I'd love to see this game getting made, so am looking forward to it being relaunched at a later date.
So with that in mind, I'd like to offer a few ideas, and maybe other people might also have some suggestions. Feel free to add them to this topic too.
-Stick to six teams.
The game can be played with up to six players, yes?
Expansion ideas seem go go about including a lot more teams. But if there can't be more than six teams used in a game, why not stick to just six teams and expand on those teams with optional purchases?
The amount of forces you can use in the game could be unchanged, there could be a maximum limit to your school, but it could offer more varied strategies and options within each school.
Each of the six gladiator schools could have its own strenghts and weaknesses. They would all have their own gladiator types still, and their own beasts.
Neutral gladiators could also be an option to recruit for any of the six schools and they could be gladiator types available in other schools, but could cost more to field and the more exotic types could remain unique to the school.
Expansion packs could typically add a new gladiator to each of the teams. Possibly the fifth and sixth teams could be added in their own expansions to the main game, but all other expansions could add gladiators for all six teams.
Another possible expansion option is adding gladiators of the other gender to a team. They would function the same, but would look different. And would of course allow the team to field two gladiators of the same type.
Each of the six schools could possibly be based in a different location in the roman empire, which could affect what kind of more exotic gladiators might become available to them.
Given their own color, symbol and maybe a bit of background might help flesh them out, make people exited to play as this or that school.
Thank you for your suggestions.
We had thought of something similar to some of them, but we had not thought, for instance, of the "gender-change" of gladiators. We will study your suggestions.
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