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Rome By Night Via Desideratio


275 BC, the King of Epirus has been beaten and Rome has emerged as the main ruler of the South Italian peninsula, raising in importance, and challenging the supremacy of the biggest city in the Mediterranean area: Carthage.

While Camillus, Regent of the Roman Court, has just captured the Ventrue Artemis and her progeny Lysander, ancient darkness stirs from the shadows and plots to set the city of Rome against Carthage, the seat of power of the Brujah clan.

Soon a new generation of Roman Vampires, including Camillus, Servius Marius Pustola, Drusilla Euphemia and Aconia Messalina will be entangled in the Ancients' power struggles. As the events unfold, they will soon realize they can play their own part in the game and that will lead them to found the Via Desideratio.

Will you side with them, becoming a Primae, or will you stand by your Elders side against the new immoral philosophy?

Rome by Night includes:

  • Four chronicles set during the First through the Third Punic War including the final Siege of Carthage and the creation of the Via Desideratio.
  • The option to play the chronicles using the V5 or Dark Ages ruleset as you wish.
  • A section on how to play characters during the Ancient Age choosing from V5 or Dark Ages ruleset.
  • A detailed description of The Roman Court at the time of the First Punic War, and beyond, including more than 30 characters.
  • A description of the most important locations of Rome in the Ancient Age.
  • Two new Loresheets and more.

Mature Warning: contains graphic and written content of a mature nature, including violence, sexual themes, and strong language. Reader discretion is advised.

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Helder A May 03, 2022 11:34 am UTC
Does it contain any scenario?
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Davide V May 09, 2022 9:47 pm UTC
There are 4 scenarios (chronicles).
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Helder A May 10, 2022 5:47 pm UTC
Can you estimate how many sessions does it take for each one?
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Davide V May 11, 2022 7:02 am UTC
That's a question quite hard to answer but I'll do my best. Consider this whole campaign kept my group busy for several years (with pauses of a few months at times). Your group may need more or less than my estimation depending on their committent to the game. You also have the option to skip forward scenes that are no interest for your group of players.

- The First Punic War may require between 30 to 45 sessions if you're willing to play through the each episode of the first punic war.
- A new Philosophy may require about 30 sessions including optional scenes. That's the core of the Via Desideratio cration and if you're aiming for a shorter chronicle I suggest focusing on this eventually skipping the first scenario.
- The Third Punic War is shorter that the rest focusing on a few intense nights. It's about 5 sessions.
- The Birth of the Empire is a collection of shorter scenario and as a whole can be played in about 7 sessions.
- The Legacy of the Empire can be played in about...See more
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Helder A May 11, 2022 7:23 am UTC
It helps a lot and that's exactly the kind of question I was needing. Thank you for answering such a hard one!

Could you just tell which campaigns are more geared towards combat and which ones more towards intrigue, for instance? For example, I feel the first big one is more combat oriented. Am I right?
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Davide V May 12, 2022 6:57 am UTC
You're welcome and your assumption about first chapter is correct.
- The First Punic War delves deeply into the First Punic War mechanics to involve the players in the dangerous business of warfare (and how these operations were carried out in the ancient age) and build up tension and personal danger leading up to the climax. Politic is always present but often speak through warfare language (as it was common in that age).
- A new Philosophy is more about social, political and philosophical (as meant in the ancient age) intrigues and challenges, plus an occult storyline that will serve as the leitmotiv for stories in the next chapters.
- The Third Punic War brings up combat again but in a fast paced vampiric-bloody action with important moral implications.
- The Birth of the Empire and The Legacy of the Empire are mixed with intrigues and investigations depending on the story.

Once you're done reading the book, if you feel like leaving a review it will be most appreciated...See more
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Helder A May 12, 2022 8:05 am UTC
Once again, thank you for your clarification. As a History lover myself, I'm really enjoying your work so far!
Sure! I'll leave a review! Please, keep doing more stuff like this. I'm really into it!
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Davide V May 12, 2022 10:39 am UTC
Thank you a lot for your appreciation! I love history and I'm happy to know you're enjoying it. I have a few more ideas and I hope in the future to have enough free time to work on those projects!
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