I have played a few bouts, just to test the system.
The last fight is worth a session report.
Bruca - a Murmillo veteran vs Ferox - a Secutor veteran.
Bruca was grinding down Ferox with slash and thrust with his sword.
Ferox did shield block with a spin and a slash attempt. The block was OK, but failed the slash. This costs more than average stamina. He then blocked with his sword several times to save stamina.
Bruca hit him hard on the head, that knocked the helmet off him.
Bruca not hurt at all. Ferox down on both stamina and HP.
Ferox tried a trip. Nothing special, but does not cost stamina. Bruca leaped back, but stumbled and fell on his back!
Badly hurt, Ferox rushed to his flank. While trying to raise up, Bruca was really hurt. From healthy to losing half HP was done in a couple of rounds. The match quickly evens out.
While on the ground, Bruca picked up sand and trowed it Ferox face. With no helmet this was an easy hit. Bruca was able to get up on his feet again.
Ferox partly blinded for a couple of rounds, he lost control.
The final hit - a crippling slash to Ferox unarmed right shoulder, and HP was down to 1.
Ferox was begging for mercy. The crowd scream kill him! The Editor wanted to save him, but the mob got their final blood.