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Jae
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Bryan
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10
Sep 2013
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This game is essentially the same as Roma, however there are enough differences to warrant owning both games. Even the fact that you can play one set against the other makes for an interesting variant. I highly enjoy both Roma games, and I recommend both, without reservation.
2011-01-16
Owned
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Tom Verdonck
Belgium
Edegem
Antwerp
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10
Oct 2009*
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Andrew Brown
Jordan
Madaba-Manja
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10
Jan 2011
Rating of 10 for the series.

Inclusion of Roma 2 makes this a top 2p game in my collection. The new set ingeniously adds a new method of pursuing victory: depleting the VP pile. Furthermore, the addition of the bribery slot gives you more control and less dependent on die rolls. Both of these changes make an already great game even better.

Games seem longer. Cards are a little more balanced. Building heavy rather than character heavy. Looking forward to pitting this against the first set in some Roma-Roma2 showdowns. First two such showdowns were blowouts by the original.

Roma: 2 wins
Roma 2: 6 wins
2015-03-25
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Luk
Belgium
Mechelen
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10
Dec 2009*
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Pieter Collier
Belgium
Wilrijk
Antwerpen
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10
Dec 2009*
Received from Super Secret Santa!
2009-12-31
Owned
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Gontran
France
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10
Oct 2009*
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Michelle
United States
Canon City
Colorado
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10
Jan 2010*
This, with the original Roma, is fantastic. It balanced the original perfectly. Made it a nice, long game and gave it such an interesting twist. I love this and doubt I'll ever grow tired of it.
2010-01-18
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Nigel Buckle
United Kingdom
Thornton Heath
Croydon
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Jan 2010*
Great - it's a standalone game that I think I prefer to Roma, having text rather than icons helps if you don't play all the time. The bribery mechanic is great - you can always trigger it if you are prepared to pay.

Plus you can combine it with Roma for more options. Everything an expansion should be and the some. And you can fit it all in one of the boxes.
2010-01-08
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Mark Chaplin
United Kingdom
Nottingham
Ice-choked tower, Mondavia, Nanglangka.
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10
Feb 2010
ROME HAS A NEW CAESAR.

Superior to the original - and I rate that a "10".

The icons are gone. Mercatus is gone. The Forums have been tempered.

Possibly the greatest card game I own.

A CARDGAMING TOUR-DE-FORCE, WITH MORE WELL-OILED MUSCLES THAN A BATTLE-HARDENED RETENTUS.

From the ivory tower populated by the gaming zeitgeist, a cardgame has been lowered by winch to the hungry masses. And they should be grateful. For Arena: Roma II is absolutely bloody superb and manages to better the original.
Someone on the Geek described this masterclass in game design as a "knife fight" and they were spot on the target, with the accuracy of a herioc gladiator's thrown soliferreum. Roma is a brutal melee of a cardgame, that colourfully represents the wrestling of rival powers for control of ancient Rome's senate and guard, by the various toga-wearing movers and shakers that skulked through the collonades of Roman power, daggers in sleeve.

In the box you get a slim pack of attractive cards, filled with language-independant iconography, 7 dice, and a jug-full of counters. Not a lot for your hard-earned coinage, but this gem's worth every last shiny penny.

Dice and cards? So this is a random, chaotic, card-flapping, dice-chucking, orgy?
If you thought these thoughts, banish yourself to the colloseum and chase some tigers with trident and net.
Roma is more than the sum of its parts. It is all of those randomish things, but yet it stands taller than merely a card game, or a dice game, or a simple meld of the two. Roma is just great. It uses the dice brilliantly; forcing you to make nail-biting decisions EVERY turn. Each die has to be allocated to a task - and herein lies the blinding design. The dice are the engine that powers the card drawing/playing; allows you cash for further tasks; enables senators, spies, etc, to do their dirty work. The deck of cards is disappointingly small. Initially. Aha! It is slim for a reason, and that reason is game-control. With a fat deck of many wondrous things you could be rolling dice all day to get the cards you want. But with Roma, the card you seek is tantalisingly close. Yes, it is.

The game is a frantic confrontation, with more back and forth than a platter of stuffed olives, carried shoulder-high by a pretty young lad at a consul's banquet. You really will screw the other player over in ways that remind me of Magic: The Gathering, and that is not a comparison I make lightly.

Some whisper that certain cards are unbalanced, and they may be right. But I say, fight and manipulate your way around those cards to victory. No Caesar conquered his people without a ruddy hard wrangling.
Roma allows you to fight back from the brink, if you find yourself losing, in a way that can keep both players on the tips of their sandles, unlike most other 2-player cardgames. It sometimes can really seem like you're windmilling your arms to stop yourself tipping over into the lion's den - games can be that close, swinging wildly. And, you'll always have a great time in the process.

As you may know, I adore swift games; Roma is safetly in the stable with other quick-playing Italian thoroughbreds. You will get many delightful turns of this in before bedtime.

Like all great games, Roma forces each player to manage their resources effectively; management of cash/cards is a skill players will have to master. And you will have to craft a defense right from the get-go, to stem the victory point bleed.
When all is said and done, Roma is a deep game with varied paths to success. I might be naturally programmed to like Roman-themed games, having been born on the Ides of March, but I'm sure that that hasn't clouded my judgement here.

Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus:

1. Strong, wrestle for control of Rome theme.
2. Excellent artwork.
3. Huge and complex decision trees.
4. Fast gameplay. Did I say fast? As fast as a dagger to the gut fast.
5. Nasty, screw your opponent over to win, wranglings, every blood-soaked turn. This is a good thing.
6. No surefire strategies.
7. Satisfying experience.
8. Simple rules. The permeations that result from all the varied card powers will keep your brain busy, though.
9. Varied paths to victory.
10. Nailbiting finishes.
11. No icons. English on every card. Woop! Woop!
12. A "bribery" icon has been added. Upping the complexity of your decisions, and also smoothing out the luck a smidge.
13. Portable.
14. Cheap. Especially for the mileage you'll get from this bronzed god.
15. Superior, but similar to, many other dice-allocating games, such as Alien Frontiers.

Nero Claudius Caesar Drusus Germanicus:

1. Some of the English on the cards is poor. Not a deal-breaker, just irritating.
2. Dice and cards. So, no cubes moved from warehouse to the docks for 3 points on your turn, or growing turnips type euro game. Yes, there is a huge amount of luck in what you pull from the teeny deck of cards, and, obviously what you roll on the dice. But, let me assure you, that the luck can be managed by careful placement of cards to "icons". Clever play will overcome the odds. Plus, you will draw so many cards during your struggle for power, that you should be able to do something to grab a gaunlet full of VPs.
3. Too confrontational for many players.
4. Some gamers feel that certain cards are broken. I do not agree.
5. Some of these same gamers believe that Roma suffers from "first turn advantage". My anecdotal evidence does not support this. You can always penalise the first player by 1 or 2 VPs, I suppose. Or, better yet, make the loser of the last game go first next time.
6. With 2 experienced players, games can go long, say an hour; a fun hour, but an hour nethertheless.

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2011-11-22
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Evgeni Liakhovich
United States
Beaverton
Oregon
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10
Jul 2010
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Jules Sabatier
France
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Feb 2010
Xaime Recio
Spain
Manzanares el Real
Madrid
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10
Nov 2010
Owned
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Dick Blaskowitz
United States
manhattan
New York
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10
Jun 2010
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Olivier Gilloux
United States
Lebanon
NH
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10
Dec 2010
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Marcus Lau
Malaysia
Petaling jaya
Selangor
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10
Jul 2010
Quick, and brutal but suprisingly deep short filler game. Akin to a knife fight between two combatants. Highly recommended couples game. Plays in under 30 minutes.
2010-07-25
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coco roco
Moldova
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10
Aug 2010
good game for 2 players

2010-09-06
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Willi Watson
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Sep 2010
Metzery 1101
Spain
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Nov 2010
Jon Brown
United States
New Mexico
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10
Apr 2012
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Matt Papa

Albany
New York
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10
Apr 2011
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Vic R
Spain
Tomares (Seville)
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10
May 2011
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Shelby Overman
United States
Seaworld
Florida
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10
Aug 2011
Franek Gralak
Poland
Komorów
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Sep 2011
Michael Schmitt
Germany
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Nov 2011
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michael morizzo
United States
port jefferson station
New York
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10
Jan 2013
Near perfect 2 player light weight slug fest. Games can be over in a flash, but no complaints here - it just means you can play more of them.

There are two ways to go about your business here, although it will become readily apparent if you should opt to go on offense or play defense to prolong the game and hopefully, later , get a chance to pounce. There is the problem of comebacks being a bit on the rare side - but that makes them all the more sweeter when you can pull them off.

Now set your queue of cards and throw your opponent to the lions.
2015-08-18
Owned
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Ulrich Fonrobert
Germany
Wachtberg
Nordrhein-Westfalen
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10
Nov 2012
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Tiedi Tiedi
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10
Nov 2012
Manuel de Oliveira e Silva
United Kingdom
London
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10
Feb 2014
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Chris Allison
United States
Wilmington
North Carolina
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10
Feb 2014
Stefan Feld hits a home run with this 2-player game. If you like 2-player games this is the one for you.
2014-02-10
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sergio consuegra
Spain
Alicante
Alicante
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May 2014
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slacker smurf
United States
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Dec 2014
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Ken Thibodeau
Canada
Quebec
Quebec
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9.5
Jul 2011
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Bram W
Belgium
Aalst
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Dec 2009*
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EXTRA AVOCADO! Sonderegger
United States
Folsom
CA
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9.5
Mar 2011
Every time I play it, I love it just a little bit more. This is the way dice should be used, my friends. Long-term strategies must be developed tactically- if that makes any sense, and it just gets a teeny bit deeper every play.
2010-12-10
Owned
Jason Monroe
United States
St Louis
Missouri
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9.5
Jul 2011
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Brett Christensen
United States
Dickinson
North Dakota
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Jun 2010
If you like Roma you'll certainly want to add Roma II to the fold. What a great combo. Love the bribery, the addition of text to the cards and the Forum destroyer. Good stuff. I love that it works stand alone or that you can combine it with the original set of cards. There is still a lot of luck in this game so if you didn't like that about Roma nothing has changed here although the bribery icon mitigates that a little. I prefer a best of 7 series for a match.
2011-03-15
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Imre Balogh
Hungary
Budapest
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Nov 2009*
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Ender Wiggins
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Jun 2010
Sequel for Roma, independent game (although can be combined). Same game-play and feel, but all new cards. Main rule change is the addition of a Bribery mechanic (which is optional). Minor component changes include an "icon bar", and English text on the cards. Both games are equally good! I am a big fan of Roma and card games with CCG-type abilities generally, so it isn't hard to get excited about this. Just as good if not better and more balanced than as the original!
See my pictorial review.

For a comparison between Roma I and Roma II, see my pictorial comparison.
2010-06-30
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Steven Sheasby
United States
Plano
Texas
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9
Mar 2010
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Alban
Germany
Munich
Bavaria
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9
Jan 2010*
Essen 2009
2009-10-18
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Tim Fiscus
United States
Maricopa
Arizona
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Oct 2010
A significant improvement over Roma, which is already one of my 2-player games of choice. It's nice to have the text on the cards, if only for teaching the game. Nicely balanced additions and changes and the bribery disc is a very good change. Well done, Stefan!
2010-10-28
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Javi Santos
Spain
sevilla
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Oct 2009*
As good as Rome, it is esentially the same. New cards, and a new action allowed which gives another opportunity to dice. Unfortunately they will sell even more air in a bigger box than Rome.
2009-10-27
Andy Kerslake
United Kingdom
Torquay
Devon
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Nov 2009*
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Travis Larsen

Orem
Utah
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9
Mar 2010
One of my favorite short 2 player games!
2011-07-11
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Zee Garcia
United States
Homestead
Florida
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Feb 2014
Just as good as the original game. It seems to add more possible paths to victory, by diminishing the impact of the Forum, while losing a touch of clarity, because of the need to read your opponent's cards upside down (instead of, say, glancing at a symbol). The funny thing is, I prefer the text to the symbols, because it makes the game easier to teach.
2010-11-05
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Likin Simon
United States
West Henrietta
New York
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Jun 2012
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Franck
France
Toulouse
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Dec 2009*
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mike paul
United States
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
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Oct 2013
In my opinion the original is probably better, a more meat-and-potatoes approach, where as Roma II (while having new interesting cards) losses some game play. If you enjoy Roma at all, neither version is bad purchase.

The only difference between the two (other then the cards) is the addition of the 7th bribery slot. A new mechanic I'm not sure is good nor bad. While it does a good job of further reducing the penalty for low dice rolls (a "1" which is normally less desirable, becomes a good low cost bribe number); however, having a card slot that can ALWAYS be rolled creates games that can be too one-sided if the superior player has a better board position.
2010-01-29
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Blaise Sciurba
United States
Richland
Washington
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Jan 2010
Purchased from CoolStuffInc 1/21/2010. Can't wait for it to arrive.
2010-01-21
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John Greenwood
United States
Northbrook
Illinois
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Jan 2010*
The new cards breathe some fresh life into Roma. I think the new cardset is a little more balanced than the original Roma. I am looking forward to trying the two sets together.
2010-01-16
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