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What's the best Gladiator game? 12 Apr 2018 09:42 #267359

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What's the best Gladiator game? There are so many choices.
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What's the best Gladiator game? 12 Apr 2018 09:48 #267360

I haven’t played them all. But since Spartacus is like the best game evarrrrrrrrr, I would just go with that. If anyone says anything different I would question their credibility.
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What's the best Gladiator game? 12 Apr 2018 10:01 #267365

How about this one: Gladiator: Quest for the Rudis? It seems to get the arena combat side of it down pat.

Are there others?
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What's the best Gladiator game? 12 Apr 2018 10:21 #267366

Spartacus is one of the best games I have ever played. Get it and all expansions and you will be set.

But if I am looking purely at the combat, perhaps Gorechosen would be preferable.
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What's the best Gladiator game? 12 Apr 2018 10:45 #267368

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What's the best Gladiator game? 12 Apr 2018 11:38 #267374

I always liked the old AH game, Gladiator. Despite it's algebraic combat formulae, the WEGO resolution system and body part defense system was great. There were also campaign rules for longevity.

Spartacus is also great, but the combat is a secondary feature.
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What's the best Gladiator game? 12 Apr 2018 11:50 #267376

MacDirk Diggler wrote:
I haven’t played them all. But since Spartacus is like the best game evarrrrrrrrr, I would just go with that. If anyone says anything different I would question their credibility.

Spartacus. Period. There is no reason to continue this discussion.

If you want a larger scale, Circus Imperium is your huckleberry. If you want a Gladieuro, Colloseum is.
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What's the best Gladiator game? 12 Apr 2018 11:56 #267378

Spartacus is the best game that includes gladiatorial combat. But that combat is only half the game.

My favorite pure gladiator game was Man-to-Man, by Steve Jackson. It was later expanded to become GURPS.
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What's the best Gladiator game? 12 Apr 2018 12:06 #267380

So I'm going to repeat Spartacus but take a different tack...

One might argue, as Shellhead and those supporting Gorechosen do, that combat is only part of it and Spartacus's combat is not that great (or detailed). But the thing that always strikes me as I play is that by including the gambling aspects it gives it more verisimilitude. I sometimes forget that the core reason that ancients watched gladiatorial combat besides the spectacle *was* to gamble and drink. So adding that to a game about gladiators actually works for me really well.
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What's the best Gladiator game? 12 Apr 2018 12:22 #267382

I'm not criticizing Spartacus. It is on my all-time top ten list of favorite boardgames, maybe even top five. The gladiatorial combat system is great for that game, and the other elements (take-that cards, auctions, gambling, etc) round out the whole experience into something greater than a mere gladiator game.
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What's the best Gladiator game? 12 Apr 2018 12:42 #267385

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What's the best Gladiator game? 12 Apr 2018 13:52 #267389

Slightly OT, but apparently GF9 is making noises about a second edition, which, honestly, floors me.
boardgamegeek.com/thread/1974336/2nd-edition-spartacus

Apparently, tho, this would be a de-licensed version, which, dunno. The teevee tie-in was part of the charm, but it'd certainly be easy enough to create generic ludi (and Romans), and it's hard to imagine any but a few caring or even knowing about the tie-in in another couple of years.

I'll echo others in saying that the combat is only a part of the game and maybe the least satisfying. I've only played with the blue-die initiative variant, which I would highly recommend.
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What's the best Gladiator game? 12 Apr 2018 14:52 #267393

Why is this even a discussion? It's Spartacus. Period.

It's true that the actual combat is just a part of the game. But it is the FULL GLADIATORIAL EXPERIENCE from the top-level powerbrokers and political machinations to plebian betting all the way down to the blood on the sand.

I'd definitely welcome a 2nd edition, my friends love the game but we sort of wore it out...it'd be a good excuse to fire it up again. Don't really care about the TV license going away.

Now, if we are talking strictly combat...yes, it's Gorechosen.
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What's the best Gladiator game? 12 Apr 2018 15:47 #267398

Due to its impeccable application of the license, I feel like the game will lose something without the television series connection. How can you not picture one of those characters saying "Jupiter's Cock!"
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What's the best Gladiator game? 12 Apr 2018 15:55 #267400

hotseatgames wrote:
Due to its impeccable application of the license, I feel like the game will lose something without the television series connection. How can you not picture one of those characters saying "Jupiter's Cock!"

They will probably tone the card names for the unlicensed second edition. "By Jove!"
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