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Deserter01 Feb 2018 5:12 a.m. PST

I have Red Sand Blue Sky that has rules for solo playing, but I was really looking fors something even simpler. Do you know about quick and fun rules for gladiators that can be used for solo playing? With some NPC mechanics apart from playing both side?

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Feb 2018 5:23 a.m. PST

Habet, Hoc Habet is pretty simple.


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Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2018 7:46 a.m. PST

EC +1
HHH also has a campaign system.

elsyrsyn01 Feb 2018 10:31 a.m. PST

Ludus Gladiatorius is a fun beer and pretzels gladiator game. I believe the box set with painted miniatures is out of print, but the rules should be downloadable for free somewhere.


mwindsorfw Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2018 1:11 p.m. PST

HHH's campaign makes it more fun if you have a few owners who compete against each other with a limited budget. As stand-alone games, I found that the gladiators tended to pair off, stand fairly close, and then roll for hitting vs. defending, and applying the results. The games tended to look a bit boring. Making the matches mean something over time gives it a Football Manager or Out of the Park Baseball feel. For a one-time game, I found a card game like Kung Fu Fighting to be a more fun fighting game (although I doubt it's as much fun solo).

elsyrsyn02 Feb 2018 9:36 a.m. PST

I almost forgot – the Society of Ancients has rereleased Gladiolus. Might be worth a look.


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