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Gladiator: Quest for the Rudis, arena combat for 2-4 players

A project in by Stewart Wieck

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Each gladiator has a unique card deck in this huge board game where historical accuracy meets thrilling tabletop tactics & action.
Backers: 288
Average Pledge Per Backer: $76

Funded: $21,745 of $20,000
Dates: Jun 23rd -> Jul 23rd (30 days)
Project By: Stewart Wieck
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Latest News


July 22nd - via:
(For now anyway...!) 261 backers, $20,019, 14 hours remaining.... whew! So long as we keep moving more forward than anyone who cancels takes us backwards, Gladiator: Quest for the Rudis will happen. Thanks very much to everyone for all the support,... (Read More)

HTH Deck Add-On (+ Add-On Summary)

July 22nd - via:
Just one update today, I promise. Unless we fund before midnight, in which case you'll definitely (briefly) hear from me again! Add-On SummaryAlong with your copy of the game, the following add-ons are available: 1. Famous Gladiators = $3 each / $10... (Read More)

Assorted Rumblings & Ramblings

July 21st - via:
We're having a great day today. Welcome to all the tyros and thanks to the veteranus! I have a list of odd bits to toss at you. Respond or react as you wish! 1. Should I make another Add-On available? We already have the $10 Famous Gladiators and the... (Read More)

Famous Gladiators: $10 Add-On

July 21st - via:
A special 20-card of Famous Gladiators is available as a $10 Add-On. This is four gladiator cards (one of each type) and each has two special Attack cards and two special Defend cards. You saw them both yesterday, but I have an updated version of... (Read More)

Expanded Examples of Play Video

July 21st - via:
Just in time for the all-important final 48 hours of our project, here's game designer Jim Trunzo's longer video of game-play examples. The entire piece is about 26 minutes long, though I do add a little fluff at the end that GQR veterans will recall... (Read More)


July 20th - via:
This is a fun update, so I hope you have a moment to wade through it. There's a lot here to benefit you too, so dig in! I'd like to draw your attention to Immortal, another tabletop game project that's currently live on Kickstarter. I've communicated... (Read More)

Flavorful Attack and Defend Cards

July 18th - via:
We're busy putting lots of pieces together to make a big final push starting Monday morning, but you're so used to being inundated with updates from me that you may be suffering withdrawal. Can't have that! So, how about a list of some of the Attack... (Read More)

Q&A 3: Movement/Facing & Murmillo v. Thraex

July 17th - via:
In response to Q&A 2, backer Casiodorus posted this comment: I would like more explanations about facing and movement, since I found the beta-rules confusing enough considering the ways the opponent who is NOT in control can react by moving and... (Read More)

Adding Shipping to Pledges

July 17th - via:
You'll recall from the start of the project that I planned to not charge shipping during the course of funding. The reasoning here is that your shipping payment doesn't actually help fund the project because it's a cost to me that I simply pass along... (Read More)

Happy Down Under & Original Artwork Pledges

July 16th - via:
Hey! Sorry for all the updates, but I'm busy here putting things in place to make a strong final surge to fund Jim's great gladiator game. More Shipping News: Everyone EverywhereI've sorted out about everything I can to get the best rates I can for... (Read More)

Briefly: Much Ado About Retiarius

July 16th - via:
Hey, you know how we had an image of a left-handed Tyro Retiarius causing some confusion? Well, turns out we had simply flipped Brian's illustration! Here's what the guy is supposed to look like!  (Read More)

Big Announcements: Solo Play & Canada's Day & Video Today

July 15th - via:
Hello Everyone, Good news for everyone, great news for Canadians, and a new video. Here we go: Solo Play Rules!Jim has developed solo play rules for Gladiator: Quest for the Rudis. I wasn't sure he could pull this off for a game where a single player... (Read More)

Continuing the Conversation: More Q&A

July 14th - via:
Game designer Jim Trunzo responds to Alex the Barbarian’s questions posed in Update #10. Alex's comments copied in BOLD. Jim's responses follow. 1. "Chaser" is an unfortunate partially correct translation that conveys a false, more agile and... (Read More)

Spreading the News & News for You

July 12th - via:
I expected a pretty slow weekend, but we did very nicely and stayed on schedule to be within striking distance of funding come the final 2-3 days of the project when most tabletop game projects see a big spike in activity. That spike, though, only... (Read More)

Intellect, Intimidation & Investigation!

July 9th - via:
From Jim Trunzo: Each passing day brings new improvements to Gladiator: Quest for the Rudis; additions that are sure to make those who have already pledged even more excited and hopefully convince those of you considering helping bring this great... (Read More)

Answering Questions About the Video

July 8th - via:
I asked game designer Jim Trunzo to tackle the questions that were posted in Update #8. Hello, and thank you for taking the time to ask for more details about our KickStarter project Gladiator: Quest for the Rudis. Your interest is certainly... (Read More)

Romulus & Remus

July 8th - via:
I'm pausing as I start the day of updating the project to say happy 1st birthday to my twin sons. Because of my association with White Wolf (the RPG publisher of Vampire: The Masquerade and other really great games), our friends joked that these twin... (Read More)

A Video and a Big Boost

July 5th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Become a FLGS Ambassador

July 1st - via:
(Apologies for resharing some information that had been on the project page, but we ran out space on that page so I had to cut some material that I will post as a couple of updates! In this case, though, I can add a little new information too.) Why... (Read More)

Meet the Famous Gladiators

July 1st - via:
(Apologies for resharing some information that had been on the project page, but we ran out space on that page so I had to cut some material that I will post as a couple of updates!) Famous Gladiator Add-OnsWe're now offering four Famous Gladiators... (Read More)

On the Verge of 30% (Which Means 90%)

June 30th - via:
The project has been updated: NEW: FAMOUS GLADIATORS AVAILABLE AS ADD-ONS! Details at the bottom of the project page. Please adjust your pledges by +$3 for each Famous Gladiator set (of five cards), or by +$10 to receive all four Famous Gladiators... (Read More)

New Pledges, Altered Stretches and RPG material (and a rules link!)

June 29th - via:
Hail Gladiators! The project had a great start last week, and so to build on that success and incorporate to your requests and ideas, I'm making a number of changes the project. There's a lot going on in this update, but we'll start here: Beta Rules... (Read More)

Perfect! 3 Days. 101 Backers. 25% Funded.

June 26th - via:
3 Days. 101 Backers. 25% Funded.Perfect. This is right where I wanted to be. Well, I admit I wanted those numbers at noon today, but I accept 5pm CST. Thank you everyone for your early support. And thanks for your comments and questions. I hope you... (Read More)

Movement, Facing, Hand-Size and Such

June 24th - via:
Project Backer "Gattz" posed this in the Comments: I'm curious about facing. It's obviously important if there are flanking hexes, but if one fumbles or dodges, is facing automatic or would the player have to regain control through a check again to... (Read More)

Gladiators Are EU-Bound

June 24th - via:
Thanks very much for the outstanding support to start our project! We are well on the way to reaching our funding goal and hit several of the stretch goals. We need more buzz to reach the crazy heights and extra gladiators galore, but there is plenty... (Read More)

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