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#483

Mortality

Truly the Plautius family is cursed by the gods! The latest pater familias (rather less elderly than most of his peers after the untimely death of his father) was building influence, making alliances, generally schmoozing his way back towards the exalted position his late father had held amongst the very highest regarded senators when he had the misfortune to choke on a chicken bone at a great banquet he was hosting. He could not be revived and so it falls to a cousin to attempt to restore the family’s fortunes.


#484

Revenue

Personal Revenue

Player Senators Knights Concessions Offices Total Previous
@Juan_Raigada 5 1 9 0 15 1
@Panzeh 5 1 2 0 8 2
@CraigM 5 1 2 1 9 2
@Kolbex 5 1 7 0 13 2
@scottagibson 5 1 0 0 6 0
@Navaronegun 4 1 2 0 7 0

(I did remember to subtract 1 for evil omens from the Pontifex Maximus’ income roll.)
Players, please distribute these funds as you see fit between faction and personal treasuries.
You may also trade money at this time.

State Revenue

Base Wars Legions Fleets Land Bills Provinces Total
100 -20 -8 0 -10 0 62

As things stand, the senate will have 234 talents to disburse this round.
Senators may make contributions to the state to gain influence
(10T => 1 influence, 25T => 3 influence, 50T => 7 influence)


#485

One question, when do harbour fees trigger?


#486

Revenue phase, they’re included in your total.

The one that hasn’t produced you anything yet is Shipbuilding, which triggers when the senate builds fleets, 3 talents for each.


#487

Aelius keeps 5 talents. The rest goes into the treasury.


#488

5 talents to Flaminius. 1 talent goes into the treasury.


#489

All funds with Manlius


#490

8 Talents to Claudius


#491

5T to Cornelius, 5T to Valerius and 3 to the treasury


#492

Two into faction treasury, the remainder into Aemilius


#493

Travel complete; I’ll get all that money moved about shortly.

Edit: Done, shout if I’ve misunderstood or lost some of your money.


#494

Forum

The people seem more amenable to recruitment now, so the senate asks the Pontifex Maximus to slaughter a goat to see if the gods are once again happy with Rome. Lucius Aemilius Paullus discharges this duty solemnly, selecting the very finest goat from the temple district pens and slaughtering it on the steps of the temple of Mars for all to see, for it is widely rumoured that Rome will be marching against the Gauls this season.

But as the entrails spill across the marble, the large crowd of onlookers sees the haruspices recoil in horror. The intestines, it turns out, are severely discoloured. This can only be another Evil Omen!

Aemilius spends all he can on temple offerings to mitigate this, even raiding the faction treasury, but it isn’t enough. At last the priests are satisfied that the gods have been at least mosty placated, but by then Aemilius has been stripped of office in his disgrace.

Game mechanics

The remaining effects from last year expired, both the evil omens and the manpower shortage.
Then at the start of the Eastern Grain Company turn an event happened, which was evil omens once again.
This is very bad for the Pontifex Maximus, who must immediately pay 20 talents from personal treasury or be stripped of his office for major corruption.
As he didn’t have this much, the rest plus a 10 talent fine is levied from the faction treasury. There wasn’t enough there either, so Rome pays the difference (ignoring the fine), which comes to 9 talents. Ouch, @CraigM.
To the players, I’m really sorry. I swear I’m using random.org.
To the lurkers, would you care for some popcorn?

@Juan_Raigada: it is your initiative in the forum, what would you like to do?


#495

Use the five talents to try to get a knight


#496

You succeed (roll 4). Anything further?


#497

I though you can only do one action?


#498

In order (in theory at least), you may:

  • Make 1 persuasion attempt
  • Attract a knight OR pressure knights
  • Sponsor one set of games
  • Change faction leader

I am happy for you to make a persuasion attempt this turn if you want to, given the rules misunderstanding. You probably won’t get great odds though anyway, I haven’t calculated.


#499

Does the Evil Omen die modifier not go into effect because of the payoff? Or are we at -1 again?


#500

We’re at -1 again, I’m afraid. The payoff happens whatever, presumably to stop the omens being even worse.


#501

We are at -1 again.


#502

The gods must be crazy.