Expeditions: Rome – How to Read Caesar’s Journal

In Expeditions: Rome, players can meet and accept quests from famous figures of the days of the Roman Republic, including a young Julius Caesar. Much of Expeditions: Rome features small-scale tactical battles, with players moving and fighting in turn-based combat on a hex battlefield. Caesar is on the same ship as the player character at the beginning of Expeditions: Rome, and, when it is attacked by pirates, he fights alongside the player character and the other three passengers to fend them off.

The most obvious comparison for Expeditions: Rome is XCOM because, other than the main story characters, even party members can die if players set the option for it. Like XCOM, there is even an Ironman mode, which limits players to one save, meaning they must live with the consequences of their decisions and cannot revert to an earlier save. Planning in Expeditions: Rome is crucial, both in combat and in camp, and things can go wrong quickly. The game does have more RPG elements than XCOM, however.

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Shortly after landing in Expeditions: Rome, Caesar will give the player a quest. He tells players that his journal has been stolen by a centurion named Agrippa and tasks them with getting it back. While it isn’t a difficult quest, it can be failed by choosing the wrong dialogue options. There are a few different options for completing this quest.

Caesar's quest in Expeditions: Rome is very easy to solve if players chose the Logos rhetorical style at character creation. They can simply use logic to make Agrippa see reason, and he’ll hand the journal over. Players can then return the journal to Caesar to complete the quest, but, due to the way the inventory system works, they will not be able to read the journal.

Instead, the way players can learn the journal’s contents is by asking Agrippa what it says. He is only too happy to tell players. It describes the pirate attack that happened at the beginning of the game, but Caesar has exaggerated his accomplishments somewhat. He is the hero here, a son of Rome rising to the challenge and rallying his companions to fight back. Now, it becomes clear why Caesar didn’t want the journal read.

Players who chose another rhetorical style will have to shell out 300 coins to get the journal from Agrippa, or else they fail the quest. Upon returning to Caesar, he asks players if they read his journal, and they have a few possible ways to respond.  If players have read it, they can lie using Pathos, and Caesar will believe them. With other options, he does not.

Another possible response is an interesting one: “Hither came Gaius Julius Caesar, blah blah blah to tread the jeweled thrones of the earth under his sandaled… teeth? Are you sure this is correct?” This is a reference to The Phoenix on the Sword, the first of many of Robert E. Howard’s short stories featuring Conan the Cimmerian, or Conan the Barbarian as he is more commonly known.

Expeditions: Rome does make it clear early on that the events in the game differ from recorded history. It’s historical fiction, but it does try its best to be accurate to the period. Because of this, players are free to create the character they want, make choices to experience an epic Roman adventure, and even learn some Latin and history along the way.

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Expeditions: Rome is available on PC.

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