Crucifixion - Roma Victor Style

Posted Thu, Mar 23, 2006 by Boomjack

Crucifixion returns to Britain.
The folks at Roma Victor are nailing their fans to the cross. Is there a better way to keep your fans attached to your game?

"For immediate release: 23rd March - Britain will witness its first crucifixion for almost two millennia later this week, when Cynewulf is nailed to a cross as punishment for ganking other players as they first appear.  Cynewulf,(in real life a 27 year-old electrical engineer from Flint, Michigan, USA) has no need to worry about suffering any permanent pain to his hands or feet, however, as this barbaric sentence is due to be carried out in cyberspace; in the virtual world of Roma Victor ®
Roma Victor is an online recreation of Britain in Roman times, where players live virtual lives as slaves and citizens of that all-conquering Empire. The world is currently in the final stages of testing and will officially launch on July 1st 2006, after which thousands of players will be able to live out their own virtual lives within ancient Roman-occupied Britannia.
Cynewulf, who is the first player within Roma Victor to receive this brutal punishment, will be hung on a cross for a full seven days on full public display in the digital reconstruction of the provincial town of Corstopitum (modern day Corbridge in Northumberland, England).
Kerry Fraser-Robinson, RedBedlam’s CEO says: “Roma Victor has been designed from the outset to offer an historically authentic and realistic virtual world. Although crucifixion is nowadays synonymous with persecution and religious symbolism, in 180CE it was just one of many severe punishments used by the Romans to punish criminals and to send a clear message out to other potential wrong-doers. And since our online world is historically authentic, we feel that applying this punishment to cheats, hackers and other virtual wrongdoers is not only appropriate, but also adds to the gaming experience by resonating with classical history.”
Crucifixion is to be used as a form of player 'ban' within the virtual world of Roma Victor, with the length of the ban reflecting the severity of the punishment. For cheating by exploiting a bug and advancing his or her character's skills unfairly, for example, a player might typically receive a seven-day ban; multiple or more serious offences will result in a longer (or even permanent) ban.
Further information on this story and Roma Victor in general can be found online at"

A Review of Roma Victor

Rome wasn't built in a day nor was Roma Victor, RedBedlam's historically-based MMORPG. Released after three years in development, Roma Victor now stands as one of the few MMORPGs that focuses on history as well as realism. Heady from the indie MMO game development conference, Cody "Micajah" Bye was eager to sink his teeth into this niche title by the indie studio.

Unlike many games that you'll find in today's MMO marketplace, Roma Victor is – essentially – a giant sandbox. This is a world where you have options to do a large variety of different things – from building a fort, to making some armor, to fishing in a stream, to farming for food, to murdering your next door neighbor. All of these actions are available to you once you've progressed past your first ten quests.

More is just a click away.

Fri, Apr 27, 2007

Competition Winners Announced

The official site for Roma Victor has been updated with an announcement of winners of the latest short story and screenshot contest.

We recently announced the winners of the screenshot and short story competition. View the winners here.

There is still time to enter the latest screenshot competition, check out the Competitions Page for further details.

Tue, Apr 17, 2007

Hadrian's Wall To Make History Once Again

A press release was issued today to announce that the folks behind Roma Victor are planning to gather at the historic Hardian's Wall.

“It's going to be a very humbling experience to stand in the ghostly ruins of a location we know so well as home to a thriving community in our own virtual recreation of the era,” says Kerry Fraser-Robinson, Managing Director of RedBedlam and lead developer on the Roma Victor project. “We're very keen to promote the educational and inspirational value of virtual worlds, as they can provide people from all over the world with exciting and highly interactive access to ancient history, which has been brought to life in a way never before realised.”

Read the rest of the press release to learn more.

Tue, Apr 17, 2007

The Escalation of Roma Victor

A press release was issued this morning with news about Victor Roma. This announcement includes news about new systems and more!

29th March 2007, Brighton - Independent UK developer RedBedlam Ltd recently published another “State of the World” insight into its development activities and is now pleased to announce a major planned update: “The Escalation”.

“The Escalation” update for Roma Victor is scheduled to be released in May 2007. As well as featuring significant updates for the guild and encounter systems, this free expansion includes a sophisticated mechanism for player elections, founding new settlements and even introduces the possibility of conquering, pillaging and looting these player-run settlements.

Learn more in the full press release.

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