My thoughts on both of those, and what they add to the base game will also be included in my ramblings.
So to start off, here’s a quick game description of what the game is about from the publisher:
“In Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery, an exciting game of twisted schemes and bloody combats inspired by the hit STARZ Original series, each player takes on the role of Dominus, head of a rising house in the ancient Roman city of Capua. Each house is competing for Influence to gain the favor of
So before I get on to the actual game play, what else makes this a good game? Well first of all, is the theme. I myself am a fan of the show, so the fact that all the roman houses the players play as, as well as all the slave/gladiator assets which players can buy and trade are actual characters with beautiful corresponding artwork from the show is fantastic! Along with obviously the arena combat, the backstabbing nature of the game, allowing you to play evil schemes to outdo your opponents really fits nicely with the whole feel of the show. But what if you’ve never seen the show? Well none of my game group has seen the show either but they too love this game. Whether you’re a fan of the show or not, while playing the game you can really get immersed into feeling like you’re in the role of a Lanista, acquiring new gladiators to pit against one another, while wheeling and dealing your way to the top.
The second phase is “The Market Phase”, and this is when players buy, sell and trade Assets (Gladiators, Slaves, Equipment and Guards) with each other. After this, players also bid against each other to acquire new assets at auction, and thus a great opportunity to players to bluff and bargain with each other to acquire the Assets they covet.
The auction itself is a simple case of flipping over new cards from a market deck, and then each player putting an amount of gold they want to bid into their hands, which is then simultaneously revealed with the highest bidder winning the asset.
A bit pricey for five cards, but then I’m used to playing MtG, so steep card prices is nothing new to me! Other than being five powerful gladiators, unlike the expansion, they don’t add anything new really to the game, so not an essential purchase unless like me, you really love the game, and want everything available for it!