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The Games: Blood and Spectacles is a campaign based wargame for any number of players that allows you to take the role of the owner of a gladiator school in ancient Rome.  You purchase slaves, equip them, and battle them in the arena to grow your troupes' skills, reputation, and wealth.  Gladiators will gain skills, experience, pick-up injuries, fight, and die as you navigate your troupe through a gladiatorial season.  

The Games: Blood and Spectacles can be used with any scale gladiator models and is best played between 2 or more gladiator troupes.  It is a hexless game that uses generic Measurement units.  For combat, it uses a diminishing combat pool system with opposed dice rolls and critical successes that keeps both players constantly making decisions.  In addition, it has a variety of events from one-on-one combat, beast hunts, executions, chariot racing, and spectacles of gladiatorial combat!  You can choose different levels of gladiators' skills and equip them as the various historical gladiator styles such as Murmillo, Retarius, Arbelas, and more! 

The Games: Blood and Spectacles can play a series of Games with three Events in about 1 to 2 hours per session.  Campaigns typically last 10 Games per campaign, but you can do shorter or longer campaigns if you wish.  

This is the 2nd Edition of The Games: Blood and Spectacles with updated rules that features some of the following changes:

  • Change to scale and model agnostic
  • Dice pools for all attributes to unify the mechanics
  • Tracking sheets and rosters added
  • Updated photos and pictures

Can you lead your Troupe to wealth, glory, and fame or will you lead them into ruin?


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Eric F November 14, 2023 5:21 pm UTC
Rules Questions? I will gladly answer them on my Blood and Spectacles Forum:
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Renald K October 23, 2020 1:26 pm UTC
Great Set. Easy to get into, intuitiv, fast gameplay. Fitting for Solo and Friends, on-off Battles or Campaigns.
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Eric F December 02, 2020 7:31 pm UTC
Thank you!
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Ajay S July 31, 2023 3:37 am UTC
Hello sir I have few questions. Can we talk here.its regarding rules. Thanks
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Mark S September 11, 2017 9:04 am UTC
Absolutely love this set of Gladiator rules. Tried a few but this one is far the best one! But does lack record sheets. Not a major issue but would of been nice.
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