Gladiatores: Blood For Roses

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  • Player Count: 2 - 5
  • Play Time: 60 - 90 Minutes
  • Age: 12+
  • Genre: Historical
  • Play Style: Competitive
  • Key Mechanic: Hand Management

Gladiatores - The different Ludus or Gladiator Schools (players) bid for gladiators, prepare them and compete against each other in the arena battles! Choose how many rounds the game will last, select player order, your Ludus and make bids to buy a fighter. Each gladiator comes with their own special ability and a unique set of attack, defence and effect cards, these abilities can be influenced by Sponsor cards (optional). Next you bet in secret on the ultimate winner and then the gladiators face off against each other. Each round consists of one on one battles in Ludus order by laying attack and reaction cards. The round ends when only one gladiator is left standing, money wreaths are distributed depending on how well your gladiator fairs , how much crowd favour you have collected and your secret betting result. The decks are then reset and the next round commences. Continue until all pre-determined rounds are complete. The winner is the Ludus with the most money wreaths.

Gladiatores - such a well devised and thematic card battling game with good modulators and optional extras. Being able to choose the game length, rather than choosing a game fits your available playing time, is a very strong asset. We really enjoyed the game as it flows smoothly and creates a real buzz around the arena (play area) - who will be targeted? How will I survive an attack? The mechanics of acquiring victory points are varied and gives some good depth to the game. The rules are relatively quick to pick up and once learned each round should take about 20 minutes, with an initial set up time of around 5-10 minutes. We definitely recommend this game for families and those who enjoy competitive card games with an engaging and immersive theme. 

  • Publisher: Badcatgames
  • Publication: First
  • Language: English
  • Release Date: 2019
  • Weight: 1,450g
  • Dimensions: 25cm x 25cm x 7cm
  • Case Quantity: 6
  • SRP: £35.99