“Now is the Winter of our discontent
Made glorious Summer by this sun of York."
The Life and Death of Richard the Third
(Act 1, Scene 1)
Welcome to War of the Roses
, a multi-player RPG/strategy game set in 15th Century England (1455-1485). Players are the current leading Heir of their House, representing one of the four rival royal houses vying for control of the throne of England. They will use their noble retainers to bring the enemy to battle, influence nobles to vote their way in Parliament, and wield their influence to gain the support of the landed gentry.
This will be a homegrown, experimental game based on the GMT game, Crown of Roses
. Certain current PC games got me thinking about overlaying an RPG onto a wargame. After mulling over which time period to choose, from Rome to the future of space, I fondly remembered how I loved executing other Houses' Royal Heirs in my bid to rule England and how this war lends itself so well to deceit and backstabbing.
I have basically stripped the game down to a skeleton of core concepts and hid them behind my GM curtain. The players will not be overly exposed to rules and number crunching, as in most wargames, but will be freer to concentrate on the strategies and interactions that real-life leaders deal with. Fog of war, uncertain alliances, untrustworthy underlings and fortuitous, or disastrous, events will be the feast upon the table. The majority of RP will occur between the players. I will, of course, control the other Nobles but will not fully RP some 30 characters. They will be very short on interactions and discussions. Expect many "Aye, M'Lord" & "Ney, M'Lord" responses.
Turns will represent 1-2 years of game world time and I believe the game will go 20 turns. The game may last anywhere from a number of weeks to a number of months of real time, depending on player activity and host brain damage.
As to whether this will work or not is anyone's guess but I believe it will at least be fun.
Now grab that sword, kiss your maiden and ride like hell to the sound of battle!
The usurpers must be crushed!The Crown of England is at stake!!!This will be a Play-By-Post Game for 4 players, participants determined from sign-ups.
Please sign-up in red.
You may also post which House you may wish to play or not.
(See document below)
Participants will be determined randomly.
PM's are allowed, if not required, between players.
All messages between players must include the host.[PLAYER DOC]