Total War: Rome II - Waiting For Release

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Is that the one by Mike Duncan? If so, yeah, that was ace!
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I would force public officials to watch through this list. Might make for better governments and possibly for a better planet.
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Yes Stratigos !!!! sieging settlement sir !!!! Settlement is under siege sir !!!
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Wait for the release of the TW game? I think it's a safer bet to wait for version 1.x of said game which fixes the numeous bugs that will almost certainly riddle the game at launch.And then again I still have to get Civ V: Brave New World, so there is no real room for Rome II in my gaming schedule.
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Very interesting and very funny.
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The Masters of Rome series by Colleen McCoullough is also something I'd consider an absolute must for any fan of Rome. While technically being 'fiction', the scholarly work put in to the overall historical events (down to in some cases actual speeches given on the House floor) is mind-boggling. In my opinion, that series of books brings to life the period of Rome from Marius to the end of the Republic better than any other work in any medium, full stop.
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I heard that in that stupid annoying voice.URBAN COHORT!
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Time Commanders - http://www.youtube.com/playlis...Cheesey but entertaining for a once off watch.
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Huge thanks for this!
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Every new game has bugs. The vanilla Total War will hold me over until the community starts releasing mods which are just great. I always look for historical strategies which blend Grand Strategy and Real time strategy. I haven't really found a game which does both as good as the TW series.
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lol
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If podcasts are your thing try The History of Rome, it's really good.
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It just made me cringe so I didn't include it.
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Seconded, this one is excellent!
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No mention of The 300 Spartans from 1962? What a shame. Sure, the ground's re-tread in 300, but the 1962 film (in addition to being the movie that inspired Frank Miller to storytelling in the first place) is a good deal less... fetishistic. Also, it includes minor details like the Thespians refusing to retreat, and dying to the last man defending the rear of the pass.
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I wanted to include it, but I had nothing to say about it since I haven't gotten around to watching it yet.
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I highly recommend Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcast on the fall of the roman republic.
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An entirely warranted response
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Already got my collectors version preordered. End of story
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Why isn't 'I, Claudius' on here?How does 'Centurion' get a mention but a classic Robert Graves adaptation, chronicling generations of Roman rule, from Augustus through Livia and Tiberius' plotting and crazy Caligula up to Claudius' death, starring Derek Jacobi, Sian Phillips, Brian Blessed, John Hurt and Patrick Stewart (with hair!) doesn't?
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Sadly, because I haven't been able to watch it yet.
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Playing Medieval Total war 2 mod Stainless Steel. Getting me back in the mood y'know
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Playing EU4.
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Aw, mate. What can I say? It's sublime. Best actors of their generation all on top form. Was the Breaking Bad of it's day (apparently, I wasn't there) If you can get past the mid-70s BBC budget and the theatrical design there's so much in it.
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It's not a bad film - obviously, it's stylistically a product of 1962, and it doesn't have the same hard edge that Spartacus has... but let's face it, for its time, Spartacus is some bleak shit. Wonderful bleak shit, with great actors providing great acting, but bleak.But for all that it's not Spartacus in its cinematic heft, and it's not the later 300 that it inspired in its action-movie butt-kicking, it's a good movie, nonetheless.
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Ooooh, I, Claudius. How did I not think of that, myself?
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The best thing about the Classics is that you can go straight to the primary documents. Julius Caesar's Conquest of Gaul is a compelling and relevant read to this day. EVE players should recognize and appreciate the propaganda value of Caesar's old Battle Reports.
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I would agree with this. It's probably the most in depth fictional series I have ever read and details more about roman life than anything else I have read.
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"History doesn't repeat itself, although it does sometimes rhyme." -Mark Twain
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Ugh but there's 2 more days of waiting for that.
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How do the two compare?
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This is a great piece of content. Well done
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The first season of ROME on HBO I think was the best television in the last 10 years. Season 2 was good, but it never had the story arc of the first.
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I know you mentioned Rome: The rise and fall of an empire, but there is, in my opinion a far better one:BBC's Ancient Rome: The rise and fall of an Empire.YOu can watch it on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...It couples the information of a documentary with the sort of dram you'd get from HBO's Rome
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Can recommend http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... aswell!One of the best trials in Roman history. This is the story of how Marcus Tullius Cicero became a famous lawyer. Enjoy!Cicero is up against one of the finest prosecutors in the city - Erucius. The facts seem simple: Roman gentleman Sextus Roscius has been stabbed in the street. It's an apparently motiveless killing. None of his valuables were stolen. The prime suspect is the old man's son.Sextus Roscius Junior had means, motive and opportunity. Erucius calls witness after witness and builds a shocking case. The court learns that Sextus Junior has possibly committed an earlier murder - his elder brother Gaius, who stood to inherit the wealthy father's land.It seems like an open and shut case. But Cicero's brilliant out-of-court detective work is about to dazzle the Roman courts for the first time. By the time he has finished, not only is Sextus Junior absolved, but Cicero has unmasked a conspiracy that goes to the top of Roman society.

With roughly a month left until the September 3rd release of Total War: Rome II, what are you doing to prepare? Have you picked your starting faction or memorized the interactive map? Have you given up your usual drinking fare for bottles of vinum Graecum? Have you been thrown out of the public baths for dousing yourself in olive oil and scraping it off with a strigil? Did vigiles drag you away to the magistrate for “public drunkenness and indecent exposure” while you shouted, “Roma Victor”? If so, you’re in similar company, citizen! If not, you don’t need to spend a night on the cold floor of a holding cell in order to experience the glory that was Rome. Thanks to the r/TotalWar and TWCenter communities I’ve managed to find a few more lawful things to help keep myself occupied until September 3rd and the eventual court date.

Shows & Documentaries

While generally viewed as somewhat dry, in the last several years advances in digital wizardry and production techniques have led to a more visually appealing television series. The scenes of an old white guy touring ruins or sitting in a book filled office are still present. However, the shows feel less like a lecture and at times are even engaging. These are some of the best I've found with information about the Classical World that Rome came to dominate.

Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire is arguably the best documentary series on Rome. This 2008 History Channel production is splendid, with 14 episodes covering a large portion of Roman history from the Marian reforms during the decline of the Republic through the fall of the Western Empire. With informative commentary and good production quality, it focuses on conflicts along the Northern border including those with the Gauls, the Germans, the Britons, and the Dacians, before turning its gaze on the factors that undermined the Empire from within and caused its collapse. The series has a fairly coherent and focused narrative that keeps you engaged across episodes. The series does peter out a little bit at the end, but even then it is fairly solid. 

Decisive Battles originally aired on the History Channel, with 13 episodes that blended scenes from Rome: Total War and historian commentary. Centering on several significant ancient battles, the series is a bit dated, dull, but deserves mention in that it uses video game footage. 

While it falls out of Rome II's timeframe, Battle of Thermopylae – Last Stand of the 300 Spartans is still worth a gander.  Airing at the same time that the movie 300 was in theaters, it was probably an attempt to cash in. The battle sequences are campy, and the low budget shows. However, it does provide a fair amount of historic background on a battle that helped determine the course of Western civilization. It does a decent job of touching on everything, from the geographic features of the battlefield to the weapons of war equipping each side.

The True Story of Alexander The Great is very similar. It too was released at roughly the same time as a major motion picture, 2004's Alexander, and is also probably an attempt to cash in. However, if you're interested in one of history's greatest conquerors, this broadcast from the History Channel is worth viewing. It covers Alexander's whole life, from his brilliant victories, vices, and the aftermath of his death. In the context of Rome II, you'll find he casts a long shadow. He was an inspiration to many, with Pompey, Julius Caesar, and Augustus visiting his tomb in Alexandria. His successor kingdoms are present in the game, with two of them - Egypt and Macedon - being playable on release.  

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