October 26, 2020 – With a Kickstarter pre-page now up, we have that Rome and Roll Gladiators expansion announced. This is an exciting development for any fan of the original roll-n-write game that came out less than a year ago. This first Rome & Roll expansion addresses the fact that “while Rome is being rebuilt, the public demand entertainment.”

Roll-n-write games rarely have the deep depth and strategy of the civilization building game Rome & Roll, so to add even more culure and life living on top of it is very exciting!

The game is coming to Kickstarter in Q1 of 2021!! You can sign up for email updates on their website here.

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The official description from the website:

Emperor Nero wants you to sponsor games in the Colosseum, where gladiators will engage in thrilling battles for the enjoyment of the crowds.

It is up to you to build Ludi, where gladiators can be trained in one of the two competing schools, and Arenas, where they can practice. You’ll then assign the gladiators to the Colosseum to fight!

All the excitement has also brought forth new Advisors who offer enticing rewards for those who dare to bribe them!

This expansion for Rome & Roll introduces a new Colosseum sideboard, gladiator dice, new shared advisors, a neutral foreman, and new Blueprints, God’s Favour, and Nero’s Bonus cards. Gladiators also adds a fifth asymmetric character class – the Rudiarius – a retired gladiator who has earned their freedom. A veteran of the Colosseum, the Rudiarius can call in favours with his old masters to get ahead.


Players draft from a pool of custom dice to collect resources and special icons that allow them to build buildings – by drawing onto the map of the Seven Hills of Rome, Tetris-style – collect legionnaires, invade rogue settlements, or build the famous network of Roman Roads to the already pacified ones. Trading resources and other abilities might earn them coins, building Shrines will allow them to utilize the Favors of the Gods, and careful interaction with other players will surely lead one of them to victory!

1 – 4 players | 60 – 90 minutes | Ages 14+ | Designer: Nick Shaw, Dávid Turczi | Publisher: PSC Games

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