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Location names in Hannibal.

Hannibal Project Update

Hello Everyone,

The end of the year approaches and so does work on the 20th Anniversary Edition of Hannibal. We had a number of great meetings at Essen and it seems the game might be very well published in English, Spanish, French, German and possibly Polish with other language versions still not yet decided. This presents us with a challenge. Or two.

Here is the first: we would like the base game map to look the same across all language versions. As such, we need to provide location names which would be acceptable to all users. We gave it a lot of thinking and went through number of variants, the extremes being: keep original mix of names (English and Latin mostly) and print a separate map for each language. We were not happy with neither of them.

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Facing the 20 years of game's legacy, we came to the conclusion that it would be very difficult to keep the original names, which appeared in earlier editions. We believe those need revision if we want the 20th Anniversary Edition to correct some obvious errors. For example earlier versions of the board have Nice and Pisae - a schizophrenic solution keeping Anglicized Nice (Nicaea) and Latin Pisae (Pisa). If one way, then why the other? Another example is location of Firmum Picenum and Sena. Those were mistakenly reversed. In reality Firmum lies to the south of Sena Gallica. Another one: the original map shows Praeneste in Samnium but in fact it was in Latium, so close to Rome, it is on its suburbs nowadays.

Below is a list of proposed changes to the locations in Italy. This list won't be here if not help of a Polish grognard Jarek Sobczak. Dziękuję Jarku za pomoc!

ITALIA
Insubrians > IINSUBRES (to reflect the fact Taurini and Boii are shown in Latin)
FIRMUM PICENUM > SENA GALLICA
SENA > FIRMUM PICENUM
TARQUINI > TARQUINII (correcting a typo)
ROME > ROMA (in Latin)
FALERII > VOLSINII
PAESTIUM > PAESTUM
PRAENESTE > looking for alternative. Corfinium?
RHEGIUM > REGIUM

Spain, Gaul and Africa are another challenge. A total lack of sources on which to base the names. Some of them were thus taken from rivers and kept in Latin (Iberus, Isere, Druentia) and some written in English (Rhone). Some were taken from tribes (Averni, which should read Arverni) or from their cities shown in later sources (Georgovia). Some African location show actually future Roman names (Vescera).

As such, we have made an effort to research the names again, and here is a list of proposed changes, with some notes.

HISPANIA
We are adding some names which most probably existed at the time of the Second Punic War.
Iberus > OSCA
Azalia > CELSA (Iberian town of Kelsa)
Arsa > BUDUA [Capitol of the Tribe of TURDULI]
Salaria > CASTULO [Hannibal's wife came from the town. Also a battlefield)
NEW CARTHAGE > CARTHAGO NOVA (Latin instead of English)
SEGOBRIGA > CARTALA [City of the Tribe of OLCADES]
Balearic Islands > BALEARES
We keep BILIBILIS [Capitol of LUSONES]
We keep SALAMANTICA as a representation for unknown capital of VETTONI tribe. Hamilcar was killed fighting the tribe.
We keep DIANIUM [ex Greek Hēmeroskopeion] even if tempted to replace with more prominent Lucentum (today Alicante)

GALIA
NICE > NICAEA
LIGURIANS > LIGURES
LIGURIANS > GENUA
Averni > ARVERNI
Isere - HELVETII
Rhone - HELVII / TRICASTINI
Druentia- VOCONTII
Gergovia > VELLAVI
Araceli - AUSCI

SICILIA
SYRACUSE > SYRACUSAE

AFRICA
Western Numidia > MAURETANIA
Eastern Numidia > NUMIDIA
Thabraca (port) > SICCA (inland town of pleasures, where mercenaries were entertained while waiting for the delayed pay)
Thubursicu > MADAUROS
Tupusuctu - TUBUSUCTU
Vescera -AUZIA
SITILIS - SITIFIS (correcting a typo)


As you can see, there is still some hesitation here and there, so any feedback you may have is most welcomed!

Happy gaming

Jaro
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