This is a cross post (also on Side Tavern and Ascaron Suggestions) of a new idea for Patrician 4
So far, there is no word from Ascaron of any work on a P4 game.
This presents a new idea, some original, some borrowed. It is posted here so that others might read and enjoy
P4, Intrigue in the Hanse
Storyline / Philosophy:
The middle ages saw the rebirth of small scale production, when small groups of talented trade workers came together. This production was controlled by Craft Guilds, and trade secrets passed slowly among craftsmen. Proud of their quality and fearful of competition, the trade guilds tried to reduce the influx of imports. New production was less costly, while more mature shops produced quality worthy of envy.
Merchants who moved these goods from town to town saw the difference in quality and spread the reputation of a town’s quality production. The towns that developed and traded began to grow into cities. To protect their interests and offset the power of the Craft Guilds, the merchants banded together to form Trade Guilds, and a group of trade guilds, “the Hanse”.
The economy grew in this dynamic, reasonable goods moved with speed to where they were needed. Reputations of towns and merchants rose and fell, and wealth flowed through docks and purses. As the pennants of merchants billowed on sea and land, some desired glory and power in the Hanse, and an era of Intrigue came to be.
As everyone else does in the Hanse, let us enter and begin our day ….. “In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.”
The whistle is silent in prayer