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You are President of one of the greatest Roman Gladiators clubs. The season has just begun and it will be a tight championship. Fortunately you can count on your Ultras, a club of supporters that follows you obstinately. Many gladiators have been transferred this year and the clubs have spent a lot of sesterces to buy the best ones. However, you place your hopes on a young Numidian to help you with the championship.
The match that takes place today attracts politicians hungry for power and votes. They are crowding the grandstand, as usual. You have already bribed some of them. The future Emperor is probably among them. And he will support your club, and your club only.
Your job is to organize matches in which your gladiators bring glory or ridicule upon themselves. The result depends on the cheers and boos of the clubs' supporters. The politicians are campaigning and come here to be present at these very popular matches. Your goal is to bribe the politician who will become the new Emperor of Rome: you will secretly offer him the greatest number of star-gladiator. In return, the Emperor will appoint you sole organizer of the Roman Circus Games.
- 1 game board representing Rome, 2 hours AD
- 1 deck of 55 lovely cards
- 1 Popularity Chart of Roman Politicians, designed to conceal the bribes of unscrupulous players
- 6 detailed resin cast miniatures of the Giant Colosseum
- 1 rulebook
- 6 gladiators
- 2 sheets of die-cut pieces and markers
- 1 six-sided die
Each politician owns a coliseum. Players' numbered supporters visit coliseums, and gladiators fight in the arenas. You can sponsor a contest with sufficient supporters (friendly or hostile) present. Players decide whether their supporters cheer or boo. When cheers win, the coliseum politician's popularity increases, and cheerers award attending gladiators as bribes to any politician. When a politician attains maximum popularity, whoever offered him the most gladiators wins. However, the strongest supporters don't always cheer. If they boo and yours cheer, you lose a gladiator and they gain Action Cards, adding further uncertainty to unpredictable contests. Let's hear three cheers for Vox Populi!