Welcome to the Romance of the Nine Empires (R9E) WikiEdit
This wiki is about the Romance of the Nine Empires game, created by Alderac Entertainment Group.
About Romance of the Nine EmpiresEdit
It was first released as a card game in 1998 and is celebrating it's 15th year of release at GenCon 2013 with the aptly named 15th Anniversary World Championship Edition . This boxed set includes the the decks used by the top-placing players for each faction that made it to the quaterfinals at the 2012 World Championships at Gen Con Indy , and immortalized in Dead Gentlemen ’s feature film The Gamers: Hands of Fate.
History of the GameEdit
The history of R9E, as it is commonly called, is as improbable as its ongoing storyline. R9E actually started in 1982 as a homebrew role-playing campaign held at various small conventions within driving distance of the designers’ home town of Toad Suck, Arkansas, in which the results of each adventure pointed the scenario designers to create a new adventure based on the old.
In 1989, when one of the designers moved to Charleston, West Virginia, and continued to use the scenarios in other conventions, they had to assimilate the results of the players’ accomplishments in both states, creating what became the first Evolving Storyline Convention Adventure. These ESCAs rapidly spread among small conventions across North America and even overseas to Norway.
Things “ESCA-lated” in 1996, when a wealthy raisin farmer from Fresno became enamored of the ESCA concept, and teamed up with the original designers to create an Evolving Storyline Cardgame Adventure based on the groundwork laid over the previous fourteen years. The first R9E World Championship tournament was held in 1998 with the original tarot-sized cards. Although R9E had started as a basic medieval fantasy, tournament players had an unprecedented amount of control over the story development, which included such salient events as the arrival of the extraplanar Ord, and the temporal displacement of an entire US military division from 1945 Los Alamos.
The game also survived some questionable decisions made when the entire staff but the accountant came down with the stomach flu at the World Championships. These include the notorious “partial keyword ruling,” which stated that anything that targeted an orc could also target a sorcerer card; and the “card ownership ruling,” which ended up banning borrowed cards and decks from tournaments until it was overturned in 2002.
The Factions of CountermayEdit
For those new to Countermay, here are the factions, presented from oldest to youngest.