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2008
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2 − 4
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Best with 4 players
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12 and up
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180 minutes
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12 and up
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Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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History of the Roman Empire
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(From the Publishers Website: P500 production)

"The History of the Roman Empire" covers the time-period from the Rise to the Fall of the Roman Empire in seven game turns starting in 60 BC (the first Triumvirate composed of Caesar, Crassus and Pompeus) until the last [Western] Emperor (Romulus Augustus) in 476 AD.
The map contains the entire Mediterranean area as well as a part of Asia Minor.
Each of the up to four Players takes the role of one Roman Faction and one group of "Barbarian"-Peoples (non-Romans) and by playing certain event cards you can gain control over minor Kingdoms.
The game is best suited for 4 Players but can be played by 3 or 2 Players as well.

Since every Player controls a Roman Faction and a "Barbarian" People it is not possible to completely remove a Player from the Game (The Roman Faction that Player controls can be eliminated but the Barbarians can not).

The Game "History of the Roman Empire" is not strictly historic but offers "a great lot of Flavor about this" with it's 42 Roman Emperors (and Pretenders) and the 34 different "Barbarian" Peoples and minor Kingdoms. Since every Player controls Romans as well as Barbarians you will get all kinds of situations like Romans vs. Barbarians Romans fighting among themselves or Barbarians fighting other Barbarians.
The Emperor for each Roman Faction changes every Game Turn as well as the Barbarian Peoples that the Players control…
With it's easy to learn rules (Players who are familiar with "Espania", "Britannia" or "History of the World" will find some similarities and some new features) and the constantly changing Barbarians "The History of the Roman Empire" can be great fun.

The Players will have to decide how to use their Roman Legions as well as how to use the Armies of their Barbarians and of course where to plan new Cities and Forts (for the Roman Factions).
Since it is worth much more Victory Points to control all areas of one color soon everyone will try to establish his own small empire (and of course to disturb the others), until the more powerful Barbarians like the Goths or the Huns arrive and threaten to take control of the map.

Each turn the Roman Factions spend some of their Victory Points on new Legions and/or Forts or Fortresses, the Barbarians do not use their Victory Points for recruiting Units but rather "mobilize" up to a certain number of Armies (how many units depends on the Barbarian People).
Every game will present you with new Situations since the Players will work on and change their strategies and the 45 random cards will influence every game in a unique way…
At the end of the seventh turn, the players total their victory points and determine the winner.

Will the Roman Empire rise to Glory or will it be crushed by the overwhelming Barbarians…

It's up to YOU…

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Components:

  • 1 rulebook
  • 1 game map
  • 1 Emperors chart
  • 1 Barbarians chart
  • 5 six-sided dice
  • 55 Event cards (with nine different colored dot notations)
  • 264 game counters
    • 5 Rebel army counters
    • 5 Barbarian dagger icon counters (numbered I to V)
    • 6 Roman wreath icon counters (numbered I to VI)
    • 16 Fortress/Fort counters
    • 23 City/Looted City counters
    • 46 Kingdom and Tribe army counters
      • 4 Babylonii, Palmyrae, and Parthii counters
      • 3 Aegyptii, Arabi, Armenii, and Daci counters
      • 2 Belgae, Cappadoces, Cilices, Dalmatae, Iudaei, Lusitanii, Numidiae, Picti, Pontici, Sassanidae, and Thraces counters
    • 80 Roman faction counters (20 in each of 4 colors)
      • 40 Roman legion icon counters (10 in each of 4 colors)
      • 24 "Past Barbarian Control" counters (6 in each of 4 colors)
      • 8 "Kingdom Control" counters (2 in each of 4 colors)
      • 4 "VP Barb." counters (1 in each of 4 colors)
      • 4 "VP Rome" counters (1 in each of 4 colors)
    • 83 Barbarian Army counters with colored edges (84 stated in rulebook)
      • 10 Hunni counters
      • 7 Gothi counters
      • 6 Suebi and Vandalii counters each
      • 5 Alani, Alemanni, Chatti, Franci, Galli, and Marcomanni counters each
      • 4 Celtae, Pannonii, and Sarmatae counters each
      • 3 Brigantes, Garamantes, Maurusii, and Saxones counters each

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Publisher: Udo Grebe Gamedesign
Artist: Andreas Bertram, Dirk Blech, Anders Fager, Adrian Georgemore»
Year: 2007
Size: 12.20 x 9.10 x 2.00 inches
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6 History of the Rom Empire Quick Reference Sheet
A player aid containing player turns overview, combat explanation, point scoring, and counter reference.
English
2013-02-05
5 Barbarians vs. Rome
This is a scenario for 4 players, where 2 play Rome, one plays as Kingdoms, and the other as Barbarians.
English
2011-12-23
6 HotRE Kingdoms Chart
Chart to organise the Kingdoms counters during the game
English
2010-07-06
7 List of Tribes and Kingdoms
A list of the tribes and kingdoms on the cards along with their statistics.
2009-01-12
5 French rules updated version
French rules update
2008-10-06
1 French cards text
French cards text
2008-10-06
11 HOTRE first turn tutorial
Hotre tutorial of a complete first turn, with images.
English
2008-05-21
21 Living rules for History of the Roman Empire
Update english rules manual with images
English
2008-05-21
12 Cards instad of chits (part 2)
Cards as a replacement for the Barbarian and Emperor chits. Sized 87x62 mm (for use with card-sleeves)
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2008-04-15
13 Cards instead of chits
Cards as a replacement for the Barbarian and Emperor chits. Sized 87x62 mm (for use with card-sleeves)
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2008-04-15
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