The Fall of Rome scenario is included in the Gods & Kings expansion for Civilization V. It is a Classical attack/defense scenario where you must "Play as either Eastern Rome or Western Rome trying to fend off the barbarians, or as one of the barbarians themselves."
The Roman Empire, now split into West and East, has ruled the known world for nearly a millennium. But in this 4th century AD, the empire's borders are being overrun by barbarian leaders carving out their own kingdoms as Rome's might falters. Meanwhile, a great storm gathers to the northeast as Attila and his Huns begin an overpowering wave of pillage and conquest. Choose your side, gather your courage, and fight to decide the next thousand years of history.
All of the civilizations are locked into war with each other, save Western Rome (the Romans) and Eastern Rome (the Byzantines), who are on a team together. The diplomacy screens are thus unavailable (as opposed to the 1066: Year of Viking Destiny scenario, where diplomacy screens can still be accessed, but are basically useless). There are three social policy trees - "Roman," "Persian," and "Barbarian" - each of which is only available to select civilizations. Western and Eastern Rome have the Roman policy tree, the Sassanids have the Persian policy tree, and the other five have the Barbarian policy tree.
The policies in the Roman policy tree only have negative effects, so as both Roman empires advance, they go further into decay. In addition, for each city the Western and Eastern Romans lose, they gain more Culture, causing their empires to go even further into decay, and it is impossible for either of them to sell buildings to reduce Culture, increase income, or reclaim precious money from a city that is about to be lost to enemies.
In the scenario, the purpose is to have the highest number of Victory Points when the time runs out. Victory Points can only be acquired in this scenario through control of imperial cities (cities that initially belonged to Western and Eastern Rome or the Sassanids) for Western Rome, Eastern Rome and the Sassanids, while other civilizations gain Victory Points by capturing these same imperial cities; each turn, the three empires will be rewarded with Victory Points based on how many imperial cities they control at the end of the turn. Western and Eastern Rome have an advantage in this arena, starting with an incredible number of imperial cities to begin with, but they come under attack from all directions almost immediately and do not have enough soldiers to properly defend against all the invading Barbarians and Persians. The Sassanids start smaller, but they get more Victory Points from each city, don't suffer the penalties the Romans do, and have only a few enemies in the beginning. Barbarians earn Victory Points and Culture from capturing imperial cities; they get the points upon capture and it does not matter whether they choose to keep the city or raze it. The bigger a city is, the more points a Barbarian civ gains when capturing it. Barbarians also get extra Happiness and free unit maintenance cost.
There are eight playable civilizations in this scenario:
- Western Rome
- Eastern Rome
- The Sassanids (a reused Persia)
- The Celts
- Leader: Boudicca
- Unique Ability: Painted Rebels (Combat bonus (+50%) when fighting against a civilization with more cities. Treats forests in friendly territory as roads. Embarked units have +1 Movement and pay 1 movement point to move from sea to land.)
- Unique Unit: Pictish Warrior
- Unique Building: Ceilidh Hall
- The Franks (scenario-specific civilization)
- The Goths (scenario-specific civilization)
- The Huns
- The Vandals (scenario-specific civilization; uses Songhai's colors)
There are three policy trees in this scenario. The Roman tree is available to Western Rome and Eastern Rome. The Persian tree is available to the Sassanids. The Barbarian tree is available to the Celts, Franks, Goths, Huns, and Vandals.
Roman Atrophy reflects the fading glory of the Roman empire and how its society unravels as time passes.
When a barbarian enemy captures your city, you will gain 20 Culture.
|Barbarian Conscription||-10% Combat Strength.|
|Rise of Serfdom||Cities with Walls suffer -2 Production.|
|Neglected Infrastructure||Gold from city connections reduced by 50%.|
|Usurper General||+1 Culture for each Barracks and a hostile army appears outside one of your non-capital cities.||Barbarian Conscription|
|Popular Ennui||-1 Happiness from each luxury resource.||Rise of Serfdom|
|Coin Debasement||+10% unit maintenance cost.||Neglected Infrastructure|
|Dark Age||-20 Happiness.||Usurper General, Popular Ennui and Coin Debasement|
Sassanid Legacy shines through the continuing greatness of Persia. The Sassanids have a large starting army, few barbarian invaders, and the desire to finish the centuries-long conflict with Rome.
|Pahlavi Literature||+1 Culture per city.|
|Sacred Fire||+1 Happiness per city.|
|Mercantilism||+2 Gold per city. Great People born 25% faster.|
|Shahnama||Starts a Golden Age and a Great Engineer appears outside the Capital.||Pahlavi Literature and Sacred Fire|
|Standing Army||+2 Production per Barracks.||Sacred Fire and Mercantilism|
|Silk Road||+1 Gold for each trading post. Golden Ages last 50% longer.||Mercantilism|
Barbarian Zeal gives the outsiders hope that they can capture and claim some of Rome's immense glory for themselves.
|Willing Recruits||+50% Production when training combat units.|
|Native Coercion||Build Courthouses 150% faster.|
|Wily Veterans||Military Units gain 100% more Experience from combat.||Willing Recruits|
|Tribal Bloom||+5 Production in every City.||Native Coercion|
|Destiny's Army||+50% combat strength for military Units which have another military Unit in an adjacent tile.||Wily Veterans|
|Kingdom Come||+2 Food, Production, Gold, and Culture per city.||Tribal Bloom|
Capture both Rome and Constantinople in the same game in the Fall of Rome scenario.
Et tu, Brute
Win the Fall of Rome scenario.
I Missed That Day in History Class
Capture any Sassanid city as the Celts in the Fall of Rome scenario.
I Sunk Your Imperial Capital!
Capture Rome as the Vandals using a boat in the Fall of Rome scenario.
Pax Romana Aeternum
Win the game as Eastern or Western Rome on Deity and have all your original cities under your control in the Fall of Rome scenario.
Capture Constantinople as any enemy power in the Fall of Rome scenario.
|Civilization V Scenarios |
|1066: Year of Viking Destiny1 • American Civil War • Conquest of the New World1 • Empires of the Smoky Skies • Fall of Rome • Into the Renaissance • Paradise Found1 • Rise of the Mongols • Samurai Invasion of Korea1 • Scramble for Africa • Wonders of the Ancient World1|
|1 Requires a DLC|