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I like many different settings and all my games seem to have a different setting.

But I don't have one yet with a roman theme, and I'd really like to since so much can be done with it.

I'm keeping an eye out for Gladiatoris, which has supposedly been close to release for a few years already. I'm wondering if that one will ever come out.
Seems like a great gladiator game to get in the future though.

But I really like the roman intrigue, politics, conquests and pretty much all of ancient roman society. Surely there must be some great games taking advantage of that theme?

Its already extremely disappointing how few videogames tackle this setting and it doesnt tend to go beyond strategy games and city builders.
Not much movies in this setting either.

So for a board game, I am looking for something strong on theme but also fun to play. Replayability is important, having expansions is also nice since that tends to add a lot to replayability.

I'm a sucker for detailed figurines, but beautifull artwork on cards and the gameboard can be a good substitute for it. Having both is even better of course.
If the theme is weak then the setting wouldnt really matter much after all.

So yes, suggestions are very welcome!
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If you're open to wargames, Commands & Colors: Ancients is a fabulous quick-playing game of classical era battles. There are several expansions of C&C Ancients covering, Greece vs. Persia, Athens vs. Sparta, and Rome vs. nearly everyone. Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage is also a well-respected card-driven wargame.

A classic chariot race game is Circus Maximus. There is also Circus Minimus and BEN HVR. For a more "Euro" version, look at Ave Caesar.

If you're interested in gladiator combat, you might look at Heroes of the Colosseum, which has both gladiator and chariot racing.
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The Republic of Rome

Lots more here:
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/207709/best-ancient-rome-...
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Conquest of the Empire



You can play the game using the original Milton Bradley rules as an Ameritrash game or use the Martin Wallace rules and play the game as a war themed euro (similar to Wallace's Struggle of Empires).

I've only played a couple of turns of CoE a long time ago, so can't really say much about the quality of the game play.

Maybe also Colosseum?

There are a number of wargames with a Roman setting. The best introductory level Roman themed wargame I've played is Julius Caesar. Not the greatest components, but an excellent game that plays in under 3 hours.

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Glory to Rome - rebuild Rome after the great fire
Colosseum - put on colosseum shows for the Emperor
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Glory to Rome but good luck finding it.
Hoplomachus: Origins is more of a fighting/strategy game.
Alea Iacta Est has a Roman flavor.
Trajan as mentioned above.
Ave Roma looks interesting to me.
Rome: Rise to Power is worth looking at.
Hands in the Sea features Rome vs. Carthage.
Aqua Romana has a thin veneer of Roman theme applied to it.
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I think Rome, Inc might be up your alley.
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Best ones are Sword of Rome and Pax Romana

Although for fun Pecunia non olet
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100 A.D.
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Based on your description of politics and intrigue, agree heartily with The Republic of Rome, but if you disagree you could check out
http://spotlightongames.com/list/rome.html
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History of the Roman Empire. No figurines, no great artwork, but an excellent game.
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Also Ave Caesar, a chariot racing game for up to 6 players.

Cheers,

Jack
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Not particularly accurate, but Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery is an excellent hybrid game featuring gladiatorial combat, gambling, auctions, negotiation/politics, betrayal and scheming.

It drips with theme, has lovely minis, an expansion (that I've not tried), asymmetrical players and plenty of replayability.
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Michael Debije
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Trajan? Could be about fish markets in Budapest. Totally themeless.

Republic of Rome is the best.
Other good ones mentioned: Sword of Rome, Pax Romana, Circus Maximus, Hannibal
Other good ones: Gladiator, Carthage
May be good, but have not tried it: Imperium Romanum by West End.
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Sylla maybe?
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Bacchus' Banquet
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Aquileia has a great theme. Is a little bit of a sleeper.
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Geoffrey Burrell
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Antike II is a possibility.
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If you want: "roman intrigue, politics, conquests" -

+ 1 to Conquest of the Empire

Using the "II" rules. With a large group, it can take several hours to play, but you have shifting military and political alliances, Senate votes, battles, barbarians, and conquests of provinces.

Others to consider:
Commands & Colors: Ancients: my favorite 2 player wargame
Julius Caesar: 2 player block wargame
Caesar XL: if you are looking into a quick/inexpensive two player game - be sure to use the variant rules posted in the forum
Arena: Roma II: 2 player - Roman themed type Euro, but I think it is fun for a quick and easy game
Solitaire Caesar: Solo game, PnP, only $5
Rise of Augustus: pasted on Roman theme, but a fun game for the family or a medium sized group of players
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Guantanamo wrote:
Best ones are Sword of Rome and Pax Romana



+1!
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