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This is excellent. I would certainly buy a copy. I have a bunch of late-Republican Romans I was actually considering getting rid of a few weeks ago... Now I want to add to them!
My very point.
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I actually have been looking at Warlord’s SPQR but the rules and gameplay seemed bogged down by something I can’t quite put my finger on. But that starter box is gorgeous and I want to paint Romans...I’ll be buying these rules too. Can’t wait.
John_savage_uk wrote: ↑Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:58 pmI can’t speak for Rich, but I know he is interested in Romans v various hairy barbarian types. So far I’ve got list for Early Imperial Romans, Britons, Germans and Dacians which we are working on. A few small tweaks to the Roman list should bring Caesarian and Britons to Gauls so these are likely to be added as well. We both want to do Republican Roman so bring in Carthage, Spanish etc for a Punic War themed set of lists. This then potentially brings in Successors. There are some fundamental issues with pike armies though in SP (or any skirmish game really) but plenty of opportunities to bring in light troops, hypapists etc which for raids, scouting missions etc which would suit the scale of SP better. However I know Rich has little interest in Eastern armies such as Parthians or Sassanids. Going further back to Greeks and Persians does have interest for me (and given the success of games like Mortal Gods I would suggest there would potentially be demand for this as well (albeit you’ve similar issues with representing hoplite warfare).
Personally I want to push SP forward as well. I’ve drafted a Dark Age list which includes Saxons, Vikings and Norman’s and as I’ve said before I want to do an early Medieval list (including a band of forest dwelling outlaws). Although again Rich has indicated he doesn’t see SP Ancients going much past 500AD. Having said that once you’ve got the core mechanics nailed it would be relatively easy for a range of official list written by others in the same way as the force selectors work for CoC.
Having said all that the one thing that I have realized is it takes time to pull these together. Principally in the play testing. So none of this is going to happen overnight.
Hopefully we’ll get the core rules and “armies and enemies of Rome” done fairly quickly. If these are a commercial success for Rich and there is clear customer demand then who knows where this could go! I know Rich has already said no to Sumerians, but what’s not to like about mule chariots ! Maybe Nick can be persuaded to do a version of “What a Tanker” for Assyrian and Egyptian chariots! Now there’s an idea!
As a big fan of Sharp Practice this project looks very exciting!
And as the organiser of The Society of Ancients Conference in Kenilworth over the weekend of 2nd/3rd November, it would be great if someone wanted to bring the current playtest rules and test them with a bunch of Ancient diehards! If there is any interest in this, please do contact me.
I've been seeing some test games for this on Twitter, and they look great fun. I'm really excited for this.
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