Justinian's Empire

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Justinian's Empire
Designer: Red Baron
Type: Geographical
Countries: 87 (Large)
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Justinian's Empire is an historical map of the Byzantine (Eastern Roman) Empire in the era of the Emperor Justinian. It is a fairly standard map except for two non-standard features:

  • It uses inset maps to show major cities.
  • The major cities are protected from attack by giving them border modifier "walls."

[edit] Background

The glory of the Roman Empire had dwindled by the time Justinian became emperor in 527 AD. The west had been whittled away by barbarian conquest; the Ostrogoths held Italy (the purple territory) and with it the city of Rome, and the Vandals held Carthage (the green territory). In the east, the Persian Sassanid Empire threatened the borders (the yellow territory).

But Justinian was up to the challenge. With the councel of his wife, Empress Theodora, and the skill of his general Belisarius (one of the greatest military commanders of all time), he reconquered much of the old Roman territory during his 38 year reign. The map shows the empire near the beginning of his reign.

[edit] Gameplay

Each of the seven major cities (Constantinople, Rome, Antioch, Carthage, Alexandria, Jerusalem, and Seluecia) is shown in an inset map, and is also represented on the main map by an eight-pointed star symbol. Each road leading into a star symbol corresponds to a red road leading into the city on the inset map. Each sea route leading into a star symbol corresponds to a sea route into the city on the inset map.

Every attack into a city, whether by land or by sea, is resisted by a city wall implemented by border modifiers; the city defender gets a +2 dice advantage (in other words, the defender gets to roll an 8-sided die against the attacker's 6-sided die). Attacks out of a city, and all other attacks, use the standard dice. The defensive characteristics of the seven major cities make them the most desirable properties on the board.

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