Thursday, 23 April 2015

Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery

"Guards protect you from schemes launched by rivals. Slaves run your household and earn gold. Gladiators compete to bring glory to themselves and influence to their Dominus."

Based on the famous TV series this boardgames really shines in transferring the excitement and anger to the table. As the dominus of a great house each of the players try to gather as much influence points as possible to win the game. And to reach this target all means are allowed...


The game comes in a box with nice artwork, which is neither too big nor to small for covering all the components involved. You have a thick cardboard map serving as the arena, where your gladiators (pretty nice miniatures) complete their fights. Furthermore cards, tokens, dice and little influence boards for each house are included.


The game is divided into three main phases. First you start with the Intrigue Phase, where you can play your schemes. Negotiations are started, and all possible alliances can occur - whereas no one is bound to his promises, which makes this phase very interesting and entertaining. ;-) Now the Market Phase follows where you can trade slaves, guards, gold, and so on - furthermore you can bid for new cards in the auction part. In the last phase the fight between your gladiators in the arena takes place, and combat is resolved with dice. There are three dice pools (blue dice for movement, red dice for attack and black dice for defense) and with each attack you can reduce the dice pools until one player is beaten.

Despite the fact that boardgames based on TV series are often not the greatest, Spartacus satisfied us all along the line and became one of our most favorite games these days. The rules are not too complex, although delivering deep and exciting gameplay - with lots and lots of interaction. You have to have the "right" crowd on the table, but if they like negotations, bribing, backstabbing, schemes and combat - this is THE game for you!

From the publisher: Spartacus - A Game of Blood & Treachery is an exciting game of twisted schemes and bloody combats inspired by the hit STARZ Original series. Players assume the role of the Dominus of a great house competing for influence in the era of ancient Rome. Players vie for dominance through careful diplomacy, cunning intrigues and the glory of the Arena. Undermine the machinations of rivals, leverage your wealth for advantage at market and pit your gladiators in bloody contest all with the goal of seeing your house rise to supremacy.
Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery combines the excitment of the hit TV show with compelling gameplay appealing to fans and gamers alike.

Plots & Schemes: Mastermind schemes and undermine your rivals with cards from your hand. Betrayal and treachery are the weapons of choice for every Dominus.

Marketplace: Gold greases the wheels of power. Bid against your opponents in the open market; acquire the best new prospects for the Arena!

Blood on the Sand: Pit your champion against your enemy's and wager on the results. The path to victory leads across the sacred sands of the Arena!

- 1 game board
- 4 house cards
- 62 market cards
- 104 intrigue cards
- 148 tokens
- 26 dice
- 4 gladiator figures
- 1 rulebook

3-4 players, 150 min
Designer: Aaron Dill, John Kovaleski, Sean Sweigart
Published by: Battlefront Miniatures
Category: Negotiation, Auction, Fighting

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