Monday, March 16, 2009
The Senate prepares to vote
An idea came to me the other day how to make the Senate a player character within the Roman Campaign. I thought I'd design a voting method that allows independent choices to be made with in the decision round of the game turn.
Two players pick five tablets from a bag and arrange them face down on the table. Next, they take it in turns to flip them over. There are ten for Secundus, ten for Alanicus, ten for Rome and ten Veto's. The pile with the most tablets wins the vote and the army of the Senate marches on the elected result.
To add a little extra fun to the election results, there are two Army tablets. These are the favour and weight of the army. If a player picks one of these he can put it on any pile he chooses, thus giving the army's influence to a vote. There is also a master Veto tablet, this represents the casting vote of Plaudicus who as Consul has the heaviest vote. If this tablet is laid, the whole Senate has to be returned into the bag and the voting starts again.
There is also a tablet with II painted on it, if this is laid then it must be returned to the bag and two others picked in it's place. It may sound very simple (like most of my ideas and rules) but it's great fun and really works. In fact it's probably more fun than rolling on the table of the gods and I never thought I'd ever say that!