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Spirit Games (Est. 1984) - Supplying role playing games (RPG), wargames rules, miniatures and scenery, new and traditional board and card games for the last 20 years sells Gladiator: Quest for the Rudis

Gladiator: Quest for the Rudis


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To be awarded the Rudis meant fame and possibly fortune, but most of all it meant... Freedom.

All the excitement of the ancient Roman arena is faithfully recreated in Gladiator: Quest for the Rudis where historical accuracy meets thrilling modern vision of this blood-sport.

Gladiator: Quest for the Rudis is a tactical level combat card game based on the events that reached their peak of popularity between 75BC and 63BC. Gladiators were mostly condemned slaves sentenced to train, and eventually die, in the arena for the entertainment of the Romans. These slaves whose fates were to live life as gladiators quested for the rudis. The rudis was nothing more than a symbolic wooden sword, and yet it represented the ultimate prize to a slave-gladiator.

In the role of a slave gladiator with deadly attacks and deft defences at your disposal, Gladiator: Quest for the Rudis places you on the sandy floor of the arena. Play as a light gladiator protected only by cloth padding and a piece of leather, but with manoeuvrability to strike at an unprotected flank or back; or don the manica, ocrea and helmet of the heavy gladiator wearing metal armour and carrying a large rectangular shield, a 22-pound scutum, making you a stalking, nearly impregnable, death dealer.

Choose from four ranks from the lowly Tyro to the champion Primus Palus of four different types of gladiators who were historically matched:

  • Secutor vs. Retiarius
  • Murmillo vs. Thraex

No matter what style of gladiator you wish to play, Gladiator: Quest for the Rudis, will delight you with its attention to detail. Taking into account historical research on the cruel but fascinating "sport" of gladiatorial combat, while giving a nod to the cinematic license of popular entertainment, Gladiator: Quest for the Rudis provides all the excitement, variety and challenge of combat in the arenas of Rome.

Play the game casually with matches that you choose, or embark upon a campaign game where you develop your gladiator over time, perhaps rising to become a Primus Palus, or even gain the rudi. Or else succumb to your opponent, or even die at the whim of a blood-hungry crowd that will not accept your surrender.

No dice are required as the meticulously designed 100-card Arena Action Deck translates all game situations into thrilling combat results.

This box contains:

  • 1 20 x 20" game board depicting the interior of a Roman arena
  • 16 unique gladiators with ratings in ten categories
  • 130 unique Attack and Defend cards
  • 100 Arena Action Cards to resolve all game situations
  • 30 Fate cards to affect the battle in unexpected ways
  • 10 Summa Rudis ("referee") cards to gain an edge or save your life
  • 64 1" die-cut counters representing 28 gladiators, and their weapons and armour
  • 1 colour rulebook

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Playing Time
15-60 minutes
No. Players
1-6 Players
James Trunzo
12 +
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