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Citizen! The burgeoning Ruman Empire needs your help bringing civilization to the savages.

Ruma: Dawn of Empire is a tabletop roleplaying game that takes place in an alternate Roman Empire where myth and magic are real. The Empire has just begun to push the boundaries of its territories into neighboring lands, only to be met by savage barbarians, murderous beasts, magical forests, and strange horrors. Ruman generals and senators have formed small cohorts of specialized troops to discover and counter these threats. You and your friends are members of such a cohort.

This quickstart provides rules on how to play the game, 5 pre-generated characters, and a short mission for the cohort.

Thanks to a few friends, the rules are also available in both Italian and Spanish via this page. 

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Ben V May 03, 2017 3:02 pm UTC
I tested out the quickstart and I really enjoy the setting but I do have a couple of questions and comments.
"Quick Steps: when you exchange blows, you may opt to disengage from the combat instead of a hit or partial hit’s normal results" Description is pretty vague on this skill. What does disengaging do? Does it prevent enemies from attacking you? Also how does it help against range attacks?
"You have to move to get the shot, placing you in danger" What counts as 'danger'?

And I know it is not a true historic representation of the Roman Empire, I do find it odd that some gods use their Greek names. Such as Hades instead of Pluto or Hermes instead of Mercury. Also there is both Ares and Mars. And Mars is called the god of violence and murder, were as in the real world Mars was seen as a protector, father of the Roman people and was one of the most important gods in their pantheon. Were as Ares, with the Greeks, was seen as a force of chaos and destruction.
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Martin G May 03, 2017 3:32 pm UTC
Thank you for taking a look at Ruma. The world is a bit of a work in progress. Some cults follow the Hellenic name and some the Ruman name. Aries and Mars have been corrected in the beta rules. Some people think they are the same god, but members of the respective cults beg to differ.

The mechanics aren't meant to be as heavy as some roleplaying games. More open to interpretation and storytelling so not everything is precisely defined. Disengage could mean several things depending on what the group decides.

Thank you again for taking a look at the rules. I appreciate your feedback.
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Diego B March 28, 2017 2:53 pm UTC
Lex Arcana (italian RPG, same setting) 2.0 reboot? :)
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Martin G March 29, 2017 3:20 pm UTC
I was not aware of Lex Arcana. Thank you for the mention of that game. It looks like there are some similarities between it and Ruma. Thanks for taking a look at Ruma:Dawn of Empire.
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