The Republic in Crisis Mini Campaign

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The Republic in Crisis Mini Campaign

Post by olin0111 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:57 pm

Greetings Everyone!
I have an idea for a mini campaign that is inspired by a boardgame published by Compass Games called „Spartacvs: Crisis in the Roman Republic 80 – 71BC”.

Introduction:
I won't get into details regarding the boardgame itself (for anyone interested, check boardgamegeek or designer's notes). Suffice to say the game depicts one of the pivotal moments of Roman history when it faced war on three fronts – against the Pontic king Mithridates, rebellion of Sertorius in Iberia, and Spartacus' slave revolt. The Republic itself was already weakened at that time by previous Mithridatic wars, a civil war with its Italian allies (Social War) and a struggle for supremacy between Marius and Sulla.

What I liked the most in the game was a concept of Republic Crisis Track (RCT). The idea behind it was that apart from external pressures Rome could also fall due to anarchy, civil war etc. The external threats were interconnected with RCT in a way that loosing wars would put more pressure on Rome to recruit large armies and giving them under command of influential and already popular generals. This in turn could result in another civil war which could lead to the collapse of the Republic. I thought that slightly modified idea of crisis track could be used for scoring mechanic for my mini campaign.


Rules:

Key points first:
I would like to create a mini campaign that plays fast (so we can finish it) with minimal bookkeeping and no need for an umpire (so I can also play it). I like creating historical narratives and watch how the alternate history unfolds. Loosing can be interesting especially if there is a good commentary at the end, so even if players are loosing they can enjoy the ride. I like fighting my battles in FOG2 to the bitter end and want the rules to support it. With this in mind the rules are following:

6 players, 2 teams (Roman vs anti-Roman coalition of Sertorius, Slaves and Mithridates).
3 rounds

Terrain:
Mithridatic War - Middle Eastern agricultural
Sertorian War – Mediterranean agricultural
Third Servile War – Mediterranean agricultural

Armies:
Roman 105-25BC

Spanish (Sertorius) 80-70BC
Pontic 84-47BC
Slave Revolt 73-71BC

Battle type: open
Battle size: medium
Force selection: auto

Factions and players:

Republic of Rome:
Roman player A: Hendricus
Roman player B: AlessandroD
Roman player C: Doyley50

Coalition:
Coalition player A: devoncop
Coalition player B: ggarynorman
Coalition player C: olin0111

Schedule of play:

1st round
Roman player A – Coalition player A Sertorius
Roman player B – Coalition player B Slaves
Roman player C - Coalition player C Mithridates

2nd round
Roman player A - Coalition player C Slaves
Roman player B - Coalition player A Mithridates
Roman player C - Coalition player B Sertorius

3rd round
Roman player A - Coalition player B Mithridates
Roman player B - Coalition player C Sertorius
Roman player C - Coalition player A Slaves

This way each Roman player will play against each Coalition player. Each round the Coalition players will command different armies and Roman players will face different armies.

I believe the mini campaign is short enough that we do not need to set any time limit for each round. With a bit of dedication and goodwill from all the players I believe we can fight the battles to conclusion in a reasonable time.


Victory Points per battle are awarded based on the difference in losses between the victor and the losing side (from the battle summary screen):
0 - pyrrhic victory - <10%
1 - minor victory - 10 - 20%
2 - victory - 21% - 29%
3 - major victory - 30 - 37%
4 - epic victory >=38%

Hopefully we will all be gentelmen and fight to the end :) but in case any side concedes this is an automatic legendary victory for the other side.

Victory tracks:
Crisis Track represents Rome's stability in the face of external and internal threats combined. The idea is that under extreme external pressure presented by the Coalition, internal threats will magnify and this will cause the collapse of the Republic. The Romans score positive points (averting the crisis). The Coalition scores negative points (increasing the crisis). This is the main victory track.

For historical reasons the score is tilted slightly in Coaltion's favor. Rome cannot afford to win on average only pyrrhic victories. Therefore, the score of 0 is a slight coalition victory.

Levels of victory:
-27 to -36 - Rome what? Never heard of it.

-18 to -26 - The Republic is no more. It has been partitioned. Hopefully some of its legacy survives.

-9 to -17 - Collapse of the Republic is imminent. Another civil war broke out. Seeing the weakness neighbours attack from all directions and protectorates sever their ties wtih Rome.

-5 to -8 - Collapse of the Republic is on the horizon. To stave off total defeat the Senate allows for a recuritment of large armies under the most wealthy and popular generals.
Even though the provinces are in flames the generals' attention is concentrated on Rome...

-1 to -4 - The Republic begins its slow descent into anarchy.

0 - Slight coaltion victory. Sort of status quo that means the war with one or more oponnents still rages on. The treasury is depleted. On paper the Republic still holds but it is currently in (albeit very slow) decline. Internal strife continues. Any additional setback can be the proverbial last straw for Rome.

1 to 4 - Minor victory. The Republic has gained an upper hand and averted the crisis but it was a gruelling uphill battle.

5 to 8- The historical result. The Republic is winning and slowly recovering politically.

9 to 17- Better than historical. The opposition is wiped quickly followed by an accellerated time of conquests.

18 to 26- The so called Coalition was really just an insignificant obstacle in Rome's path to true glory.

27 to 36- A new Golden Age. 2000 years from now the Roman Empire will be the first to colonize Mars!

Separate War Tracks represent how well each side did on particular theater of war. This is mainly here for narrative purposes so we can have a good story to tell when we bring the mini campaign to conclusion. I will write some summary after we finish :)

Levels of victory in individual war:
-10 to -12 - Epic Roman victory
-7 to -9 - Major Coalition victory
-4 to -6 - Coalition victory
-1 to -3 - Minor Coalition victory
0 – truce/draw
1 to 3 - Minor Roman victory
4 to 6 - Roman victory
7 to 9 - Major Roman victory
10 to 12 - Epic Roman victory

Once the campaign begins there will be no rules modifications. Again, this is quite short endeavour so we can treat it as a test run and modify things in the future versions.

So I'm looking for 5 players. First come first served, of course :)
Last edited by olin0111 on Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:15 pm, edited 3 times in total.

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Re: The Republic in Crisis Mini Campaign

Post by JC_von_Preussen » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:09 pm

Nice idea. I'm already engaged in plenty of battles these days (what's more the tournament is coming) so I will not rush to join you for the moment. However, I think a mini-campaign like this should be in the core game, if possible. Pbem or Live MP.

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Re: The Republic in Crisis Mini Campaign

Post by devoncop » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:19 pm

Hi
Very much interested in playing...ideally as any of the non Roman factions....it's an ideological thing ☺....
Hope it gets going it's a very innovative idea.
Cheers
Ian

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Re: The Republic in Crisis Mini Campaign

Post by olin0111 » Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:37 pm

Thank you for the interest! I also posted a topic on Steam forums and invited people here so we'll see if there are more guys willing to join.
We can always play with less people, I guess. The campaign is not that long, there are 9 battles in total.

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Re: The Republic in Crisis Mini Campaign

Post by AlessandroD » Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:14 pm

Hello,

nice idea, I'd like to join the campaign, any side! :D

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Re: The Republic in Crisis Mini Campaign

Post by ggarynorman » Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:48 pm

Hello

I am happy to join in. I would prefer non-Roman.

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Re: The Republic in Crisis Mini Campaign

Post by olin0111 » Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:28 pm

Ok, I see there are four of us right now. What do you guys say we wait till the end of the weekend for another two players? If they show up, great. If not I think we will manage in four.

Also, I noticed that I haven's specified the battle size and the force selection method. I would personally go with medium battles and auto force selection. Let me know if you have other preferences.

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Re: The Republic in Crisis Mini Campaign

Post by AlessandroD » Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:09 pm

Ok to wait another 2 guys, medium battles and auto force selection is fine :D

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Re: The Republic in Crisis Mini Campaign

Post by Hendricus » Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:35 pm

If you need another Roman Commander count me in.

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Re: The Republic in Crisis Mini Campaign

Post by Doyley50 » Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:41 pm

If you are still short please count me in.

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Re: The Republic in Crisis Mini Campaign

Post by olin0111 » Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:59 pm

I see we now have 6 players. I assigned the forces according to the stated preferences. AlessandroD, Doyley50, please let me know which side you would like to be on.
I will join whatever force is left.

Coalition player A: devoncop
Coalition player B: ggarynorman
Coalition player C: ??

Roman player A: Hendricus
Roman player B: ??
Roman player C: ??

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Re: The Republic in Crisis Mini Campaign

Post by AlessandroD » Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:29 pm

Ok Roman for me :)

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Re: The Republic in Crisis Mini Campaign

Post by Doyley50 » Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:58 pm

Romans if possible please

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Re: The Republic in Crisis Mini Campaign

Post by devoncop » Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:16 pm

Great stuff.......Looking forward to fighting off the dictatorship of Sulla. Spain in crisis ....who would have thought it eh? :-)

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Re: The Republic in Crisis Mini Campaign

Post by olin0111 » Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:37 pm

Alright Gentelmen, the first stage of wars is coming. The sides have been picked and I have updated the first post with player information and the rules regarding battles that are:

Battle type: open
Battle size: medium
Force selection: auto

Players:
Republic of Rome:
Roman player A: Hendricus
Roman player B: AlessandroD
Roman player C: Doyley50

Coalition:
Coalition player A: devoncop
Coalition player B: ggarynorman
Coalition player C: olin0111

According to schedule the battles in Round 1 are following:
Hendricus vs. devoncop (Sertorius)
AlessandroD vs. ggarynorman (Slave revolt)
Doyley50 vs. olin0111 (Mithridates)

Please issue a challenge to your opponents and let us know who has triumphed in your theater of war.
Pray and make offerings to any gods you please and have at it!

Doyley50, I am setting up the battle now. I will send you the password.

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Re: The Republic in Crisis Mini Campaign

Post by Cablenexus » Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:20 pm

Maybe you can ask one of the mods to make a sticky for user created campaigns and tournaments? I think it's a good idea to have them organized in one place in the forums since more are coming for sure.

I feel to unexperienced myself to join this one now, but I will absolutely like the idea for a future one.

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Re: The Republic in Crisis Mini Campaign

Post by olin0111 » Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:48 pm

Thanks, I was thinking about this too TBH. And since the campaign has been launched I might ask the moderator to make a sticky here or to move this thread to tournaments subforum.

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Re: The Republic in Crisis Mini Campaign

Post by AlessandroD » Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:51 pm

ggarynorman PM sent with the password.

Good luck to all and have fun! :D

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Re: The Republic in Crisis Mini Campaign

Post by devoncop » Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:56 pm

Likewise to Hendricus...check your PM's for the MP password.....Sertorius is hoping for some horrifically rough terrain to lead the Tyrant Sulla's Legions a merry dance....

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Re: The Republic in Crisis Mini Campaign

Post by Hendricus » Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:30 am

The Romans did meet their Spanish equals but their rebel friends did run as fast as their sandals could bear. The Romans did win round A. The match was fought under good sportmanship.

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