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FrankFurt14 Oct 2023 3:16 a.m. PST

I have been working on a historically based gladiatorial combat game for many years now called, "Blood on the Sands". The rules focus on one on one gladiator duels and replicate the dynamic back and forward "dance" of gladiatorial combat while incorporating the balanced intricacies of the deadly blood sport as implemented by the Romans. As one of the first steps towards the possibility of getting Blood on the Sands published I have created a Facebook page that I'd like to welcome anyone from this group to join. Your expertise on all matters gladiator may prove invaluable.


I have made available a free Quick Start kit that people can download and try out the rules for themselves.







Michael May14 Oct 2023 10:27 a.m. PST

I don't actually "do" the Facebook thing, but the preview of this looks great! I wish you success and hope to see it get published. Can't get enough of the gladiators!

FrankFurt14 Oct 2023 12:59 p.m. PST

Thank you Michael. If you are interested you can drop me an email at and I can try to get you the Quick Start kit. Facebook is a necessary evil unfortunately.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP14 Oct 2023 2:54 p.m. PST

Will the rules work for solo play?

FrankFurt14 Oct 2023 3:48 p.m. PST

It is a a goal of mine to come up with a clever solo AI Nick, but as they stand, apart form playing the other guy, no. The game involves tactics and there are many decisions to be made, so it is hard to replicate a human opponent. The game would perfectly suit a solo mode and I have the bones of a solo campaign already mapped out. In saying that, I regularly play test solo by "playing the other guy" and still have a good fight.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP14 Oct 2023 5:29 p.m. PST

Understood, thanks.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP14 Oct 2023 6:38 p.m. PST

I am with you nnascati, I make most of my rules solo playable, but it is only possible where the number of options for actions are few.
My very best wishes on writing your rules, good luck with them!

Arjuna14 Oct 2023 11:25 p.m. PST

The (papyrus? parchment? wax tablets?) 'leaflets' lying around are hilarious.

FrankFurt14 Oct 2023 11:46 p.m. PST

Thanks – the "leaflets" are a movie prop from Gladiator I believe.

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