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Fight Like Channing Tatum (Online): A Short, Bloody History of Roman War Games

Posted January 21, 2011 to photo album "Fight Like Channing Tatum (Online): A Short, Bloody History of Roman War Games"

As The Eagle’s battle scenes demonstrate, the Roman Army was one of history’s most effective war machines. Legions of gamers, both in board games and online, have tried to emulate them.

Slide 1: Fight Like Channing Tatum (Online) - A Short, Bloody History Of Roman War Games
Slide 2: Managing Risk
Slide 3: Dungeons and Dragons Suit up the Player
Slide 4: The Birth of Multiplayer Online Games
Slide 5: Rome, from Boards to the Web
Slide 6: Getting on Board with Conquest of the Empire
Slide 7: Re-Conquest of the Empire
Slide 8: A Never-Ending War with Commands and Colors: Ancients
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Slide 9: Ostia and the Politics of War
Slide 10: Ancient War Made Modern with Rome: Total War
Slide 11: Getting War Right with Rome: Total Realism
Slide 12: To Roma Victor Goes the Spoils
Slide 13: The Mod of War - Mount and Blade
Slide 13: The Mod of War - Mount and Blade

Slide 13: The Mod of War - Mount and Blade

In the independent PC game Mount and Blade by the Turkish developers TaleWorlds, players roam a fictional medieval world called Calradia, engaging in combat on foot, on horseback, or simply avoiding confrontation and building social and community stature. So if Calradia is a fantasy land, what’s it doing in this round-up? The answer: Mount and Blade has some of the best “mods” of any game, including a Roman-themed version called Hegemony 268 BC in which players can play as the Roman Republic, Carthage, Egypt and other ancient civilizations. A thriving “Hegemony Series Mods” forum contains hundreds of thousands of posts that get deep into the history of the period, and it contains dozens of new quests. At the forum, one poster started a new thread entitled “This ain’t a mod” before continuing his thought in the message: “You guys are making a wonderful new game.”