Klicka för svenska     Arena (Morituri te salutant)

Distributor: Altar publishing
Category: Card game
Players: 2-5 (definitively best with 2 players, otherwise probably quite messy)
Play time: 00:30-00:45 (prabably more, particularly the first times)
Ages: 12+
Content:     1 Full-colour game board (24" x 12")
132 Full-colour playing cards
    5 Metal miniatures
  12 Counters
    1 Rulebook
Game target: Tactical combat game, where you choose one or two characters, who fights each other (it's also possible with a multi-player variant, where some cooperate). The winner is the one who succeeds to get the opponents "Condition Points" down to zero.
Rules: Rules in English
Strategy: You have to have a mix of attack and defense in the planned cards.
Comments: The big problem with the game is that the rules are complex and heavy to get through. You also have to have good knowledge (before the game starts) how your own cards (preferably also the opponent's) functions. If it wasn't for this, the game deserves a higher grade.

The combat rules are unusal, well thought-out and interesting. Instead of throwing a die, you choose a number 1-6 (depending of the attack type, the range might be lower) on the die and the defense is a certain number of guesses to find out what the opponent attacks with. Number of attacks depends on the active combat card (defense cards gives more guesses, but lower attack damage). The higher value, the higher becomes the damage, but if you always choses the highest value, it's soon penetrated!

The game board has less signification in the game. It's mostly used to have time to plan and maybe run away, when you need to plan more combat cards. A few cards may be affected by the placement of the character on the board. Also if you succeed to disarm someone, as the weapon may fall on the ground.

Designer is Vladimír Chvátil, Czech Republic. Edition from 1997.

The  quotation in latin in the title means: "Those who are about to die, salute you", which was the greeting phrase of the gladiators, when they entered the arena.


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