Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Brief Tour of ROMA

ROMA is comprised of three connected sims. ROMA is the anchor, where most of the structrues can be found. To the east is the ROMA Subura where some Citizens are able to constuct and live in their own Roman style houses. To the north, outside the city walls, is ROMA Transtiberim, a rural land of hills, mountains, forests, and rivers that also contains the suburban settlement of Ostia.

ROMA has several distinct Districts, each with its own character and look. All visitors are channeled through the Customs House in the Harbor District where they can find out from an automated Roman soldier what there is to see and do in the sim, how to behave, and how to roleplay an ancient Roman if they wish. The gritty lower town is comprised of the Wharf District with its cozy Pompeii Tavern and the Shopping District where the huge Roman Market complex holds many shops selling all kinds of Citizen-made content. Further along the main street is the Arena District. Here sits the Gladiator Arena where would-be fighters can spar, and the spacious Baths of Caracalla that follow the canonical ancient Roman structure of a public baths (free towels available). Nearby is also the large Fort Augusta VII whose sizable grounds are used for events and festivals.

From the lower town, visitors can climb a large marble staircase up ROMA’s two main hills. First, the Palatine Hill holds many attractions. The Circus Maximus Hippodrome allows all visitors to race an ancient Roman chariot around the track. Nearby is a reconstruction of an ancient temple to the god Mithras who was very popular in the Roman Empire and the Egyptian style Library of Alexandria. Atop the hill is the very large public Gardens of Maecenas which holds many attractions including the Emperor's Throne Room.

At the base of the Capitoline Hill is ROMA's forum. Here can be found the large Basilica of Maxentius, the Capitoline Museum, the Lacus Curtius, the Carcer, and the Curia. Atop the Capitoline Hill is the Temple of Jupiter (modeled on the Pantheon), the round Temple to Vesta, and the Temple to Apollo.

Rural attractions include fishing in Lake Trasimeno, investigating a mystery among the Street of Tombs, consulting the Sibyl in her mountaintop cave, feeding friendly animals, stomping grapes into wine, visting the Shewolf in her Lupercal lair, and relaxing in the natural ROMA hotsprings.