There's no simple explanation for anything important any of us do, and yeah the human tragedy consists of the necessity of living with the consequences, under pressure, under pressure. -Courage (For Hugh Maclennan): The Tragically Hip
We're forced to bed, but we're free to dream. -Gift Shop: The Tragically Hip
Ave Caesar is a very light (think featherweight) racing game. In it players will race their chariots three times around a course, which is laid out on the board.
Up to six chariots can participate in a race. Each player has their own identical deck of cards. Chariots move according to numerical values on cards played. So, on a player's turn they play a card and move their chariot as many spaces as the card indicates. That's it.
However, within that simple framework there is strategy to be had. There are natural choke-points on the track. Occupying the space of one of these choke-points will jam everyone up behind. So, when possible you want to limit your opponents' options. Also, there's only enough points in each deck to just make it through the course. If players stick to the outside of the track all the time they will run out of movement points before they cross the finish line.
Before contestants cross that line for the last time they must stop before the Emperor, throw their special coin, and holler, "AVE CAESAR!" Otherwise, they cannot win the event, even if they finish first.
Ave Caesar is a fun romp of a game. The more people you get together to play, the better the game becomes. This is due to the increasing challenge as more chariots jockey for position along the way.