemes of Bithynia, despite that Bithynia is a declared ally of Rome. While no state of war exists in the east, King Mithridates is a man to be watched.

In the city itself, the citizenry waits with wonder to determine whether Consuls Octavian Cornelius Vitus and Manius Valerius Victorinus, elected 105 B.C, can bring the city to victory, or whether the simmering political conflict between these two powerful families will lead to yet more tragedy.


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