FAQ: Tali - Roman Knucklebones, Metal Coins, and 2 Games in One
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What is meant by Micro Role-Playing game ?

Tali is two games in one, the base game attempts to re-create the historical game as the Byzantine Romans from 1000 AD would play the game.

The second version of the game adds the character cards, which adds a micro role-playing element. Each player will have a character card to play, each of which has their own unique character abilities. Playing characters is what allows for the micro role-playing aspect. Like most role-playing, it is up to the players to define the level of role-playing they are interested in. One option in the game is to award each player at the end of a round of gambling by giving a bonus Silver coin based on who everyone thinks did the best role-playing. All role-playing aspects are options in the game and players that either: do not enjoy or are uncomfortable trying to role-play themselves, can still play Tali without ever forcing any role-playing aspects on themselves or by playing the historic version of the game.

Last updated: April 09, 2019 09:20

What are the historical rules based on ?

As we at VR-Games strive to create games with realistic themes, we have created a time machine and went back to Byzantine in 1000 AD. We sent a mission of 6 agents in various costumes to play Tali in the gambling halls of the day. You may recognize the character costumes from our character cards.

I wish our research methods included a time machine as a tool, but alas we need to use historical references and archaeological papers which give us a picture of how the game may have been played. Several references that we came across give us pretty good clues to how the Emperors of Byzantine played the game as actual period writing of the various rules have been found. A small amount of filling in the blanks was necessary to make a complete game. Of course, the role-playing game rules are invented for additional enjoyment.

Last updated: April 09, 2019 09:20

The number of players is listed at 2-6, but 10+ for deluxe version, how does that work ?

The number of players for Tali is limited by the number of coins – and if using the character cards – by the number of available character cards. We include enough coins and character cards in the base game for up to 6 players. We will be adding at least 4 additional cards for the deluxe version. If we add additional character cards as stretch goals, then we will first add character cards to the Deluxe version before the base version. The expected rate will be 1 additional character card at the base level for every three at the Deluxe level. The limitation of having enough coins for Tali, can be made up for by using any gaming coinage. A minimum of 3 denominations is required, but others can be used, such as the Swords & Sails Historic Metal Coin add-ons. Players can copy the existing player cards for “personal use only” if they would like to play Tali with multiple characters with the same powers and thereby increasing the number of players available.

Last updated: April 09, 2019 09:20

What Metal are the Coins Made of ?

Mostly a Zinc alloy with other metals used for color.

Last updated: April 09, 2019 09:20

How Heavy are the Coins ?

Gold 25mm coin – 5.00g Silver 19mm coin – 4.40g Copper 13mm coin – 3.20g Light Bronze 10mm coin – 1.50g

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How Thick are the Coins ?

Similar thickness to a US Quarter, US Nickel, US Penny, and a US Dime.

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What are the Coin Denominations ?

The Swords&Sails denominations are 250 for Gold, 50 for Silver, 10 for Copper, and 1 for the Bronze (these values are for game purposes)

Historically the Gold Solidius is worth 180 of the Bronze Follis coins (or 40 nummi M) or 12 Silver miliaresion or 1440 of the small light bronze 5 nummi (E) These values had changed throughout the 1000 year history of Byzantium.

There are many more denominations and coin types which were minted by all the various Emperors. Essentially each Emperor remade the coins with there own images. This practice in Byzantium was copied through most of Europe, the Middle East, and Northern Africa and was a continuation of the Roman coinage system with various changes.

Last updated: April 09, 2019 09:20

The basic game has 6 characters and the deluxe includes 10, but it looks like 2 of them are in both?

Two of the characters in the Basic Game are duplicated for the Deluxe game to have 10 players. As new Character cards are unlocked, we will replace those two duplicates in the Deluxe game with the 2 new character cards added by stretch goals. If for some reason we do not unlock those stretch goals, then we will change the names for the re-used characters to reduce confusion, but the powers will still be the same. We did this to make sure the deluxe game started out with having the total of 10 characters before any stretch goals have been unlocked.

Last updated: April 09, 2019 09:27

The metal coins are add-ons, can I get more than 1 set?

You can add an additional amount to your pledge that is equal to the coin only pledge and recieve additional coins. This is an approximation and many options will be availabe in the pledge manager to add more.

Last updated: April 09, 2019 09:27

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