Munera: Familia Gladiatoria
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Munera will be the overarching title of a series of board games from new Italian publisher Albe Pavo. Here's a description of the series from the publisher:
Munera is...set in the bloody and multicolored world of the spectacles of Imperial Rome, during the I-II century AD. Munera aims to recreate these ancient and magnificent games, reviving not only the spectacle itself, but also everything that precedes and follows it. The series will not be made up of simple board games of duel or racing, but instead of a real ancient world simulator, which will allow you to relive every aspect of Roman spectacles: technical, social and economic. You will deal with the training of gladiators, their challenges, the capture of beasts , the hunts in the arenas, the preparation of the chariots and the triumphs in the Circus Maximus.
Munera: Familia Gladiatoria, which will be available in Essen at Cranio Creations Booth 9-53 and which will debut in Italy at the Lucca Comics & Games convention in November 2010, will be the first game in the series, and here's how the publisher describes the game:
Munera: Familia Gladiatoria is a board game for 2-4 players in which you will take on the role of a lanista, an ancient world entrepreneur who has decided to invest his wealth in the constitution of a Gymnasium of Gladiators with the aim to make it the most glorious of the Empire. You will recruit trainers, armourers, medics and even prostitutes; you will train free men, slaves, criminals and war prisoners to become gladiators; and you will bring them to fight in the arenas throughout Italy. You will manage not only the duels, but the whole life of your gladiators: Lead your champions to glory!
The action takes place on three types of game boards: the Italia board, where the gymnasium is located and spectacles take place; the Spectacle board, which is used to manage the spectacles; and the individual Gymnasium boards on which players track Glory Points (victory points) and other things. The game also uses four decks of cards: Gladiator, Minister (Collaborators), Munus (spectacles) and Eventum (events). The box also contains a lot of markers used for experience, abilities and other stuff.
Going through the thirty pages of Italian rules, the game seems to be a deep gamers' game with a lot of decisions, possibilities and interactions. I'll be back as soon as I have played one or more games.
Description written by W. Eric Martin and used with permission of BoardgameNews.com