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Store:  Strategy Games
Theme:  Ancient Rome
Genre:  Abstract Strategy
Format:  Board Games

Forum Romanum

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Product Awards:  
Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 1988

Ages Play Time Players
10+ 60 minutes 2-6

Designer(s): Wolfgang Kramer

Manufacturer(s): Franckh-Kosmos, Edition Perlhuhn

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Product Description

Rome in the grip of election fever. Six senators are striving for the post of consul. The person who does most for the people and hence is most popular will emerge as the winner. During the game every player tries to make sure that, at the end of the game, his or her senator is at the top of the popularity scale.

Product Awards

Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 1988

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Wolfgang Kramer

  • Manufacturer(s): Franckh-Kosmos, Edition Perlhuhn

  • Players: 2 - 6

  • Time: 60 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 1,002 grams

  • Language Requirements: Game components are language-independent. Manufacturer's rules are printed in multiple languages (including English).


  • 1 game board
  • 6 senators
  • 48 Romans
  • 23 Roman coins
  • 1 rulebook (German, English, French, Dutch)
  • 1 historical booklet (German, English, French, Dutch)

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 1 in 1 review

by Fred
In My Opinion, A Dud
January 07, 2002

The site is a bit devoid of info, so a brief intro is in order: FR is a game where you use your pieces in combination with your opponents' to complete rows, columns, diagonals and areas (squares, rectangles .. aka rooms) on a board. The premise is cute.. you don't have enough to fill them yourself, whoever scores 2nd to almost last gets zilch, whoever has the least gets penalized.


There's some amusement trying to get people to do what you want, and getting to that section of the board first. Or playing kingmaker of sorts.

On the other hand 80% of the way through the game, a couple of timely completions can send you from last to first place (we played with 5 players). Not impressive. Plus in the end the swing from 1st to last place is a small differential. Same criticism as in Torres.. with a competent opponent, you'll play for an hour and end up with less than 5% difference in your scores. And it's not interesting. People have criticised draws in chess among players of similar strength as boring, and chess is far from a trivial or boring game. Neither Torres nor FR can deal with this aspect well. Not recommended.

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