Gladiator: Quest for the Rudis
Gladiator: Quest for the Rudis is a tactical level combat card game based on the blood sport that reached its peak of popularity between 75 BC and 63 BC. Gladiators were mostly condemned slaves sentenced to train, and eventually die, in the arena for the entertainment of the Romans. However, Roman citizens and even Roman emperors opted to fight as ‘gladiators,’ be it for gold or glory. But it was only those slaves whose fates were to live life as gladiators who 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; it meant fame and possibly fortune but most of all it meant...freedom.
Gladiator: Quest for the Rudis places you on the sandy floor of the arena, in the role of a slave gladiator with deadly attacks and deft defenses at your disposal. Play as a light gladiator, protected only by cloth padding and a piece of leather, but with maneuverability to strike at an unprotected flank or back; or don the manica, ocrea and helmet of the heavy gladiator, wearing metal armor and carrying a large rectangular shield, a 22-pound scutum, making you a stalking, nearly impregnable, death dealer. Grimace as the curved blade of your opponent’s sica slashes the chest of your mighty murmillo after the defense that you selected fails to avoid the attack selected by your opponent! You choose the attacks, select your defense and counters as you control one of the sixteen individually rated gladiators in the game. Will you claim the rudis and your freedom or be doomed to die before the crowds of Rome?
16 Gladiators (4 murmillo, 4 secutor, 4 retiarius, 4 thraex)
130 Unique Attack and Defense cards
100 Arena Action cards
30 Fate cards
10 Summa Rudis (Chief Referee) cards
20” x 20” Arena game board
64 One-Inch high quality counters
32-page Full Color rule book