I created Rolamaton The Robocity on November 11, 2001.
It was originally named just “Robocity World” from the simple fact that the place at the heart of the narration — and the worldbuilding itself — is a city of robots.
Little mattered that Robocity was nothing more than a group of buildings within a small Italian town – to its people, it was still a city.
A place they could belong to.
What It Is
Rolamaton is a “Robocity” as in a “city of robots”, but it is not an actual city. Rolamaton is more like a residential area with a handful of buildings, a garage, storage hourses and a small park.
The location for Rolamaton is the real public library of Genzano di Roma is, the “Centro Culturale Carlo Levi”. I gave it that location because it’s a beautiful place where my friend and I have created a ton of memories, a place where we would always let our imagination run wild.
In other words, I wanted the “idea of Rolamaton” to be close to me even in real life.
The Robocitans consider Rolamaton as a family-style community, in the sense that it is like a big house where a big family lives its daily adventures.
I liked the idea of a siblinghood between Robocitans, so I developed my Tales around it.
I never regretted it.
How It Is (the Structure)
To follow the movements of Robocitans inside of their robot-city, it’s important to understand the internal structure of Rolamaton.
Rolamaton is made of five buildings (as of June 2016) — A, B, C, D, E — with three floors each. Every floor hosts several apartments, that can be large enough for a family to live or small enough for single use.
Family apartments are equipped with a bathroom and kitchen; single ones only have a bedroom and a cooking corner with a table, chair and a small fridge.
Every floor has a public bathroom for common use.
I added plants of Rolamaton to this page to help you visualize the spaces.
The first floor of the first building (the one that was built first) has no apartments, only public locals:
- Main kitchen
- Meeting room (also used as a library and a canteen)
- Nursery school
- Public bathrooms
- Medical bay
On the first floor, you’ll find Rolamaton’s grade schools:
- Primary school
- Middle school
- High school
- Science lab
- A few apartments
This building is fully residential (apartments only).
The high-ceiling first floor is assigned to the Guardians of Rolamaton (Titanus and Gigatron). Each Guardian is assigned a 70 mq apartment with bathroom and kitchen.