Revisionist Centurion

In the new year, I’m going to have to get serious about updating you all on the progress and plans for Centurion: Legionary of Rome, so that when the crowdfunding campaign happens, you’ll be on board and ready to fork over your hard-earned cash for this dream project of mine.

While I didn’t get a lot of comments on my last post about the project, the one I did get made me thinking. Now, I’ve been reading about how to do crowdfunding and I’ve been looking at some successful Kickstarters, and I think Jason makes salient points about rewards and stretch goals.

I’ve also realized that I’m going to need to do more research than expected to make something I’m proud to release. My initial research notes are years old and in some disarray. There are errors in my initial research – at least the conclusions of the experts on which I am choosing to rely, such as Adrian Goldsworthy and Pat Southern indicate there are errors – and that has led to a delay as I re-research the period of the Civil Wars (from Marius to Augustus).

The realization that I’m going to need to do a lot more research has led me to conclude that if I want something ready to go for GenCon, I need to scale back my initial expectations.

Rather than look at five historical periods, I’m going to focus on three: the Late Republic, the Civil Wars and the Principate (from Tiberius to the Crisis of the Third Century). This should allow me to have the text ready in time to get it to publication in July and have copies to contributors before GenCon.

The other two sections (the Crisis of the Third Century and the Dominate) will be stretch goals, along with two other stretch goals I’ve already got planned. I’m not going to include the short fiction I was original going to include. It is fantasy fiction based on an imaginary analogue to Rome, and the intention with Centurion is adventures set in historical Rome.

As things develop, I’ll be posting here, and the pace should increase as we approach March and the intention to get the crowdfunding rolling.

Jason’s comments on the Centurion crowdfunding ideas here.

Jason’s website is here.

You can learn more about Adrian Goldsworthy here.

You can learn more about Pat Southern here.

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1 Response to Revisionist Centurion

  1. The Warden says:

    You want comments? Alright, I gots yer comment right here!

    Offering up additional supplements as stretch goals seems to be a highly effective means for designers to meet their original deadlines and still offer up bonus goodies for more cash. As Jason’s comment mentioned, Fate Core’s Kickstarter project has been doing that in spades and many of their stretch goals won’t be available until 2014. You could add in those cut timelines and even expand on the historical facts further with an additional supplement available at a later time and still have a solid core release in time for GenCon.

    As someone who isn’t inclined to get caught up in all the accuracy of Roman history, having these details available as a separate book actually appeals to me. Let me start off with the vitals for playing Centurion, get me hooked, and I’ll want to learn more about history and how it can affect the game.

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