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Roma Tenebris

by voidrim


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Roman Republic senator's schemes simulator

Immerse yourself in the life of an ancient politician. Join the mighty Roman Republic Senate. Negotiate, lie, bribe, compromise, force, manipulate - do anything to strengthen your positions. And do not forget to bring glory to Rome.

Each game unique opponents are generated
Five ways to influence them
Ending depends on both plot decisions and in-game results

Roma Tenebris is a text-based simulation game with elements of startegy created in October 2023 for Bare-Bones Jam. It was an interesting, although a bit fatiguing, experience to try using Twine not only as a software for plot organisation but as a medium for coding. Finally, this is more of a sketch rather than a complete game, and still it represents some of the ideas and mechanics which could be implemented into a larger project.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Save Rome! Or let it burn... *shrug*, November 20, 2023
by manonamora
Related reviews: barebonesjam

This was a short and fun “political” simulator set in Ancient Rome, where your goal is to try to restore the delicate balance in the Senate (or not) while avoiding causing too many riots (or go for the chaos), or even losing the city altogether (or go for that!). Personally, my first attempt failed the plebs.

The mechanic is pretty simple. You have three important causes where you can levy taxes or spend funds, and the option to nudge the other three Senators (randomly generated at the start) to change their votes through different approaches. I've tried convincing them all, it worked like a charm! Well... only to change their minds, I did cause some riots.

In between sessions, you get to enjoy life, make new connection, and potentially raise your status as a Senator (though I am not sure how much your choices there influence the game). The playful writing is more obvious in this part than during the Senate session.

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