And after six months of Rome is burning is everyone feeling happy that they have signed up to a much more stable sign line than the historic one?
So far compared to the historic timeline:
- The conspiracy of Piso has not happened so some of Rome very best authors and leading Senators have not have to kill themselves and Senator Piso continues to target his arch foe Senator Claudius in the Senate with wit and cutting remarks.
- Rome best and most loyal General has not been forced to kill himself and has instead been sent to Britannia (a sort of honourable internal exile......the Otha Solution after the Empress first husband and old friend of Nero who had done nothing wrong but who the Emperor wanted out of Rome). Ok Britannia is a lot colder, wetter and lacks the friendly natives and good wines and olives of Hispania but Rome also needed someone to drag the slackers out of the Bath House and get our Eagle back!
- Nero eastern campaign seems to be getting started early without the the boy in the purple needing to leave Italy and then get stopped by revolts in Gaul.
- And perhaps what could really send the timeline totally off. The Empress has not been kicked to death in a fit of passion and has come to term. Unless she and the baby die in childbirth (always very possible in this period) would be new Emperor's face the prospect of the best looking woman in the Empire getting to the Legions with the infant heir of the Julio-Claudian family in her arms. One suspect a rush of Generals into the divorce courts and the campaign going very "Troy" on us, with a mass scrap over who gets to comfort and protect the new widow. Some people never learn that Red Heads can be bad for your health!
So in the first part of this new timeline what has most upset the players in RIB who are Romans? For me its:
- The terrible inflation in Roman building costs. Planning is a nightmare, everything costs x10 and takes x5 longer than you thought it would. Basically its just horrid to be a Roman wanting to help rebuild the city. Think if it continues the Constantine solution of lets build a new Rome on a cheaper green field site with a proper port and not a a flood plain may get some serious consideration.
- Also upset about the fact that the commander of the Guard seems to be a Woman hating Pycho and total PR disaster for the Roman Government. Wonder if the Otha solution would work for him as well? Diplomatic envoy to the Huns or Alans perhaps?
So if Romans are upset about builders and civil servents (1st world problems?) how are players on the wrong side of the frontier finding things? Does the Roman Empire look ripe for spoil and plunder or scary from the other side of the fence?l