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Joe The Acceptable Casualties13 Jun 2018 7:55 a.m. PST

This video gives a page by page look at all of the content in Sons of Mars. Listed below are a list of some of the things you'll find inside the cover.

- A historically rooted rule set for gladiatorial combat in the era of ancient Rome.

- A Combat system that relies on strategy. With over 14 actions and 30+ skills the results of your battles in the arena will rely more on your tactics then the randomness of the dice.

- 27 classes of Gladiators & Beasts, each with their own sets of skills and weapons.

- A full campaign system with gladiator progression, ludus management, unique Roman festivals, NPC's and so much more.

- Solo Play – this rule set was designed to accommodate solo players as well as large gaming groups.

Take a look at what Sons of Mars has to offer and join us on the sands of the arena.

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Neal Smith13 Jun 2018 6:06 p.m. PST

Fantastic! Like you I have been collecting and looking at various sets of gladiatorial combat rules and haven't found one with "everything"… until now!

Can't wait to pre-order.

Joe The Acceptable Casualties13 Jun 2018 7:42 p.m. PST

I'm glad to hear it! I'll be showing off the combat system in the next week or two. Keep an eye out :)

gisbygeo Supporting Member of TMP14 Jun 2018 12:34 p.m. PST

Why 'Sons of Mars?'

Mars was the god of War, not gladiators… They were associated more with Charon and funeral rites. Nothing to do with Mars.

It was the title that attracted me, but I was expecting Barsoom rules….

dilettante Supporting Member of TMP14 Jun 2018 3:22 p.m. PST

Maybe this set could be used for a Chessmen of Mars scenario.

Joe The Acceptable Casualties14 Jun 2018 7:12 p.m. PST

There is no god of gladiators. Gladiator games originated at funeral ceremonies and evolved beyond that. Later on those gladiators who fought in funeral games were considered to be the lowest of the low. Naming the game after Charon just didn't seem fitting or catchy. Mars can still be affiliated with gladiators since most classes are based off of the military enemies of Rome. Gladiators were also known to pray to mars for victory since he was the God of War. Plus its a name more people can pick out and relate to.

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