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Paulo Soledade
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"How to learn Republic of Rome?"
Does anyone have a formula?

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This is a great game but the rules for it are a bitch. Take the rules and set them on your nightstand and read them for 15 minutes each night before turning out the light. Seriously. That's how I learn rules for more complicated games. Do that for a week or two and things start to gell to where you can get a first play in.

Back in the mid 90s I belonged to a group and we actually played the game a dozen times or more but it takes a good 3 plays to actually figure out the rules. If this is ever reprinted (I hope it is some day) I hope they do a serious rewrite of the rules to make it a much smoother learning experience for players.
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After going through the rules once (not with the intent of understanding every little thing, but with the intent of getting a sense of the general flow of a turn), set the game up by yourself, refer to the first thing in the sequence of play, and start doing it.

You'll pound the rules like crazy this way, no doubt, but you'll be seeing the rules from the perspective of what's happening in the playing area, and that is how an aloof and byzantine rules set is best assimilated, in my opinion.
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Roberto Ullfig
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There are some game logs on my site and a few current games I'm running as well. Should give you a feel for the flow of the game:

http://www.yxklyx.com/thecolosseum/ror/
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Michael Debije
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I didn't find it that tough a ruleset for some reason. Keep the order of play card beside you as you read through the rules, and refer to the required regions to get a feel for the play, skipping the extra details. Then, either try a few turns solo or get another couple folks and start slow. You'll probably lose quickly the first time, but will get a handle on play. Well worth the effort, as it is a top 10 game.
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Thank you all for the answers.

I still think that the major problem of this game is how the rules are writen. The old AH had some master pieces concerning to games but I guess that they weren't that good with rules! Same thing happened with 1830, and I think that the problem couldn't be me because I've learned Here I Stand, which has 20 more pages of rules!

Anyway, I think I'm going to mix up things a bit among all your sugestions a try to learn the game. I've been reading the rules everyday, I tried to learn more about the game in http://www.yxklyx.com/thecolosseum/ror/ but it hasn't AI so it's not that easy, and finally I'll be able to try it this week in a two player game (with the rules) which could be the best way to learn it.

Once again thank you all.

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Paulo
 
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Sorry I'm replying late. First off, I'll say it's absolutely worth the time and effort to learn RoR.

Someone posted a RoR 101 on Web-Grognards. This might help...
http://grognard.com/info/ror101.txt

Also, John Rodriguez has done a ton for this game, not the least of which is a walkthrough for new players and a complete re-write of the rules>
Walkthrough:
http://www.amarriner.com/ror/ror_WalkThroughforNewPlayers.ht...

Rules re-write .pdf by John Rodriguez:
http://www.amarriner.com/ror/RoRRulebookV212.pdf

Take your time to learn. There are a lot of weird concepts, but like I mentioned, well worth the effort.
 
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